Prarthana, by Narottama dasa Thakura

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Srila #Narottama dasa Thakura’s

Sri #Prarthana

(Prayers)

Table of Contents

Lalasamayi (longings)

Song 1 ‘gauranga bolite habe pulaka-sarira Page 3

Samprarthanatmika (An Appeal)

Song 2 radha-krsna nibedana ei jana kore Page 4

Dainya-bodhika (The Author Describes His fallen Condition)

Song 3 hari hari ki mora karama-gati-manda Page 5

Song 4 hari hari biphale janama gonainu Page 6

Song 5 praneswara nibedana ei jana kore Page 7

Song 6 hari hari krpa kari rakha nija-pade Page 8

Song 7 hari hari bada sela marame rahila Page 9

Dainya-bodhika prarthana (Prayer Where the Author Describes His fallen condition)

Song 8 hari hari ki mora karama abhaga Page 10

Swabhista-lalasa (Longings)

Song 9 hari hari hena dina haibe amara Page 11

Song 10 hari hari kabe mora haibe su-dine Page 12

Song 11 gobardhana giri-bare, kebala nirjana sthala Page 13

Song 12 hari hari ara ki emana dasa Page 14

Song 13 hari hari ara ki emana dasa haba Page 15

Song 14 kusumita brndabane, nacate sikhi-gane Page 16

Punah Svabhista-lalasa (The Author Continues the Description of

His Longings)

Song 15 hari hari kabe mora haibe sudina Page 18

Lalasa (Longings)

Song 16 sri rupa manjari-pada, sei mora sampada Page 19

Song 17 suniyachi sadhu-mukhe bale sarba-jana Page 20

Song 18 ei naba dasi bali sri rupa cahibe Page 21

Song 19 sri rupa pascate ami rahiba bhita hana Page 22

Song 20 ha ha prabhu lokanatha rakha pada-dwandwe Page 23

Song 21 lokanatha prabhu tumi daya kara more Page 24

Song 22 ha ha prabhu kara daya karuna tomara Page 25

Song 23 hari hari kabe hena dasa habe mora Page 26

Song 24 jaya jaya sri-krsna-caitanya nityananda Page 27

Sadhaka-dehocita Lalasa (The Devotee’s Aspiration)

Song 25 hari hari kabe mora haibe su-dina Page 28

Sadhaka-dehocita-Sri-brndabana-basa-lalasa (The Devotee’s

Aspiration to Reside in Sri Vrndavana)

Song 26 hari hari ara ki emana dasa haba Page 29

Song 27 hari hari are kabe paltibe dasa Page 30

Song 28 karanga kaupina lana, chenda kanha gaya diya Page 31

Song 29 hari hari kabe haba brndabana-basi Page 32

Sa-bilapa Sri Brndabana-basa-lalasa (Lamentation and Yearning

to Reside in Sri Vrndavana)

Song 30 ara ki emana dasa haba Page 33

Mathura-virahocita Darsana-lalasa (The Author Yearns to see

Mathura again)

Song 31 kabe krsna-dhana paba, hiyara majhare thoba Page 34

Song 32 ei-bara paile dekha carana du khani Page 35

Song 33 brndabana ramya-sthana, dibya-cintamani-dhama Page 36

Song 34 kadamba tarura dala, namiyache bhume bhala Page 37

Song 35 mrgamada-candana, kare kari sakhi-gana Page 38

Swa-nistha (My Faith)

Song 36 dhana mora nityananda, pati mora gauracandra Page 39

Nityananda-nistha (Faith in Lord Nityananda)

Song 37 nitai-pada-kamala, koti candra-susitala Page 40

Gauranga-nistha (Faith in Lord Caitanya)

Song 38 are bhai bhaja mora gauranga-carana Page 41

Sabarana-Gaura-mahima (The Glories of Lord Gauranga)

Song 39 gaurangera duti pada, jar dhana sampada Page 42

Punah Prarthana (Another Prayer)

Song 40 sri-krsna caitanya prabhu doya koro more Page 43

Sa-parsada-bhagavad-viraha-janita-vilapa (Separated from the Lord and His Associates, the Author Laments)

Song 41 je anilo prema-dhana koruna pracur Page 44

Aksepa (Regret)

Song 42 gora panhu na bhajiya mainu Page 45

Song 43 hari hari ki mora karama anurata Page 46

Baisnaba-mahima (Glorification of the Devotees)

Song 44 thakura baisnaba-pada, abanira su-sampada Page 47

Baisnaba-bijnapti (Prayer to the Vaisnavas)

Song 45 thakura baisnaba gana, kari ei nibedana Page 48

Song 46 ei-baro karuna koro baisnava gosai Page 49

Song 47 ki-rupe paiba seba mui duracara Page 50

Sri Rupa-rati-manjaryah Vijnaptih (Prayer to Sri Rupa manjari and Sri Rati manjari)

Song 48 radha-krsna-sebon muni jibane marane Page 51

Sakhi-vrnde Vijnaptih (Prayer to the Gopis)

Song 49 radha-krsna prana mora jugala-kisora Page 52

Siddha-dehena Sri Vrndavanaisvaryam saksad-vijnaptih (The Author Prays to Attain a Spiritual body in Sri Vrndavana-dhama)

Song 50 praneswari ei bara karuna kara more Page 53

Song 51 aruna-kamala-dale, sesa bichaiba Page 54

Sri Krsne Vijnaptih (Prayer to Sri Krsna)

Song 52 prabhu he ei-bara karaha karuna Page 55

Song 53 aji rase badara nisi Page 56

Lalasamayi (Longings)

Song 1

1 gauranga bolite habe pulaka-sarira

hari hari bolite nayane ba’be nira

When will that opportune moment come to us when there will be shivering of the body as soon as we chant Lord Gauranga’s name?  While chanting Hare Krsna, when will there be tears in the eyes?

2 ara kabe nitai-cander koruna hoibe

somsara-basana more kabe tuccha habe

When will I obtain the mercy of Lord Nityanandacandra?  When, by His mercy will the desire for material enjoyment become very insignificant?

3 bisaya chairya kabe suddha habe mana

kabe hama herabo sir-brndabana

When the mind is completely purfied, being freed from material anxieties and desires, then I shall be able to understand Vrndavana and the conjugal love of Radha and Krsna, and then my spiritual life will be successful.

4 rupa-raghunatha-pade hoibe akuti

kabe hama bu jhabo se jugala piriti

When shall I be very much eager to study the books left by the Six Gosvami’s, headed by Srila Rupa Gosvami and Srila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami?  By their instruction I shall be able to properly understand the loving affairs of Radha and Krsna.

5 rupa-raghunatha-pade rahu mora asa

prarthana koroye sada narottama-dasa

My only aspiration is to attain the lotus feet of the Six Gosvamis headed by Srila Rupa Gosvami and Srila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami.  Narottama dasa constantly prays to attain their lotus feet.

Song 2

Samprarthanatmika (An appeal)

1 radha-krsna nibedana ei jana kore

donhe ati rasamaya    sa karuna-hrdaya

abadhana kara natha more

O Radha and Krsna, this person presents an appeal before you.  You are both very charming and full of nectar, and Your hearts are full of compassion.  My Lords, please listen to my request.

