The devotion, which he asks the people to offer, must result in the effacement of the self. When devotion is attained pride departs

Nama Article 20th July 2013

 

The devotion, which Raidasa calls upon people to offer to the Lord, is not of the ceremonial kind. Of its futility he seems to be too well aware. The devotion, which he asks the people to offer, must result in the effacement of the self.

 

Sant Raidas

 

भगति ऐसी सुनहु रे भाई। आई भगति तब गई बड़ाई।। टेक।।

कहा भयौ नाचैं अरु गायैं, कहौं भयौ तप कीन्हैं।

कहा भयौ जे चरन पखालै, जो परम तत नहीं चीन्हैं।।१।।

कहा भयौ जू मूँड मुंड़ायौ, बहु तीरथ ब्रत कीन्हैं।

स्वांमी दास भगत अरु सेवग, जो परंम तत नहीं चीन्हैं।।२।।

कहै रैदास तेरी भगति दूरि है, भाग बड़े सो पावै।

तजि अभिमांन मेटि आपा पर, पिपलक होइ चुणि खावै।।३।।

 

Translation by Swami Sivananda of the above song by Sant Raidas

 

Such is devotion, listen, O Brother: – When devotion is attained pride departs.

 

What avails the dancing and the singing? – What avails the performance of the penances? What avails the washing of the feet – If the essence is not recognised?

 

What avails the shaving of the head, – What the performance of pilgrimage and fasting? Master and slave, devotee and servant- – these relationships avail not, – – if the Great Essence is not recognised.

 

Says Raidas: Devotion to Thee is a distant object- – he who finds it is greatly fortunate.

Abandon the pride, and efface the self, – for thou art like an ant, and eateth the pickings.

 

Chant the Mahamantra Nama kirtan :

 

Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare

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