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Saint Poet Madsudhan Razdan

 Saint Poet Madsudhan Razdan

Saint Poet Madsudhan Razdan

 

by Vaikunth Razdan

Kashmir the abode of Shiva and Shakti has given birth to many saints, seers, sofis and poets. In the field of literature, especially in spiritual poetry, we have seen works of Lelded, Nund Reshi,  Permanand Krishan Joo Razdan, Shamas Faqir etc who maintained high values of humanity among general masses through their poetry. These were the real torch bearers of the society and gained reputation by words and deeds. Among this galaxy of knowledge and piety we have a famous saint poet Swami Madsudhan Razdan of Srinagar- Kashmir who lived from 1912 AD to 1969 AD. Swami Ji being a mystic poet composed poems in vachun form generally and expressed his experiences of spiritual life and understanding in lyrical style. Though his poetry collection was not published earlier as most of his works were destroyed due to turmoil and exodus from the valley. The remaining saved writings have been collected/composed in the shape of a book named as “Madhuriya Gira” meaning sweet voice. The same has been released on 23rd April’2002. The Book has been appreciated by Kashmiri scholars and men of letters.

Saint Poet Madsudhan Razdan's Book

After studying his poetry, it is observed that swami Jee preached universal brotherhood, non-violence, love for all, peaceful co-existence and human values along with the devotional path of life. These are the values which mostly the Kashmiri Saint Poets have put in their poetical versions. The life of Swami Jee was a symbol of sacrifice, devotion and selfless service for mankind. Like all other poets of Kashmir, he was apostle of Sufi and saint culture with reverence to all deities’ viz., Shiva and Shakti, Krishna, Ram, Ganpati and surya. This conclusion comes into light by studying his poem “Hay Chandrasekhar Kor Ma Cha Soot Az Vaach Bandhan” means O Chandrasekhar, Lord Shiva I have tied myself with you today by surrendering unto thyself. Or “By concentrating one’s mind unto thee, the sources of his being can be found by a devotee.

Born in 1912 AD at Nai-Sarak, Srinagar-Kashmir, Swami Madsudhan Razdan passed matriculation in 1934 AD and was appointed in Ordnance Deptt. Observing him as averse to the world, he was married to Smt. Shobavati of Ganpatyar, but who could stop the hight and might of the almighty, Smt Shobavati passed away only after five years of her marriage. Later on he left his job and went to Bandipora (Kashmir) to meditate in the jungles of Chiternaar.By persuasions of one of his friends Sh.Ved Lal Kaul of Kalusa, Bandipora, he agreed to come down from the hills of Chiternaar and stay in a temple known as Shaardabal Mandir at Kalusa, Bandipora. Thereafter he spent his life in religious places and practiced Yoga. He adopted poetry as medium to profess and propagate his experiences about the mortal world. He wrote his poetry in five volumes and himself named his writings as “Madhurya Gira”.Most of his works got gutted due to the turmoil and exodus from the valley. However a part of it could be saved and published in the shape of a book released on 23-04-2002. He left his mortal body on 14th November 1969 Kartic Shukla Paksh Shishti after spending 57 years of precious life in the valley of piety and poetry.

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Apr 23: Two books of renowned Kashmiri poets and writers Vith-i-hind Aalav, written by Mr S N Bhat Halim and Madhurya-Gira of Late Madhusudhan Razdan were released at a simple but impressive function here this evening.

The function was organized by Kashmiri Bhasha Evam Samskriti Pratishthan (Samprati) and Prof T N Riana who was the chief guest released the books. The function was presided over by Mr Arjan Dev Majboor, a well known poet and writer.

Two papers each were read on the books of Halim and Razdhan. While Prof A N Dhar and Mohan Lal Aash read the papers on the book of Halim, the papers on Late Razdhan’s book were read by Mr Tej Rawal , Station Director A l R Kathua and Mr Talashi.

Reading the paper on Madhu-sudhan Razdhan’s book, Madhurya-Gira, Mr Rawal said his poetry revolves round the spiritual philosophy.

Throwing light on different aspects of his poetry and the book he said his all poems have a philosophical touch having lucid and simple language.

He also hailed the contribution of Mr Vaikunth Nath Razdan in preserving the literary treasure of his father. He said Late Razdhan’s poetry takes us close to the Bhakti bhajans of Krishna Joo Razdan and Parmanand.

He however stressed that the book be also published in Nastaliq script. The paper of Mr Talashi on this book was however, read by Mr R L Jawhar in his absentia who also compered the programme.

Prof Raina while paying tributes to both the writers also congratulated the Samprati and other Kashmiri intellectuals for their involvement in rejuvenating this language.

Earlier Mr V N Razdan son of Later Madhusudhan Razdan also threw light on the life history of his father and his contribution to Bhakti Movement or Sophism in Kashmir. On the occasion Mr Halim also read one poem from his book.

The vote of thanks was presented by Dr R L Bhat while Prof R L Shant gave the introductory address.

Among others who were present on the occasion include Dr K L Chowdhary, Dr Aghnishkhar, Dr Nirmal Vinod, G R Hasrat Gahda, Mrs Bimla Raina, Girja Kaul, J N Sagar, Mr Kanwal, Ramesh Hangloo, K K Raina, Brij Nath Hali, M L Kemo, P L Sudeshi and P.L. Hatash.

 

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