2 he krsna gokulacandra    gopijana-vallabha

he krsna-preyasi-siromani

hema-gauri syama-gaya     sravane parasa paya

guna suni judaya parani

O dark-complexioned Krsna, O moon of Gokula, O lover of the gopis, O golden-complexioned Radha, O crest jewel of the gopis who are so dear to Krsna, when I hear the glories of Your transcendental virtues my heart becomes pacified.

3 adhama-durgati-jane     kevala karuna mane

tribhuvana e jasah-kheyati

suniya sadhura mukhe srvana lai nu sukhe

upekhile nahi mora gati

Hearing from the devotees’ mouths that You are very merciful to the fallen and miserable, I joyfully take shelter of You.  If You neglect me I have no place to go.

4 jaya radhe jaya krsna  jaya jaya radhe krsna

krsna krsna jaya jay radhe

anjali mastake kori     narottama bhume padi

kahe donhe purao manah-sadhe

O Radha, all glories to You.  O Krsna all glories to You.  O Radha and Krsna all glories to You.  O Krsna, O Krsna, all glories to You.  O Radha, all glories to You.  Narottama dasa places His folded hands upon his head and falls to the ground before You.  Please fulfill the desires of his heart.

Dainya-bodhika (The Author Describes His fallen Condition)

Song 3

1 hari hari ki mora korama gati manda

braje radha-krsna pada     na bhajinu tila-ardha

na bhjhinu ragera sambandha

O Lord Hari, Lord Hari, how wicked I am!  I did not worship the lotus feet of Radha and Krsna in Vrajabhumi even for half a moment, and I am completely unable to understand the mellows of transcendental love.

2 swarupa sanatana rupa     raghunatha bhatta-yuga

bhugarbha sri-jiva lokanatha

inha sabhara pada-padma     na sevinu tila-ardha

ara kise puribeka sadha

Even for half a moment I did not worship the lotus feet of Srila Svarupa Damodara Gosvami, Srila Sanatana Gosvami, Srila Rupa Gosvami, Srila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami, Srila Raghunatha Bhatta Gosvami, Srila Gopala Bhatta Gosvami, Srila Bhugarbha Gosvami, Srila Jiva Gosvami and Srila Lokanatha Gosvami.  How will it be possible for me to attain my desire?

3 krsnadasa kaviraja     rasika bhakata-majha

jenho kaia caitanya-carita

gaura-govinda-lila     sunite galaye sila

tahate na haila mora cite

Among the devotees Krsna dasa Kaviraja is extremely expert at relishing the transcendental nectar of the mellows of love of God.  When the stones hear his Caitanya-caritamrta and Govinda Lilamrta, they begin to melt in ecstasy.  In spite of this, I have no appreciation in my heart.

4 se saba bhakata-sanga     je karila tara sanga

tara sange kene nahila basa

ki mora dukhera katha     janama gonainu vrtha

dhik dhik narottama dasa

Furthermore, I refuse even to associate with the friends and companions of these great souls.  How sad is my tale.  I have spent my life uselessly.  Fie, fie on Narottama dasa!

Song 4

1 hari hari! biphale janama gonainu

manusya-janama paiya    radha-krsna na bhaijiya

janiya suniya bisa khainu

O Lord Hari, Lord Hari, I have spent my life uselessly.  Although I have obtained a human birth, I have refused to worship Radha and Krsna, and in this way I have knowingly drunk poison.

2 golekera prema-dhana,    hari-nama-sankirtana

rati na janmilo kene tay

somsara-bisanale,    diba-nisi hiya jwale

juraite na koinu upay

The treasure of love of God has descended from the spiritual world of Goloka Vrndavana, appearing in this world as the sankirtana movement of the chanting of Lord Hari’s holy names.  Why was I not attracted to it?  Day and night I burned in the poison of material existence, but still I refused to take the antidote.

3 brajendra-nandana jei,  saci-suta hoilo sei

balarama hoilo nitai

dina-hina jata chilo,    hari-name uddharilo

tara saksi jagai madhai

Lord Krsna, the prince of Vraja, has appeared as Lord Caitanya, the son of Saci-devi and Lord Balarama has appeared as Lord Nityananda.  The most fallen and degraded were lifted from their fallen condition by the chanting of the holy Name of Lord Hari.  The story of Jagai and Madhai testifies to the truth of this.

4 ha ha prabhu nanada-suta, brsabhanu-suta-juta

koruna karoho ei-baro

narottama-dasa koy    na theliho ranga pay

toma bine ke ache amara

O Lord Krsna, O son of Maharaja Nanda, O companion of Srimati Radharani, the daughter of Maharaja Vrsabhanu, please be merciful to me.  Now that I have finally attained Your reddish lotus feet, please do not push me away.  Except for You, who is my shelter?

Song 5

1 praneswara nibedana ei jana kore

govinda gokulacandra    parama ananda-kanda

gopi-kula-priya dekha more

O master of my life, this person places an appeal before You.  O Govinda, O moon of Gokula, O source of all transcendental bliss, O beloved of the gopis, please cast Your glance upon me.

2 tuya-pada-padma-seba     eidhana more diba

tumi natha karunara nidhi

parama mangala jasa    sravane parama rasa

kara kiba karya nahe siddhi

O my Lord, You are an ocean of mercy.  Please give me the treasure of service to Your lotus feet.  Hearing Your supremely auspicious glories is the greatest nectar for the ears.  If You bestow Your mercy, then what difficult task cannot be accomplished?

3 daruna-samsara-gati     bisama-bisaya-mati

tuya bismarana-sela buke

jara jara tanu mana     acetana anuksana

jiyante marana bhela duhkhe

I wander through this world of suffering, my mind fixed on the objects of the senses, which bring only pain, and my chest pierced by the javelin of forgetfulness of You.  My body and mind are withered and shattered, and from moment to moment I become unconscious.  Immersed in pain, I am like a living corpse.

4 mo-hena adhama jane    kara krpa-niriksane

dasa kari rakha vrndabane

sri-krsna-caitanya-nama    prabhu mora guna gaura-dhama

narottama laila sarane

Please give me Your merciful glance.  Make me Your servant and allow me to stay in Vrndavana.  The golden-complexioned person who bears the name Sri Krsna Caitanya is my master.  Narottama dasa takes shelter of Him.

Song 6

1 hari hari krpa kari rakha nija-pade

kama krodha chaya jane     lana phire nana sthane

bisaya-bhunjaya nana-mate

O Lord Hari, O Lord Hari, please give me shelter at Your feet.  Six men headed by lust and anger take me here and there and force me to enjoy my senses in many ways.

2 haiya mayara dasa     kari nana abhilasa

tomara smarana gela dure

artha-labha ei ase    kapata-baisnaba-besa

bhramiya bulaye ghare ghare

Filled with material desires, a servant of material illusion, and my memory of You fled far away, disguised as a Vaisnava I wandered from house to house, hoping to get some money.

3 aneka duhkhera pare     layechile braja-pure

krpa-dora galaya bandhiya

daiva-maya balat kare       khasaiya sei dore

bhaba kupe dileka dhariya

When I suffered many miseries You tied Your rope of mercy around my neck and dragged me to Vraja.  The illusory energy then forcibly untied those ropes and again threw me into the well of material existence.

