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The formal offerings to the Deity are of little worth, unless the mind be bent in devotion.

Nama Article 25th July 2013

 

The formal offerings to the Deity are of little worth, unless the mind be bent in devotion. How beautiful does Raidas express himself on this point!

 

Sant Raidas

राम मैं पूजा कहा चढ़ाऊँ । फल अरु फूल अनूप न पाऊँ ॥टेक॥

थन तर दूध जो बछरू जुठारी । पुहुप भँवर जल मीन बिगारी ॥१॥

मलयागिर बेधियो भुअंगा । विष अमृत दोउ एक संगा ॥२॥

मन ही पूजा मन ही धूप । मन ही सेऊँ सहज सरूप ॥३॥

पूजा अरचा न जानूँ तेरी । कह रैदास कवन गति मोरी ॥४॥

 

Sant Raidas by Swami Sivananda

 

What shall I offer Thee for worship, O Rama? – Fruits and flowers are rare, I find not.

The milk in the cow's udder is defiled by the calf tasting.

The 'Bhramara' hath contaminated the flower, and the fish the water.

The serpent entwines the sandal tree: – Poison and nectar are to be found side by side.

In the mind is the worship: In the mind, the incense: – In the mind I attend on Thy natural Form.

I know not Thy worship or oblation. – Says Raidas: What shall be my fate?

 

Please check these: Excerpts from a discourse by our Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji

 

Let the one who cannot do Bhakti go out to do tapas!

 

What is there in this world that devotion to the Lord cannot do?

 

Man feels that only the most difficult is the highest, the most difficult way is the best way. This is a very wrong notion

 

That love, can sprout only by his grace. His grace descends when we chant the Mahamantra.

 

When can one earn Guru krupa? When God decides to bless a person, he receives Guru's grace. One has to be blessed with Bhakti; and that is blessed only by God/Guru.

 

Reciting the Divine Names of Lord Hari, one can overcome the most formidable delusion of mind.

 

There are many ways. But the simplest and the easiest way is by chanting the "Hare Rama.." Mahamantra.

 

They are for those who don't believe in simple prayers.

 

Bhagawan Nama Bodendra Saraswati Swamigal puts forth his findings in the following words, "Since it is so easy and simple, none takes to it!

 

Would it not amount to grave injustice if one shows a difficult path to the world?

 

God gives whatever is required (by His devotee), removes whatever is not needed, leads the devotee in the path suited to him/her; Since Bhagavãn takes utmost interest in the devotee's needs the latter will not earn/attain any 'siddhi'

 

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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He calls upon all and sundry to join with him repeating the Name of the Lord.

Nama Article 24th July 2013

 

Sant Raidas

 

जीवत मुकंदे मरत मुकंदे।

ताके सेवक कउ सदा अनंदे।। टेक।।

मुकंद-मुकंद जपहु संसार। बिन मुकंद तनु होइ अउहार।

सोई मुकंदे मुकति का दाता। सोई मुकंदु हमरा पित माता।।१।।

मुकंद-मुकंदे हमारे प्रानं। जपि मुकंद मसतकि नीसानं।

सेव मुकंदे करै बैरागी। सोई मुकंद दुरबल धनु लाधी।।२।।

एक मुकंदु करै उपकारू। हमरा कहा करै संसारू।

मेटी जाति हूए दरबारि। तुही मुकंद जोग जुगतारि।।३।।

उपजिओ गिआनु हूआ परगास। करि किरपा लीने करि दास।

कहु रविदास अब त्रिसना चूकी। जपि मुकंद सेवा ताहू की।।४।।

 

Sant Raidas by Swami Sivananda

 

Raidas's faith in the power of prayer is infinite. It is by various names that he invokes his Lord. Rama, Govinda, Hari, Murari, Mukunda-whatever name he invokes, it is always the Nirguna or the attributeless Lord that is meant. He calls upon all and sundry to join with him repeating the Name of the Lord.

 

Repeat, ye people, the Name of Mukunda, of Mukunda. Without Mukunda the body wearieth. Mukunda is the giver of redemption; Mukunda is our father and mother. Living repeat the Name of Mukunda. Dying repeat the Name of Mukunda. His servant is ever in bliss.

 

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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Says Raidas: Everyone is plundered in this world. – I have escaped saying only the Name of Rama.

Nama Article 21st July 2013

 

Sant Raidas

प्रानी किआ मेरा किआ तेरा।

तैसे तरवर पंखि बसेरा।। टेक।।

जल की भीति पवन का थंभा।  रकत बुंद का गारा।

हाड़ मास नाड़ी को पिंजरू। पंखी बसै बिचारा।।१।।

राखहु कंध उसारहु नीवां। साढ़े तीनि हाथ तेरी सीवां।।२।।

बंके बाल पाग सिर डेरी। इहु तनु होइगो भसम की ढेरी।।३।।

ऊचे मंदर सुंदर नारी। राम नाम बिनु बाजी हारी।।४।।

मेरी जाति कमीनी पांति कमीनी। ओछा जनमु हमारा।

तुम सरनागति राजा रामचंद। कहि रविदास चमारा।।५।।

 

Sant Raidas by Swami Sivananda

 

Time and again is Raidas moved by the falsehood and the transience of life as it appears to thoughtless people. "Why sleepeth?" he cries out passionately, "Wake thou, O mad man. This false life thou knoweth as true. "

 

High palace, hall and kitchens- – and then not one hour to live! This body is like a matted shutter made of grass: – When the grass has been burnt up, to dust it comes. Brother, kindred, family, and companions-all say: – "Take him out quickly! " The women of the house, who embraced thee in life, – run away crying, "Ghost! "

Says Raidas: Everyone is plundered in this world. – I have escaped saying only the Name of Rama.

 

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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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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How can I forsake now the utterance of Thy Name?

Nama Article 19th July 2013

 

Sant Raidas

अब कैसे छुटै नाम रट लागी ॥टेक॥

प्रभु जी तुम चंदन हम पानी। जाकी अंग-अंग बास समानी॥

प्रभु जी तुम घन बन हम मोरा। जैसे चितवत चंद चकोरा॥

प्रभु जी तुम दीपक हम बाती। जाकी जोति बरै दिन राती॥

प्रभु जी तुम मोती हम धागा। जैसे सोनहिं मिलत सोहागा।

प्रभु जी तुम स्वामी हम दासा। ऐसी भक्ति करै रैदासा॥

 

Translation by Swami Sivananda of the song by Sant Raidas

 

How can I forsake now the utterance of Thy Name?

Thou art, O Lord, as the sandal-wood, and I am like water: Thine odour permeates every particle of my body.

O Lord, Thou art like a dense forest, – while I am like a peacock. I fix my gaze on Thee, even as the Chakora – fixes its gaze on the moon.

O Lord, Thou art like a Lamp, and I am like a wick, – which burns out of its flame day and night. Thou art, O Lord, like a pearl, – and I am just a thread that strings it. We mix together as gold mixes with borax.

Thou art the Master, O Lord, I am Thy servant. Such is the devotion which Raidas offers Thee.

 

Swami Sivananda adds

Who cares, what one's caste or calling may be? He who prays unto Hari, is by Hari claimed as His own.

 

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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