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200 Years of Vandu Sahajanand Pad

History of the Pad

It is the year 1880. It was the thirteenth day of Krishna Paksha of Magha(Maha) month. In Gadpur, Shreeji Maharaj performed his daily bathing ritual in the morning and sat down in Dadakhachar's court near the room of Vasudevanarayan. Sadguru Shri Gopalanand Swami, Shri Premanand Swami, Shri Yogananda Swami and other Santos and Dadakhachar, Surakhachar, Parvatbhai and other haribhaktos were sitting in the sabha.

At that time, a Brahmin devotee named Surajram from Seval came there.(Who was the brahmin father of Premanand Swami) He was covered with vermilion (Sindur) on his forehead, held a trident(Trishul) in his hand and tied a red handkerchief on his head. He came to Maharaj and did dandavat from a distance. Then, taking his seat facing Maharaj, he said:

" Oh Sahajanand Swami! You are God, if you give me permission, I will sing a song of "Mataji" to you." Maharaj smiled and said: “Sure, Please sing ” Brahmin devotee, on receiving the permission of Maharaj, started singing with a melody:

"Maa Pava Te Gadh Thi, Utarya Ma Kaali Re"

"Vasavyu Champa Ner, Pava Vali Re"

Shriji Maharaj looked at Premanand swami and said swami do you know any kirtan of this tune, swami said yes and started singing:

"Purushotam Puran Brahm, Sahajanand Swami"

"Jene Bhajta Chute Karma, Sahajanand Swami"

Shriji Maharaj looked asked the brahmin devotee do you know any other garbo of mataji and brahmin devotee said yes and started singing:

"Maaji Maare Garbe Ramvaa Avo, Bhaavanima Kaal Ka Re Lol"

"Maaji Tara Mukhni Marodta Joi, Lobhanu Mukh Chand Tanu Re Lol"

"Maaji Taru Mukhdu Jovane Kaj, Ave Che Kuvar Nandna Re Lol"

Brahmin devotee kept singing with melody and great emotion. Maharaj was pleased with his singing and the melody of the kirtan and gave her a pagh. Then Maharaj looked at Premanand Swami who was sitting in the assembly and said:

Swami did you like the kirtan and the raag of it? The Dhaar of the kirtan is very beautiful, isn't it? The singer described the glory of Mataji and her Murti in with great eloquence and passion. Something like this should be made!

"Premanand swami understood the meaning of Maharaj's words. On the thirteenth night itself, Premasakhi, taking the direct inspiration of Shriji Maharaj Murti, became engrossed in his murti and composed the 'Vandu Sahajanand Rasrup' 'Dhyani Garbi'.

On the next day, On Mahavadi Chaudash of 1880 (28th February 1824), on the day of Shivratri, Shriji Maharaj was seated on the veranda outside the east facing rooms of Dada Khachar's Darbar. He was dressed entirely in white clothes and was wearing a new, white kanthi made from tulsi beads around his neck. Tassels of yellow flowers decorated his pagh, and garland of flowers were hanging around his neck A sabha of munis and haribhaktos from various places had gathered before him.

Shriji Maharaj ordered that sing kirtan, so Premananda Swami stood up. He had a sarangi in his hand. He bowed to Maharaj and picked up the kirtan

"Vandu Sahajanand Rasrup, Anupam Sar Ne Re Lol"

"Jene Bhajta Choote Fand, Kare Bhav Paarne Re Lol"

"Samru Pragat Roop Sukhdham, Anupam Naam Ne Re Lol"

"Jene Bhav Brahmadik Dev, Bhaje Taji Kaamne Re Lol"

He started by bowing to Sri Hari, Premsakhi gradually started describing the beauty of Shriji Maharaj's appearance . Swami went on singing one pad after another passionately describing Maharaj's murti. All the listeners were absorbed in the trance of ethereal love while listening to the amazing pad's. Everyone thought that we do darshan every day but we have never seen the Lord the way Premananda sees him. Premsakhi has really captured maharaj murti in his heart. After 8th Pad was finished , Maharaj applauded Premanand Swami. And everyone shouted at once " Sahajanand Swami Maharaj Ni Jay ". And then maharaj started sharing his feeling about the kirtan.

