Tumi Bhaja Re Mana – hindi bhajan complete lyrics:
„Tumi Bhaja re Mana,
Tumi Japa re Mana
Om, Shri Ram Jaya Ram
Japa re Mana.”
Tumi Bhaja Re Mana – Hindi bhajan translation:
„Oh mind (mana), my dear friend,
Always chant (bhaja) the name of the Divine,
Always repeat (japa) God’s Name!”
In India, people sing bhajans and take part in kirtans, particularly during religious events, rituals and special days. A bhajan is any type of Hindu devotional song.
It has no fixed form: it may be as simple as a kirtan or mantra or as sophisticated as the dhrupad or kriti with music based on classical talas and ragas.
It is normally lyrical, expressing love for the Divine. The name, a cognate of bhakti, meaning religious devotion, suggests its significance to the bhakti movement that spread from the south of India throughout the entire subcontinent in the Moghul era.
The tradition of singing bhajans in India is age old. Some of the earliest composers of bhajans were devotees like Surdas, Mira Bai, Tulsidas, Kabir.
The most popular bhajan themes include verses from the Ramayana and other Hindu scriptures, praises of Goddesses and Gods and their glory.
Bhajans have been influenced at different times by the spiritual teachings of saints such as Haridas, Chaitanya, Tulsidas, Kabir, Soordas and Mira, whose songs are still sung today. They form a part of contemporary Hinduism.
In order to sing Bhajans you do not need a trained voice. Every voice coming from the heart is beautiful. With every song sung, the confidence in your own voice grows and the possible timidness to express yourself by singing soon gives way to the happiness doing it. The songs are easily memorized.
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