I feel I am very fortunate to have been born with the music karma. I can remember my teenage afternoons listening to the Vividh Bharti on the transistor glued to my ear as everyone else in the family took the afternoon siesta. If I liked a new song, a fast motion activity of grabbing pen & paper to jot down the lyrics was sure to follow.
Decades later, when I returned after meeting my spiriutal Master Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji for the first time in my first Advanced Meditation Program with Him in 1994; I discovered something very profound within me.
Tere jalwe ab mujhe har soo nazar aane lage,
kash ye bhi ho, ke mujh men tu nazar aane lage…
As this ghazal played on my tape, I was amazed to find that as I am singing along, I am dedicating the words to the divine. The days that followed, saw me listening to Chitra Roy ji’s bhajans with goose bumps & uncontrollable tears of gratitude & a surge of emotions I couldn’t name. At the end of it, I would be completely still, hollow & empty. On a lighter note, if at all I attain salvation; it is going to be through ‘naad’! Later, I read in the book, Narad Bhakti Sutra by Guru Dev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar that when devotion dawns in you, even a film song becomes an expression of love to the Divine.
Since then, I have been dedicating countless songs to the Divine just like so many of us. The song that I have chosen to write about stunned me when I heard it first! To me, this piece of art is heart wrenching, full of love, longing & gratitude. That is the way my heart listened to it. This phenomenal song has happened to the lyricist, the composers, the singer & TO ME!!!
It’s – Abhi mujh men kahin baki thodi-si hai zindagi from the movie Agnipath by Sonu Nigam.
This song emerges from the heart when the devotee finally gets to have a sight of the Divine after going through an elongated longing till the ultimate point of end.
Abhi Mujh Mein Kahin, Baaki Thodi Si Hai Zindagi
Jagi Dhadkan Nayi, Jaana Zinda Hoon Main Toh Abhi
The time stops. Nothing exists except the vast present moment. It says,
Kuch Aisi Lagan Iss Lamhe Mein Hai
Yeh Lamha Kahaan Tha Mera…
That ‘lamha’ as in that ‘moment’ is so full, so perfectly perfect with all the chaos around! And we simply don’t know what to do when He appears. There is ecstasy, there are tears of love, a desire to reach out to Him, hug Him, talk to Him!!! That boundless joy is expressed so well in these lines –
<strongAb Hai Saamne, Isse Chhoo Loon Zara
Marr Jaaun Ya Jee Loon Zara
Khushiyaan Choom Loon
Ya Ro Loon Zara
Marr JaaunYa Jee Loon Zara
The divine becomes synonymous with the present moment, which is vast, full of love & compassion. Healing from age old wounds, that is what happens in presence of the Master! A glance gives so much solace to the heart & soul as if the self, burning in scorching heat gets a cool shelter from a shady tree. That is what the first stanza of this immensely mellifluous song is all about.
Dhoop Mein Jalte Hue Tann Ko, Chhaya Pedh Ki Mil Gayi
Roothe Bacche Ki Hansi Jaise, Phuslaane Se Phir Khil Gayi
Kuch Aisa Hi Ab Dil Ko Mehsoos Ho Raha Hai
Barson Ke Puraane Zakhmon Pe Marham Laga Sa Hai
Kuch Aisa Rehem, Iss Lamhe Mein Hai…
The second verse of the song perfectly depicts our state of mind before the Art of Living Happiness Program. Those who have graduated with the Program know that it is all about handling our minds with help of the breath in a technique called Sudarshan Kriya. We often give the example of the kite & the thread to explain the mechanism of mind & breath respectively. Our skill to handle the thread makes the kite go up in the air. Without being aware about the direction in which the life was going before meeting the Master; one is stuck with the daily events of life. After meeting HIM, all the other bondages – ‘bandhan’ fall off. The vision becomes larger & instead of being entangled in the events of life, focus is shifted to the concern for the mankind, the universe!
Dor se tooti patang jaisi, thi ye zindagani meri
Aaj ho kal ho mera naa ho
Har din thi kahani meri
Ek bandhan naya peechhe se abb mujhko bulaaye
Aanewaley kalki kyun fikar mujhko satajaaye
Ek aisi chubhan iss lamhe me hai…
The sweet pain of longing is worth yearning for. It gives you the most precious gift – Infinite Joy of Gratitude.