Maithreem Bhajata

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Maithreem Bhajata मैत्रीं भजत is a benediction composed in Sanskrit by Jagadguru Shri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati, renowned as the Paramacharya of Kanchi.

The song was set to a Ragamalika by composer Shri Vasant Desai.

Historical Importance[edit]

It was rendered at the United Nations on Oct. 23, 1966 on the occasion of the UN day, by Bharat Ratna Smt. M. S. Subbulakshmi and received a standing ovation.[1]

For further Mythological importance, please check it out here: Karnatic.com [2]

Information[edit]

Raaga - Sung in Ragamalika. Yaman Kalyani and Kaapi.
Tala - Adi

Lyrics[3][4][edit]

मैत्रीं भजत अखिलहृज्जेत्रीम्
आत्मवदेव परानपि पश्यत
युद्धं त्यजत स्पर्धां त्यजत
त्यजत परेषु अक्रममाक्रमणम्
जननी पृथिवी कामदुघास्ते
जनको देवः सकलदयालुः
दाम्यत दत्त दयध्वं जनताः
श्रेयो भूयात् सकलजनानाम्।
Maithreem Bhajatha , Akhila Hrujjethreem,
Atmavadeva paraanapi pashyatha
Yuddham thyajatha , Spardhaam Tyajata ,

thyajatha Pareshu akramamaakramanam

Jananee Pruthivee Kaamadughaastey
JanakO Devah Sakala Dayaaluh
Daamyata Datta Dayadhvam Janathaah
Sreyo Bhooyaath Sakala Janaanaam
Sreyo Bhooyaath Sakala Janaanaam
Sreyo Bhooyaath Sakala Janaanaam

Meaning[edit]

Though it is not possible to translate the song into English and still preserve its original meaning to the fullest extent, sources available from the WordWide Web suggest the following translation:

Maithreem Bhajatha Akila Hrith Jeththreem - to Cultivate Friendship and Humility, which will conquer the Hearts of Everyone.
Atmavat Eva Paraan api pashyata - Look upon others similar to yourself.
Yuddham Tyajata - Renounce War
Spardhaam Tyajata - forsake Competition
Tyajata Pareshwa akrama aakramanam - Give up Aggression don't be aggressive
Jananee Prthivee Kaamadughaastey - Mother Earth yields all that we desire,'Kaamadughaastey'-she gives that all the things we desire (cloths,food etc)
JanakO Deva: Sakala Dayaalu: - There is only one father in common,god he is Our Father, most compassionate of one and all
Daamyata - practice Restraint
Datta - So, Donate your wealth to others
Dayathvam - So, Be Kind to others
Janathaa: - Oh People of the World
Sreyo Bhooyaath Sakala Janaanaam - May All People of this World be Happy and Prosperous.

References[edit]

Sources
  1. http://rlalitha.wordpress.com/2009/06/27/maitreem-bhajata-a-benediction/
  2. http://stotraratna.sathyasaibababrotherhood.org/a228.htm
  3. Listen to Maitreem Bhajatha by MS on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wg6S1DoQA6A
  4. Listen to Maitreem Bhajatha by Vishaka Hari along with English exposition - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ixzlwK-LSI
  5. Listen to Maitreem Bhajatha by IndianRaga Labs Los Angeles - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NIhnpYH4NA