4 punah yadi krpa-kari     e janare kesa dhari

taniya tulai braja-dhame

tabe se dekhiya bhala     natuba parana gela

kahne dina dasa narottama

If, grasping his hair, You mercifully pull this person from illusion’s well and place him in the abode of Vraja, he will see that as his great good fortune.  Otherwise his life will end.  Poor and fallen Narottama dasa sings this song.

Song 7

1 hari hari bada sela marame rahila

paiya durlabha tanu     sri-krsna-bhajan binu

janma mora biphala haila

O Lord Hari, O Lord Hari, a great javelin has pierced me in the core of the heart.  Having attained this difficult to get human body, I have neglected the worship of Sri Krsna, and in this way my life has become useless.

2 brajendranandana hari    nabadwipe abatari

jagat bhariya prema dila

muni se pamara-mati     bisese kathina ati

teni more karuna nahila

Although Lord Hari, the prince of Vraja, descended to Navadvipa and filled the universe with pure love of God, He was not merciful to me because I was very cruel and sinful at heart.

3 swarupa sanatana rupa     raghunatha bhatta-yuga

tahate na haila mora mati

dibya cintamani dhama    brndabana hena sthana

sei dhame na kainu vasati

My mind refuses to think of Srila Svarupa Damodara Gosvami, Srila Sanatana Gosvami, Srila Rupa Gosvami, Srila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami, Srila Raghunatha Bhatta Gosvami, and Srila Gopala Bhatta Gosvami.  I decline to make my residence in Vrndavana-dhama, the abode of transcendental cintamani gems.

4 bisesa bisaye mati    nahila baisnabe rati

nirantara kheda uthe mane

narottama dasa kahe     jibara ucita nahe

sri-guru-baisnaba-seba bine

My mind is absorbed in sense-gratification, and I do not take pleasure in the association of Vaisnavas.  For this reason pain and regret arise in my heart.  Narottama dasa says: It is not good to live without serving the spiritual master and Vaisnavas.

Dainya-bodhika prarthana  (Prayer Where the Author Describes His Fallen Condition)

Song 8

1 hari hari ki mora karama abhaga

biphale jibana gela     hrdaye rahila sela

nahi bhela hari-anuraga

O Lord Hari, Lord Hari, everything I do is inauspicious.  I have uselessly wasted my life, and I have no love for You.  It is as if my heart were pierced by a sharp javelin.

2 yajna dhana tirtha-snana     punya-karma japa dhyana

akarane saba gela mohe

bujhilana mane hena     upahasa haya jena

bastrahina alankara dehe

My Vedic sacrifices, charity, bathing in holy places of pilgrimage, pious deeds, mantra-chanting, and meditation, are all useless and illusory.  In my heart I know that without devotional service these things are a joke, like placing valuable ornaments on a naked body.

3 sadhu-mukhe kathamrta     suniya bimala cita

nahi bhela aparadha-karana

satata asat-sanga     sakali haila bhanga

ki kariba aile samana

Although I sometimes hear the nectarean message of Godhead from the mouths of the devotees, because I commit so many offenses, I do not become purified.  I continually associate with non-devotees, and in this way all my spiritual advancement is broken apart.  What will I do when death comes?

4 sruti smrti sada rabe     suniyachi ei sabe

hari-pada abhaya sarana

janama laiya sukhe     krsna na balinu mukhe

na karinu se rupa-bhabana

Although again and again I heard the Sruti and Smrti scriptures’ declaration that one should take shelter of the Lord Hari’s lotus feet in order to become fearless, I did not chant Krsna’s name, and I did not meditate on His transcendental form.

5 radha-krsna dunha-paya     tanu mana rahu taya

ara dure jauka basana

narottama dase kaya     ara mora hani bhaya

tanu mana sampinu apana

I will now concentrate my mind on the lotus feet of Sri Sri Radha and Krsna, and all my material desires will flee far away.  Narottama dasa says:  Now that I have fixed my mind on Sri Sri Radha and Krsna, I am no longer afraid of my future.

Swabhista-lalasa (Longings)

Song 9

1 hari hari hena dina haibe amara

dunha anga parasiba     hunhu anga nirakhiba

sebana kariba donhakara

O Lord Hari, O Lord Hari, when will this day be mine?  When will I see Your lotus feet?  When will I directly serve Your lotus feet?  When will I touch Your lotus feet?

2 lalita-bisakha-sange     sebana kariba range

mala ganthi’ diba nana phule

kanaka-samputa kari     karpura tambula puri

yogaiba adhara-jugale

When, in the company of Lalita and Visakha, will I happily serve You?  When will I make garlands of many flowers for You?  When, filling a golden box with them, will I place camphor and betel-nuts on your lips?

3 radha-krsna brndabana     ei mora prana-dhana

ei mora jibana-upaya

jaya patita-pabana     deha more ei dhana

toma-bine anya nahi bhaya

Sri Sri Radha-Krsna and Their abode of Vrndavana are the valuable treasure of my life.  It is They who sustain me.  O deliverer of the fallen, please give this treasure to me, for I have no one to turn to, except for You.

4 sri-guru karuna-sindhu     adhama-janera bandhu

lokanatha lokera jibana

ha ha prabhu kara daya     deha more pada-chaya

narottama laila sarana

O my spiritual master, O ocean of mercy, O friend of the fallen, O Lokanatha Gosvami, O life of the people, O master, please be merciful to me.  Please give me the shade of your lotus feet.  Narottama dasa takes shelter of you.Song 10

1 hari hari kabe mora haibe su-dine

keli-kautuka-range     kariba sebane

O Lord Hari, Lord Hari, when will I directly serve You as You enjoy blissful transcendental pastimes?  When will that auspicious day be mine?

2 lalita-visakha sange     jateka sangira gane

mandali kariba donha meli

rai kanu kare dhari     nrtya kare phiri phiri

nirakhi’ gona’ba kutuhali

When, in the company of Lalita and Visakha, will I directly meet Sri Sri Radha and Krsna in the circle of their friends?  When, seeing Them holding hands and dancing in Their transcendental pastimes, will my voice become choked with ecstatic love?

3 alasa-bisrama-ghare     gobardhana giri-bare

rai kanu karibe sayana

narottama dasa kaya     ei jena mora haya

          anuksana carana sebana

When the dancing pastimes are ended, Sri Sri Radha and Krsna will take rest in a cottage on Govardhana hill, the best of mountains.  Narottama dasa says:  I pray that I will always serve the lotus feet of the Divine CoupleSong 11

1 gobardhana giri-bare     kebala nirjana sthala

rai kanu karibe sayane

lalita-bisakha-sange sebana range

sukhamaya ratula carane

In a solitary place on Govardhana Hill, the best of mountains, Sri Sri Radha and Krsna sit on a couch.  When, accompanied by Lalita and Visakha, will I jubilantly serve Their reddish lotus feet?

2 kanaka samputa kari     karpura tambula bhari

jogaiba badana-kamale

manimaya kinkini     ratana nupura ani’

paraiba carana-jugale

When will I take camphor and betel-nuts from a golden box, and place it in their lotus mouths?  When will I place jewel ankle-bells on Their lotus feet?

