Brahmanand Bhajan Mala: A Collection of Devotional Songs and Poems
Brahmanand Bhajan Mala is a book that contains the bhajans (devotional songs) and poems written by Swami Brahmanand, a saint and disciple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. Swami Brahmanand was also known as Raja Maharaj, because he was born in a royal family of Bengal. He renounced his worldly life and joined the Ramakrishna Order, where he became the first president. He was regarded as a spiritual son of Sri Ramakrishna and an embodiment of bliss.
The bhajans and poems in this book express Swami Brahmanand's love and devotion for God, his guru, and his fellow monks. They also reveal his deep insight into the Vedanta philosophy and his experience of the highest state of consciousness. Some of the bhajans are based on classical ragas (musical modes) and talas (rhythmic cycles), while others are simple folk tunes. They are written in various languages, such as Bengali, Hindi, Sanskrit, and Braj Bhasha.
The book is divided into four sections: Shri Ramakrishna Stuti (Praise of Sri Ramakrishna), Shri Sarada Devi Stuti (Praise of Sri Sarada Devi), Guru Vandana (Salutation to the Guru), and Bhakti Geet (Songs of Devotion). Each section contains several bhajans and poems with their meanings and annotations. The book also has an introduction that gives a brief biography of Swami Brahmanand and an overview of his literary works.
Brahmanand Bhajan Mala is a treasure for anyone who wants to experience the joy and peace of devotion. It is also a source of inspiration and guidance for spiritual seekers who want to follow the path of Vedanta. The book is available in PDF format for free download from various websites[^1^] [^2^] [^3^] [^4^]. You can also listen to some of the bhajans sung by various singers on YouTube.Here are some examples of the bhajans and poems from Brahmanand Bhajan Mala:
Shri Ramakrishna Stuti
This section contains 18 bhajans and poems that praise the life and teachings of Sri Ramakrishna, the guru of Swami Brahmanand. Some of the bhajans are based on the incidents from Sri Ramakrishna's biography, such as his vision of Mother Kali, his meeting with Totapuri, his harmony of religions, and his passing away. Some of the bhajans are also expressions of Swami Brahmanand's personal devotion and gratitude to his guru.
One of the bhajans is titled \"Nath! Kaise Narasimha Roop Banaya\" (Lord! How Did You Assume the Form of Narasimha). It is based on the Hindu mythological story of Narasimha, the half-man half-lion incarnation of Lord Vishnu, who killed the demon Hiranyakashipu to protect his devotee Prahlada. Swami Brahmanand compares Sri Ramakrishna to Narasimha and praises his power and compassion. He also says that Sri Ramakrishna is the inner controller and pervader of all beings, and the ultimate goal of Vedanta. The bhajan is written in Barahans raga and Dhamal tala.
Nath! Kaise Narasimha roop Banaya!
Jase Bhakt Prahalad bachaya Re
Na koi tumhra pita kahave, na koi janani jaya
Thambh fodkar prakat bhaye hari, ye achraj teri Maya 1
Adha roop dhara prabhu nar ka, adha simha suhaya
Hiranyakashipu ko pakad dharan me, nakh se fad giraya 2
Garjan sunkar devlok se, Brahmadik sab aaya
Hath jod kar vinti keeni, shant swaroop karaya 3
Antaryami sarv vyapak , ishvar ved bataya
Bramhanand satyakar sabko, yeh parmaan dikhaya 4
Lord! How did you assume the form of Narasimha!
Just as you saved your devotee Prahlada Re
No one can call you father, no one can call you mother
You broke the pillar and appeared as Hari, this is your wonderful Maya 1
You took half the form of a man, half the form of a lion
You caught Hiranyakashipu on your lap, and tore him with your nails 2
Hearing your roar from heaven, Brahma and others came
They folded their hands and prayed to you, to calm down your form 3
You are the inner controller and pervader of all , you are the Lord whom Vedas declare
Brahmanand proves this to everyone, this is your evidence 4
Shri Sarada Devi Stuti
This section contains 10 bhajans and poems that praise the life and teachings of Sri Sarada Devi, the wife and spiritual consort of Sri Ramakrishna. She is also known as Holy Mother or Ma Sarada. She was a perfect example of womanhood and motherhood. She was also a great teacher and guide for many disciples and devotees. She was revered as an incarnation of Goddess Kali by Sri Ramakrishna and others.
One of the bhajans is titled \"Ma Sarada Charan Kamal\" (Mother Sarada's Lotus Feet). It is a song of surrender and devotion to Holy Mother. It describes her as the embodiment of love, compassion, purity, wisdom, grace, and bliss. It also says that she is the mother of all beings and the giver of liberation. The bhajan is written in Bhairavi raga and Dadra tala.