सीताराम सीताराम, भज प्यारे तू सीताराम
ईश्वर अल्लाह तेरो नाम, सब को सन्मति दे भगवान
This is a very popular devotional song sung in India. This song was one of the favourites of Mahatma Gandhi and chanted regularly in his prayer meetings. Today I will try to explain the significance of this song and its meaning.
Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram
Patit Pavan Sita Ram
Bhaj Pyare Tu Sita Ram
Ishvar Allah tero naam
Sabko Sanmati De Bhagvan
The song starts with the praise of Raja Ram (Lord Ram). Lord Ram is an incarnation of Vishnu (the preserving aspect of Brahman). Lord Ram is an embodiment of Dharma (Right duty, righteousness) and Virtue. Raghupati Raghav mean one who has attained all spiritual knowledge, who is strong and firm in righteousness, who is radiant like the thousand suns and who has viveka (spiritual discrimination) and vairagya (dispassion for worldly thing). Such is Raja Ram.
Patit Pavan means the uplifter of those who have fallen from the path of righteousness and virtue. So, we call upon Mother Sita and Raja Ram who are the uplifters of the fallen. Mother Sita is the daughter of Earth. She signifies selfless Love and purity. Mother Earth gives us everything she has without asking anything in return. Mother earth is always pure and everything we get comes from that purity.
Bhaj Pyare Tu Sita Ram means – O beloved Lord Ram and Mother Sita we praise you for what you are and what you signify.
Ishvar Allah Tero naam means – People call you by many names, some call you God “Ishvar” while some call you Allah, but you are the one and only the Brahman, infinite Divinity that is within us all and we are all within you.
Sabko Sanmati De Bhagvan means – Bless everyone with this very wisdom that we are all the product of the same matter and consciousness, and that all of us strive towards the path of righteousness and virtue.
Hope that you will find peace and joy in singing this bhajan. We will get utmost spiritual benefit of this devotional song if we can remember its meaning and significance while singing.
Shri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram