Friend, be friend, befriend

Occasions come and go. Always there is a scope for falling back upon the noble guidance of our seers and sages on such occasions. This holds good for friendship day which falls today.

Today is International Friendship Day. Our sages have stood in bringing harmony blending appropriately with the great cultural heritage and tradition of Bharat. One such example is: His Holiness Kanchi Paramacharya Shri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Swamy, and unique advaita, composed a song ‘Maitreem Bhajatha …’ The song was sung by none other than ‘Lady Queen of Carnatic Music’ Smt M S Subbulakshmi on the occasion of the UN day on October 23, 1966. This song cheered the audience with applause taking the pride moment of our nation. 

मैत्रीं भजत अखिलहृज्जेत्रीम्
Maithreem Bhajatha , Akhila Hrujjethreem,

आत्मवदेव परानपि पश्यत
Atmavadeva paraanapi pashyatha

युद्धं त्यजत स्पर्धां त्यजत
Yuddham thyajatha , Spardhaam Tyajata ,

त्यजत परेषु अक्रममाक्रमणम्
thyajatha Pareshu akramamaakramanam
जननी पृथिवी कामदुघास्ते
Jananee Pruthivee Kaamadughaastey

जनको देवः सकलदयालुः
JanakO Devah Sakala Dayaaluh

दाम्यत दत्त दयध्वं जनताः
Daamyata Datta Dayadhvam Janathaah

श्रेयो भूयात् सकलजनानाम्।
Sreyo Bhooyaath Sakala Janaanaam

English translation:

With friendship please serve,
And conquer all the hearts,
Please think that others are like you,
Please forsake war for ever,
Please forsake competition for ever,
Please forsake force to get,
Someone else’s property,
For Mother Earth yields all our desires,
And God our father is most merciful,
Restrain, donate and be kind,
To all the people of this world.
Let all the people, live with bliss,
Let all the people live with bliss,
Let all the people live with bliss

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