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Guru bhajan by Surdas, Druhn in charnan kero bharoso

दृढ़ इन चरनन केरो भरोसो, दृढ़ इन चरनन केरो

श्री वल्लभ नख चन्द्र छटा बिन, सब जग मांझ अंधेरो

साधन और नहीं या कलि में, जासो होत निबेरो

सूर कहा कहे दुविध आंधरो, बिना मोल को चेरो

Surdas and SrinathjiSurdas wrote this bhajan in Braj bhasha for his Guru, Mahaprabhu Vallabhacharya. Surdas was a blind poet and musician, one of the Asht sakhas of Sri Govardhan Nath ji (now at Nathdwara, near Udaipur) who was at Govardhan hill (near Vrindavan) during Surdas’s lifetime. Suradas breathed his last in Braj. This song speaks of his faith in the Guru and his teachings.

Khanjan Nayan is a beautiful biography of Surdas by Amrit Lal Nagar, a famous writer from Chowk in Lucknow.

A bhajan video: Surdas

Mhara ghat maa viraajataa Shrinathji – a Gujarati bhajan from Pushti Sampraday

This is a Gujarati bhajan, invoking the presence of Shrinath ji (Krishna) in one’s  life. Realising the grace and presence of the Lord and surrendering to the beloved through Bhakti-yoga.

It is a popular song in the Vaishnav Pushti Sampradaay, which was established by Mahaprabhu Vallabhacharaya about 500 years ago.

The chief deity of Pushtimarg is Shri Govardhan Nath ji (the name is shortened to Shrinathji or Shriji, with love). Shri Govardhan Nath ji was found by Vallabhcharya ji at Govardhan Hill, near Vrindavan (district Mathura), and moved to Nathdwara in Rajasthan some years later.

Yamunashtak by Vallabhacharya - Sanskrit text

Yamunashtak is a a 9 versed Sanskrit poem by Mahaprabhu Vallabhacharya. His collective work in poetry is known as Shodash Granth. His followers are known as Pushtimargi Vaishnavas. Reading the Yamunashtak and praying to Yamuna Maharani helps in winning over personal weaknesses, suggests, the 16th century Bhakti saint, Mahaprabhu Vallabhacharya...

Bhaktivardhini by Vallabhacharya, Sanskrit text

Bhaktivardhini is a Sanskrit text written by Mahaprabhu Vallabhacharya. This poem advocates for devotion as a tool for spiritual development. Vallabhacharya was the founder of Pushtimarg, a Vaishnav tradition that considers love to be a primary tool for knowing God. More...

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