NM Poem 2 In ગુજરાતી/Gujarati & Transliteration

When you read this second poem in the original gujarati/ગુજરાતી or the transliteration, do pay attention to the sounds of the words. In the translation I posted just before this, except for some approximations of vowel sounds, I have not yet captured the rhythms of alliteration and word order  That’s why your seeing and attempting to savor the musical sounds in the original is so important.I admit it is a bit uphill to read another language in transliteration. I hope you’ll find it worthwhile.

Actually, several of Narsinh Mehta’s songs have received a beautiful vocalization but they are available elsewhere on the web. I’d like to keep my focus on the words, meanings, and sounds just as they are for now. So, my next post will be about the meanings of this poem. Just a hint: the first two words: Safal rajani / સફલ રજની means both “fruitful night” which is the translation I have chosen, but also, “successful night.” The latter meaning obviously has some connotations that make the first meaning stretch fascinatingly in the direction of procreation/success-filled night of love.

Safal Rajni

સફલ રજની હવી અાજની અભિનવી, પલંગ બેસારી વાહાલે હાસ કીધું,
કર દર્પણ ધરી વદન અવલોકતાં પ્રેમનું ચુંબન ગાલ દીધું,    સફલ …..૧
Safal rajni havi, aajni abhinavi, palang besaari vaahaale haas keedhun,
kar darpan dhari vadan avlokataan prem nu chumban gaali deedhun.  Safal . . . 1

કુસુમચા હાર તે કંઠ ભૂષણ ધરી, ભીડી હૃદયા સાથે,
સુરતસંગ્રામ-શું હુંઅ તાં જઇ ભડી, જીત્યો યદુનાથ કર બેહુ બાથે.   સફલ . . . ૨

Kusumchaa haar te kanth bhushan dhari, bhuj bhidi bhoodare hrdayaa saathe,
suratsangraam-shu hun-a taan jaee bhadi, jeetyo yadunath kar behu baathe.  Safal . . . 2

મદનના સેન-શું માન માગું ઘણું, જૂધ જીત્યું, રણ હાથ અાવ્યું,
ચૌદ ભુવન તણો નાથ મેં વશ કર્યો, અજિત જીત્યાનું બિરદ કહાવ્યું.  સફલ . . . ૩

madan na sen-shu maan maagu ghanum, joodh jeetyum ran haath aavyu,
chawd bhuvan tano nath me vash karyo, ajit jeetyaa tanu birad kaahaavyu.  Safal . . . 3

જ્યમ ગજયુવતી માતંગ મદગલિતા, સુંદરીસેજ હરિસિંહ અાવ્યો,
નારસિંયાચો સ્વામી સુભટ સુરાસુર, કેસરી કાન સાહી નચાવ્યો.  સફલ . . . ૪

Jyam gajyuvati maatang madgalitaa, sundarisej harisinh aavyo,
naarsinyaacho swami subhat suraasur, kesari kaan saahi nachaavyo.  Safal . . . 4

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