Thursday, June 17, 2021

SOME COMMON BHAJANS AND LEELAS. SUNG / RECITED BY KASHMIRI PANDITS...



              
                                      


                                         

SOME COMMON   BHAJANS  AND LEELAS.  SUNG / RECITED  BY KASHMIRI PANDITS...

Apart from  devotional   Satutis  and hymns  ( composed by Adi Sankara , Abhinavgupta and other saints and philosophers) in Sanskrit  like,
(1)
Kalpa vrikshe bhakt rakhshe namos-tateh  gajananam,
(2)
Vyapat charachar bhaav vishesham,
(3)
Karpoor-govaram Karunavtaaram,
(4)
Shivoham Shivoham Shivoham Shivoham,
(5)
Nagendra-haaraaye trilochanaaye,
(6)
Atibhishan  katu- bhaashan  yamakinkar Patli,
(7)
Jai  Narayan jai purushotam jai vaaman kansaare,
(8)
Achutam keshvam ramnarayanam,
(9)
Bhaja govindam Bbhaja govindam,
(10)
Gaureem aambam  ambhuru-haksheem ahamidiye,
(12)
Ya Devi sarv bhuteshu
(11)
Panchastavi,
(12)
Mahimnapaar
(13)
Indrakshi naamsa deevi

(14)
Shaantakaaram bhujagashayanam ( Vishnu Stuti )

almost every Hindi Bhajan or prayer or Stuti was recited in our households and families. I will specifically  refer to immense popularity of Om Jai Jagdish Harey,  Sri Hanuman Chaalisa, Jai ganesh jai ganesh jai ganesh deva, Jai shiv omkaara,Sri Ram chandra kripalu bhajman  , Aarti kunjbihari ki ,  Jab soanp diya iss jeevan ka sab  bhaar tumhaare haathon mein   and  itnaa to Karna swami jab praan tan se nikalein amongst Kashmiri Pandits

I remember how we would recite below mentioned  Kashmiri Leelas / Bhajans and Devi Stutis ( see below from s.no. 19 to 26)  in our families during Puja ,Homa, marriage rituals  and also in Shrines  and temples. Remembering all this has proved  of enormous utility in our cultural and civilizational continuity  especially during this exile.

In Kashmir', I vividly remember how every Saturday night  , Bhajan Mandlis performed night long Bhajan / Keertan in some shrines and temples . As a ten  or eleven year old boy , I was  taken to these  devotional singing sessions at Hari  Parbat  and Pokhribal  by my father or Ritch Maal, a pious  lady in our Mohalla.Children were invariably made to join and recite in every  Bhajan / Keertan  session held in their families. That is how elders passed on tradition and culture to us.   That is how most of us remember the devotional poetry of Lal Ded,  Krishen Joo Razdan, Parmanand Ji, Prakash Ram Ji ,Master Zinda Kaul and others. I remember  below listed twenty seven Kashmiri Bhajans and Leelas that were popular in every Kashmiri Pandit household:-

(1)
Aamitch manas ritch vaasana
  Ishwar safal Kari-na- Sana..

( A good desire has sprung up from my heart,
Would the Lord be kind to me and fulfil it.)

(2)
Az vaati boozum mol myon
Kosam vatan vatha-raavasai

( I heard my Lord,my master,my Guru or my father is to arrive today,
Here I decorate his path with flowers )

(3)
Aasaai Sharan kartam daya
Om Shri Ganesh aye Namaah

( Here I take  refuge under your feet,
O Sri Ganesha,   glory be to your name,
Be kind to me.)

(4)
Aadhaar zagatuk kunuyi chhu mantar
Shivaaye namah om namaah shivaaye

( There is only one Mantra
fundamental to this universe,
Recite Shiva's name ,
And Shiva be recited .)

(5)
Kasht kaastam bhagwan harey
Santusht roztam gari garey

( Free me from the worries and troubles,
My Lord ,remain kind to me  at every moment )

(6)
Gataa kaastam tse baastam  tchavaapari
Hey sadashiv shankar trishuldhaari

( Dispel  this darkness that lies all around me,
O Sadashiva!
O Shankara,
O trident carrying Lord .)
(7)
Tarvun chhu karnov
Haq dith chhu vanaan
Kaanh maa-sa tariv apour

( The ferry boat  is about to  leave
The boatman cries loud,
" Is there any one who would like to go across the river? ")

(8)
Dil pholli darshan  chaaney
Soora-matya  sorfa Gosaaney

( At your sight,
this heart would get
filled with immense joy,
O ash smeared Sadhu(Shiva) !
O sadhu with snakes around your neck.)

