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deenan dukh haraN dev - Hey Govind Hey Gopal (Non-Film) (1991)  

Lyrics: Surdas | Music: Jagjit Singh | Singer(s): Jagjit Singh 
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deenan dukh haran dev sa.ntan hitakaarii ajaamiil giidh byaadh iname.n kah kaun saadh pa.nchhii ko pada pa.Dhaat gaNikaasii taarii ..1.. dhruv ke sar chhatra det prahlaad ko ubaar let bhakt het baa.Ndhyo set la.nkapurii jaarii ..2.. taNDul det riijh jaat saag paat so.n aghaat ginat nahi.n juuThe phal khaaTe miiThe khaarii ..3.. itane hari aaye gaye basanan aaruu.Dh bhaye suuradaas dvaare kha.Do aa.Ndharo bhikaarii ..4.. newpage ## Some mythological stories to help understand the bhajan. i. 'ajaamila' (Sanskrit name) is a character from the Srimad Bhagavatam. The story, as I remember it, in short is that Ajamila is a braahmaN who gets involved with a woman of loose morals, gives up his family and begins living with this woman and in the process ends up leading a life full of 'sin'. As Ajamila is lying on his death bed, he sees the horrifying spectre of a yamadoota approaching him (in order to take away his life breath) and this causes him to remember and scream out the name of the person dearest to him in his life, his young son -- "naaraayaNa, naaraayaNa!" That's it! A viShNudoota roaming nearby overhears this, thinks this poor man is invoking Vishnu's name and drives away the yamadoota (so Ajamila gets a new lease of life!). Eventually, Ajamila regrets his bad deeds, renounces the world, and accumulating punya due to his penitence and penance that he ends up going to heaven! The moral of the story supposedly is that if you invoke the name of the Lord even by proxy as Ajamila did, your 'sins are washed away'. I'm not sure I agree about this moral part, but okay, whatever! ii. "giidh": refers to jaTaayu. While he was born in the lowly life-form of a vulture he is said to have been blessed by Rama at the time of his death. Rama himself performed the last rites for jaTaayu. Well known story from Ramayana. iii. "byaadh": bird-hunter (baheliyaa in Hindi) a very sinful profession according to Hindu sacred-books. Here it refers to the byaadh named Ratnaakar, who had a change of heart after sage Narada enlightened him, and became sage Valmiki, the legendary author of the Ramayana. According to some other commentaries, the "byaadh" might also refer to the hunter who shot Krishna in the heel thus causing his departure from the mortal world (i.e., 'death'). This byaadh was blessed by Krishna just before he left for his heavenly abode. iv. gaNikaa : courtesan/harlot. "When parashuraam vaishya died of asthma, his wife left him, choosing to become a courtesan/prostitute instead. But she taught her pet parrot to say 'raama', and in teaching this word to the bird, ended up reciting it umpteen times. Thanks to having repeatedly uttered raamanaam with a pure heart (i.e., with no 'personal' gain in mind, except for teaching the bird), she was blessed and received "mukti" after her death." v. sudaamaa : well-known story of Krishna's poor classmate. Krishna ate the grains of rice Sudama brought him as a gift, and blessed him with "health, wealth and eternal happiness", in return. vi. vidura and his wife : again a well-known story from the Mahabharata and the Srimadbhagavatam. Vidura's wife offered plain saag-paat (banana peels according to another version) to Krishna which he relished and (of course) blessed the host and hostess in return. vii. shabarii : old tribeswoman from the Ramayana, who offered fruits that she had tasted herself (and thus turned "juuThe") to Rama. Her unconventional, rural, and simple-minded, yet pure-hearted loving "aatithya" (=hospitality) towards Rama led him, needless to say, to grant her the boon of salvation. viii. draupadii : when this helpless queen of pandavas was at the point of being disrobed publicly, she cried out, calling Krishna for help, who immediately stationed himself ("aaruuDh bhaye") in her garments (vasanan) to the effect that duHshaasan, who was rumoured to have the might of thousands of elephants in his arms, could not pull the garment away from her. ix. gaja : refers to the story of gajendramoksha (Srimad- bhagavatam). The elephant kind, Gajendra, struggles against an alligator which had caught his (Gajendra's) foot as he was drinking water. As it becomes apparent to Gajendra that he is fighting a losing battle and is about to be sucked into the water, he petitions Vishnu to come to his rescue. Which Vishnu promptly does riding his Garuda. Gajendra is granted freedom not only from the jaws of the crocodile, but also from the jaws of this mortal world (=moksha). ##
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