3 kanaka katora puri     sugandhi candana buri

donhakara sri-ange dhaliba

guru-rupa sakhibame     tribhanga bhangima thame

camarera batasa kariba

When will I fill a golden goblet for the Divine Couple?  When will I anoint Their beautiful limbs with aromatic sandal paste?  When, my spiritual master, in his original form as a gopi, at my left, will I fan Their three-fold bending forms with a camara wisk?

4 donhara kamala ankhi     pulaka haiya dekhi

dunhu pada parisaba kare

caitanya-darse dasa      mane matra abhilasa

narottama dase sada sphure

When, seeing the lotus eyes of the Divine couple, will the hairs of my body stand up in ecstacy?  When will I directly touch their lotus feet?  Narottama dasa, who is the servant of Lord Caitanya’s servants, desires in this way.  He has no other desire.Song 12

1 hari hari ara ki emana dasa

kabe brsabhanu-pure ahiri gopera ghare

tanaya haiya janamiba

When will I take birth as a gopi in the town of Maharaja Vrsabhanu, where many gopas and gopis live?  O Lord Hari, Lord Hari will I someday attain this condition of life?

2 jabate amara kabe     e prani-grahana habe

basati kariba kabe taya

sakhira parama srestha     je tahara haya prestha

sevana kariba tanra paya

When will I live in the city of Vrsabhanu and be accepted by its residents as one of their kin?  When will I serve the feet of the gopis’ beloved master?

3 tenha krpaban haina     ratula carane lana

amare karibe samarpana

saphala haibe dasa     puribe manera asa

se dunhara jugala-carana

When Lord Krsna is merciful to me I will be able to attain His reddish lotus feet.  When I attain the lotus feet of the Divine couple, then my life will be successful, and all the desires of my mind will be fulfilled.

4 brndabana dui-jana     caturddike sakhi-gana

sebana kariba abasese

sakhi-gana caribhite     nana jantra laina hate

dekhiba manera abhilase

When will I be able to directly serve the Divine Couple, who are surrounded by Their gopi-friends?  When I directly serve the Divine Couple in the association of the gopis, all the desires of my heart will be fulfilled.

5 dunhu canda-mukha dekhi’     judabe tapita ankhi

nayane bahibe asru-dhara

brndara nidesa paba     donhara nikate jaba

hena dina haiba amara

When will I approach the Divine Couple?  When will streams of tears flow from my eyes by seeing Their moonlike faces?  When will I receive direct orders from Vrnda-devi?  When will that day be mine?

6 sri-rupa-manjari sakhi     more anathini dekhi

radhibe ratula duti paya

narottama dasa bhane     priya-narma-sakhi-gane

kabe dasi karibe amara

When will Sri Rupa-manjari, seeing me  helpless and without any shelter, protect me with her reddish feet?  Narottama dasa say:  When will I become one of the maidservants of the dear and playful gopis?Song 13

1 hari hari ara ki emana dasa haba

chadiya purusa-deha     kabe ba prakrti haba

dunhu amge candana paraba

When, relinquishing this male material body, and obtaining the spiritual body of a gopi, will I anoint the limbs of the Divine Couple with sandalwood paste?  O Lord Hari, Lord Hari, when will this day be mine?

2 taniya bandhiba cuda     naba gunja-hare beda

nana phule ganthi diba hara

pita-basana ange     paraiba sakhi-sange

badane tambula diba ara

When will I arrange the hair of the Divine Couple?  When will I give them gunja-necklaces and garlands strung with various flowers?  When will I give Them yellow garments?  When, accompanied by the other gopis, will I place betel-nuts in Their lotus mouths?

3 dunhu rupa manohari     deriba nayana bhari

nilambare rai sajaiya

naba-ratna-jari ani     bandhiba bicitra beni

tate phula malati gabthiya

When will I gaze at the beautiful forms of the Divine Radharani in blue garments, and decorate her braided hair with garlands of jasmine flowers and strings of nine different kinds of jewels on a golden thread.

4 sei rupa-madhuri     dekhiba nayana bhari’

ei kari mane abhilasa

jaya rupa sanatana     deha more ei dhana

nibedaye narottama dasa

My desire is that some day I shall be able to directly see the sweet beauty of the transcendental forms of the Divine Couple.  O Srila Rupa Gosvami and Srila Sanatana Gosvami, all glories to you both.  Please bestow this treasure upon me.  Please grant my desire.  Narottama dasa appeals to you in this way.Song 14

1 kusumita brndabane     nacate sikhi-gane

pika-kula bhramara jhankare

priya sahacari sange     gaiya jaiba range

manohara nikunja-kutire

Vrndavana is filled with blossoming flowers, the dancing of peacocks and the sounds of cuckoos and bumble-bees.  When, in the association of the dear gopis, will I melodiously sing in a charming cottage in a grove of Vrndavana?

2 ari hari manoratha phalibe amare

dunhuka manthara gait     kautuke heraba ati

anga bhari pulaka antare

When, seeing the slowly and gracefully moving Divine Couple, will my hairs stand on end because of the ecstacy in my heart?

3 caudike dakhira majhe     radhikara ingite

ciruni laiya kare kari’

kutila kuntala saba     bithariya ancaraba

banaiba bicitra kabari

When, in the company of the gopis, will Srimati Radharani gesture that she wants me to comb her hair, and when will I then take the comb in my hand, and carefully comb her curling locks?

4 mrgamada amlajaja     saba ange lepaba

paraiba manohara hara

candana kunkume     tilaka banaiba

heraba mukha-sudhakara

When will I anoint Srimati Radharani’s limbs with sandalwood paste and musk?  When will I give her a beautiful garlands?  When will I gaze on her moonlike face as I decorate it with tilaka markings drawn in sandlewood paste and kunkuma?

5 nila patambara     yatane paraiba

paye diba ratana-manjire

bhrngarera jale ranga-     carana dhoyaiba

muchaba apana cikure

When will I carefully dress Srimati Radharani in blue garments?  When will I place jeweled anklets on her feet?  When will I take water from a jar and wash her reddish lotus feet?  When will I then dry her feet using my own hair as a towel?

6 kusuma-kamala-dale     sesa bichaiba

sayana karaba donhakare

dhabala camara ani     mrdu mrdu bi jaba

charamita dunhuka sarire

When will I make a couch of lotus petals for the Divine Couple?  When will I gently fan Them with a  white camara wisk?

7 kanaka samputa kari     karpura tambula bhari

jogaiba donhara badane

adhara sudha-rase     tambula subase

bhokhava adika yatane

When from a golden box will I take betel-nuts and camphor, and place them in the lotus mouths of the Divine Couple?  When will I carefully chew the aromatic remnants of such betel-nuts, which have become mixed with nectar from mouths of the Divine Couple?