(9)

Pari-pooran chhu noor bor-muutiye
Sooraa-motiye aangan tsaav

( He is full of radiance and  shines bright,
See the ash smeared  carefree lord
has come inside  my courtyard)

(10)
Prabhaat aav poshinoolo van
Sundar-vaani prasan kar mun

( It is daybreak,
Sing oriole,
Sing your beautiful songs
and fill our hearts with happiness)

(11)
Hosh dim lagayo pamposh paadhan
Ha saadhan hiendhi saadho lo

( Grant me awakening,
My life at your lotus feet  Lord,
O Lord,
O King among the ascetics .)

(12)
Hataa zeevo tass-sinz thav kal
Tse praavakh sarvada mangal

( O human being,
Keep longing for that master,
that Lord,
This longing alone shall bring you unending
happiness .)

(13)
Yeli hyot zanam gopaalan
Sheen pyaav kohan ta baalan

( When Gopaala was born,
The hills and mountains
were covered with white snow)

(14)
Sumiran panien ditchenam premuk nishaana vesiye
Ratchhrun togum na rovum ossum na baana vesiye

( Some cheerful memories he granted me  ,
memories like symbols of love.
Alas ! I couldn't hold them safely,
Alas! I lost that wealth,
unlucky, I wasn't capacitated to hold them.)
(15)

Kar iyee me kun gindhun dimas tchahdan-haar
Aadi-shakti Shaiv jiyas namskaar

( When shall  he visit this way? I shall give his a necklace made from sandalwood,
To that primordial energy source,
To that Shiva,
I bow and pay my homage)

(16)
Sondharo sonn sandhal garaai
Ho ho karaai Shaam- sondharaai

(My  beautiful Lord,
I shall buy ornaments of gold and sandalwood for you,
O baby Krishna,
I shall lull you to sleep)

(17)
Gokul hriday myon taeyi choan gooer vàan
Tseit vimarsh deeptimaan bhagwaano

( My heart has become Gokul,
within it ,
O trader of purity,
O trader of milk,
you have set up your shop.
You are the mind,
You are the deliberations,
And you are the lustre,
My lord!
My  Sri Krishna.)

(18)
Sakhiyav roothum hayi roothum hayi
Gatchhith byoothum hayi gaamaniyi

( Friends ,he appears to have taken some offence or looks angry with me,
See how he has moved away
and made his abode away from the noise and commotion)

(19)
Maej sharikaai kar daya
Var daya hi bhawaani
( O mother Sharika, be kind to us,
O mother Sharika ,deal us with your Kindness and compassion )
(20)
Me Deevi thaavtam gosh
Ba laagai sheri pamposh

( O goddess, listen my prayers also,
Here I decorate your head with lotus flowers)
(21)
Ba zaari gosh thaavtam hi bhawaani
Tse rostuyi rachhavun chhuyi kaanh na myonuyi

( O bhawaani mother, listen to my woes as well,
Apart from you,I haven't any other protection in this world.)

(22)
Aasaai sharan tse paadhan vinay kini namithi
Vyakultaai manz maata rachhtam tseyi

( Having surrendered myself at your feet
I bow my head to you ,
Now in every desperation that I experience,
O mother protect me .)
(23)
Praatah Kaala aav
Meti antaai gaash maej
Chham tchaen aash Maej
Meti pooran Kar

( The dawn has arrived all over
lead me as well to the  light O mother,
Only you are my sole hope
fulfill it mother,
fulfill it.)
(24)
Paadh Kamalan tal ba aasaai
Karini  tchaani Stuti..

( To your lotus feet I have come
O mother ,
to worship you and sing your praise.)

(25)
Om Shrimat hi bhawaani
Chham me aasha chaani
( O bhawaani ,
I begin your name with Om,
You alone are my hope now.)

(26),Ba maeji kenh to zaanai na pooz chaani
Kshema karizem agar mantar mashyem kaanh

( Mother, I don't know how to perform your worship,
forgive me should I forget any specific mantra.)

(27)
Tse raagenya kaastam gham
Ba laagai bhaav kosam
( O mother Raagenya ,
make me free from my sorrows,
To you,
I offer all the flowers of intense devotion.)

(28)
Ganyomut chhum manas Chon bhaav
Zagat maata me darshun  haav

( My mind is now intensely desiring
your worship,
O universal mother,
Just grant me your "Darshana")

There were many other Leelas that were recited specifically at Ashrams of saints and sages in Kashmir. In this category I would include the  Ashram of Bhagwan Gopi Nath Ji ,  Swami Lakshman Joo's Ashram at Ishber ,Kashmir and   the Ashram of Kral Bub in Kashmir  . Leelas were also recited before Sona Bub ( a Muslim saint ) by his Kashmiri Pandit followers .

Swami Lakshman Joo ,the Shaiva scholar of Kashmir was  also fond of listening to  Leelas composed by Parmanand Ji or  Krishen Joo Razdan.
So long so much

( Avtar Mota)

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