"The kirtans you sang were very wonderful. After listening to them I thought in my mind, "Since this sadhu thinks about Bhagwan's svarup in this way, let me get up and prostrate before him. "If a person is able to think about Bhagwan in his antah-karans in this manner, and if he were to die while still harbouring such a desire for Bhagwan, he would definitely not have to take another birth. If he engages in such dhyan of Bhagwan, he has certainly attained Parampad while alive. In addition, he can be said to be in the process of becoming a niranna-mukta just like the niranna-muktas in Shvet-Dvip. Such a person performs the bodily activities that are necessary without effort. In fact, one who is able to think about Bhagwan's svarup like this has become fulfilled and has nothing more left to achieve. On the other hand, if a person dies while thinking about things other than Bhagvan, there will be no end to his miseries for countless millions of years. So, now that such an opportunity has arisen, one should seize it and, after discarding any thoughts about objects other than Bhagwan, should think upon His swarup only.

(Vachanmrut : Gadhada Madyam Prakran - 48)

Vandu Pad will be celebrrating it's 200th anniversary on March 9 , 2024 , let's all take a pledge to sing such amazing vandu pad daily and sing it with passion to please maharaj and to break free from the cycle of death and birth. And last, let us remember Premanand Swami who gave us such wonderful dhyan pad.

Vandu Sahajanand Pad With Meaning


Vandu Sahajanand Rasroop, Anupam Saarne Re Lola;

I bow to Lord Sahajanand, who has an exquisite appearance, and is the unique essence of everything.

Jene Bhajta Choote Fand, Kare Bhav Paarne Re Lola ...1

By worshipping him one is (does become) liberated from the worldly trap and overcomes the cycle of birth and death.

Samru Pragat Roop Sukhdhaam, Anupam NaamNe Re Lola;

I remember the unique name of the Lord's manifest (live) form, which is the abode of happiness.

Jene Bhav Brahmaadik Dev, Bhaje Taji Kaamne Re Lola ... 2

Lord Shiva, Lord Brahma and others deities alike also worship him having forsaken all desires.

Je Hari Aksharbrahm, Aadhar, Paar Koi Nav Lahe Re Lola;

Shree Hari (the lord) is the ultimate support of Akshar (imperishable) and Brahm (ever expanding) and no one is (not) able to decipher/acquire his secrets.

Jene Shesh Sahastra Mukh Gaaye, Nigam Neti Kahe Re Lola ... 3

Lord Seshnarayan, with his thousand mouths, sing the praises of the Lord whom the Vedas (say) can't describe or quantify.

Varnavu Sundar Roop Anup, Jugal Charne Nami Re Lola;

I describe the unparalleled and beautiful form of Shree Hari by bowing at the pair of his lotus feet.

Nakhshikh Premsakhina Naath, Raho Oorma Rami Re Lola ...4

From top (head) to bottom (toenail) you are the Lord of your friend Premsakhi (loving friend) who is asking you to remain (play) in his heart.


Aavo Maaraa Mohan Mithdaa Laal Ke, Jou Taari Murti Re Lola;

Welcome my enchanting sweet beloved (son) so that I can see your divine form.

Jatan Kari Raakhu Rasiyaa Raaj, Visaaru Nahi Oorthi Re Lola ...1

I want to look after (keep) you with (by) care, my beloved lord (king), and do not want to (forget) get you out of my heart.

Mann Maaru Mohyu Mohanlal, Paaghaldini Bhaatma Re Lola;

My enchanting lord, my mind is attracted towards the design of your turban.

Aavo Ora Chogala Khosu Chel, Khaantila (energetic one) Jaau Khaantmaa Re Lola ... 2

Come near, my lord, as I want to insert more tassels in your turban and admire you (carefully) O joyful one.

Vhaalaa Taaru Jhalke Sundar Bhaal, Tilak Rudaa Karyaa Re Lola;

My dearest you have a shining (beautiful) forehead on which there is (you have placed) a beautiful 'tilak'(udharvapundra religious mark)

Vhaalaa Taara Vaam Karanmaa Til, Tene Mandaa Haryaa Re Lola ...3

My dearest on your left ear there is a mole which has won over my mind.

Vhaalaa Taari BhrakutiNe Baane Shyaam, Kaaraj Maara Koriya Re Lola;

My dearest dark complexioned one, your bow shaped eyebrows have pierced my heart and thus completed my goal

Nene Taare Premsakhina NaathKe, Chit Maaraa Choriya Re Lola ... 4

O Lord of Premsakhi (loving friend), your eyes have stolen my mind and concentration.


Vhaalaa Mane Vash Kidhi Vraj Raaj, Vaalap Taaraa Vaalmaa Re Lola;

My dearest, (you are) My dearest king of Vraj (forest area near agra) and my affectionate friend, I have been enticed by your love and affection.

