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In this modern age, it is very difficult for people to practice austeritiesIor Tapascharya. Over time man has degenerated physically andmentally. It is not easy for him to practice the demanding Yogasrequired by the spirituality of Sanathana Dharma. Modern man hasno time for God. Knowing this, Sat Gurudev Sri Swami SivanandajiMaharaj encouraged the practice of Sankirtan Yoga and the singingof Bhajans glorifying the many manifestations of the one omnipresentDivine Reality.Sankiftan Yoga is the chanting of the Divine Name pouring fofthfrom the hearts and minds of the lovers of God. 'Kiltan'comes from theroot word Kirt, meaning to call, to repeat, to praise, to glorify. 'Bhajan'means devotional prayer or hymns set to music as well as worship oradoration of the Lord. The word 'Bhajan' comes from the root wordBhaj, meaning to worship, to serve, to honour.Ki rta ns and Bhaja ns ca n be practised both i nd ivid ua I ly and col lectively.All modern Saints have encouraged this Yoga. During his travels all overIndia, Sat Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj conducted manySankirtan Sammelons, which is the singing of Bhajans and Kiftansamong large groups of devotees.Our ancients knew that the easiest way to progress on the spiritualp?th is to repeat the Divine Name. Constant repetition of the DivineName brings about purification of the mind; and when heart and mindare purified, peace arises.The original prototype of this book, entitled Inspiring Songs andKiftans, was written by Sat Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharajin 1943. It contained a collection of inspiring and instructive songswritten by Gurudev himself. Revered Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharajlater made some additions and also greatly propagated the chantingvi I Sivananda Ashram Devotional Songsand repetition of the Name of God wherever he went. Over the yearscertain Bhajans, often repeated by Revered Sri Swami ChidanandajiMaharaj, became dearly loved. The present book is a compilation ofthose songs, the traditional and favourite Bhajans and Kirtans that havebeen sung at Sivananda Ashram in Rishikesh since Gurudev,s time.I want to specially thank Sri Swami Divyabhavananda Mataji andSri Suchita Lusardi Mataji for having given so much of their time andcombined effort to bring about this new book of Devotional Songs andalso the many residents of the Ashram and devotees, near and far,who provided invaluable assistance translating the songs into Englishand giving other helpful service and advice, especially His HolinessSri Swami Hamsanandaji Maharaj, Sri Swami Devabhaktanandaji, SriSwami Akhilanandaji, Sri Swami Shivashritananda Mataji, Sri ChoudhuryGourahari Mishra, Cristina Capello, Shanta Subba Rao Mataji, NeelmaniKhaturia, Liliana Vinaya Mataji and Alan Neachell. Our special thankgoes to Dr. T. V. Vasudeva Dharmadhikari, Deputy Director of theKuppuswami Shastri Research Institute, Chennai, for his guidance inall matters concerning the transliteration and translation of the sanskritDevanagari script.May the benedictions of Sat Gurudev ever be upon them all andupon all those who aspire to gloriff God through the chanting of theDivine Name.Swami VimalanandaPresidentThe Divine Life SocietySivananda AshramSri Skanda Shashthilst November 2011

Text of Devotional Songs

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    Bhajans and Kirtans

    Published byTHE DIVINE LIFE SOCIETY

    PO. ShivqnandanagarDistt. TehriGarhwal, Uttarakhand 249 tg2,

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  • First Ediuon: 2011 (Copies 1000)

    @ The Divine Ufe Trust Society

    Cover & page design and typesetting:

    Arati Devasher, www.aratde\asher.com

    Published by Swami Padmanabhananda

    for The Divine Life Society, Shivanandanagar,

    and printed at Cntury O,ftet Printers,Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249201, India, ,

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    Foreword

    Tn this modern age, it is very difficult for people to practice austeritiesIor Tapascharya. Over time man has degenerated physically andmentally. It is not easy for him to practice the demanding Yogasrequired by the spirituality of Sanathana Dharma. Modern man hasno time for God. Knowing this, Sat Gurudev Sri Swami SivanandajiMaharaj encouraged the practice of Sankirtan Yoga and the singingof Bhajans glorifying the many manifestations of the one omnipresentDivine Reality.

    Sankiftan Yoga is the chanting of the Divine Name pouring fofthfrom the hearts and minds of the lovers of God. 'Kiltan'comes from theroot word Kirt, meaning to call, to repeat, to praise, to glorify. 'Bhajan'means devotional prayer or hymns set to music as well as worship oradoration of the Lord. The word 'Bhajan' comes from the root wordBhaj, meaning to worship, to serve, to honour.

