Sunday 9th May 2010 marks one year since my grandmother (mum’s mum) passed away.
She was a woman of strength and substance, someone who would fight on to do the right thing, and someone who consistently encouraged kindness, mindfulness and care.
I had the fortune of capturing a recording of her singing a hymn from the timeless Jain tradition called “Janaru Jaay Chhe Jivan”, which I’d like to share with you today:
Lyrics: Janaru Jaay Chhe Jivan
Janaru jaay chhe jivan, jara jinavar ne jap to ja
Ridai ma raakhi jinavarne, purana paap dhoto jaâ€¦â€¦â€¦Janaru
Banelo paap thi bhaare, vadi paapo kare shid ne
Sadagati holi hayyani, aare jalim! Bhujato jaâ€¦â€¦â€¦ Janaru
Daya saagar Prabhu Paaras, Uchaade gyanani chodo
Utaari Vaasna vastro, aare paamar tu naato jaâ€¦â€¦â€¦Janaru
Jigarma dankhta dukho thaya paape pichanine
Jinandarvara dhyanani masti vade ene udato jaâ€¦â€¦â€¦Janaru
Aare, aatambani shaano bataavi shaanpan taru
Hataavi juthi jagmaaya chetan jyoti jagaato jaâ€¦â€¦â€¦Janaru
Khilya je fulada aaje, jarur te kaal karmaase
Akhand aatam kamal labdhi tani laye dil lagaato jaâ€¦â€¦â€¦Janaru
(source of lyrics: http://22.214.171.124/~webadmin/lyrics.html#Janaru Jaay Chhe)
If you know the meaning of these lyrics, please feel free to share it in the comments below.
If there are thoughts you’d like to share about your grandma, I’d love to read them in the comments too.