Mann Maaru Talpe Jovaa Kaaj, Tibakdi Che Gaalma Re Lola ... 1

My mind is impatient and yearning (in order) to see that dimple in your cheek

Vhaalaa Taari Naasika Namni Naath, Adharbimb Laal Che Re Lola;

My dearest Lord, Your nose, is beautifully curved and the upper lip is reflecting red colour

Chhela Maara Praan Karu Kurbaan, Joyaa Jevi Chaal Che Re Lola... 2

My handsome Lord, I want to (do) sacrifice my life for your style of walking which is fascinating to see.

Vhaalaa Taara Dant Daadamna Bij, Chaturaai Chhaavtaa Re Lola;

My Dearest, your teeth are like the seeds of a pomegranate and you use them so cleverly to chew

Vhaalaa Maaraa Praan Haro Cho Naath, Mithu Mithu Gaavtaa Re Lola ... 3

My dearest Lord, your sweet singing voice is making my soul (life) lose control.

Vhaalaa Taare Hasve Haraanu Chitta, Biju Have Nava Gamae Re Lola;

My dearest, I have completely lost my mind to your laughter and now I have come to dislike everything else.

Mann Maaru Premsakhina Naath Ke, Tam Kede Bhame Re Lola ... 4

My mind, O Lord of Premsakhi (loving friend), is wandering behind you and going wherever you go.


Rasiyaa Joi Rupaari Kot, Rudi Rekhaavari Re Lol;

My joyful Lord, I now view your beautiful neck which has elegantly formed lines (skin fold)

Vhaalaa Maaru Mandu Malvaa Chhay, Ke Jaay Chitdu Chali Re Lol ... 1

My dearest, the heart (mind) is full of desire to embrace (meet) you, as a result my mind (conscious) is getting impatient (swayed).

Vhaalaa Taari Jamani Bhujaane Paas, Rudaa Til Chaar Che Re Lol;

My dearest, near your right upper arm there are four beautiful beauty spots

Vhaalaa Taaraa Kanth Vachhe Til Ek, Anupam Saar Che Re Lol ... 2

My dearest, in the mid section of your throat there is one beauty spot which is of unparalleled description (essence)

Vhaalaa Taaraa Oorma Vingun Haar, Joi Nenaa Thare Re Lol;

My dearest, you have a necklace on your chest (heart) which has indescribable quality and by looking at it my eyes are satiated.

Vhaalaa Te To Jaane Premijan, Joi Nitya Dhyaan Dhare Re Lol ... 3v

My dearest, by knowing (seeing) all of this, your loving devotees focus and meditate upon you always

Rasiyaa Joi Tamaaru Roop, Rasik Jan Gheldaa Re Lol;

My joyful lord, by seeing your form the affectionate devotees become ecstatic

Aavo Vhaalaa Premsakhinaa Naath, Sundarvar Chheldaa Re Lol ... 4

My dearest Lord of Premsakhi (Loving friend), come near as you are the most attractive and blissful.


Vhaalaa Taari Bhujaa Jugal Jagdish, Joine Jaau Vaarane Re Lol;

My dearest (who is the king of this world), after seeing your beautiful pair of upper arms, I want to (go) introduce (welcome) myself to you.

Karnaa Latkaa Kartaa Laal, Aavo Ne Maare Baarne Re Lol ... 1

My beloved (son), whilst gracefully moving your hands, come to my abode.

Vhaala Taari Aangaliyoni Rekhaa, Nakhmani Joine Re Lol;

My dearest, when viewing the lines of your fingers and precious stone like nails,

Vhaalaa Maaraa Chhitmaa Raakhu Chori, Kahu Nahi Koine Re Lol ... 2

My dearest, I secretly store (hide) that view in my heart (consciousness) and do not reveal it to anyone.

Vhaalaa Taaraa Oormaa Anupam Chhaap, Jovaane Jeeva Aakaro Re Lol;

My dearest, on your heart (chest), there is a unique impression that my soul impatient to observe.

Vhaalaa Maaraa Haide Harakh Na Maay, Jaanu Je Hamanaa Malo Re Lol ... 3

My dearest, the heart's joy cannot be contained knowing that we will meet soon.

Vhaalaa Taaru Udar Ati Rasroop, Shital Sadaa Naathji Re Lol;

My dearest lord, the shape of your stomach has very exquisite appearance which always stays cool

Aavo Oraa Premsakhina Praan, Malu Bhari Baathji Re Lol ... 4

Come close, oh soul (life) of Premsakhi (loving friend), I will greet you with a fulfilling embrace.


Vhaalaa Taari Murti Ati Rasroop, Rasik Joine Jivae Re Lol;

My dearest, Affectionate devotees live to see your image, which has a very exquisite appearance.