    Ki rta ns and Bhaja ns ca n be practised both i nd ivid ua I ly and col lectively.All modern Saints have encouraged this Yoga. During his travels all overIndia, Sat Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj conducted manySankirtan Sammelons, which is the singing of Bhajans and Kiftansamong large groups of devotees.

    Our ancients knew that the easiest way to progress on the spiritualp?th is to repeat the Divine Name. Constant repetition of the DivineName brings about purification of the mind; and when heart and mindare purified, peace arises.

    The original prototype of this book, entitled Inspiring Songs andKiftans, was written by Sat Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharajin 1943. It contained a collection of inspiring and instructive songswritten by Gurudev himself. Revered Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharajlater made some additions and also greatly propagated the chanting

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    and repetition of the Name of God wherever he went. Over the yearscertain Bhajans, often repeated by Revered Sri Swami ChidanandajiMaharaj, became dearly loved. The present book is a compilation ofthose songs, the traditional and favourite Bhajans and Kirtans that havebeen sung at Sivananda Ashram in Rishikesh since Gurudev,s time.

    I want to specially thank Sri Swami Divyabhavananda Mataji andSri Suchita Lusardi Mataji for having given so much of their time andcombined effort to bring about this new book of Devotional Songs andalso the many residents of the Ashram and devotees, near and far,who provided invaluable assistance translating the songs into Englishand giving other helpful service and advice, especially His HolinessSri Swami Hamsanandaji Maharaj, Sri Swami Devabhaktanandaji, SriSwami Akhilanandaji, Sri Swami Shivashritananda Mataji, Sri ChoudhuryGourahari Mishra, Cristina Capello, Shanta Subba Rao Mataji, NeelmaniKhaturia, Liliana Vinaya Mataji and Alan Neachell. Our special thankgoes to Dr. T. V. Vasudeva Dharmadhikari, Deputy Director of theKuppuswami Shastri Research Institute, Chennai, for his guidance inall matters concerning the transliteration and translation of the sanskritDevanagari script.

    May the benedictions of Sat Gurudev ever be upon them all andupon all those who aspire to gloriff God through the chanting of theDivine Name.

    Swami VimalanandaPresident

    The Divine Life Society

    Sivananda AshramSri Skanda Shashthilst November 2011

  • Contents

    ForewordPhonetic Pronunciation GuidePrefaceHomage to our Gurus

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    SONGS COMPOSED BY SHRI SWAMI SIVANANDA'I

    Song of Divine LifeSong of Eighteen "Ities"Song of AdmonitionSong of SalutationSong of InstructionSong of Krishna KanhaiSong of ChidanandaSong of GovindaSong of AdvaitaSong of Immanence of RamSong of Sadashiva NaraYanaSong of ImmortalitYSong of So'ham Shivo'ham

    FAVOURITE SONGS OF SHRI SWAMI CHIDANANDA'I

    Saba Hein SamanaArunachala Shiva

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    Eka Sara NamaRadha-ramana KahoAdi Divya JyotiHara Hara Mahadeva ShambhoYamuna Tira VihariKeshava Govinda KrishnaPrema MuditaParho Pothi Men RamaLaga Le Prema Ishvara SeAdi Bija EkaleUtho Jaga MusaphirMata Pita Bandhu

    SONGS TO LORD GANESHA

    Jaya Ganesha KirtanShri Ganeshji Ki AratiGaiye Ganapati Jagavandana

    MONDAY:DEDICATED TO IORD SHIVA

    Shiva Panchakshara StotramShiva Manasa PujaSamba SadashivaRudrashtakamJaya Shiva OmkaraGauri VaraLingashtakamShankara Ji Ka DamaruShankara Shiva ShankaraOm Shiva OmkaraNataraja Naftana SundaraSambasadashiva Bholanatha

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    Om Shiva Om Shiva ParatparaHara GaoBol Shankar

    TUESDAY:DEDICATED TO LORD SUBRAHMANYA

    Nada Bindu KaladiSubrahmanya ShanmukhanathaVel MurugaHara-harohara Hara-haroharaVanna Mayil Vahanane ShivaSubrahmanya SubrahmanyaSharavanabhava

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    WEDNESDAY:DEDICATED TO SHRI KRISHNA

