Deepankar Shivamurti

Songs of Jogi

Renunciation of King Bharthari

Holding Sarangi in his hands

Bharthari walks on the pathway to the forest

The gloom appears to be all around!

Renouncing the royal palace, his majesty became a beggar

Bharthari wanders, wrapping tatters around his neck.

Getting his garments suffused into saffron

Hangs about begging, Bharthari

Rubbing cinder all over his body

At the behest of Guru Gorakh

Bharthari wanders, wrapping tatters around his neck.

Clinging to the tatters, Shyamdei (the queen)  beats her breast

Mourning in many ways

‘Now which fruitful bough

I shall tend to, my lord?’

Bharthari wanders, wrapping tatters around his neck.

‘Listen, queen!’ says Bharthari

It is vain to lament anymore

Take your realm n reign and be merry!

My lady, I do not desire kingdom anymore

Bharthari wanders, wrapping tatters around his neck.

In an agonized tone, Shyamdei cries

Listen,  Bharthari, sagacious sage!

If you were to become a monk

Why did you tie the knot, then?

Heeding nothing, king Bharthari, firmed in resolve

The queen fell unconscious on the bed and darkness spread all around!

Holding Sarangi in his hand,  Bharthari walks on the pathway to the forest

The gloom appears to be all around!

 

जोगियों का गीत- 1

राजा भरथरी का सन्यास

हथवा लेहे सारंगी बन के धरे डगरिया

अन्हरिया चारो ओर से रही!

छोड़ि के आपन राज महलिया राजा बने भिखरिया

गुदरिया गर में डारे भरथरी

जोगी बन के चले भरथरी

गेरुआ वस्त्र रंगाई

गुरु गोरख से आज्ञा पाकर, तन पर भस्म रमाई

गुदरिया गर में…

गुदरी पकड़ि के श्यामदेई रोअईं

बहुबिधि रुदन मचाई

राजन फरी उनईबई केकर लेइ हम डरिया

गुदरिया गर में…

कहे भरथरी सुना हो रनिया, अब जिन रुदन मचावा

लेइल आपन राज रियासत, बैठे मौज उड़ावा

रनिया हमै न चाहे, कोठी महल अटरिया

गुदरिया गर में…

तड़पि-तड़पि के श्यामदेइ बोलि

सुना हो भरथरी ज्ञानी,

तोहका जोगी बनइके रहा, का कर ब्याह रचाया

राजा भरथरी एक न मानी, अपनी जिद्द बढाई

रनिया गिरन सेज पर, छाइ गईल अन्हरिया

 

The Jogi (also spelled Yogi) are a Hindu sect (nath sampraday), found in North India and Sindh, with smaller numbers in the southern Indian states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerla.

The Jogi are followers of Yoga and worshippers of the Hindu god Shiva. They are wanderers and sing the songs of ‘Vairagya’ playing Sarangi.
Translated by Deepankar Shivamurti.