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Lyr/Chords Req: Raghupati Raghava Raja Ram

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GUEST,Puffenkinty 19 Oct 04 - 06:32 PM
Sorcha 19 Oct 04 - 07:13 PM
Sorcha 19 Oct 04 - 10:39 PM
John in Brisbane 20 Oct 04 - 04:01 AM
OldPossum 20 Oct 04 - 01:23 PM
Mrrzy 21 Oct 04 - 11:27 AM
GUEST,Adam 25 Feb 05 - 07:32 AM
GUEST,Adam 25 Feb 05 - 08:19 AM
keberoxu 26 Jan 18 - 12:17 PM
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Subject: Lyrics and chords to Raghupati
From: GUEST,Puffenkinty
Date: 19 Oct 04 - 06:32 PM

Does anybody have the lyrics and chords
to "Raghupati Raghava Raja Ram"? It was supposed
to be Gandhi's favorite hymn. I think
Pete Seeger recorded it back in the 60's or 70's.

Thanks


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Subject: RE: Lyrics and chords to Raghupati
From: Sorcha
Date: 19 Oct 04 - 07:13 PM

Found the lyrics at least...

raghupati raaghava raajaa raam, patit paavan siitaa raam

raghupati raaghava raajaa raam
patit paavan siitaa raam

siitaa raam siitaa raam
bhaj pyaare tuu siitaa raam
raghupati ...

iishvar allaah tere naam
sabako sanmati de bhagavaan
raghupati ...

raat ko ni.ndiyaa din to kaam
kabhii bhajoge prabhu kaa naam
karate rahiye apane kaam
lete rahiye hari kaa naam
raghupati ...
%
% The last verse has been added over the years.
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Subject: RE: Lyrics and chords to Raghupati
From: Sorcha
Date: 19 Oct 04 - 10:39 PM

Here is the notation in the Hindi scale....
P P P D P - M G M D D S* N S* ,D N D P M G M- D P

P N N P P S*NS*,D* S* R* G* R* S* N D P

And, if you go here there is an explanation of the scale and a pic of a keyboard to show you the notes.
IF the link doesn't work, go to the home page and scroll down.


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Subject: RE: Lyrics and chords to Raghupati
From: John in Brisbane
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 04:01 AM

Terrific link, thanks Sorcha.

Regards, John


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Subject: RE: Lyrics and chords to Raghupati
From: OldPossum
Date: 20 Oct 04 - 01:23 PM

See also this old thread: Raga Puti Rama


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Subject: RE: Lyrics and chords to Raghupati
From: Mrrzy
Date: 21 Oct 04 - 11:27 AM

Had this by the Weavers lo these many moons ago - any translation?


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Raghupati Raghava Raja Ram
From: GUEST,Adam
Date: 25 Feb 05 - 07:32 AM

I can offer a good translation to the main words, and some "educated approximation" for the "added verse" (see above message). I learned the translation from my Hindi teacher in India (I have also adjusted the transliteration slightly from the good one, above):

raghupati raagava raajaa raam paatita paavana siitaa raam

Greatest of men, King Ram / Sita, most virtuous of women

iishvar allaah tere naam sabako sanmati de bhagavaan

"Ishwar" [and] "Allah" are Your names / [You] confer to everyone buddhi {wise mind, good heart, etc.)

siitaa raam siitaa raam bhaja pyaare tuu siitaa raam

("Sita Ram" is Rama and Sita [God and His female aspect, consort], taken together.) / [It is] dear to repeat Thy names

Then, here's my approximations for the "added verse":

raat ko ni.ndiyaa din to kaam kabhii bhajoge prabhu kaa naam karate rahiye apane kaam lete rahiye hari kaa naam

("ni.ndiyaa" - this appears to be a typo error; not sure exactly what it really should be...)

Your work turns night into day / Sometimes [seldom] the name of the Lord will be repeated [chanted] / Keep doing Your works... / Keep taking [repeating] the name of the Lord.

One can see why this bhajan (devotional) was "Gandhi's favorite": The verse "Ishwar - Allah" is pointing out that the Hindu name and the Muslim name for God are just that: names. God alone (who is male/female) gives blessings to all, irrespective of creed, caste, etc.

~Adam (acb_33@earthlink.net)


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Subject: Gandhi and Raghupati Raghava...
From: GUEST,Adam
Date: 25 Feb 05 - 08:19 AM

By the way, as we mention Mahatma Gandhi...

During my travels in India, I have been surprised to discover that many folks there do not respect Gandhi; some even resent him deeply for having "partitioned India." It seems that many feel the separation of Pakistan from India was a very bad thing for India and Indians, and that Gandhi had caused that, indeed preferred that outcome.

While there is room for reasoned debate about whether the drawing of political boundaries is a good thing, there can be little doubt about Gandhi's dedication to the cause of the equality of all his fellow countrymen and women, and no question at all that he worked selflessly against the influence of religious dogmas he saw dividing his fellow Indians, one from the other.

Sadly, those same dogmatic tendencies are still at play today: some Muslims do not approve of equating Rama with Allah, while some Hindus would prefer not to include that verse when singing the bhajan, because it is "too political" (a cover, in most cases, for their disdain at the suggestion that Muslims are their equals).

Hence, this bhajan remains not free of controversy, as with Gandhiji himself.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Raghupati Raghava Raja Ram
From: keberoxu
Date: 26 Jan 18 - 12:17 PM

... and Adam, speaking of Gandhi,
did not mention South Africa.
But South Africa remembers Gandhi.
And South African songwriter Johnny Clegg,
on his album "Heat Dust and Dreams"
quoted the "Raghaputi" bhajan
in his song,
"Emotional Allegiance."


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