8 sri-guru karuna-sindhu     lokanatha dina-bandhu

mui dine kare abadhana

radha-krsna, brndabana     priya-narma-sakhi-gana

narottama mage ei dana

O Lokanatha Gosvami, O my spiritual master, O friend of the poor and wretched conditioned souls, O ocean of mercy, please hear the appeal of this person who is very miserable and poor-hearted.  O Radha and Krsna, O holy land of Vrndavana, O intimate gopi-friends of the Divine Couple, I beg that you all grant this charity to me.  Please fulfill these desires.Punah Svabhista-lalasa (The Author Continues the Description of His Longings)

Song 15

1 hari hari kabe mora haibe sudina

gobardhana giri-bare     parama nibhrta ghare

rai kanu karaiba sayana

When, in a secluded cottage on Govardhana Hill, the best of mountains, will I prepare a couch for Sri Sri Radha and Krsna?  O Lord Hari, Lord Hari, when will that auspicious day be mine?

2 bhrngarera jale ranga-      carana dhoyaiba

muchaba apana cikure

kanaka-samputa kari karpura tambula puri

jogaiba dunhuka adhare

When will I take water from a jar and wash the lotus feet of the Divine Couple?  When will I then dry Their feet using my own hair as a towel?  When from a golden box will I take betel-nuts and camphor, and place on the lotus lips of the Divine Couple?

3 priya-sakhi-gana-sange      sebana kaiba range

carana sebiba nija-kare

kunhuka kamala-dithi     kautuka heraba

dunhu anga pulaka antare

When, in the association of the gopis, will I directly serve the lotus feet of the Divine Couple with my own hand?  When, by seeing the lotus eyes of the Divine Couple, will the hairs of my body stand erect because of the ecstasy within my heart?

4 mallika malati juthi      nana phule mala ganthi

kabe diba donhara galaya

sonara katora kari      karpura candana bhari

kabe diba donhakara gaya

When will I string garlands of mallika and malati flowers and place them on the necks of the Divine Couple?  When will I fill a golden goblet with camphor and sandalwood paste, and then anoint the transcendental forms of the Divine Couple with this mixture?

5 ara kabe emana habe     dunu-mukha-nirakhiba

lila-rasa nijunja-sayane

sir-kundalatara sange keli-kautuka range

narottama karibe srabane

When will I directly see the lotus faces of the Divine Couple?  When will Narottama dasa jubilantly hear Kundalata-devi’s narration of the nectarean pastimes performed by the Divine Couple  in the groves of Vrndavana?  When will that day be?

Lalasa (Longings)

Song 16

1 sri-rupa-manjari-pada     sei mora sampada

sei mor bhajana-pujana

sei mora prana-dhana     sei mora abharana

sei mor jibanera jibana

Sri Rupa-manjari’s lotus feet are my only treasure.  They are my devotional service and my worship. They are my life’s breath,and the ornament I wear.  They are the sustainer of my life.

2 sei mora rasa-nidhi     sei mora banca-siddhi

sei mora bedera dharama

sei brata,  sei tapa     sei mora mantra-japa

sei mor dharama-karama

For me those lotus feet are an ocean of nectar.  They are the fulfilment of my desires.  For me they are the spiritual path outlined in the Vedas, and they are my religious vows.  They are my austerities and my chanting of mantras.  They are my pious activities.

3 anukula habe bidhi      se-pade hoibe siddhi

nirakhibo e dui nayane

se rupa-madhuri-rasi     prana-kubalaya sasi

prafulita habe nisi dine

Those feet will make destiny become kind to me and grant me perfection.  They will enable me to directly see the Divine Couple with my own eyes.  Those feet are a great reservoir of beauty and sweetness.  They are like a moon that causes the lotus flower of my life-breath to blossom.  Those lotus feet bloom within my heart through the entire day and night.

4 tuwa adarasana-ahi      garale jaralo dehi

ciro-dina tapita jibana

ha ha rupa koror doya     deho mora-pada-chaya

narottama loilo sarana

The venom of the snake of separation from You has caused this spirit soul to wither and decay.  For many days my life-breath has burned in the fire of separation from you.  O Rupa-manjari, please be merciful to me.  Please give me the shade of your lotus feet.  Narottama dasa takes shelter of you

Song 17

1 suniyachi sadhu-mukhe bale sarba-jana

sri-rupa-krpaya mile jugala-carana

I have heard from the mouths of the saintly devotees that everyone says that by the mercy of Srila Rupa Gosvami one may approach the lotus feet of the Divine Couple.

2 ha ha prabhu sanatana gaura-paribara

sabe mili bancha purna karaha amara

O Sanatana Prabhu, O personal associate of Lord Caitanya, please fulfill my desire.

3 sri-rupera krpa jena ama prati haya

se pada asraya jaba sei mahasaya

Please fulfill my desire that saintly Srila Rupa Gosvami may be merciful to me, and that I will be able to take shelter of his lotus feet.

4 prabhu lokanatha kabe sange lana jabe

sri-rupera pada-padme more samarpibe

When will my master, Lokanatha Gosvami, place me at the lotus feet of Srila Rupa Gosvami?

5 hena ki haibe mora – narma-sakhi-gana

anugata narottame karibe sasane

When, by your mercy, will your faithful follower Narottama dasa become eligible to receive direct instruction from the gopi-friends of the Divine Couple?

Song 18

1 ei naba-dasi bali sri-rupa cahibe

hena subha-ksana mora kati-dine habe

When will I be a young gopi-maidservant?  When will Sri Rupa-manjari directly order me?  When will that auspicious time be?

2 sighra ajna karibena–dasi hetha aya

sebara susajja-karya karaha twaraya

When will Sri Rupa-manjari repeatedly order me about, saying: “O maidservant, come here.  Quickly arrange for my fance garmanets and ornaments.”

3 anandita hana hiya ajna-bale

pabitra manete karya karibe tat-kale

By hearing these orders I will become delighted.  These orders will completely absorb the attention of my purified mind.

4 sebara samagri ratna-khalate kariya

subasita bari swarna-jharite puriya

When, in Sri Rupa-manjari’s service, will I fill a jewelled tray with various paraphernalia for worship?  When, engaged in her service, will I fill a golden goblet with aromatic water?

5 donhara sammukhe la’ye diba sighra-gati

narottamera dasa kabe haibe e-mati

When will I be able to quickly approach the Divine Couple?  When will Narottama dasa attain this condition of life?

Song 19

1 sri-rupa pascate ami rahiba bhita hana

donhe punah kahibena ama pane cana

I timidly follow behind Sri Rupa-manjari.  When will she say to me: “Fetch some water for the Divine Couple?

2 sadaya hrdaya donhe kahibena hasi

kothaya paile rupa ei naba dasi

When will the Divine Couple, compassionately smiling, say: “Where has Rupa-manjari gotten this young maidservant?”

3 sri-rupa-manjari tabe donha bakya suni

manjunali dila more ei dasi ani

Hearing these words, Sri Rupa-manjari will say: “Manjunali gave this maidservant to me.”

4 ati namra-citta ami haibe janila

seba-karya niya tabe hethaya rakhila

At that time I will feel very humble at heart, and I will diligently engage in the service of the Divine Couple.

5 hena tattwa konhakare saksate kahiya

narottame sebaya mijukta kariya

When will the Divine Couple directly speak in this way to Narottama dasa, engaging him in Their service?

Song 20

1 ha ha prabhu lokanatha rakha pada-dwandwe

krpa-drste caha jadi haiya anande

O Lokanatha Gosvami, O my master, please place me at your lotus feet.  If you are pleased with me, please place your merciful glance upon me.

