Tuesday, 28 June 2011

RABINDRANATH TAGORE ON GURU NANAK DEVJI'S ARTI.


Anthem of the universe by  Guru Nanak .
I came across this article in the Hindustan Times….
 Balraj Sahani an Indian actor asked the nobel laureate
Rabindranath Tagore that he had written the National Anthem
for India and could he write an international anthem for the
 whole world?To this Rabindranath replied that  it has already
been written ,not only international but for the entire universe!
In the sixteenth century by Guru Nanak.
Every evening in all the Gurudwaras after the recitation of
Rehras Sahib, arti(ceremony of light) is sung by the raagis in
Raag Dhanasri .
As legend has it ,in 1508 A.D.Guru Nanak Devji visited the
famous temple of Jagannath at Puri in Orissa,which was well known
for its arti for Lord Krishna.In the evening the priests broughtva platterfull
of many lighted lamps ,flowers ,incense and pearls and began the arti .Nanak
meanwhile spontaneously gave words to the wonderful arti which was being
hummed by nature before the invisible altar of God ,the creator of this universe:
GAGAN MEIN THAL RAV CHAND DIPAK
BANE TARIKA MANDAL JANAK MOTI
DHOOP MALYANLO PAWAN CHAWRO KARE
SAGAL BANRAYE PHULANT  JYOTI
KAISI AARTI HO-AY BHAV KHANDANA
TERI AARTI…
“The sky is the puja thaal , in which the sun and the moon are the diyas .
The stars in the contellation are jewels.
The wind laden with sandle-fragrance , is the celestial fan
All the flowering fields forests are the radiance!
What wonderful worship this is ,O destroyer of fear ,
This is you arti!”
JO TIS BHAVAI SO ARTI HO-AY.
That which pleases Him is true worship!


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