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Shri Yugala Shatak

21 Jul Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Shri Yugala Shatak
I just started the study of Shri Yugala Shatak by Swami Shri Shribhatta

Here is a short description of this intimate work (from here )

Shri Nimbarka Sampradaya has a long tradition of Samaj Gayan, which is the traditional congregational singing of the divine Padas written by the Acharyas of the Shri Nimbarka Sampradaya. It is sung in the most ancient style of music which is comparable to the Dhrupada Genre of classical Indian music.

This music style originated from Shri Narad Muni, the Guru of Shri Nimbarka Bhagavan. It was popularised throughout India by Swami Shri Haridas Ji, the Sangeet Guru of Mian Tansen and Baiju Bawra and renowned saint of Shri Nimbarka Sampradaya in the 15th Century. Before him, Shri Jayadev Kavi Ji Maharaj, the author of Shri Gitagovinda (in Orissa) made the style famous as it is highly conducive to devotional experience and expression of divine love to God.

The Padas that are sung were written down by the disciples of the founder of Vraj Bhasha Devotional Poetry to God, in the late 14th Century,

Swami Shri Shribhatta Ji Maharaj. Shribhatt Ji was the highest category of Vaishnava saint – he daily had Darshan and interaction with the Divine Couple in Shri Vrindavan Dham. Before Chaitanya Mahaprabhu came to Vrindavan, Swami Shri Shribhatta and his disciples would come in the mornings and begin their worship. In the evening they would leave, and return to their Ashram in Mathura, as no Vaishnava would want to pollute the Holy Dham. Only after Shri Chaitanya Ji came to Vrindavan did people begin to live there permanently.

Swami Shri Shribhatta would enter into meditation on Vanshi Vata in Vrindavan and would listen to what the Sakhis would sing to the Lord in the Nityalila. He would sing this and his disciples would record them. The collection of these padas is known as the Aadivaani 

Shri Yugala Shatak, in which all the leelas of the Lord are detailed.

His disciple, and the next Jagadguru of the Nimbarka Sampradaya, Swami Shri Harivyasa Devacharya Ji Maharaj, in the early 15th Century in Vrindavan, composed the Mahavani in the same manner. This compilation of Padas is regarded throughout the Vaishnava world as the highest Rasas of devotion. Indeed these compositions are sung by members of all Vaishnava traditions.

By singing these compositions to the Lord, many thousands of devotees have experienced the highest devotional bliss.