Saints of India
The history of India has for its landmarks not wars and emperors but saints and scriptures.
Dr. S. Radhakrishanan
India is blessed by a treasure of great tinkers and poets who have showered the nation with their wisdom and intellect. Overcoming the artificial barriers of caste, creed and colour, they have preached the concept of universal brotherhood, peace and divine love. The four unforgettable religious thinkers and philosophers of India who have been at the centre of intellectual and religious attention are Kabir, Meera, Tulsidas and Surdas. Their contribution in the philosophical and religious realms can never be ignored and their timeless teachings are remembered, respected and followed even today. In fact, their erudition always sparks many interpretations, commentaries and discussions that have been continuously enriching the Indian religious and philosophical traditions.
To provide you with a perspective on the thought process and wisdom of these famous four poet prophets, we present their landmark verses. These poems by Kabir, Meera, Tulsidas and Surdas treat universal themes and have great popular appeal even today. Their timeless thoughts and verse encompassing daily life situations guide Indians in every walk of life, both in spiritual and social context, transcending the bonds of communities and conventions, place and time. Indulge in the teachings of these saints, seers, philosophers and poet prophets and experience the universal phenomenon of union with the divine. Imbibe the wisdom they preach through these verse and find solace and solutions in their magical words. Benefit from this intellectual yet spiritual treasure!
Tulsidas: Poet – philosopher Tulsidas, an Awadhi poet and philosopher, was born in Rajpur, in the district of Banda in Uttar Pradesh, in Samvat 1589 or 1532 A.D, during the reign of Humayun. He wrote numerous books and is considered the greatest and the most famous of Hindi poets.
Tulsidas was extremely and passionately attached to his wife Buddhimati until the day she said “If you would develop for Lord Ram even half the love that you have for my filthy body, you would certainly cross the ocean of Samsara and attain immortality and eternal bliss”. These words pierced his heart. He abandoned home, became an ascetic, and spent fourteen years visiting various sacred places, purifying his thoughts and ways. It is said that Tulsidas met Lord Hanuman and through him had a vision of Lord Ram.
Tulsidas is best remembered for writing Ramcharitmanas, an epic devoted to Lord Ram. He wrote this inspiring book containing coupets in beautiful rhyme called’ chaupai’, believed to be under the directions of Lord Hanuman. A personification of humility, he declares in the Manas that he is no poet and he is imperfect and only sings the excellence of Ram according to his poor wit and understanding. This is the case in his other works Gitavali (1571), Kavitavali (1612), Barvai Ramayana (1612) and one of the best works, Vinaya Patrika (a request of Ram). However, he should not be considered partial to Ram in exclusion to others. He appreciated the diverse tenets of Saiva, Advaita and Samkhya philosophies as well.
Listen to the chaupai’s of Tulsidas as sung by enchanting singers such as Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty, Kavita Krishnamurti, Sadhana Sargam, Devaki Pandit, Ashit Desai, Hema Desai, Aalap Desai, Sanjeev Abhyankar and Parthiv Gohil. Drown your egos and immerse in the selfless love for Lord Ram with Tulsidas.
Goswami Tulsidas emerged on the scene with the revival of one of the greatest epics of all times, The Ramayan. Through his inspired writings he reoriented and simplified the story of Lord Rama with the strong message of victory of good over evil. This album journeys through the life of Tulsidas and tells how one small incidence was to change the course of his life. It became the motivation for his spiritual quest and inspired him to compose his magnum opus – The Ram Charit Manas.
1. Shri Racchandra Kripalu – Ashit, Hema, Alap Desai
3. Kaam Koha Mada Maan – Ashit Desai
5. Bhaja Mana Ram Charan – Sanjeev Abhyankar
7. Aiso Ko Udaar Jaga Mahi – Parthiv Gohil
9. Madhav Moh Phaans – Sadhana Sargam
11. Man Pachhite Avasar – Alap Desai
13. Ghana Ghamand Nabha – Pt. Ajoy Chakrabarty
15. Raghuvar Tumko Meri Laaj – Devki Pandit
17. Kahan Ke Pathik – Ashit Desai
19. Jake Priya Na Raam – Sanjeev Abhyankar
21. Jai Raam Rama Ramanam – Kavita Krishnamurti
Music Composed, Arranged & Conducted by Ashit Desai
Subject Research & Script Compilation Jawahar Baxi & Yogesh Joshi
Recorded by Pramod Ghaisas & Mandar Wadkar
Conceptualized & Produced by Yogesh Joshi