There is scanty information about the life of Sant Surdas, (The dates of his date and birth are not really very clear), the medieval poet-singer of Braj the land associated with Lord Krishna. His compositions are in Braj Bhasha a dialect of Hindi that was considered crude at the time. Surdas' works are some of those credited with raising this dialect to a literary status.
Surdas was born blind to poor parents and because of this he was a victim of neglect and abuse. He left home at the tender age of 6.
The greatest blessing of Surdas's life came when Sri Vallabhacharya, the celebrated exponent of the Shuddhadvaita. also known as Pushti Marga, accepted him as his ... more »
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Sant Surdas Poems
Awake O! Prince Of Braj
Awake, Krishna, awake the lotus-petals open the water-lilies droop the bumblebees have left
Krishna Learning To Walk
Hands stretched out hesitantly, A foot on the ground unstably, Yasoda, teaching the Lord to walk. Sometimes watching His adorable face
Krishna Beginning To Speak
Mohan's begun to say 'Maiya Maiya,' And 'Baba Baba' to Nanda, Balaram He's calling 'baiya' From atop the house Yasoda shouts
Krishna Goes To The Woods
O Krishna, darling of Gokula, awake I have brought you milk, curd and sugar-candy come and partake of these delicacies: your pals are at the door, calling you to play; the sun has risen and it's time to go to the woods.
Krishna Denying He Stole The Butter
O mother mine, I did not eat the butter come dawn, with the herds, you send me to the jungle, o, mother mine, I did not eat the butter.
Krishna Complains About His Older Brothe...
O mother mine, Dau (Balram)forever teases me. you never gave birth to me, and I was bought in the market. this is what he tells me
O Hari, 'tis morn, awake, there's water in the jar for you to wash your face no need to hurry there's plenty of time. I'll bring you whatever you like for your breakfast- dried fruits, butter, honey and bread.
Krishna Approaches Radha
Krishna said, 'O fair beauty, who are you? Where do you live? Whose daughter are you? I never yet saw you in the lanes of Braj.'
The First Meeting Of Radha And Krishna
Krishna went playing in the lanes of Braj, a yellow silk garment round his waist, holding a top and a string to spin it with, a crown of peacock-feathers adorning his head
The Formless Brahma Has Incarnated As Kr...
Krishna awoke; Yashoda was enraptured to see his face blooming as a lotus that captures the rising sun's first rays. Taking off the coverlet she said, 'awake, darling boy, awake, your loveliness makes me swoon your bewitching face is like the full moon seen through the sea's foam when it was churned for nectar.'
Krishna Wanting The Moon
Mother, the moon I want as my toy. I will roll on the floor, Not come to your lap, Nor have my hair-braid combed.
Krishna awake, for the day has dawned: large, deep and lotus-like, your eyes are as in the love-shaped lake a pair of swans even a million Kamadevas cannot vie
Chuckling, Kanha came crawling, Trying to catch His reflection In the bejewelled courtyard of Nanda. One moment He would stare at His shadow
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Awake O! Prince Of Braj
awake the lotus-petals
open the water-lilies droop
the bumblebees have left
the creepers cocks crow,
and birds chirp on the trees.
The cows are in the byre lowing;
they run after their calves;
the moon fades before the sun.
Men and women arise
and joyfully sing their songs;
Krishna, of hands lotus-like awake,
for the day is about to dawn.