    Jagannathashtakam StotramBhaja Govindam (12 verses)Govinda BoloAdharam Madhuram StotramDarshana Do GhanashyamaBhaktavatsala GovindaGopala Gokula VallabhipriyaBhaja Re GopalamKamala VallabhaRadhe Govinda Bhajo Radhe GopalEhi MudamPrabhu MoreGovinda Damodara PrarthanaAna Sundara ShyamHe Giridhara GopalaJaya Gopal

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    Shri Krishna GovindaKrishna Govinda GovindaShri Krishnam VandeChalo ManaKeshava Madhava Govinda JayaGovinda Jaya JayaSunaja SunajaVipina VihariKrishna Krishna MukundaShri Krishna ChaitanyaRadhe RadheBhajo Radhe GovindaJaya Shri RadheMera Shyama

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    Natavara Lal Giridhara GopalRadhe Shyam

    THURSDAY:DEDICATED TO THE SPIRITUAL MASTERS

    GuruashtakamOm Guru Jaya GuruSivananda Yogindra StutihSivananda StutihGuru HamareBhava Sagara TaranaPayoji Mein-neSivananda Kya Tu Manava HaiDeva Deva SivanandaGuru Maharaj Guru Jaya JayaDatta Guru Jaya Datta GuruGuru MahimaSivananda Ka Darbar HeiAnanda KutiraMangala Maya Sivananda

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    Ganga KinareManasa BhajareJaya Gurudeva DayanidheOm Gurunatha

    FRIDAY:DEDICATED TO THE DIVINE MOTHER

    Vani SarasvatiBhavanyashtakamAmba LaliteJagadambikeDinoddhariniIshvari MaheshvariVina PustakaAisa PyaraJaya Jaga JananiOm ShaKiOmJaya Narayani Namo'stuteGauri Gauri Gange

    SATURDAY:DEDICATED TO LORD RAMA,

    SHRI HANUMAN AND LORD VENKATESHA

    Shri Ramachandra KripaluThumaka Chalata RamachandraRama Na Bisara BandeBhaja Mana Ramacharana SukhadaiPayoji Mein-neDina NikeRama Rama...Nama TarakamShri Rama Se Koyi Mila DeHare Rama Hare Rama

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    Ramachandra RaghuviraSita Rama Radhe ShyamaRaghupati RaghavaRama Jinka Nama HeiSita Ram Sita RamSita Rama KahoJanaki Natha SahayaAffjaneya ViraVande Santam Shri HanumantamVenkatesha Venkatesha

    SUNDAY:DEDICATED TO LORD NARAYANA

    Achyutam KeshavamShri Badrinatha VishvambharamHari Tum Haro Jan Ki BhirHe MadhavaRama Krishna HariJagadisha AratiHari Hari BolHari Ke Pyare Hari Hari BolAditya Narayana

    VEDANTIC SONGS

    Ninrana ShatkamSarvam Brahma MayamAnando'hamAho! Aham Namo MahyamKoi Koi lane ReShuddho'si Bhuddho'siSatyam Jnanam Anantam BrahmanOmkaram Bindu Samyuktam

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    OM OM OM VicharSong of Om

    DEVOTIONAL WISDOM SONGS

    Bhajo Re BhaiyaAba Sounpa DiyaJyot Se Jyot Jagate ChaloRama SumiraNama JapanaShankaraya MangalamSumirana Kara Le

    CLOSING SATSANG PRAYERS

    The Universal PrayerShlokasPrabhu-Prarthana (He Prabho)

    APPENDIX

    Hanuman ChalisaNama RamayanamGlossary of Divine NamesAlphabetical List of Songs by First Lines

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    Phonetic Pronunciation Guide

    This song book is intended for devotees without scholarly training inI Sanskrit and Hindi, so that they can participate easily in the singing

    during the Satsangas at Sivananda Ashram. We have tried to make thetransliteration as helpful as possible, while trying at the same time torespect the languages involved. The spelling is based on phonetics,on how each sound is articulated while singing. Of particular concernto foreigners is the need to indicate the presence of a very soft "a"usually at the end of Hindi words when it is slightly afticulated. In suchcases, we have added an "a" in order that the rhythm of the song ismaintained. Similarly, in Hindi songs we use the letter "r" to representa sound more like the English "r" to the Western ear, rather than theconventional "d",

    Long-vowel sounds are indicated by an upper stroke - A a i i U U.

    The letter i indicates a "half-n" sound and signifies that the precedingvowel is nas

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