Devotional Songs - Pad Kirtan
on Hori Madhuri
(The Sweetness of Holi Play)
This is from the collection of devotional songs or pad kirtan in "Prem Ras Madira" on Holi Madhuri or the Holi Pastimes.
Holi, the festival of colors, was also celebrated during the descension time of Shri Radha Krishna 5,000 years ago.
It is celebrated on the day after the full moon in the Hindu month of Phalguna (early March). It celebrates spring, and commemorates the burning of Hollika, a central event in the life of Bhakta Prahlad.
The main festivities of Holi involve the exuberant and liberal throwing and applying of colored water and powders on all.
In a devotional sense, this means that as we throw or spray color, we should feel we are playing Holi with Shri Krishna and that we are throwing the color of our love on Him. Conversely we should feel He is showering upon us the bliss of His Divine love, and it is entering deeply into our hearts.
Using these descriptions as a base for your devotional imagination, visualize the scene, actions, and feelings that these pads evoke.
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"Sakhi Sab Hwai Gaye Lalahin Lal"
Sakhi sab hwai gayo lalahin lal.
One Gopi says to her friend, "Each and every thing in Vrindaban has become red with Holi color!"
Aiso rang chalyo pichakarin, aiso udyo gulal.
So much red color was thrown and showered from pichakaris (traditional water gun) by Radha Krishna, the Gopis and Gwalbals, that everything became red.
Lali Lal bhaye lalahun, lal bhain brajbal.
Radha became red, Krishna became red, and all the Gopis became red.
Taruvar Lal Lal bhaye sarvar, shuk pik bal maral.
The trees became red, the ponds became red, the green parrots, black cuckoos and white swans all became red.
Dhenu lal braj renu lal bhain, lal bhaye sab gwal.
The cows became red, the soil of Braj became red and all the Gwalbals became red.
Bahar lal 'Kripalu' phag ko, bheetar lal Gupal.
From outside, everyone was soaked in red color, and from inside everyone was filled with the Bliss of the colorful love of Krishna.