During Sweet Surprise 2020, Gurumayi spoke about how the saints of India have written and sung about God and the Guru, describing their own experience of sadhana and distilling the knowledge of the scriptures. One of these saints was Surdas. Surdas was blind since birth, yet he would have inner visions of Lord Krishna, including of Lord Krishna’s life as a child and as a protector of the cowherds in the village of Vrindavan.

In many of his bhajans, Surdas expressed his yearning for union with God through the voice of the gopis, the milkmaids of Vrindavan. The devotion, or bhakti, of the gopis for Lord Krishna has been exalted throughout history. Surdas poignantly evokes the pain of their separation from their Beloved by describing the unending flow of their tears.

I have offered the amazing seva of singing Siddha Yoga music for over fifty years, and I have loved—and continue to love—every moment of it. When Gurumayi requested that I sing this bhajan by Surdas to assuage the grief and loss that many are going through in Australia and to support the long and arduous road to complete recovery, I felt that yes, I can do this; this is something I would want to do.

I recorded this bhajan in Gurudev Siddha Peeth, since this is where I am currently offering seva. The melody is in the beautiful Megh Malhar raga. One of the qualities of Megh Malhar is great happiness—the happiness with which people and nature greet the arrival of the rains after the scorching heat of summer.

My wish is that listening to this bhajan and reading the meaning of Surdas’ words will give you rāhat (राहत)—comfort and respite during these trying times.

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About Viju Kulkarni

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Viju Kulkarni has been following the Siddha Yoga path since 1971 and has served on staff in Gurudev Siddha Peeth and Shree Muktananda Ashram since 1973. Viju has offered seva as a Siddha Yoga musician for over forty years. A harmonium player and vocalist trained in Indian classical music, she has played and sung for satsang, courses, Shaktipat Intensives, and numerous Siddha Yoga music recordings, including Prayers of the Heart, a collection of bhajans. Viju is from Dharwar, Karnataka, India, and lives in Gurudev Siddha Peeth in Ganeshpuri, India.

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