Swami Shri Haridas Ji Maharaj Ki Jai
About Swami ji
स्वामी हरिदास कृष्णोपासक सखी संप्रदाय के प्रवर्तक थे, जिसे हरिदासी संप्रदाय भी कहते हैं। इन्हें ललिता सखी का अवतार माना जाता है। इनकी छाप रसिक है। इनके जन्म स्थान और गुरु के विषय में कई मत प्रचलित हैं। हरिदास स्वामी वैेष्णव भक्त थे तथा उच्च कोटि के संगीतज्ञ भी थे। प्रसिध्द गायक तानसेन इनके शिष्य थे। सम्राट अकबर इनके दर्शन करने वृंदावन गए थे। 'केलिमाल में इनके सौ से अधिक पद संग्रहित हैं। इनकी वाणी सरस और भावुक है। ये प्रेमी भक्त थे।
ये महात्मा वृंदावन में निंबार्क मतांतर्गत टट्टी संप्रदाय, जिसे सखी संप्रदाय भी कहते है, के संस्थापक थे और अकबर के समय में एक सिद्ध भक्त और संगीत-कला-कोविद माने जाते थे. कविताकाल सन् 1543 से 1560 ई. ठहरता है. प्रसिद्ध गायनाचार्य तानसेन इनका गुरूवत् सम्मान करते थे. यह प्रसिद्ध है कि अकबर बादशाह साधु के वेश में तानसेन के साथ इनका गाना सुनने के लिए गया था. कहते हैं कि तानसेन इनके सामने गाने लगे और उन्होंने जानबूझकर गाने में कुछ भूल कर दी. इसपर स्वामी हरिदास ने उसी गाना को शुद्ध करके गाया. इस युक्ति से अकबर को इनका गाना सुनने का सौभाग्य प्राप्त हो गया. पीछे अकबर ने बहुत कुछ पूजा चढ़ानी चाही पर इन्होंने स्वीकृन न की. इनका जन्म समय कुछ ज्ञात नहीं है. कृतियाँ 1. स्वामी हरिदास जी के पद 2. हरिदास जी की बानी
The great saint, musician Swami Haridas ji was not only the nurturer of creative talents in music like Tansen and VaijuBawra but also the greatest saint of all time based in Nidhivan, Vrindavan. He was born in Samwat 1535(year1478) at Haridaspur near Aligarh. Haridasji was incarnated in Saraswat Brahmin Family. His father’s name was Ashudhir and mother’s name was GangaDevi. He spent his 25 years in Haridaspur enlightening his divine virtues. In the age of 25 he gave up all worldly pleasures and came to Nidhivan, Vrindavan to seek immortal ecstasy.
In Nidhivan, he discovered the woods of love, the play ground of Radha-Krishna. His experiences in Nidhivan with Radha-krishna’s love, sport appear to him as beams of light, dancing with Ragas and raginis, creating the heavenly form of beauty. The two merging with each other created ocean of Ragas that is ‘Shri Bihariji’. Haridas ji dedicated his music and all ragas and raginis to supreme of universe ‘Shri Bankey Bihari ji’. Whatever he witnessed, he sang about it in trance documented in 'Kelimal's 110 stanzas'. besides it, he wrote eighteen verses on the core wisdom of all philosophies 'Ashtadas siddhant ke pad'. he was the originator of 'Sakhi Samprday'
स्वामी हरिदास जी महाराज के पद
तिनका बयारि के बस।
ज्यौं भावै त्यौं उडाइ लै जाइ आपने रस॥
ब्रह्मलोक सिवलोक और लोक अस।
कह 'हरिदास बिचारि देख्यो, बिना बिहारी नहीं जस॥
जौं लौं जीवै तौं लौं हरि भजु, और बात सब बादि।
दिवस चारि को हला भला, तू कहा लेइगो लादि॥
मायामद, गुनमद, जोबनमद, भूल्यो नगर बिबादि।
कहि 'हरिदास लोभ चरपट भयो, काहे की लागै फिरादि॥
गहौ मन सब रस को रस सार।
लोक वेद कुल करमै तजिये, भजिये नित्य बिहार॥
गृह, कामिनि, कंचन धन त्यागौ, सुमिरौ स्याम उदार।
कहि 'हरिदास रीति संतन की, गादी को अधिकार॥
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SHRI BHAGWAT RASIK JI MAHARAJ
‘Nikunj leela’ or ‘Nitya vihar’ involves the love play of Priya Pritam which is enhanced by sakhis and is performed in the divine land of Vrindavan.
Priya Pritam are called by following names also: Shyama Shyam, Laadli Lal, Kunjbihari Kunjbiharini, Priya Lal, Kishore Kishori, Pyari Pyare, Kuvanri Kuvanr, Lalnaa Lal. There is no entry for Radha Krishna as they are Priya Pritam’s incarnations in the ‘Braj Vrindavan’ who take birth and disappear when their leelas are finished.
