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Jhoolan song from Vrindavan by Malini Awasthi, झूला धीरे से झुलावो बनवारी, अरे सांवरिया

झूला धीरे से झुलावो बनवारी, अरे सांवरिया|

झूला झूलत मोरा जियरा डरत है,

लचके कदमिया की डारी, अरे सांवरिया|

अगल बगल दुई सखियां झूलत हैं,

बीच में झूलें राधा प्यारी, अरे सांवरिया|

This beautiful folk song from Vrindavan, thousands of years old, mentions the Kadam tree which was once in abundance in Vraj. The swing mentioned in this song is on a Kadam tree, which in the rainy season is laden with round, deep yellow ball like flowers. The fruit is eaten. It was also a natural ball used for playing ball games by Krishna and friends.

This big shady tree with large leaves and millions of yellow golden balls is a pretty sight by itself on Indian roads again, thanks to the forest department’s tree planting drive in recent years.

Janmashtmi Dadra song by Malini Awasthi

राधा कृष्ण की दासिनी, कृष्ण राधा को दास

जनम प्रभु सभी को दीजिये वृन्दावन को वास

श्याम तोहे नजरिया लग जायेगी

दिन नहीं चैन, रैन नहीं निंदिया

सुन तोरी मुरलिया, मैं मर जाउंगी

श्याम तोहे नजरिया लग जायेगी

अईले कन्हैया, रे अईले कन्हैया

नंद बाबा घर अईले कन्हैया

देवकी ने जाये लाल, जशोदा ने पाये

सोये पहराउ लेके वसुदेव आये

जसोदा से नेग खातिर झगरे नौनिया

नंद बाबा घर अईले कन्हैया

Longing and Love (a story from Srimad Bhagwatam, shared by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar)

It happened 5000 yrs ago, when Lord Krishna sent Uddhava, who was his close associate and a very wise man with so much of wisdom of many techniques and meditation to the place of gopis and gopas, who were full of devotion, always singing and dancing. So, he went to give them some wisdom, to talk about liberation, but none of them were interested in listening to that. They all said, “no, tell us some story about Lord Krishna, tell us what is happening in Dwarka, where he is. We don’t want to hear all this wisdom, etc. you can keep that to yourself. But tell us what news you have of Lord Krishna? Come let’s sing and dance. We have heard enough of wisdom, now is the celebration time.

We have longing and love, and nothing else. We don’t care for the wisdom, we are happy with longing and we are happy with love. The gopis were being offered the highest wisdom by Uddhava, but all they wanted to do was to sing and dance in their love for Lord Krishna.

See how love makes you crazy! But it is good to be crazy, at least sometimes in life. That’s when all the boundaries drop; you feel one with everyone around, and one with the whole universe-and that’s called- ‘Guru tattva’.

Krishna and Shiva

Q: Dear Guruji, is Shiva consciousness and Krishna consciousness the same?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: Yes, yes, they’re same. Krishna consciousness is a little naughtier, that’s it. When it is silent, it is Shiva consciousness. When it is active, it is Krishna consciousness.

God is one but the names are many, forms are many

God is one but the names are many, forms are many. Shiva-Shakti, both are one. Ardhanarishwara is one; half woman and half man, Hari hara is not two it is just one; half is Hara and the other half is Hari. Everything is one and there is only one God 'Bhagavanta'

~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Radha Krishna lila, Sri Banke Bihari ke sawaiya, 50 of 144


हेलो री मैं लख्यो आजु को खेल बखान कहां लौ करे मत मोरी।

राधे के सीस पै मोर पखा मुरली लकुटी कटि में पट डोरी॥

बेनी विराजत लाल के भाल ओ चूनर रंग कसूम में बोरी।

मान के मोहन बैठि रहे सो मनावति श्री वृषभान किसोरी॥५०॥

Kaliya Nag and Krishna, in a poem from Vrindavan, Sri Banke Bihari ji ke sawaiya, 49 of 144


कारेइ मोहन कारेइ सोहन, कारी कालेन्दजा के तट आयो।

खेलत गेंद गिरी दह में तब कारे से नाग लो जाय जगायो॥

नाग को नाथ लियो छिन में अरु कारे के सीस पै नृत्य करायो।

‘गोविंद’ यों प्रभु शोभा बखानत कारे कौ नाथ के नाथ कहायो॥४९॥

This Sawaiya verse depicts the episode of Kaliya-manthan in Vrindavan. Poet Govid says:

“Krishna was playing with a ball with his friends on the banks of dark, deep waters of River Yamuna, when his ball fell into Kaliya-dah, a part of the river where Kaliya Nag, the thousand-headed snake lived. Krishna fought with Kaliya and emerged victorious, dancing on Kaliya’s heads. I cannot describe in words the awesome scene…”

Kaliya Nag is a symbol of the 5 senses, and the episode signifies that the master of the senses should be Krishna, else the waters of life would be poisoned by the craving and misery that the senses are capable of bringing, just like the presence of Kaliya Nag in Kaliya-dah, Vrindavan, poisoned the fresh river water.

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