Poem composed by Braj Banchary Didi in 2008. Didi Ji had the opportunity to sing it to Maharaj Ji. Later, this was also sung while Shri Maharaj Ji soaked everyone with rose water (played 'Gulab Jal ki Holi') the same year.
This was also the last Holi that both Amma Ji (our Divine Mother and wife of Shri Maharaj Ji) and Maharaj Ji played together.
Rang Ekadashi falls on 11 day of Phalgun month of the Indian lunar calendar. Generally it is celebrated 4 days before Holi play. On this auspicious day Shri Maharaj Ji showers blessings and divine water (gulab jal aka rose perfumed water) infused with the essence of bhakti. In 2008 during 'gulab jal ki holi', Amma Ji was hiding behind the doors in old satsang hall in Mangarh. Seeing Amma Ji missing Maharaj ji soaked Amma Ji's bed with gulab jal. Later he saw Amma Ji and soaked her as well.
होरी खेलैं सद्गुरू सरकार, सुरभित सलिल फुहार ।।
Hōrī khēlaiṁ sadgurū sarakāra, surabhita salila phuhāra..
My Guru is playing Holi with aromatic water.
लै पिचकारी गुलाब जल वारी,
Lai picakārī gulāba jala vārī,
He is holding a water spray gun full of rose water,
सबहिं भिगोवत बारी बारी।
Sabahiṁ bhigōvata bārī bārī.
He is soaking everyone turn by turn with that rose water.
कैसी होरी की छाई है बहार, सुरभित सलिल फुहार।।
Kaisī hōrī kī chā'ī hai bahāra, surabhita salila phuhāra.
O! what a marvelous scene it is to see him play Holi with aromatic water.
परखि रहे सब भक्त विकल हो,
Parakhi rahē saba bhakta vikala hō,
All devotees are anxiously waiting
हमरी ओर दया प्रभु कब हो।
Hamarī ōra dayā prabhu kaba kaba hō.
For a glance of grace of their Master.
कब डारेंगे हम पे जल धार, सुरभित सलिल फुहार ।।
Kaba ḍārēṅgē hamapē jala dhāra, surabhita salila phuhāra.
Waiting anxiously to be soaked with the aromatic water.
नाचें सब कहि होरी है होरी है,
Nācēṁ saba kahi hōrī hai hōrī hai,
All devotees are dancing and saying 'it is Holi', 'it is Holi'
मनगढ़ का छोरा है लीलापुर की छोरी है।
Managaṛha kā chōrā hai līlāpura kī chōrī hai.
The boy (Shri Maharaj Ji) hails from Mangarh and the girl (Shri Maharaj Ji's wife and our divine mother 'Amma ji') hails from Leelapur.
वारी जाऊँ मम दोउ सरकार, सुरभित सलिल फुहार ।।
Vārī jā'ūm̐ mama dō'u sarakāra, surabhita salila phuhāra..
I surrender myself on the couple, playing Holi with aromatic water.
मनगढ़ की होरी तो रस बोरी है,
Managaṛha kī hōrī tō rasa bōrī hai,
Holi in Mangarh is full of nectar,
छलकत रस इत ब्रज कोरी है
Chalakata rasa ita braja kōrī ihai
And that is same the nectar, as the one showered in Braj (by Shri Radha-Krishna)
जै हो जै हो रसिकन सरदार, सुरभित सलिल फुहार ।।
Jai hō jai hō rasikana saradāra, surabhita salila phuhāra..
Glory be to the crest jewel of all saints, who is playing Holi with aromatic water.
बरनि न जाय आज की शोभा,
Barani na jāya āja kī śōbhā,
Beauty of this day cannot be described in words,
लखि छवि गुरू मदनहुँ मन लोभा ।
Lakhi chavi gurū madanahum̐ mana lōbhā.
Even Cupid is enticed seeing the resplendent personality of my Guru.
धनि लीला कृपालु बलिहार, सुरभित सलिल फुहार ।।
Dhani līlā kr̥pālu balihāra, surabhita salila phuhāra..
I surrender myself on the leela of Kripalu Ji Maharaj, playing Holi with aromatic water.
- Braj Banchary
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