There is no birth and death in Nikunj. The divine couple is ever youthful and is in the age group of 14-15 years Their sole purpose is to give happiness, pleasure and satisfaction to each other and do not expect anything for themselves – unconditional pure love!
Lalita sakhi who is closeset to Shyama Shyam took avatar as Swami Haridas on this earth to propogate the philosophy of pure, eternal love and about Nitya Vihar. With him also started the music of today along with the raags etc. Akbar and Tansen were his disciples amongst many other close ones who carried forward his legacy and philosophy.
Swami ji worshiped, adored, sang and propagated PURE, DIVINE & ETERNAL LOVE. This kind of love is experienced only in Nikunj- a place where Shyama Shyam are constantly engaged with each other with the help of sakhis. They are so much in love that they cannot stay without each other even for a second. Even the blink of an eye makes them impatient and they feel as if they have not seen each other for ages. The love between them is ever increasing and every moment is a new moment for them as if they have just met. All their intimate activities are arranged by the sakhis who are of the same nature and age as the divine couples’.The sakhis serve, adore and worship Priya Pritam with Sakhi bhaav. This is higher than Gopi bhaav.
In the divine land of love, the greatest and the sweetest Nitya Vihar is always and continuously flowing. Sri Kunjbihari and Sri Kunjbiharini are forever under the influence of this divine love, because of which their every pastime, every meeting, every union feels like the very first one and it leaves them wanting for more. The divine couple is always mesmerised and enamoured with this love, which is possible only because of Sri Lalita sakhi. Sri Lalita sakhi is their heart and soul and along with other sakhis is involved in facilitating the pastimes and loving activities of Sri Shyama Shyam. Looking after their smallest of needs, with great fondness, the sakhis are also the spectators of the great union of the divine couple. These three (Sri Kunjbihari Sri Kunjbiharini and Sri Lalita sakhi) are like three bodies and one soul and Sri Vrindavan is their identity. For the divine couples' pleasure, sakhis have taken the form of Yamuna River, birds, deers, trees and climbers.
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APPEARANCE OF BIHARIJI
Every morning after bathing in Yamuna River, Swami ji used to go to Nidhivan to do his bhajan (prayer), post which he used to sit in a dense grove and meditate on his favoured, pure love personified Sri Kunjbihari and Sri Kunjbiharini. This was his daily routine. Seeing their guru offering obesiences at one particular place only, all the disciples became very inquisitive, but none could gather courage and ask Swami ji the reason of his praying at one particular place only. When Sri Vithal Vipul Devji saw the desire of other disciples, he requested Swami ji to disclose the mystery. Swami ji said, “Inside the cave is a divine palace where Sri Kishore and Kishoriji are sitting on a beautiful flower bed and I am serving them along with other sakhis. That is why I offer my obesiences here everyday”.
Understanding the intense desires of all the students, Swamiji asked Sri Vithal Vipul Devji to enter the cave. As soon as he entered, he saw divine and enchanting palace with divine lights, where the divine couple was seated on a beautiful bed and were laughing and teasing each other. He also saw Swami ji there serving them and increasing their joy. Sri Vithal Vipul Devji paid his respects and was very happy to see his guruji over there. On being hinted by his guruji, he gave the nectar filled pot to Swami ji outside the cave and again came inside. When he came inside, he saw that the divine couple had become one in a deity form. He hugged the deity and came outside. Swami ji too hugged the deity and offered best quality food, clothes and jewellery after bathing it. The whole sky was filled with sounds of praises. It was a divine festival and everyone was in complete ecstacy. The deity epitomises pure love, youth, eternal nectar of loving devotion, so it was named BANKEBIHARI. Every day 12 gold coins used to appear at the lotus feet of Sri Bankebihari. Swami ji used to sell them, get ingredients and offer best quality food to Bihariji. After giving prasad to all the devotees he used to make three piles: 1.For animals like monkeys living on land, 2.For peacock, birds and all other flying animals, 3.For fishes, tortoise and other water animals. All these animals used to eat form their piles only. Such was the effect of Swamiji on them. Swamiji used to have only a handful of gram (chana) every morning. Later on being told and requested by Bihariji, he started having a roti which he used to make after getting alms from people of Rajpur at night after putting Bihariji to sleep. He also used to sing pads (a form of poetry) to Bihariji which he used to hear in meditation. Swamiji and Bihariji were and are one even today!
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IN PRAISE OF SWAMIJI...
Sri Haridas gaoon Sri Haridas gaoon,
Sri Haridas naam gun gayi vipul prem paoon.
Sri Haridas naam gun roop tan raoon,
Sri Haridas pranni ke pran hi jivaoon.
