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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Jhulana Purnima

Jhulan Purnima 1998, Sadhu Baba's Ashram, Navadvip



Descending from the Swing

(This kirtana concludes the Jhulana Festival)


JHULANĀ HOITE, NĀMILĀ TURITE, 
RASAVATĪ RASA-RĀJA,
RATANA ĀSANE, BOSILĀ JATANE, 
RATANA MANDIRA MĀJHA
SU-CĀMARA LOI, BĪJANA BĪJAI, 
SEVĀ PARĀYAṆĀ SAKHĪ
SUBĀSITA JALE, BADANA PĀKHĀLE, 
BASANE MOCHĀIYĀ DEKHI
THĀRI BHORI KOI, VIVIDHA MIṬHĀI, 
DHARI DUHU SANMUKHE
SAKHĪGAṆA, KOTOHU KAUTUKE, 
BHOJANA KORILO SUKHE
TĀMBŪLA SĀJĀIYĀ, KONO SAKHĪ LOIYĀ, 
DOHĀRA BADANE DILO
EI KEŚA KUSUME, ĀPĀDA VADANE, 
NICHIYĀ NICHIYĀ NILO
KUSUMA TALAPE, ALAPE ALAPE, 
BOSILĀ RĀDHIKĀ ŚYĀMA
ALASE IṢATO, NAYANA MUDILĀ, 
HERIYĀ MOHITA KĀMA
DEKHI SAKHĪGAṆA, KOTOHU JATANE,
 ŚUTĀYALO DUHU TĀYA
SAKHĪRA IṄGITE, CARAṆA SEVITE, 
EI DĀSA VAIṢṆAVA DHĀY

“Rasavatī Rādhā and Rasa-rāja Śrī Kṛṣṇa swiftly descend from Their swing, enter a jewelled chapel, and sit on jewelled seats there. The sakhīs, who are always surrendered to service, then fan Them with cāmara-whisks. One sakhī washes Their faces with scented water, and then wipes Their faces with a soft cloth. Then large plates filled with various sweets are brought before Them, from which the sakhīs then blissfully feed Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa Their feast. Afterwards, a sakhī places betel-leaves into Their mouths. Rādhikā-and Śyāma are then adorned from head to toe with flowers and are brought to a bed of flowers. When Cupid then sees how They slightly close Their eyes of fatigue, he is wholly captivated! When the sakhīs see this too, they carefully lay the Divine Pair down on the bed and, on the sakhīs’ indication, Vaiṣṇava das comes running to serve Their lotus-feet!”

This song has been added at the end of the file Jhulan Lila at madangopal.com, linktab 'Literature', linktab 'Devotional song translations'.

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