raghupati raghav raja ram-ashok lal

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Second audio button – shaa’er’s own recitation.

رگھوپتی راگھو راجا رام ۔ اشوک لال

۱

رگھوپتی راگھو راجا رام

پتیت پاون سیتا رام

۲

تلسی کی راماین کے

رام کی لیلا والے رام

بچپن میں تھے دوست مرے

اور لڑکپن میں ہم جام

۳

قصبے قصبے نگر نگر

جہاں بھی لے پہنچے ایام

نام تمہارا چلتا تھا

بن جاتے تھے بگڑے کام

۴

دیس تو کیا پردیس میں بھی

ہم راہی تھے تم ہر گام

ملے جکارتا میں بھی تم

لیلا میں بن کر اسلام

۵

دیش جو لوٹا پھر نہ ملے

ڈھونڈا تم کو ہر اک دھام

پتہ چلا کہ قید ہو تم

چاروں طرف ترشول کا دام

۶

رتھ یاترا میں مارے گئے

رام کی لیلا والے رام

اور دسمبر چھ کے بعد

جس جا دیکھو قتل عام

۷

رگھوپتی راگھو راجا رام

پتیت پاون سیتا رام

रघुपति राघव राजा राम – अशोक लाल

रघुपति राघव राजा राम

पतित पावन सीता राम

तुलसी की रामायन के

राम की लीला वाले राम

बचपन में थे दोस्त मिरे

और लड़कपन में हम-जाम

क़स्बे क़स्बे नगर नगर

जहाँ भी ले पहुँचे अय्याम

नाम तुम्हारा चलता था

बन जाते थे बिगड़े काम

देस तो क्या परदेस में भी

हमराही थे तुम हर गाम

मिले जकार्ता में भी तुम

लीला में बन कर इस्लाम

देश जो लौटा फिर न मिले

ढूँडा तुम को हर एक धाम

पता चला की क़ैद हो तुम

चारों तरफ़ त्रिशूल का दाम

रथ-यात्रा में मारे गए

राम की लीला वाले राम

और दिसम्बर छे के बा’द

जिस जा देखो क़त्ल-ए-आम

रघुपति राघव राजा राम

पतित पावन सीता राम

 

Click here for background and on any passage for word meanings and explanatory discussion. ashok lal (????-probably living) urdu/hindi poet of naii dehli. Progressive and secular.
1
raghupati1 raaghav2 raaja raam
patit3 paavan4 siita raam  
1.head of house of raghu (ram’s ancestor) 2.descendent of raghu 3.fallen 4.pure
O, raaja raam, the descendent of raghu, the head of his house, uplifter of the fallen.

2
tulsi1 ki ramayan ke
raam ki liila2 vaale raam
bachpan meN the dost meray
aur laRakpan meN ham-jaam3     
1.tulsidas, who wrote ramcharitmaanas 2.pageant, drama 3.drinking out of the same cup
The poet recalls with fondness his early memories of raam from tulsidas’s book where he is depicted as gentle and loving character. He remembers raam from the pageantry of raam-liila, performed as a folk festival. This character was his friend in childhood and companion in boyhood.

3
qasbe1 qasbe nagar nagar
jahaaN bhi le pahuNche ayyaam2
naam tumhaara chalta tha
ban jaate the bigRe kaam  
1.neighbourhood 2.days/life
Wherever life took us, into whatever neighbourhood or town, you were known and faith in you solved our problems.

4
des to kya pardes1 meN bhi
hamraahi2 the tum har gaam3
mile jakarta meN bhi tum
liila meN ban kar islam4     
1.other/foreign land 2.companion 3.step 4.a person by the name of mohammed islam
The poet traveled to Jakarta/Indonesia and saw raam-liila being performed. A local person by the name of mohammed islam played the role of raam.

