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RamKabir and welcome to Ramkabir Bhajans Website !
We have a huge collection of videos and audios of traditional bhajans (classic bhajans) of Shree Ramkabir Bhakta Samaj. The collection includes bhajan videos of Bhakta bhajan mandals from India, USA and Panama. Bhajan books - Nadbrahma, Amar Varso, Anant Soor, Traditional Bhajans of Bhakta Samaj and Pratigosh - are also available here for download. And there is more! Listen to the MP3 audio of Kabir sakhi (કબીરવાણી) explained in plain Gujarati by Shri Ishvarbhai P. Patel (Parmarthi). Also in the audio section, there is a collection of marriage bhajans by mahila mandal. And much more...just explore for more!
Pride of Bhakta Samaj
"Among our identities as Bhaktas, bhajans is at the top of the list." On the Bhakta Youth video page, there is a playlist of bhajans sung by our Bhakta youth and tabla played by Bhakta youth too. Many of these youngsters were born and raised outside of India. Yet they had interest and desire to learn our traditional bhajans. Congratulations to the Bhakta youth! We are very proud of them.
Bhajans… Anytime ! Any Occasion !
Bhajans are part of any occasion including birth, marriage, death or even graduation! Traditional bhajans of Shree Ramkabir Bhakta Samaj are sung in different rāgs (melody or tune) according to time of day or time of year.
English Translation of Bhajans
To read the translations, please click Bhajans item in the menu above or download the book "Traditional Bhajans of Bhakta Samaj". Eventually all the bhajans will be translated into English. Thanks to Mr. Narendrabhai Upadhyaya for doing this great work for us.
Bhajans: Way of Worship
The Sanskrit word for worship is bhakti ; one who worships is a bhakta ; and one way of worship is to sing bhajans, i.e. devotional songs.
Bhajans are the most popular form of worship in India. They are sung by a single person or in a group; with or without music. Some bhajans are in classical ragas, the other in simple folk tunes. Bhajans can be sung in morning or evening; or may just be murmured at leisure or at work. For centuries, bhajan sessions have been not just a religious practice but also social and cultural events for the common man of India.
Traditional religious ceremonies in India are highly structured; elaborate and expensive rituals are conducted by a priest in Sanskrit. In contrast, bhajan sessions eliminate the priest; the singer addresses the Almighty himself in simple vernacular to rudimentary music of cymbals, tabla, and harmonium.
Kabir was a 15th century poet. In his time, India was ruled by Muslim rulers. There was a perpetual tension between those who converted to Islam and the vast Hindu majority. The Hindus themselves were also divided by castes, innumerable denominations and creeds. Kabir and other literary figures of his time preached the essential human brotherhood, decried the ritualistic forms of worship and championed the ideal of a classless, casteless society.
This ideal was taken up by laterday thinkers in Gujarat and was used to fashion a Ramkabir sect. The followers of this sect denounced their castes and caste names - they simply called themselves Bhaktas.
The Bhaktas celebrated births and marriages and mourned deaths austerely by simpler prayers or bhajans. These bhajan sessions eliminated the institution of the priest and the elaborate, and even wasteful rituals that come with the priest.
The Bhakta philosopy largely draws on Kabir's preachings. However, it is remarkably open to any number of other thinkers and their theories. They thus worship the formless Universal Power, Brahma, as solemnly as they sing of the various forms of Brahma, the avatars .......
- Madhu Rye
'Bhakta Bhajanavali' (1984)
Shree Ramkabir Bhakta Samaj of USA