dates uncertain

The poet Raidas was born a chamar as he wrote:

"charan saran raidAs chamaiya.."

According to ParichaI of Anantdas and Satik Bhaktamal of Priyadas he was initiated by the great Ramananda. Raidas is said to have been a Guru of Mira Bai.

Here is his best known verse.

Here is his best known verse.

ab kaise chhUTe rAm, nAm raT lAgI .
prabhujI tum chandan ham pAnI,
jAkI bAs samAni .
prabhujI tum ghan ban ham morA,
jaise chitavat chand chakorA .
prabhujI tum dIpak ham bAtI,
jAkI joti barai din rAtI |
prabhujI tum motI ham dhAgA,
jaise sone milat suhAgA .
prabhujI tum svAmI ham dAsA,
aisI bhakti karai raidAsA ..

Prabhuji Tum Chandan: Audio

How to escape? I recite the name Ram.
Lord, if you are sandalwood, I am water;
with the fragrance in all parts of my body.
Lord, if you are a cloud, I am a peacock;
looking for you like a chakora for the moon.
Lord, if you are a lamp, I am the wick (bAti);
with the light burning day and night.
Lord, if you are a pearl, I am the thread;
together like gold and suhaga.
Lord, you are the master and I servant;
thus is the devotion of Raidas.

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