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Bhajans at Sadguru.us

      This page is an offering to those who wish to have access to Bhajans, or devotional songs to the Guru, as sung in the tradition of the Sampradaya of Shri Ranjit Maharaj and Shri Nisargadatta Maharaj.

      All downloads are for personal meditative and worship purposes only and are not intended for commercial distribution.

    Contents

     Background Information

     Kakad Arati Bhajans

     Morning Bhajans

     Afternoon and Night Bhajans

     After Arati Chants

     Bhajans in text format with translation

    Background Information

    The singing of Bhajans or devotional songs is a very ancient tradition in India. The Bhajans that are presented here originate from several sources. For the most part, these bhajans come from the writings of Saint Tukaram, or Saint Ramdas or some of their devotees. Several verses were added later by devotees of Shri Siddharameshwar Maharaj.

    Devotional Advaita?

    Many people wonder about the significance of bhajans and the role that they play in a teaching that is rooted in Advaita Vedanta. Ranjit Maharaj used to tell us that the bhajans played two important roles for the devotee. He would say that the the teaching of this lineage is contained in the bhajans, and that consistently singing the bhajans helped the devotee by keeping his mind focused on the teaching contained therein. He constantly urged us to understand the meaning of the words contained within the bhajans, which was same as His teaching. As for the second role that the bhajans play, He would say that once one had understood the teaching of the Sadguru, the bhajans should be sung as a means of worshipping He who has given that most precious understanding. He would say "sing the bhajans without understanding, or sing them with understanding, but the best is to sing them with understanding." Maharaj would say that devotion naturally follows Self-knowledge, and for the one who did not worship their Master after Self-knowledge had been gained, the pride of ego remained intact. His words ring eternally true: "If I don't exist, only He exists".

    Times for Singing Bhajans

    Maharaj never laid down any hard and fast rules of conduct for anyone. He did say; "Sing the Bhajans!" Many people with Advaitic backgrounds would come to him with a reluctance for doing any kind of devotional practice. Some would even argue with him about the particulars of how to worship. He would invariably say, "worship in your own way, I don't say no, just do the worship." When asked about times, He would generally say that when doing bhajans with others, do them at a time that is convenient for all, and when doing the bhajans by oneself, there is not set time that they have to be done. Typically in Mumbai, bhajans are done at Maharaj's apartment twice a day, once around mid-day, for Morning Bhajans, and in the early evening, for the Afternoon and Night Bhajans which are usually done together. Devotees are usually on their own to do Kakad Arati whenever they deem appropriate.

    As a general guideline for those who wish to do bhajans on their own, Kakad Arati is done sometime shortly after one wakes up in the morning. Morning Bhajans are usually done sometime between mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Afternoon and Night Bhajans are most commonly done together sometime in the evening. Bhajans are traditionally done in front of a photo or photos of the Master or Masters of the lineage.

    A few words about Arati, Prasad, and Puja

    India is a land full of customs and rituals. The act of performing Arati, the offering of Prasad, and the performing of Puja are customs that are performed daily in Maharaj's apartment in Mumbai, and also during special gatherings of the devotees of Shri Ranjit Maharaj and Shri Nisargadatta Maharaj which are called Saptahs. The intention of this site is not to go into a detailed explanation of the significance of these traditions, however a brief mentioning of them is warranted. Arati is done at the end of the Bhajans each time that they are done. So Arati is done at the conclusion of Kakad Arati Bhajans, Morning Bhajans, and Afternoon-Night Bhajans.

    Arati literally means the waving of light. The main significance of this is that the one who is waving the light, is only the light of Consciousness waving the light, which is only Consciousness, to the light of Consciousness who is the one being worshipped. It is nicely described in the translation of Kakad Arati where it is said, "I came to do Arati, and I lit myself".

    Prasad is a small offering of some special food or sweet that is traditionally placed in front of an image of the Master. This is symbolic of offering everything to the Master, and the recognition that everything is truly His, and nothing is "Mine". As for Puja, Maharaj never specifically told western devotees that they should do regular Puja, however many of them do. Puja is basically the act of worshipping, which is done in a prescribed manner. The first section of Morning Bhajans explains the significance of the various aspects of Puja. The explanation of the significance given there is much better than any that can ever be given here. Anyone wishing to become more familiar with the actual ritual of Puja would be advised to visit Maharaj's apartment on Dubash Lane in Mumbai to learn about it first hand for oneself.

    It is worth mentioning that most devotees do practice the act of offering flowers as a means of decorating the table or place where they keep a photo of Maharaj. These flower offerings are not required, but as can also be said for doing the bhajans themselves, the significance of this activity can only be understood when one partakes in it.

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    Recordings

    These recordings are being made available for those who wish to use them as an aid in learning to sing the bhajans for themselves. Other recordings may be added as they become available.

    It should be mentioned that while the aspirant is encouraged to sing the bhajans, they are meant to compliment, and not substitute, listening to, and reflection on, the teaching.

    There are many different chants that are done after Arati. At the current time, there are no recordings of all of the "After Arati" chants available that are given in the Bhajan book "Pathway to Understanding." More recordings will be posted as they become available.

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    Bhajans in text format with translation

    Click on the links below to view the text of the Bhajans as well as the translations in English. This text is from the book "Pathway to Understanding." If you are interested in ordering "Pathway to Understanding" please contact click on the "Books" link below. info@sadguru.com

     Kakad Arati

     Morning Bhajans

     Afternoon Bhajans

    Night Bhajans

    Sadgurustavana from Dasbodh