Bhajans

પદ - ૯૮૧, રાગ - અકેલી
pada - 981, rāga - akeli

Dhaman Bhajan Mandal (Recorded in 1971)

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તમે સુણો દિનાનાથ દયાળ અકેલી ક્યોં રહું;
tame suno dinā-nāth dayāl, akeli kyoň rahuň;

લોક બેગાના મેં દુઃખી રે વાલો ગયો રે અકેલી મેલી;
દિલ તલસે રે દારા કો, હાં રે માહે તનમાં તાલાવેલી ... ટેક
lok begānā meň dukhi re vahālo gayo re akeli meli;
dil talase re dārā ko, hāň re mahe tan-māň tālā-veli ... akeli kyoň rahuň

કઠણ કસોટી ખલક કી રે વાલો કાયર સબ પરિવાર;
હેતે સંદેશો મોકલ્યો, હાં રે વાલા નહીં કોઇ આવનહાર ... ૧
kathan kasoti khalak ki re vahālo kāyar sab pari-vār;
hete saňdesho mokalyo, hāň re vahāla nahi ko-ii āvan-hār ... 1

પાલવ બિછાવું પ્રેમ કો રે તમો સુણો ત્રિભુવન પ્રતિપાળ;
ગુણ અવગુણ માહે મત ધરો, હાં રે મોહે મૃત્યુ સે લીજો ઉગાર ... ૨
pālav bichhāvu prem ko re tamo suno tri-bhuvan prati-pāl;
gun ava-gun māhe mat dharo, hāň re mohe mrutyu se lijo ugār .... 2

અંતરગત આતુર ભયે રે વાલો વ્રેહની કરે રે પુકાર;
જન નામદેવ સ્વામી વિનંતિ, હાં રે તમે સુણજો સરજનહાર ... ૩
aňtar gat ātur bhaye re vahālo vreh-ni kare re pukār;
jan nām-dev svāmi vinaňti, hāň re tame sunajo sar-jan-hār ...  3

YouTube Video(s):
1. Dhaman - audio recorded in 1971
2. Shree Ramkabir Mandir Bhajan Mandal - July 31, 2010, Bhakta Bhajan Sammelan, Humble Civic Center, Humble, TX, USA
3. Shree Ramkabir Mandir Bhajan Mandal - April 19, 2015

English Translation:
This Bhajan is purported to have been sung by Bhagat Namdev, who was influenced by Vaishnavism, however this bhajan carries an influence of poetess Mirabai. Like other Bhakti movement saints, Namdev composed bhajans, which were devotional songs meant to be sung to music.

Saint Namdev, who hailed from the lands of Maharashtra, is also said to have met Saint Kabir along with other Bhagat poets - Ravidas and Pipa.

Similar to Saint Kabir Saheb, to Namdev, mechanical rituals were futile, pilgrimage to holy places pointless, and deep meditation and loving mutual devotion was what mattered most. At one place he has remarked, "One stone is lovingly decorated, while another stone is walked upon. If one is a god, then the other must also be a god!"  

This bhajan reflects pangs of separation of an ardent devout from god. During the course of spiritual pursuit, many times a devotional spiritual seeker may find oneself lost in wilderness - a nowhere land! At such times, the seeker complains, 'Merciful Lord of unfortunates, why should I be left alone to live?'

0. Looking around the world the devout finding herself amidst unfamiliar people laments her merciful God has left her alone, so why should she live alone? Who are these unfamiliar people? These other people are lost in worldly pleasures who do not worship God. Being devotionally wedded to God, her heart pines for the love of her beloved, as her mind is restless.

1. Sending a message to her much-loved lord, she grieves living in such a world is a like enduring tough test. Not finding her kin and family unsupportive she calls them cowardly timid. Conveying message to the Almighty the devout pleads to alleviate her from her distress, as she does not find any savior coming her way.

2. Calling the God being the protector of the three worlds, the dedicated devout is willing lovingly to spread her sari as a mark of submission. Reminding the Lord of the three world, ignoring discrimination of three qualities i.e. Sattvagun, Rajoguna and Tamoguna the disciple pleads to ignore virtues and demerits of the disciple and alleviate from the deathly darkness of ignorance.

3. The disciple worshiping the beloved God, anxiously cries out with anguish having been separated from her master. Ardently persuading the creator of this universe, the poet Namdev beseeches to listen to the cries of the pitiful devout.