Ginan: Jaag jaagre tun jaag – Wake up, wake up, o you, wake up

Ginan: Jaag jaagre tun jaag - Wake up, wake up, o you, wake up
Rabia al-Adawiyya al-Qaysiyya

The Ginan Gist – By Karim Maherali

This Ginan is about the importance of remaining awake in order to avail oneself of spiritual enlightenment mediated through the houries (angelic beings). There are two ways of understanding and interpreting this Ginan. On the one hand, the night is the physical night and the dawn is the corresponding physical dawn before sunrise. On the other hand, metaphorically, the night is the period of ignorance and darkness of the soul; the dawn being the period of search under the guidance of the Imam of the time leading towards the sunshine of spiritual enlightenment. Being awake in this context is being constantly aware of the soul nature and what that entails in terms of our purpose and responsibility in life.

Holy Quran:

“Establish regular prayers – at the sun’s decline till the darkness of the night, and the morning prayer and reading: for the prayer and reading in the morning carry their testimony. And pray in the small watches of the morning: (it would be) an additional prayer (or spiritual profit) for thee: soon will thy Lord raise thee to a Station of Praise and Glory! ” (17: 78-79)

jāg jāgare tuṅ jāg morā bhāīre

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Transliteration, Translation and Commentary

 

Jaag jaagre tun jaag moraa bhaaire
noor zahuraaki ghaddiaa aaire (varanni)
tun jaag jaag re moraa bhaai re….1

O my brother! Wake up, wake up, the time for the manifestation of the Light (Noor) has arrived. Wake up….

 

Chaar pahor raheni khoi parbhaa noor ki aaire,
tuj kaaran huraoon suhaagan aaire – tun jaag….2

The four pohors of the night have been wasted. Now is the dawn of enlightenment. For the sake of your spiritual enlightenment, the houries have arrived. Wake up….

Comment: 1 pohor is equivalent to 3 hours, hence 4 pohors is symbolic of the 12-hour night.

 

Khatt ghaddi raat rahi tame cheto moraa bhaaire,

noor-naa piyaalaa huraaoon chhantt ti aaire – tun jaag….3

O my brother! The six ghaddis of the night have remained, now be vigilant about it. The houries have come sprinkling from the vessels of Noor. Wake up….

Comment: 1 ghaddi is equivalent to 23 minutes, hence six ghaddis is symbolic of approximately 2.3 hours of the dawn.

 

Shuraa hoye to raheni jaago,
gaafal sutaa moraa bhaai re;
aaras nindraa tune huraa sun gamaai re – tun jaag….4

O my brother! If you are courageous, then remain awake at night, while the oblivious are asleep. Laziness and obliviousness has kept you deprived of the houries. Wake up….

 

Em kahe chhe Indra Imaam Shaah balo,
tame suno moraa bhaai re;
ghad amraapuri maanhe hui chhe
vadhaai re – tun jaag…..5

In this manner the beloved Indra Imam Shah says: Listen, O brother! in the abode of paradise there is abundance of glory and praise (for those who are awake).

 

A brief note about the raag (tune) aspect of this Ginan by Aly Sunderji:

The ginan jaag jaag re is classified as a prabhaatiya, hence forth, its meaning is based on early morning prayers and bandagi; adding to the early morning mood, this ginan is based in Bhairav Thaat – this ginan is certainly very appropriate for Subhu saadak, however it can be sung at any time.

The raag this ginan is set on reflects the timing of its intended singing as well as its corresponding meaning, in Indian classical music, every raag had a corresponding samay (time of day) as well as a corresponding deity, a raag has a corresponding god, and raagini has a corresponding goddess. Raag Bhairav is intended to be sung during Pratham Prahar (the first prahar – between 3 and 6 am)

This ginan is based in raag bhairav, SRGMPDNS SNDPMGRS (all shuddh notes other than komal rishabh and dhaivat) from singer to singer, the variations change slightly and this encompasses other raags within Bhairav Thaat such as: Aahir Bhairav, Goonkali, Charukeshi, Jogiya, Nat Bhairav, Bhatiyaar, etc.

 

Ginan Series – By Karim Maherali

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4 thoughts

    1. The houries are angelic beings who are sent by God to help us to achieve our aim in life to attain the Deedar of the Imam. They are always there day and night for our assistance. In this sense they have arrived and are available. Since most of us are not awake to the soul nature of our existence, we are not in tune with them and hence do not derive the benefit of their availability.

      However if we wake up and are constantly aware of our purpose in life, angels help us in many ways such as providing guidance and wisdom, prompting us to be on Siratal Mustaqeem, leading us to knowledge and understanding, providing protection against evil etc.

      I hope this clarifies.

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