Vhaalaa Ae Rasnaa Chaakhanhaar, Chaas Te Nav Pive Re Lol... 1

My dearest, those who tasted that nectar buttermilk (juice) like image, do not desire to drink anything else (ie standard buttermilk)

Vhaalaa Maare Sukh Sampat Tame Shyaam, Mohan Mann Bhaavta Re Lol;

My dearest dark complexioned one, you are my happiness and wealth and in my mind there is fascination and fondness for you.

Aavo Maare Mandir Jeevan Praan, Hasine Bolaavta Re Lol ... 2

My Lord (life-force), I smilingly call upon you and invite you to come and grace my residence (heart).

Vhaalaa Taaru Roop Anupam Gaur, Murti Mannmaa Gamae Re,Lol;

My dearest, your unique and fair skinned form (image) is stored (enjoyed) in my mind.

Vhaalaa Taaru Joban Jovaa Kaaj, Ke Chhit Charne Namae Re Lol ... 3

My dearest, my conscious is prepared to bow at your lotus feet in order to see your youthful appearance

Aavo Maaraa Rasiyaa RajivNen, Maram Kari Boltaa Re Lol;

Come close to me (my) O joyful one with lotus eyes and deliver to me your quintessential discourse (by unraveling the essence).

Aavo Vhaalaa Premsakhina Sen, Mandir Maare Doltaa Re Lol ... 4

My dearest (lotus flower like one), come and sway within (my residence - heart) me (Premsakhi - Loving friend)


Vhaalaa Taaru Roop Anupam Naath, Udar Shobhaa Ghani Re Lol;

My dearest lord, your beauty (form) is unparalleled and your stomach is very attractive (befitting)

Trivari Jovu Sundar Chel, Aavone Oraa Ama Bhani Re Lol ... 1

My lord, the three folds of skin round your stomach are very beautiful and if you come near I can have a closer look (study it).

Vhaalaa Taari Naabhi Nautam Roop, Undi Ati Gor Che Re Lol;

My dearest, your belly button is deep and extremely round which has ever new beauty (form).

Katilank Joine Jaadavrai, Ke Mann Rangchor Che Re Lol ... 2

Oh king of 'Jadavs' (Shree Krishna's clan), seeing the curve of your waist, my mind is full of colourful enthusiasm and joy.

Vhaalaa Taari Jangha Jugalni Shobhaa, Mannma Joi Rahu Re Lol;

My dearest, my mind is never tired of (keeps) seeing the beauty of your (both) thighs.

Vhaalaa Nitya Nirkhu Pindine Paani, Koine Nav Kahu Re Lol ... 3

My dearest, I am always concentrating on the calves down to the heels and do not tell anyone about it

Vhaalaa Taara Charan Kamalnu Dhyaan, Dharu Ati Hetma Re Lol;

My dearest, I focus and meditate on your lotus feet, with great (extra) affection

Aavo Vhaalaa Premsakhina Naath, Raakhu Maaraa Chhitmaa Re Lol ... 4

Come to me my dearest Lord, says Premsakhi (loving friend). I want to keep your image in my heart (conscious)


Vhaalaa Taaraa Jugal Charan Rasroop, Vakhaanu Vhaalmaa Re Lol;


O dearest, your lotus feet (pair) have an exquisite appearance and I praise them with affection.

Vhaalaa Ati Komal Arun Rasaala, Chore Chhit Chaalmaa Re Lol ... 1

O dearest, they (your feet) are very soft and red luster (sunrise) in tone and they steal my attention (conscious) when you walk.

Vhaalaa Taare Jamane Anghuthe Til, Ke Nakhmaa Chinha Che Re Lol;

O dearest, on your right big toe there is a beauty spot and there is a mark (sign) on the nail.

Vhaalaa Chheli Aangarea Til Ek, Jovaane Mann Din Che Re Lol ... 2

O dearest, there is one beauty spot on your last finger (toe) and my mind is humbly keen to see it.

Vhaalaa Taari Nakhni Arunta Joine, Shashikaraa Shin Che Re Lol;

O dearest, seeing the red luster (sunrise) of your nails, even the moon light seems (is) pale.

Vhaalaa Raschor Chakor Je Bhakt, Jovaane Pravin Che Re Lol ... 3

O dearest, the (exquisitely enthusiastic) alert devotees utilise all their skills to view the different symbols on your feet.

Vhaalaa Taari Urdhvarekhamaa Chitt, Raho Kari Vaasne Re Lol;

O dearest, I beg of you that my mind's concentration (conscious) always resides (by staying) within the vertical lines on your lotus feet.

Maange Premsakhi Kar Jodi, Dejo Daan Daasne Re Lol ... 4

I Premsakhi (loving friend) fold both my hands as your humble servant and request that you donate (give) me that gift.

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