Sri Haridas lena Sri Haridas dena,
Sri Haridas bhjen bhaiya kachu bhay na.
Sri Haridas dhyoso Sri Haridas ratyo,
Sri Haridas vyavhar Sri Haridas batyo.
Sri Haridas bal budhi kul jati pati,
Sri Haridas bhetat sheetal bhayi chati.
Sri Haridas ang bin sang taji santo,
Sri Haridas hilag bin het kari hanto.
Sri Haridas prem bin nem na suhato,
Sri Haridas het milat mahal ko nato.
Sri Haridas naam ruchi Sri Haridas naam suchi,
Sri Haridas naam liye jaye dukh dosh muchi.
Sri Haridas karme Sri Haridas dharme,
Sri Haridas naam bhedi le man marme.
Sri Haridas gyane Sri Haridas dhyane,
Sri Haridas naam kari koti asnane.
Sri Haridas naam mere mantra mala,
Sri Haridas naam mudra tilka bhala.
Sri Haridas seva Sri Haridas puja,
Sri Haridas bin bhaav nahin duja.
Sri Haridas bhakti rati Sri Haridas param gati,
Sri Haridas jas gavat bhayi sudradh mati.
Sri Haridas Brajriti Sri Haridas ras reeti,
Sri Haridas naam liye sakal sadhan jeeti.
Sri Haridas nij daras Sri Haridas ras paras,
Sri Haridas sukh det Sri Haridas hit het..
Ananya nrapati Sri Swami Haridas nij das,
Jai Srivar Biharinidas vilsat vilas.
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Swamiji & Bihariji
APPEARANCE OF SWAMI HARIDASJI
Viharidas vihar ko udayan karan Haridas,
Saakhi bhakt ko bhar sake rasikan ke man traas.
When the 'divinity' felt the need of spreading the divine love on earth and quenching the thirst of the pure rasik devotees along with educating them with the essence of pure love, Sri Lalita Sakhi appeared on this earth with the consent of the divine couple as Sri Haridas. He spread the pure love amongst the pure devotees. Without the blessing of Swami Haridas ji no one can understand the grave meanings of pure love and the essence behind it. Only with his mercy, the rasik devotees are constantly enjoying the sweet nectar of pure love...
while the others who are not eligible cannot be a part of this pure love. Swami Haridas ji appeared in a wealthy village in Vrindavan called Rajpur. He was initiated in the Nimbarkiya Sampraday by his rasik guru Sri Swami Ashudhir ji. In 1537 and in the afternoon of the eighth day (Wednesday) of Bhadramas, Sri Gangadhar ji's wife Srimati Chitra ji who was love personified gave birth to Swami Haridasji. The divine baby's affect reached far and beyond. Sri Ashudhirji rushed to bless the divine baby when he heard the news of his birth. He took the baby in his arms and was filled with ecstacy. With great fondness he blessed the baby, gave him Kanthi (small necklace), put
Tilak on his forehead, gave him Prasad, spoke a Mantra in his ears and called him Haridas. As the days passed Sri Haridas ji grew into a pure devotee and learnt the lesson of love and divine music form the birds, flowers and trees of Vrindavan. Some of his followers remained with him always who later with his blessings got to witness the eternal pastimes of Sri Shyama Shyam and were also initiated by him.
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THE ESSENCE OF SRI KELIMAAL
The seed and essence of all and the land of utmost devotion Sri Vrindavan, witness the everlasting play and ongoing continual activities of Sri Kunjbihari and Sri Kunjbiharini. In this land everything is in the form of ONE. There is one love, one sweet nectar, and one form of beauty which cannot be encompassed. This love and sweet nectar keeps increasing every fraction of second and this in turn keeps the divine couple non satiated, enamoured, impatient and longing for each other, in spite of the fact that they are always with each other every second. Their intense love for each other does not allow them to separate and are for ever in a state of ecstasy. The rasiks thrive on this sweet nectar and it is their lifeline. To bless these rasiks with the love and nectar of the divine couple in the form of their service, Sri Lalita Sakhi in accordance with their wishes incarnated in Vrindavan as Sri Haridas. He appeared in a village called Rajpur. He was initiated by Sri Swami Ashudhir in the NImbarkiya Sampraday which was a mere formality. Sri Haridas ji renounced the worldly pleasures and devoted him self in spreading the message of the pure and highest love! His simple way of life and his purpose took him to the zenith of devotion. In this divine state, he sang the glories of Sri Shyama Shyam and these words were later known by the name of Sri Kelimaal. This consists of 110 'pads'. Kelimaal is the vast ocean of the continuous joyous and loving pastimes of Sri Kunjbihari couple which is impossible to cross. The only way one can understand and enjoy the nectar of this sweet ocean is only through the blessings and mercy of Sri Haridas ji as he is the only empowered one. The teachings of Sri Kelimaal are the life and soul of the rasiks and are to be followed with full devotion in this Sampraday.
