Dayal Khyapa

Suripara, Bolpur, Birbhum

Nityananda Brought A Pitcher Of Syrup ( Eneche Nityananda Rosher Bhando)

Nityananda brought a pitcher of syrup
And dumplings of the creamy sun
Gaur brought syrup made of love and faith

And fluffed bread, dal, and stuffed puris made of conscience
A dish of vegetables cooked from affections
Your stomach’s filled with chutney made of reverence?

O girl, desire’s sweetmeats are cold portents
A living person becomes dead
Gaur brought syrup made of love and faith

Confecting the five rasas
To sugared rice, dumplings of cottage cheese
They who eat and eat, those devotees
Besotted always stay
In love’s bazaar they always stay
Full of love and rasas
Gaur brought syrup made of love and faith

Ramananda calls and says
O minds so ignorant
How can your stomach such things tolerate?
My guru says
Will eating these endure, thou dissipate?
Always when greedy, eat just crisps of rice
Or roasted eggplant with watery rice

Recorded 30th June, 2008 in Santiniketan

Gaur is another name of Chaitanya, the Vaishnava saint Nityananda was Chaitanya’s chief associate Rasa (syrup) has multiple meanings, including juice, liquid, essence, flavour, aesthetic emotion. The food in the last two lines constitutes a poor man’s very basic meal. This appears to be about the need to control physical desires in the pursuit of spiritual gain.

Transcriber/Translator: Ananda Lal

Camera: Shubhankar Bhar, Ashesh Mukherjee
Sound: Dhiman Karmakar, Sudipto Mukherjee
Producer/Director: Aditi Sircar
Production Co-Ordinator  : Kartick Das Baul