Mahalaya

Today is a special day for all Bengalis. It marks the beginning of an auspicious time, “Devi pakshya”. This new moon ( amavasya ) day or Mahalaya happens seven days before the start of Durga Puja. It is marked by a ritual of welcoming Ma Durga to visit her earthly abode or baper bari.

It has been a tradition for the Bengalis to wake up in the wee hours of dawn and to listen to the melodious invocation of Goddess Durga, on the radio. This AIR (All India Radio) programme “Mahisasurmardini” was first broadcast in 1931. The welcoming songs (agamani sangeet) sung by renowned artists, and mantras (Chandipath) chanted by Birendra Krishna Bhadra still touch every Bengali’s heart.

Some families also observe Tarpan and pay homage to their ancestors on this day.

I am very thankful to my friend for sending me the recording of this programme yesterday with a reminder to listen to it. I woke up at around 3:30am and used my headphones so that others did not get disturbed. I listened intently recognising all the songs and mantras, I had heard over so many years. They still create a magical sensation in my heart. A feeling of purity surrounded me as I visualized the divine beauty and power of Maa Dugra before my eyes. At some point, not even sure what triggered it, I could not help moving my hands and body to the rythmn of the songs. It was a lovely experience. The programme ended a little before 5 am. I went back to bed still cherishing the pure vibrations. I was almost wanting more.

Around 5:30 am, my husband woke up and started playing “Masisashurmardini” on his phone. My daughter woke up too. We listened to it, all together this time.

Happy Mahalaya and Durga Puja to all.

Bhajan

Jai Jai Ma Jai Jai Ma – low(2)

Mere Man Ke Andh Tamas Mein,
Jyotirmayi Utaro,

Jai Jai Ma Jai Jai Ma – low (2)

Jai Jai Ma Jai Jai Ma – med (2)

Kaha Yaha Devo Ka Nandan,
Malyachal Ka Abhinav Chandan,
Mere Rur Ke Udje Man Main,
Karunamayi Vicharo,

Mere Man Ke Andh Tamas Mein,
Jyotirmayi Utaro,

Jai Jai Ma Jai Jai Ma – low (2)

Jai Jai Ma Jai Jai Ma – med (2)

Nahi Kahi Kuch Mujh Mein Sundar,
Kajal Sa Kala Yeh Antar,
Parano Ke Gehre Gehwar Mein,
Mamtamayi Vigharo

Mere Man Ke Andh Tamas Mein,
Jyotirmayi Utaro,

Jai Jai Ma Jai Jai Ma – low (2)

Jai Jai Ma Jai Jai Ma – med (2)

Varde Varde varde varde

Varde varde varde Veena Vadini varde,

Jai Jai Ma Jai Jai Ma – low (2)

Jai Jai Ma Jai Jai Ma – med (2)

Sathya mayi too hai, gyan mayi too hai
Prem mayi bhee too hai, ham bachcho ko varde

{Varde Varde varde varde

Varde varde varde Veena Vadini varde,} X2

Jai Jai Ma Jai Jai Ma – low (2)

Jai Jai Ma Jai Jai Ma – med (2)

Nirmal mann karde, prem atul karde
Sabki sabal mathi ho, aisa humko varde

{Varde Varde varde varde

Varde varde varde Veena Vadini varde,} X2

Jai Jai Ma Jai Jai Ma – low (2)

Jai Jai Ma Jai Jai Ma – med (2)

Sarswati bhee too hai, mahalakshmi too hai
Maha kali bhee too hai, ham bhakto ko varde

{Varde Varde varde varde

Varde varde varde Veena Vadini varde,} X2

Varde varde Varde Varde (2)

Impatient Girl

I thought this is a nice one to share.

