Chaitra Vad 14, Tuesday 25 Apr 2017

Chesta

When the Lord had left his mortal body and returned to his divine abode, the devotees were in a state of mourning. Both Acharyas went to seek solace in the elder saints and asked them to give courage to the devotees.

Gopalanand Swami (whom maharaj had entrusted the acharyas to) instructed Premanand Swami to create a Kirtan through which devotees could remember the Lord by. Premanand swami then wrote the Lords daily activities/habits and condensed them into these 10 verses.

The devotees would then sing these verses and it was as if the Lord had never left as swami's eloquent words reminded all devotees of the lord's minute activities/details.

We sing these verses on a daily basis to remember and meditate upon the Lord's activities in order to grow spiritually on daily basis.



Pad - 1


Pratham Shree Harine Re, Charne Shis Namaavu;
First and foremostly I bow my head at the feet of Shree Hari (Bhagwan Swaminarayan)
Nautam Lilaa Re, Naarayanni Gaavu ... 1
and sing Narayan's (the Lord) ever new divine activities,

Mota Munivar Re, Ekaagra Kari Manane;
Great saints fixate (one point) their minds on him
Jene Kaaje Re, Seve Jaayee Vanane ... 2
For whom they go to the forest in order to serve him.

Aasan Saadhi Re, Dhyaan Dharine Dhaare;
In the forest they adopt a suitable 'aasan' (yoga position) and uptake meditation by focusing on him.
Jeni Chestaa Re, Sneh Kari Sambhaare ... 3
and his chesta (leelas - divine activities) are remembered with affection.

Sahaj Swabhaavik Re, Prakruti Purshottamni;
Purushottam's (greatest human) instinctive nature is natural (casual)
Sunta Sajni Re, Bik Mataade Jamni ... 4
and oh my friend, listening about his nature removes the fear of Yamdoots (torturing staff in hell)

Gaavu Hete Re, Harina Charitra Sambhaari;
I remember all Shree Hari's charitras (leelas - divine activities) and sing with love and affection
Paavan Karjo Re, Prabhuji Buddhi Maari ... 5
and pray to him to (do) purify my 'budhhi' (faculty of knowledge and understanding)

Sahaj Swabhaave Re, Bethaa Hoi Hari Jyaare;
Whenever hari (the lord) is sitting in his usual casual manner
Tulsini Maalaa Re, Kar Lai Ferve Tyaare ... 6
and then using his hand a 'tulsi mala' (a rosary made of tulsi wood) is being revolved

Ramuj Kartaa Re, Raajiv Nen Rupaalaa;
The beautiful one with lotus like eyes is performing humourous acts
Koi Harijannire, Maangi Laine Maalaa ... 7
and sometimes asks and borrows a mala (rosary) from any Harijan (Hari's people - devotees)

Bevdi Raakhe Re, Babe Mankaa Jode;
He doubles up the mala (rosary) by and keeps it folded, and then turns two beads at a time (together).
Ferve Taani Re, Kaik Maalaa Tode ... 8
and whilst revolving, he pulls the mala (rosary) so hard that sometimes it breaks.

Vaato Kare Re, Ramuj Karine Hastaa;
Whilst talking he jokes and laughs thereafter (Another explanation for the above could be that the mala is stopped in its process, [broken] as he starts talking - Vaato kare re)
Bheri Kari Re, Maalaa Karmaa Ghastaa ... 9
and at times after gathering up the mala (rosary) he rubs it between his hands.

Kyarey Meechi Re, Netra Kamalne Swaami;
Sometimes the lord closes his eyes that are as beautiful as the lotus flower
Premanand Kahe Re, Dhyaan Dhare Bahunaami ... 10
and Premanand Swami says that he, who has many names, focuses and meditates.



Pad - 2


Saambhar Sahiyar Re, Lilaa Nat Naagarni;
My friend, listen to the leelas (divine activities) of a skilled actor/performer
Sunta Sukhdu Re, Aape Sukhsaagarni ... 1
and he is an ocean of happiness and some of that happiness would come your way (be given) by listening to the divine activities.

Netra Kamalne Re, Raakhi Ughaada Kyaare;
Sometimes he keeps his lotus flower shaped eyes open
Dhyaan Dharine Re, Bese Jeevan Baare ... 2
and the Lord (my life) is sitting outside and uptakes meditation

Kyarek Chamki Re, Dhyaan Kartaa Jaage;
Sometimes he is startled whilst meditating and awakens
Jotaa Jeevan Re, Janam Maran Dukh Bhaage ... 3
and by seeing the Lord (my life) in such a way the fear/pain of the cycle of birth and death is allayed

Potaa Aagar Re, Sabhaa Bharai Bese;
In front of Shree Hari (himself) a gathered assembly is seated
Sant Harijan Re, Samu Joi Rahe Che ... 4
and saints and devotees who stay constantly fixated towards him

Dhyaan Dharine Re, Bethaa Hoi Hari Pote;
At times Shree Hari (himself) uptakes a meditative pose whilst (is) seated
Sant Harijan Re, Trupt Na Thaaye Jote ... 5
and the saints, devotees thirst for his vision does not become quenched even whilst viewing him.

Sadhu Kirtan Re, Gaaye Vajaadi Vaaja;
Saints sing kirtans (devotional songs) whilst playing the harmonium (musical instruments)
Temne Joine Re, Magan Thaaye Maaharaja ... 6
and watching them the great king (Shree Hari) becomes excited

Temni Bheraa Re, Chapti Vajaadi Gaaye;
Clicking his fingers (playing) he sings with the sadhus (them)
Sant Harijan Re, Nirkhi Raaji Thaaye ... 7
and becomes very happy at seeing the saints and devotees sing the kirtans.

Kyaarek Sadhu Re, Gaaye Vajaadi Taali;
Sometimes saints sing accompanied by clapping
Bheraa Gaaye Re, Taali Dai Vanmaali ... 8
and Vanamali (one who adorns the forest type rosary of wild flowers) also (gives) claps and sings along with the saints.

Aagar Sadhu Re, Kirtan Gaaye Jyaare;
When the saints are in front of him singing devotional songs
Potaa Aagar Re, Kathaa Vanchaay Tyaare ... 9
and when in front of him scriptures are being read then

Pote Vaarta Re, Karta Hoi Bahunaami;
He, who has many names, is having a discussion
Khastaa Aave Re, Premanandna Swami ... 10
and The lord of Premamnand always tries to come/move closer to the action