Hidden Meaning of ‘Tumse Laagi Lagan Paras Pyara’ Bhajan

Bhajans or Bhaktis are not only a melody to the ears but are also a good way of learning Jainism concepts and stories. Some of the popular bhajans we hear every day contain information that we might not have thought about while listening to them. Such is a quite popular bhakti dedicated to 23rd Tirthankara ‘Lord Parshwanath’ – Tumse Lagi Lagan. Most of the Jains have byhearted it and sing it daily.
I am trying to keep the meaning and references short yet explaining the crucial things.

तुम से लागी लगन, ले लो अपनी शरण,
पारस प्यारा, मेटो मेटो जी संकट हमारा।
The devotee is saying, “Oh Dear Lord Parshwanath! I have devoted myself to you, so take me in your refuge and destroy my troubles.”.
(Actually, the devotee knows that God won’t do anything because he is a knower and can’t destroy any troubles of the devotee, yet this is a metaphorical representation of emotions of the devotee towards Lord.)

निशदिन तुमको जपूँ, पर से नेहा तजूँ,
जीवन सारा, तेरे चरणों में बीत हमारा ॥
“I want to chant your name(& your qualities) day and night. I want to abdicate my love for others(worldly objects like house, car, family, body). I want to spend all my life in your feet.”
(Here, Spending life in feet means the devotee wants to relinquish everything and wants to follow the same path towards liberation as walked by Lord. This path is visible in the next verse.)

अश्वसेन के राजदुलारे, वामा देवी के सुत प्राण प्यारे।
सबसे नेह तोड़ा, जग से मुँह को मोड़ा, संयम धारा ॥
“You are the son of King Ashwasen and Queen Vamadevi. You have turned away from the world by relinquishing everything and endued abstinence.”

इंद्र और धरणेन्द्र भी आए, देवी पद्मावती मंगल गाए।
आशा पूरो सदा, दुःख नहीं पावे कदा, सेवक थारा ॥
“Indra(a heavenly being) and Dharnendra came in your refuge too while Devi Padmavati is singing auspicious songs. Your devotee never gets sorrow and his desires are fulfilled always.”
(To read more about Dharnendra and Padmavati, read the full story of Lord Parshwanath. The true desires of the devotee mentioned in the second line of this verse can be seen in the next verse.)

जग के दुःख की तो परवाह नहीं है, स्वर्ग सुख की भी चाह नहीं है।
मेटो जामन मरण, होवे ऐसा यतन, पारस प्यारा ॥
“I don’t care for the worldly sorrows nor I desire the happiness(temporary) of the heaven. Oh, Dear Lord Parshwanath! I want to endeavor to destroy the cycle of birth & death.”

लाखों बार तुम्हें शीश नवाऊँ, जग के नाथ तुम्हें कैसे पाऊँ ।
पंकज व्याकुल भया, दर्शन बिन ये जिया, लागे खारा ॥
“I bow million times to you. How to get to you – the God of the world? The poet “Pankaj”(or the devotee) gets restless without getting your sight.”
(Getting to the God means sitting next to him in Siddhashila after liberation.)

नहीं दुनिया में कोई हमारा, प्रभु एक सहारा तुम्हारा ।
तुम हो तारण तरन ले लो अपनी शरण, पारस प्यारा ॥
“I(or we) have no one in this world, you are my only support. Oh, dear Lord Parshwanath! Take me in your sanctuary as you are the only savior.”

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I hope you got a glimpse of the real meaning of this popular everyday bhakti. If you have any more queries or something you might like to add, feel free to comment below.

Bhajan Lyrics Source: https://forum.jinswara.com/t/tumse-laagi-lagan/560