The essence of Sri Kelimaal

The seed and essence of all and the land of utmost devotion Sri Vrindavan, witness the everlasting play and ongoing continual activities of Sri Kunjbihari and Sri Kunjbiharini. In this land everything is in the form of ONE. There is one love, one sweet nectar, and one form of beauty which cannot be encompassed. This love and sweet nectar keeps increasing every fraction of second and this in turn keeps the divine couple non satiated, enamoured, impatient and longing for each other, in spite of the fact that they are always with each other every second. Their intense love for each other does not allow them to separate and are for ever in a state of ecstasy. The rasiks thrive on this sweet nectar and it is their lifeline. To bless these rasiks with the love and nectar of the divine couple in the form of their service, Sri Lalita Sakhi in accordance with their wishes incarnated in Vrindavan as Sri Haridas. He appeared in a village called Rajpur. He was initiated by Sri Swami Ashudhir in the NImbarkiya Sampraday which was a mere formality. Sri Haridas ji renounced the worldly pleasures and devoted him self in spreading the message of the pure and highest love! His simple way of life and his purpose took him to the zenith of devotion. In this divine state, he sang the glories of Sri Shyama Shyam and these words were later known by the name of Sri Kelimaal. This consists of 110 'pads'. Kelimaal is the vast ocean of the continuous joyous and loving pastimes of Sri Kunjbihari couple which is impossible to cross. The only way one can understand and enjoy the nectar of this sweet ocean is only through the blessings and mercy of Sri Haridas ji as he is the only empowered one. The teachings of Sri Kelimaal are the life and soul of the rasiks and are to be followed with full devotion in this Sampraday.

And because they are all about the divine couple, the meanings are very grave. All the vaanis are the essence of the teachings of Sri Kelimaal only. Some acharyas have translated Sri Kelimaal in form of poetry (Doha-Padya) like Sri Pitambar Devji wrote “Aabhas-Ultha” Sri Swami Radhasharan Devji wrote “Vastu-darshani” and Swami Nagri Devji wrote “Bhavarth-dIpika”in prose (Gadya) in Braj language. The latter is relatively simpler to understand. If rasik devotees read and follow this scripture sincerely, they will be able to understand its grave meanings too. Sri Swami Pitambar Dev ji initiated Sri Swami Nagri Devji in 1791.

Some pads of Sri Kelimaal

Maai ri sahaj jori prakat bhayi ju rang ki gaur shyam ghan damini jaise,
Pratham na huti abhu aage hun rahi hai na tari taise.
Ang ang ki ujraai, sugharaai, sundarta aise,
Sri Haridas ke swami Shyama Kunjbihari samvais vise.

Ruchi ke prakas paraspar khelan laage,
Rag ragini aalokik upjat, nritya sangeet alag laag laage.
Rag hi mein rang rahiyo, rang ke samudra mein se dou jahge,
Sri Haridas ke swami Shyama Kunjbihari, pe rang rahiyo ras hi mein paage.


Aise hi dekhat raho, janam safal kari maano,
Pyare ki bhaavti, bhaavti ke pyare jugal kishore hi jaano.
Chin na taro pal hohu na it ut, raho ek hi taano,
Sri Haridas ke swami Shyama Kunjbihari man raano.

Jori vichitra banayi ri maai, kahu man ke haran ko.
Chitvat drishti tarat nahi it ut, man vach kram yaahi sang bharan ko.
Jyo ghan damini sang rahat nit, bichurat nahi aur varan ko,
Sri Haridas ke swami Shyama Kunjbihari na taran ko.

Sri Yugal Namavali

Jamini jam jabe rahe, sovat te tab jaagei,
Jugal naam madhurya ke, uthi bhakhe badbhaagi.
Shyama Kunjbiharini, Kunjbihari Shyam,
Pati man harni manini, sundar Mohan kaam.
Raasvilasini Radhika,Naagar nritya nidhan,
Priya sahchari swamini , Pritam sahchari pran.
Lalit ladaiti raskini, rasik Ladile Lal,
Gaurangi Hari vallabha, jaldhar kaanti rasal.
Charu chandrika maulini, dharini neel Nichol,
Sis sikhandi mukutdhar, dharpat peet amol.
Tanvi taruni chudmani, komal tarun avtans,
Mani balyavali dharini, bhjudhar Pyari ans.
Chandramukhi chanchal chakhi, Tribhangi ramniya,
Pikbhashini sudhadhari, Krishnachandra kamniya.
Nasa besar dharini, Pyari jalaj bulaak,
Sukumari sushmit mukhi, mook madhur mridu vaak.
Naagri naahu vimohini, Natvar kala pravin,
Sriphal tulya payodhari, vakshsthal kal peen.
Prathu nitambini kraskati, dharini rasna jaal,
Pag mani nupur bhushitsa, gamini gaman maraal.
Bhushit madhyam kinkini, Mohan kachini dhaar,
Ranjit pad manjir mani, gaami gajgati chaar.
Jamuna jal kridavati, pulin gaamini nit,
Vrindaranya bihar rat, haran kamini chit.
Naval Kishori komala, alakladi albeli,
Chabinidhi, rasnidhi, roopnidhi, sobhanidhi raskeli.
Radha mukh pankaj bhavar, kaami kusal Kisora,
Garvi garvit nain hari, ramni ghan man mora.
Veena nad vimohini, Mohan murli naad,
Adbhut nitnavjovana, purn madan unmaad.
Pati viprit ratidayani, pati nit karni nihaal,
Vallabh sok nivarni, Vallabh ur varmaal.
Ali Mandan sada surti sindhu kal keli,
Syamal ang tamal taru, sohni kanchan beli.
Nij charbit tambool ras, Pritam anand den,
Charnani javak ranjni, Piritam man hari len.
Makrakrat kundal dharan, van mala dhar griv,
Rangi madan vilasmay, manmath ananad siv.
Nihuvan mani Sri Haridasi hit Sri Vrindavan chand,
Biharat bichuri na ek pal, kaam keli ras kand.
Nav Nikunj nrip var mhishi, nav Nikunj var bhoop,
Nityabihar su ek ras, raaj akhand anoop.
Ashtotar sat madhur ras, jugal naam ki daam,
Prat pivatihi jihi put, parn sakal man kaam.