2 mano-bancha siddhi tabe nana purna-trsna

hethaya caitanya mile setha radha-krsna

If you are satisfied with me, then all the wishes of my mind will be attained, and my 

thirst for happiness will be satiated.  If you are satisfied with me, then I will attain the association of Lord Caitanya. If you are satisfied with me, then I may be able to attain the association of Sri Sri Radha and Krsna.

3 tumi na karile daya kr karibe are

manera basana purna kara ei bara

O master, if you do not become merciful to me, then what will become of me?  Please fulfill my mind’s desire, at least this one time.

4 e tina samsare mora ara keha nai

krpa kari pada-tale deha thani

In the entire world there is no one as much in need of your mercy as I am.  Please be merciful to me, and give me shelter at the soles of your lotus feet.

5 radha-krsna-lila-guna gana ratri-dine

narottama-bancha purna nahe tuya bine

Although he spends all his days and nights glorifying the transcendental pastimes and virtues of Sri Sri Radha and Krsna, Narottama dasa knows that his desire to attain Their association cannot be fulfilled without your mercy.

Song 21

1 lokanatha prabhu tumi daya kara more

radha-krsna-carana jena sada citte spure

O Lokanatha, O my master, please be merciful to me and bless me that Sri Sri Radha-Krsna’s lotus feet may be always manifest within my mind.

2 tomara sahita thaki sakhira sahite

ei ta basana mora sada uthe cite

I wish to have your association when you manifest your form as a gopi-friend of the Divine couple.  This desire continually arises in my mind.

3 sakhi-gan-jyestha jenho tanhara carana

mora samarpibe kabe sebara karane

O master, when, by your mercy, will I be allowed to serve the lotus feet of Srimati Radharani, the best of all gopis.

4 tabe se haibe mora banchita purana

anande sebiba donhara jugala carana

If you will fulfill my desire, then I will be able to blissfully serve the lotus feet of the Divine Couple.

5 sri-rupa-manjari sakhi krpa-drste cana

tappi narottame sinca sebamrta diya

O Sri Rupa-manjari, O friend of the Divine Couple, please caste your glance of mercy upon me.  Pleas sprinkle this distressed Narottama dasa with the nectar of your devotional service.

Song 22

1 ha ha prabhu kara daya karuna tomara

micha maya-jale tanu dahiche amara

My body and mind burn in a network of material illusions.  O master, please be merciful and save me.

2 kabe hena dasa habe sakhi-sanga paba

brndabane phula ganthi donhake paraba

When will I attain the association of the gopis?  When will I string flower garlands in the forest of Vrndavana, and then place those garlands on the necks of the Divine Couple?

3 sammukhe basiya kabe camara dhulaba

aguru-candana-gandha donha ange diba

When will I meet the Divine Couple face-to-face?  When will I fan Them with a camara whisk?  When will I anoint Their limbs with aguru, sandalwood paste, and other fragrant substances?

4 sakhira ajnaya kabe tambula jogaba

sindura tilaka kabe donhake paraba

When, following the gopis’ orders will I offer betel-nuts to the Divine Couple?  When will I draw artistic tilaka markings in red sindura on the Divine Couple’s foreheads?

5 bilasa-kautuka keli dekhiba nayane

candra-jukha nirakhiba basaye simhasane

When, with my own eyes, will I see the Divine Couple jubilantly perform pastimes?  When will I see Their moonlike faces as They sit on Their thrones?

6 sada se madhuri dekhi manera lalase

kata-dine habe daya narottama dase

My heart longs to see Their sweetness.  How many days must pass before They are compassionate on Narottama dasa?

Song 23

1 hari hari kabe dasa habe mora

sebiba donhara pada anande bibhora

When, overwhelmed with bliss, will I directly serve the lotus feet of the Divine Couple?  O Lord Hari, Lord Hari, when will I attain this?

2 bhramara haiya sada rahiba carane

sri-caranamrta sada kariba aswadane

When will I become a bumble-bee staying continually at the lotus feet of the Divine Couple, and continually drinking the honey of Their lotus feet?

3 ei asa kari ami–jata sakhi-gana

tomadera krpaya je banchita purana

This is my desire: to join the company of the gopi-friends of the Divine Couple.  O my master, by your mercy only can my desire be fulfilled.

4 bahu-dina bancha kari purna jate haya

sabe meli daya kara haiya sadaya

For many days I have desired in this way.  Please be merciful to me and fulfill my request.

5 seba ase narottama kande diba-nisi

krpa kari kara more anugata dasi

Yearning and hoping in this way Narottama dasa weeps day and night.  Please be merciful to me, and make me your follower and gopi-maidservant.

Song 24

1 jaya jaya sri-krsna-caitanya nityananda

jayadwaitacandra jaya gaura-bhakta-vrnda

O Lord Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu, all glories to You.  O Prabhu Nityananda, all glories to You.  O Lord Advaitacandra, all glories to You.  O devotees of Lord Gauranga, all glories to you all.

2 krpa kari sabe meli karaha karuna

adhama patita-jane na kariha ghrna

I beg all of you to please be merciful to me.  Please do not despise or reject this most fallen person who is approaching You all.

3 e tina-samsara-majhe tuya pada sara

bhariya dekhinu mane-gati nahi ara

Your lotus feet are the most valuable thing in this material world.  I always see Your lotus feet within my mind.  I have no other goal.

4 se pada pabara ase kheda uthe mane

byakula hrdaya sada kariye krandane

I hope to one day attain Your lotus feet, and this causes great pain to arise within my mind.  I constantly cry, my heart full of suffering.

5 ki-rupe paiba kichu na pai sandhana

prabhu-lokanatha pada nahika smarana

I do not see how I will ever be able to attain Your lotus feet.  I do not see how I can always remember the lotus feet of Lokanatha Gosvami, my spiritual master.

6 tumi ta dayalu prabhu caha eka-bara

narottama hrdayera ghuca-o andhakara

O master, if you are at all merciful to me, then please glance upon me one time.  Please dispel the darkness in Narottama dasa’s heart.

Sadhaka-dehocita Lalasa (The Devotee’s Aspiration)

Song 25

1 hari hari kabe mora haibe su-dina

bhajiba sri-radha-krsna haina premadhina

When will I directly worship Sri Sri Radha and Krsna?  When will I be overwhelmed with love for the Divine Couple?  O Lord Hari, when will that auspicious day be mine?

2 sujantre misana gaba su-madhura tana

anande karibe dunhara rupa-guna-gana

When, accompanying myself on a musical instrument, will I happily sing sweet songs describing the beautiful forms and qualities of the Divine Couple.

3 radhika govinda bali kandiba uccaih-sware

bhijibe sakala anga nayanera nire

When will I loudly call out “O Radhika, O Govinda,” the tears from my eyes wetting my entire body.

4 ei-bara karuna kara rupa sanatana

raghunatha dasa mora sri-jiva-jivana

O Srila Rupa Gosvami, O Srila Sanatana Gosvami, O Srila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami, O Srila Jiva Gosvami, my life and soul, please be merciful to me this one time.