And because they are all about the divine couple, the meanings are very grave. All the vaanis are the essence of the teachings of Sri Kelimaal only. Some acharyas have translated Sri Kelimaal in form of poetry (Doha-Padya) like Sri Pitambar Devji wrote “Aabhas-Ultha” Sri Swami Radhasharan Devji wrote “Vastu-darshani” and Swami Nagri Devji wrote “Bhavarth-dIpika”in prose (Gadya) in Braj language. The latter is relatively simpler to understand. If rasik devotees read and follow this scripture sincerely, they will be able to understand its grave meanings too. Sri Swami Pitambar Dev ji initiated Sri Swami Nagri Devji in 1791.
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SOME PADS OF SRI KELIMAAL
Maai ri sahaj jori prakat bhayi ju rang ki gaur shyam ghan damini jaise,
Pratham na huti abhu aage hun rahi hai na tari taise.
Ang ang ki ujraai, sugharaai, sundarta aise,
Sri Haridas ke swami Shyama Kunjbihari samvais vise.
Ruchi ke prakas paraspar khelan laage,
Rag ragini aalokik upjat, nritya sangeet alag laag laage.
Rag hi mein rang rahiyo, rang ke samudra mein se dou jahge,
Sri Haridas ke swami Shyama Kunjbihari, pe rang rahiyo ras hi mein paage.
Aise hi dekhat raho, janam safal kari maano,
Pyare ki bhaavti, bhaavti ke pyare jugal kishore hi jaano.
Chin na taro pal hohu na it ut, raho ek hi taano,
Sri Haridas ke swami Shyama Kunjbihari man raano.
Jori vichitra banayi ri maai, kahu man ke haran ko.
Chitvat drishti tarat nahi it ut, man vach kram yaahi sang bharan ko.
Jyo ghan damini sang rahat nit, bichurat nahi aur varan ko,
Sri Haridas ke swami Shyama Kunjbihari na taran ko.
SRI YUGAL NAMAVALI
Jamini jam jabe rahe, sovat te tab jaagei,
Jugal naam madhurya ke, uthi bhakhe badbhaagi.
Shyama Kunjbiharini, Kunjbihari Shyam,
Pati man harni manini, sundar Mohan kaam.
Raasvilasini Radhika,Naagar nritya nidhan,
Priya sahchari swamini , Pritam sahchari pran.
Lalit ladaiti raskini, rasik Ladile Lal,
Gaurangi Hari vallabha, jaldhar kaanti rasal.
Charu chandrika maulini, dharini neel Nichol,
Sis sikhandi mukutdhar, dharpat peet amol.
Tanvi taruni chudmani, komal tarun avtans,
Mani balyavali dharini, bhjudhar Pyari ans.
Chandramukhi chanchal chakhi, Tribhangi ramniya,
Pikbhashini sudhadhari, Krishnachandra kamniya.
Nasa besar dharini, Pyari jalaj bulaak,
Sukumari sushmit mukhi, mook madhur mridu vaak.
Naagri naahu vimohini, Natvar kala pravin,
Sriphal tulya payodhari, vakshsthal kal peen.
Prathu nitambini kraskati, dharini rasna jaal,
Pag mani nupur bhushitsa, gamini gaman maraal.
Bhushit madhyam kinkini, Mohan kachini dhaar,
Ranjit pad manjir mani, gaami gajgati chaar.
Jamuna jal kridavati, pulin gaamini nit,
Vrindaranya bihar rat, haran kamini chit.
Naval Kishori komala, alakladi albeli,
Chabinidhi, rasnidhi, roopnidhi, sobhanidhi raskeli.
Radha mukh pankaj bhavar, kaami kusal Kisora,
Garvi garvit nain hari, ramni ghan man mora.
Veena nad vimohini, Mohan murli naad,
Adbhut nitnavjovana, purn madan unmaad.
Pati viprit ratidayani, pati nit karni nihaal,
Vallabh sok nivarni, Vallabh ur varmaal.
Ali Mandan sada surti sindhu kal keli,
Syamal ang tamal taru, sohni kanchan beli.
Nij charbit tambool ras, Pritam anand den,
Charnani javak ranjni, Piritam man hari len.
Makrakrat kundal dharan, van mala dhar griv,
Rangi madan vilasmay, manmath ananad siv.
Nihuvan mani Sri Haridasi hit Sri Vrindavan chand,
Biharat bichuri na ek pal, kaam keli ras kand.
Nav Nikunj nrip var mhishi, nav Nikunj var bhoop,
Nityabihar su ek ras, raaj akhand anoop.
Ashtotar sat madhur ras, jugal naam ki daam,
Prat pivatihi jihi put, parn sakal man kaam.
Jai Jai Shri Radhey