What exactly Bhajan is? Do you ever wonder from where it has been originated? What benefits do we derive from listening bhajan? Are Bhajans just make us calm and relax or there are other benefits attached too? Come, let’s dig into.
In Sanskrit, Bhaj means attachment, worship homage etc. Basically singing a lyrical glorification of deity is Bhajan. It’s a way of conveying love to the divine. Singing Bhajan and Kirtan in praise of Lord is an age-old and sacred tradition. Its simple melodious lyrics and ragas have the same effect as meditation. For the seeker, it treads the path to become one with the divine.It is a best and easy way to reach to the divine.
Samveda one of the four Vedas is Veda of melodies and chants. Bhajan and Kirtans have its root in Samveda.As a matter of fact, bhajan emerged from Nada Brahma. Fundamentally, Nada is a primitive sound which is full of sacredness and bliss. These sounds considered to be elemental in experiencing the ultimate reality of supreme.
Either Bhajan can be composed in different raga or it may be a simple devotional song without any complexity. Bhajan and Kirtan are more or less similar. The only difference is kirtan is the well-structured performance where the audience also participates with the singer.In contrary, Bhajans performed by a lead singer all alone or in a group where audience only listens.
Bhajan became popular during bhakti movement. Meerabai, Tulsidas, Kabeer, Raidas, Naamdev, Eknath, Tukaram, Andal and Guru Nanak Dev are prominent names of Bhakti Yuga.All the more Chaitanya Mahaprabhu taught his disciple importance of sankirtan which is a repetition of mantras or hymns.
The joy and contentment derived from listening Bhajan are unparalleled. Not only Listening and singing of Bhajan impart serenity and peace of mind but also able to transform our thoughts. Listening of Bhajan helps to promote immunity and increases low prana energy level. Its positive vibrations relieve anxiety and act as an antidepressant. As per many research, it has been found that listening of bhajans and chants, increases the activity in the cells which releases Feel good hormone “Dopamine”. It is also referred by various studies that listening of bhajans activates our brain which makes us more analytical and Attentive, hence most people prefer to listen in the morning.Apart from these benefits Bhajan also helps in building positive approach. bhajans have an ability to increase awareness of our surroundings and helps in building human qualities.
Research Reference – http://www.voiceofresearch.org/doc/sep-2013/sep-2013_7.pdf
Bhaj Govindam is a devotional composition in Sanskrit ascribed by Adi Guru Sankaracharya. He refers in the verses that at the time of death, Money and all worldly knowledge will go in vain, only his name is the savior from this miserable cycle of life and death. Therefore sing the glory of God.