Prabhuji, Tum Chandan, Hum Pani
Jaaki Ang Ang Baas Samaani
Prabhuji, you are the chandan (sandalwood paste), I am the water
Only by merging with you is the sandalwood fragrance released
Prabhuji, Tum Ghan, Ban Hum Mora
Jaise Chitwat Chand Chakora
Prabhuji, you are the thundering clouds, I become a peacock (that longs to dance to the rain)
(or) Like the chakora bird who longs to see the moon…
Prabhuji, Tum Moti, Hum Dhaga
Jaise Sonhe Milat Suhaga
Prabhuji, you are like a pearl and I am the string (losing its identity in a rosary of pearls)
Gold has no fragrance of its own, despite being so beautiful. It would therefore become even more beautiful by gaining a fragrance (sonhe me suhaga). Through losing myself in you this gold (I), gains its fragrance.
Prabhuji, Tum Deepak Hum Baati,
Jaaki Jyoti Barai Dini Raati
Prabhuji, you are like the diya and I am the burning wick
Together we create the flame (light) which burns night and day
Prabhuji, Tum Swami, Hum Dasa
Aisi Bhakti Karai Raidasa
Prabhuji, you are Swami, and I am your servant
This way of devotion is followed by Raidasa
About this bhajan
This beautiul bhajan was composed by Raidasa, the guru of Mirabai. Through a string of colourful metaphors, he shows the non-duality between man and God. With remarkable delicacy he even explains the yearning for the jiva and atman for each other and their dependancy on each other to produce the vibrant and full expression of the Lord.
It has been sung wonderfully by Anup Jalota.
You can view it on youtube here.