Wednesday, April 30, 2014

An interesting progression

(20) Dur akasher tara ogo

Lord, You are a star of the distant sky.
I don't know You—
Don't, don't, don't.

Little by little come sit by my side.
Don't hide Yourself—
Don't, don't, don't.

Many pains over many days,
A heap of things to say—
I would speak them all.
Don't turn a deaf ear—
Don't, don't, don't.

Everyone's nearest and dearest,
The beloved of all—
Everybody wants You close-by.
Don't keep Your distance—
Don't, don't, don't.

Whatever is said by the learned,
However scripture is interpreted—
I am Yours, and You are mine.
Any other view I don't acknowledge—
Don't, don't, don't.

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Baba's exposition:
O Paramapuru┼Ťa, at present You are a star of the distant sky. I see You, but I don't know You. Come gradually closer to me, and sit by my side. Don't try to hide from me. I have many things to say to You. So many pains and so many ideas have accumulated in my mind. Let me express them fully; don't pretend to be deaf. Come near to me. I will tell You everything, and my heart will become light. You are the dearest, the most adored, by all. Everyone wants to be near You. Please don't remain far away. Scriptures bear no significance for me. I am not to be guided by the scriptures. I am to be guided and controlled by devotional love. Whatever the scholars or scriptures may say, I know only that You are mine, and I am Yours. Nothing else can I accept.

2 comments:

  1. The theme of parama Purusa playing hide and seek with His devotees is repeated in Baba's songs as well as in His philosophical books. Looking for Baba in our innermost selves is really a journey. At times We feel so near at others so far, unable to reach.
    What I love about These songs is the feeling that from everyone, Baba as my Guru understands deeply how I, the devotee feels. Even if no one else does, The Guru acknowledges these deep feelings of longing as a natural occurrence, something We have to constantly live with, running after Him with ever accelerated speed.

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  2. In Song 20 of Prabhat Samgiita, I find an interesting progression. As the song begins, the spiritual aspirant regards Parama Purusa from a distance and admits to ignorance. But then s/he begins to implore Parama Purusa to gradually come closer. However, even in the third verse like that (the fourth verse of the song), the aspirant still conceives of a relationship that is common – still views Parama Purusa as a shared commodity. Only in the fifth and final verse does the aspirant declare an independent and fully personal relationship. At that point, the song attains its devotional climax. On returning to the first verse to conclude the song, that first verse – formerly just descriptive and somewhat pessimistic – changes form and becomes a heartfelt, plaintive cry. All of the negatives in the song – all of the don'ts – now hammer against any prolonged separation.

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