Saturday, August 30, 2008

Kirtan and Naamsmaran

Much have been written on Meditation and devotion on this blog. And much have been written about miracles or chamatkars of Shri Sai Baba of Shirdi. Much have been written about the presence of divine love and grace with the sacred text Shri Sai Sat Charitra.

One very important aspect of the devotion or bhakti marga, Naamsmaran (chanting the name of God) and Kirtan (singing the glories of God in devotional songs called bhajans or Qawwali in Sufi tradition) was much liked by Shri SaiBaba. In books related to experiences of devotees with Shri Sai Baba of Shirdi , devotees with the knowledge of music had said that Shri Sai Baba use to correct them on some ragas and musical scales.

Sai Baba himself use to sing bhajans and qawallis, and loved to hear the chantings and bhajans from his devotees. In early 1900 A.D. two devotees that acted as a major instrument to spread the Divine love of Shri Sai Baba were Nanasaheb Chandorkar, who used to tell stories about Shri Sai Baba and induce the Shraddha (Faith) in people, and Das Ganu Maharaj who use to sing devotional songs and bhajans.

Many devotees were attracted by Shri Sai Baba through the devotional songs sung by Das Ganu Maharaj.

The writer had enjoyed the beautiful and Kirtans, charged with Divine frevor on the Janmashtami day with a Bhajan singer and an instrument of Sri Sri Ravishankarji, VikramHazra , in Navsari about 70 kms from Surat. Apart from the good music and deep devotional and musical voice, there is always the quality of divine fervor in his bhajans. Returning after a spiritually charged session of Kirtan, Satsang as it is called in Art of Living, me and another friend of mine drove straight to a local Temple of Shri Sai Baba at 12 in the night and celebrated the birthday of Lord Krishna with the Arati Jai Jagdish Hare, followed by chanting of the sacred name of Shri Krishna and Shri Sai Baba. Both this in succession the spiritual charge was too much. Om Sai Ram.

Few links about Shri Vikram Hazra

Videos of Bhajans of Vikram Hazra
however attending them live has a totally different quality to them.

article about Vikram Hazra in Hindu

And an older one, from Coimbatore

As the divine would will it, the writer has always been in Vikrambhaiya's company for hours whenever he happens to visit Surat. This time He visited my home and was with me for three hours. Reason, we had to work on Vikram Hazra's blog. He has been kind enough to give the credits in one of the posts of his blog.

Devotees of Shri Sai Baba should attend Vikrambaiya's Satsang, he travels around the globe spreading the divine love through his devotional singing. One more thing about him i would like to mention that few person i knew had to leave eating non vegeterian food and alchohol after spending few days with him, doing the DSN (Divya Samaj Nirman) he conducts with the blessings of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

Vikrambhaiya's picture in this post has been stolen without his permission from his blog, hope he would not mind it.

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