5 ei bara karuna kara lalita-bisakha

sakhya-bhabe sridama-subala-adi sakha

O Lalita, O Visakha, O Sridama, O Subala and other friends of Lord Krsna, please be merciful to me this one time.

6 sabe mili kara daya puraak mora asa

prarthana karaye sada narottama dasa

All of You please be merciful to me and fulfill my desire.  This is the constant prayer of Narottama dasa.

Sadhaka-dehocita-Sri-brndabana-basa-lalasa (The Devotee’s Aspiration to Reside in Sri Vrndavana)

Song 26

1 hari hari ara ki emana dasa haba

ei bhaba samsara tyaji parama anande maji

ara kabe brajabhume jaba

When will I renounce the circle of material family life, and, drowning in transcendental bliss, go to Vrajabhumi?  O Lord Hari, Lord Hari, when will this be?

2 sukhamaya brndabana    kaba habe darsana

se dhuli lagibe kabe gaya

preme gadagada haina     radha-krsna-nama laina

kandiya bedaba ubharaya

When will I see the blissful land of Vrndavana?  When will I smear the dust of Vrndavana over my body?  When will I walk about Vrndavana, loudly singing the names of Radha and Krsna, and crying, my voice choked with ecstatic love.

3 nibhrta nikunja jana     astange pranama haina

dakiba ha radha-natha bali

kabe jamunara tire     parasa kariba nire

kabe piba kara-pute tuli

When, in a solitary grove in Vrndavana, will I offer my full obeisances to the Divine Couple?  When will I call out: “O Krsna, O master of Srimati Radharani?”  When standing on the shore of the Yamuna, will I drink some of its water in my cupped hands?

4 ara kabe emana haba     sri-rasa-mandale jaba

kabe gadagadi diba taya

bamsibata-chaya pana parama ananda hana

padiya rahiba tara chaya

When will this be?  When will I go to the arena of the rasa-dance, and roll about in the dust, overwhelmed with ecstasy?  When will I visit Vamsivata, and fall down to the ground, overwhelmed by transcendental bliss?

5 kabe gobardhana giri     dekhiba nayane bhari

kabe habe radha-kunde basa

bhramite bhramite kabe      ei deha patana habe

kahe dina narottama dasa

When will I see Govardhana Hill, my eyes filling with tears?  When will I reside at Radha-kunda?  When, as a result of constantly wandering in Vrndavana, will this body fall down?  Poor-hearted Narottama dasa speaks in this way.

Song 27

1 hari hari ara kabe palatibe dasa

e saba kariya bame     jaba brndabana-dhame

ei mane kariyachi asa

When will I renounce all material impediments and go to Vrndavana-dhama?  O Lord Hari, Lord Hari, when will my life change in this way?  I hope I will be able to change my mode of living in this way.

2 dhana jana putra dare     e saba kariya dure

ekanta haiya kabe jaba

saba duhkha parihari     brndabane basa kori

madhukari magiya khaiba

When will I leave all my wealth, followers, children, and wife far behind and with only one desire, go to Vrndavana?  When will I leave all material miseries, and live in Vrndavana, eating only whatever food I can obtain by begging?

3 jamunara jala jena     amrta samana hena

kabe piba udara puriya

kabe radha-kunda-jale snana kari kutuhale

syama-kunda rahiba padiya

When will I take long drinks of the Yamuna’s water, which is as sweet as nectar?  When, with great happiness, will I bathe at Radha-kunda?  When will I permanently reside at Syama-kunda?

4 bhramiba dwadasa bane     rasa-keli je je sthane

premabese gadagadi diya

sudhaiba jane jane     vraja-basi-gana-sthane

nibediba carana dhariya

When will I wander in the twelve forests of Vrndavana, where Lord Krsna enjoyed nectar pastimes, and when, overwhelmed with ecstastic love, will I roll about in the dust of these places?  When will I become pure in heart?  When will I offer obeisances to all the residents of Vraja, reverently touching their lotus feet?

5 bhajanera sthana kabe     nayana-gocara habe

ara jata ache upabana

ara madhye brndabana     narottama dasera mana

asa kare jugala carana

When will I be able to see the gardens of Vrndavana where the great devotees worshipped the Lord?  Narottama dasa hopes to one day attain the lotus feet of the Divine Couple.

Song 28

1 karanga kaupina lana     chenda kanha gaya diya

tejabiga sakala bisaya

krsna anuraga habe     brajera nikunja kabe

jaina kariba nijalaya

When will I renounce all sense-gratification?  When will I accept only a water-pot and torn garment?  When will I  constantly sing Lord Krsna’s holy names?  When will I go to the groves of Vraja and make my permanent residence there?  When will I attain ecstatic love for Krsna?

2 hari hari kabe mora haibe su-dina

phala-amula brndabane     khana diba-abasane

bhramiba haiya udasina

When will I wander in Vrndavana, detached from material affairs, and only eating some roots and fruit at the end of the day?  O Lord Hari, Lord Hari, when will that auspicious day be mine?

3 sitala jamuna jale    snana kari kutuhale

premabese anandita hana

bahura upara bahu tuli     brndabane kuli kuli

krsna bali bedaba kandiya

When will I become full of bliss, overwhelmed by ecstatic love by bathing in the cool waters of the Yamuna river?  When will I wander about Vrndavana with my arms upraised calling out the name of Lord Krsna and crying?

4 dekhiba sanketa-sthana     judabe tapita prana

premabese gadagadi diba

kanha radha praneswari kanha giribara-dhari

kanha natha baliya dakiba

When will I see the place where Radha and Krsna secretly met?  When, overwhelmed with ecstatic love, will I roll about in the dust at that place?  When will I call out: “O Radha, O controller of my life, where are You?  O Krsna, O lifter of Govardhana Hill, where are You?  O my masters, where are You?”

5 madhavi-kunjera pari      sukhe basi suka-sari

gaibeka radha-krsna-rasa

taru-mule basi taha     suni judaiba hiya

kabe sukhe gonaba dibasa

When will I happily pass my days at the roots of a tree in the grove of madhavi creepers, listening to a parrot-couple jubilantly sing the glories of the nectarean pastimes of Sri Sri Radha and Krsna?

6 sri-govinda gopinatha     srimati-radhika-sakha

dekhiba ratana-simhasane

dina narottama dasa     karaye durlabha asa

e-mati haibe kata dine

When will I see Lord Govinda, the master of the gopis, accompanied by Srimati Radharani, as They both sit on a jewelled throne?  Poor-hearted Narottama dasa hopes that some day he will be able to obtain this so-difficult-to-obtain desire.

Song 29

1 hari hari kabe haba brndabana-basi

nirakhiba nayane jugala-rupa-rasi

O Lord Hari, Lord Hari, when will I become a resident of Vrndavana?  When with my own eyes will I see the great beauty of the Divine Couple?

2 tyajiya sayana-sukha bicitra palanka

kabe brajera dhulaya dhrasa habe anga

When will I renounce very comfortable sleeping arrangements and instead take rest on the ground of Vraja?

3 jada-rasa-bhojana dure parihari

kabe braje magiya khaiba madhukari

When will I renounce materially palatable foodstuffs and simply eat whatever I can obtain by begging in the land of Vraja?