A LEAF IN THE WIND

There is a tiring journey ahead,
Focus on your destination
As hope excitement fade,
And there comes a diversion.
“Aimless challenges lure you
Torture follows when you crave,
Without surrender, there is no bliss,
Know “to be patient, is to be brave.”
To have left things half-done
Dismissing grand possibilities,
You are the impatient one
Doubting your own abilities.
Follow the path, your duty
Keep alive undying courage
The world conspires to realize
And unveil your true image

View original post

My first Bengali post

সৎবুদ্ধি

বুদ্ধু আর বুদ্ধ
নামের অল্প তফাৎ
চিন্তাহীন প্রসন্ন
নির্মল তাদের স্বভাব

সহজ সোজা চাল
একের পড়ে ভুল
কালো আর সাদা
অন্যেরটা নির্ভুল

চালের পর চাল
সাহসী বেপরোয়া
হারা আর জেতা
আনন্দভরা খেলা

দেখছে পাশে বোদ্ধা
ভালো মন্দের বিভেদ
চিন্তায় মগ্ন মাথা
দ্বন্দে ভরা বিবেক

FREEDOM

If I die now

Let me breathe my last

Deep fulfilling air

Cherishing all that’s past

 

If I live more

Let every moment’s gift

Reflect true grace

In every word and deed

 

Your kind love

Flowing like a river

Blesses every life

Willing to surrender

A LEAF IN THE WIND

I was running towards my goal. Merciless obstacles thwarted progress but I kept on striving. My right foot slipped and I fell on the ground. Bruised, I got up and resumed running. I was breathless and I was afraid. This time, I will probably not be successful. Suddenly, the left foot fell into a pit hole. My ankle twisted and I fell flat and my head hit the ground. That was the end of my pursuit.

Frustrated, I sat down and wondered what could I have done, different. I could not have done anything to change the result. I was going against the flow. But the flow was too powerful. No matter what direction I went, caught in the whirlpool, it did not affect the final outcome: the raging waterfall took everything in its flow downward, on its own path.

Through great failure, the realization of the path finally dawned in the mind. The path was there waiting to be discovered. Drop the effort and flow in the stream that will lead to the ocean.

“A Leaf Falls and Settles : It was autumn. A leaf had just started falling. It was zigzagging with the wind , slowly. Lao Tzu watched the leaf. The leaf came down to the ground and settled. As he watched the leaf falling and settling, something settled in him.  From that moment ,  he became a non-doer. The winds come on their own, and existence takes care.” – From Tao: The State and the Art by OSHO

Prayer

o palanhare, nirgun aur nyare -2, tumare bin hamara kaunon nahee
hamaree uljhan suljhao bhagwan, tumare bin hamara kaunon nahee
tumhe hamaka ho sambhale, tumhe hamare rakhwale
tumare bin hamara kaunon nahee - (3)

O Protector, who is beyond good or bad, who is unique
We are alone without you...
You are the one who can solve our problem
We are helpless without you..

You have guided us, you have saved us
You are the only one for us.


chanda me tumhe toh bhare ho chandni, suraj me ujala tumhe se
yeh gagan hai magan, tumhe toh diye ho isse tare
bhagwan yeh jivan tumhe naa sanwaroge, toh kya koee sanware
o palanhare nirgun aur nyare, (tumare bin hamara kaunon nahee -2)

You have given moon it's beautiful silver beam
You have made the Sun shine so bright
The sky is lost in it's depth, you have given it the stars.
O God, no one has the power to make this life beautiful other than you
O Protector, who is beyond good or bad, who is unique
We are alone without you...
jo suno toh kahe prabhuji hamaree hai binati,
dukhi jan ko dhiraj do hare nahee woh kabhee dukh se 
tum nirbal ko raksha do, reh paye nirbal sukh se 
bhakti ko shakti do - (2) 
jag ke jo swami ho, itani toh araj suno 
hai path me andhiyare, dedo vardan me ujiyare 

O Master if you hear me, I have a humble request
Please give patience to those who suffer
So they do not give up when faced with misery
Please protect the weak, so they are not bullied
Please give strength to the devotees
The Lord of this whole universe, hear my earnest prayer
When darkness hides the way, give us the gift of light
(o palanhare, nirgun aur nyare, 
tumare bin hamara kaunon nahee 
hamaree uljhan suljhao bhagwan, 
tumare bin hamara kaunon nahee) - (3)

O Protector, who is beyond good or bad, who is unique
We are alone without you...
You are the one who can solve our problem
We are helpless without you..