5
desh jo lauTa1 phir na mile
DhooNDa tum ko har ek dhaam2
pata chala ki qaid3 ho tum
chaaroN taraf tirshool4 ka daam5    
1.returned 2.place, home 3.imprisoned 4.trident, three pronged spear 5.price
The trishool these days is a potent symbol of hindutva extremism and is displayed aggressively. The poet returned home but could not find the loving raam of his childhood memories. He learnt that that raam was imprisoned surrounded by trishool.

6
rath-yaatra1 meN maare gaye
raam ki liila vaale raam
aur december chhe2 ke baa’d
jis jaa3 dekho qatl-e-aam4    
1.chariot procession (this one was led by lal kishan advani and eventually led to the destruction of the babari masjid) 2.December 6th, when the masjid was destroyed 3.place, direction 4.mass murder
The loving raam of his memories, the inclusive raam of raam-liila was killed in the (political) rath-yaatra and after Decemeber 6th, whichever direction one looked, there was mass murder.

7
raghupati1 raaghav2 raaja raam
patit3 paavan4 siita raam  
1.head of house of raghu (ram’s ancestor) 2.descendent of raghu 3.fallen 4.pure
O, raaja raam, the descendent of raghu, the head of his house, uplifter of the fallen.

ashok lal (????-probably living) urdu/hindi poet of naii dehli.  Progressive and secular.
1
raghupati1 raaghav2 raaja raam
patit3 paavan4 siita raam

1.head of house of raghu (ram’s ancestor) 2.descendent of raghu 3.fallen 4.pure

O, raaja raam, the descendent of raghu, the head of his house, uplifter of the fallen.
2
tulsi1 ki ramayan ke
raam ki liila2 vaale raam
bachpan meN the dost meray
aur laRakpan meN ham-jaam3

1.tulsidas, who wrote ramcharitmaanas 2.pageant, drama 3.drinking out of the same cup

The poet recalls with fondness his early memories of raam from tulsidas’s book where he is depicted as gentle and loving character.  He remembers raam from the pageantry of raam-liila, performed as a folk festival.  This character was his friend in childhood and companion in boyhood.
3
qasbe1 qasbe nagar nagar
jahaaN bhi le pahuNche ayyaam2
naam tumhaara chalta tha
ban jaate the bigRe kaam

1.neighbourhood 2.days/life

Wherever life took us, into whatever neighbourhood or town, you were known and faith in you solved our problems.
4
des to kya pardes1 meN bhi
hamraahi2 the tum har gaam3
mile jakarta meN bhi tum
liila meN ban kar islam4

1.other/foreign land 2.companion 3.step 4.a person by the name of mohammed islam

The poet traveled to Jakarta/Indonesia and saw raam-liila being performed.  A local person by the name of mohammed islam played the role of raam.
5
desh jo lauTa1 phir na mile
DhooNDa tum ko har ek dhaam2
pata chala ki qaid3 ho tum
chaaroN taraf tirshool4 ka daam5

1.returned 2.place, home 3.imprisoned 4.trident, three pronged spear 5.price

The trishool these days is a potent symbol of hindutva extremism and is displayed aggressively.  The poet returned home but could not find the loving raam of his childhood memories.  He learnt that that raam was imprisoned surrounded by trishool.
6
rath-yaatra1 meN maare gaye
raam ki liila vaale raam
aur december chhe2 ke baa’d
jis jaa3 dekho qatl-e-aam4

1.chariot procession (this one was led by lal kishan advani and eventually led to the destruction of the babari masjid) 2.December 6th, when the masjid was destroyed 3.place, direction 4.mass murder

The loving raam of his memories, the inclusive raam of raam-liila was killed in the (political) rath-yaatra and after Decemeber 6th, whichever direction one looked, there was mass murder.
7
raghupati1 raaghav2 raaja raam
patit3 paavan4 siita raam

1.head of house of raghu (ram’s ancestor) 2.descendent of raghu 3.fallen 4.pure

O, raaja raam, the descendent of raghu, the head of his house, uplifter of the fallen.

Key Search Words: babari masjid

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