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Chapter 21: Song Practice (VI)

 

 

After taking a brief break from learning new songs, we continue learning more bhajans and kirtans. Just as the last unit had bhajans and aratis in the morning, this will focus on common bhajans sung by Gaudiya Vaisnavas. The first in the selection is the Gaura Arati, the ceremony glorifying Lord Caitanya. There is one asthayi and two antaras. Antara 2, as in the Gurvastakam (Chapter 13), alternates with the asthayi, some may reverse the order. In addition, a few will sing everything with Antara 2. Antara 3 is used for the refrains featured below. Other Gaudiya Vaisnava groups have more alankaras (refrains in the middle of the song) so the others may have different tunes.

 

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LYRICS:

(1)
(kiba) jaya jaya gorācānder āratiko śobhā
jāhnavī-taṭa-vane jaga-mana-lobhā
jaga-jana-mana-lobhā

(Refrain 1)
(gaurāńger ārotik śobhā jaga-janer-mana-lobhā)

 

(2)
dakhiṇe nitāicānd, bāme gadādhara
nikaṭe advaita, śrīnivāsa chatra-dhara

 

(3)
bosiyāche gorācānd ratna-siḿhāsane
ārati koren brahmā-ādi deva-gaṇe

 

(4)
narahari-ādi kori' cāmara dhulāya
sajaya-mukunda-bāsu-ghoṣ-ādi
gāya

 

(5)
śańkha bāje ghaṇṭā bāje bāje karatāla
madhura mṛdańga bāje parama rasāla

(Refrain 2)
(śankha bāje ghaṇṭā bāje madhur madhur madhur bāje)

 

(6)
bahu-koṭi candra jini' vadana ujjvala
gala-deśe bana-mālā kore jhalamala

 

(7)
śiva-śuka-nārada preme gada-gada
bhakativinoda dekhe gorāra sampada

 

UPDATED: June 18, 2009