4 parikrama kariya bedaba bane bane

bisrama kariba jai jamuna-puline

When will I circumambulate the land of Vraja, wandering from forest to forest?  When, becoming fatigued, will I stop to rest on the shore of the Yamuna?

5 tapa dura kariba sitala bamsibate

kabe kunje baithaba hama baisnaba-nikate

When will I find relief from the heat of midday by resting in the cooling shade of Vamsivata?  When will I associate with the Vaisnavas in the groves of Vrndavana?

6 narottama dasa kahe kari parihara

kabe be emana dasa haibe amara

Narottama dasa renounces the materialistic way of life and says: “When will I attain the perfection of spiritual life?”

Sa-bilapa Sri Brndabana-basa-lalalas (Lamentation and Yearning to Reside in Sri Vrndavana)

Song 30

1 ara ki emana dasa haba

saba chadi brndabane jaba

When will I renounce everything and go to Vrndavana?  When will this be?

2 ara kabe sri-rasa-mandale

gadagadi diba kutuhale

When in great ecstasy will I roll about on the ground where Lord Krsna performed the rasa-dance?

3 ara kabe gobardhana giri

dekhiba nayana-juga bhari

When will I see Govardhana Hill, my eyes filling with tears?

4 syama-kunde radha-kunde snana

kari kabe judaba parana

When by bathing in Syama-kunda and Radha-kunda, will I attain the stage of dedicating my entire life and soul to the service of the Divine Couple?

5 ara kabe jamunara jale

majjane haiba niramale

When will I become pure at heart by bathing in the waters of the Yamuna?

6 sadhu-sange brndabane basa

narottama dasa kabe asa

Narottama dasa hopes that he will be able to reside in Vrndavana in the association of the saintly devotees.

Mathura-virahocita Darsana-lalasa (The Author Yearns to see Mathura again)

Song 31

1 kabe krsna-dhana paba     hiyara majhare thoba

judaiba tapita-parana

sajaiya diba hiya     basaiba prana-priya

nirakhiba se candra-bayana

When will I attain the dark treasure known as Lord Krsna?  When, agitated with ecstatic love, will I give my heart to Lord Krsna?  When will I consider Lord Krsna more dear to me than my own life’s breath?  When will I be able to see Lord Krsna’s moonlike face?

2 he sajani kabe mora habe su-dina

seprana-nathera sanga     kabe ba phiriba range

sukhamaya jamuna-pulina

When will I regain my master’s association?  When will I happily return with singing and dancing to the shore of the Yamuna?  O friend, when will this auspicious day be mine?

3 lalita bisakha lana     tanhare bhetiba giya

sajaiya nana upahare

sadaya haiya bidhi     milaibe guna-nidhi

hena bhagya haibe amara

When, in the company of Lalita and Visakha, will I meet Lord Krsna?  When will I be able to offer various gifts to please Him?  When will destiny be compassionate to me?  When will my destiny become like a virtuous person who is an ocean of good qualities?  When will this good fortune be mine?

4 daruna bidhira nata     alinga premera hata

tila-matra na rakhila tara

kahe narottama dasa     ki mora jibane asa

chadi gela brajendra-kumara

Cruel fate has made me poverty-stricken and I do not have even a penny to purchase the goods sold in the marketplace of pure love for Krsna.  Nevertheless, Narottama dasa says: “My life’s hope is to renounce everything and attain the prince of Vraja.”

Song 32

1 ei-bara paile dekha carana du khani

hiyara majhare rakhi judaba parani

I pray that I may now see the two lotus feet of Lord Krsna.  I will place these lotus feet in my heart.  I will dedicate my entire life and soul to them.

2 tanre na dekhiya mora mane bada tapa

anale pasiba kimba jale diba jhampa

If I am not able to see Lord Krsna’s lotus feet, my heart will burn with suffering.  I will end this life by entering a blazing fire, or jumping into the water.

3 mukhera muchaba ghama khaojaba pana guja

ghamete batasa diba candanadi cuja

When I meet Lord Krsna I will serve Him in various ways.  I will wipe the perspiration from His face.  I will give Him nice food and drink.  I will offer Him betel-nuts.  I will fan Him.  I will anoint His body with sandalwood paste and other fragrant things.

4 brndabandera hulera ganthiya diba hara

binaiya bandhiba cuda kuntalera bhara

I will string a garland of Vrndavana forest flowers, and then present that garland to Lord Krsna.  I will carefully arrange His hair and tie His topknot.

5 kalape tilaka diba candanera canda

narottama dasa kahe piritera phanda

I will decorate Lord Krsna with a peacock feather, tilaka markings, and a moon drawn in sandalwood paste.  Narottama dasa says: In this way I will gradually attain love for Lord Krsna.

Song 33

1 brndabana ramya-sthana     dibya-cintamani-dhama

ratana-mandira manohara

abrta kalindi-nire     raja-hamsa keli kore

tahe sobhe kanaka-kamala

Beautiful Vrndavana is filled with cintamani gems and many jewel palaces and temples.  Many regal swans play in the waters of the Yamuna, and in those waters a splendid golden lotus flower grows.

2 tara madhye hema-pitha     asta-dale bestita

asta-dale pradhana nayika

tara madhye ratnasane     bosi achen dui-jane

syama-sange sundari radkhika

In the middle of that lotus is a golden place surrounded by eight petals.  On these eight petals the eight principal gopis reside, and in the centre Lord Syamasundara and beautiful Srimati Radharani sit on a jewel throne.

3 o-rupa-labanya-rasi     amiya poriche khasi

hasya-pariasa-sambhasane

narottama-dasa koy     nitya-lila sukha-moy

sadai sphuruka mora mane

The great beauty of the Divine couple and Their charming joking and laughter continually showers nectar everywhere.  Narottama dasa says: I pray that these blissful eternal transcendental pastimes of the Divine Couple may be always manifest in my heart.

Song 34

1 kadamba tarura dala   namiyache bhume bhala

phutiyache phula sari sari

parimale bharala     sakala brndabana

keli kare bhramara bhramari

In Vrndavana the kadamba trees offer obeisances, their flowering branches reverently touching the ground.  Bumble bees enjoy pastimes in Vrndavana, which is filled with a very sweet fragrance.

2 rai kanu bilasai range

kiba rupa labani     baidagadha-khani dhani

manimaya abharana ange

Radha and Krsna stay in the place where They enjoy pastimes.  How beautiful They are.  Their bodies are decorated with jewel ornaments, and They are wealthy with many gem mines of intelligence and wit.

3 radhara daksina kare     dhari priya giridhari

madhura madhura cali jaya

age pache sakhi-gana kare phula barisana

kona sakhi camara dhulaya

Dear Giridhari holds Srimati Radharani’s right hand, and together They gracefully stroll about.  The gopis shower flowers before and behind Them, and one gopi fans them with a camara whisk.

4 parage dhusara sthala     candra-kare su-sitala

manimaya bedira upare

rai kanu kara jodi     nrtya kare phiri phiri

parase pulake tanu bhare

That place is filled with the aromatic pollen of the lotus, and it is made pleasantly cool by the shining of the moon.  On a raised platform there, Radha and Krsna dance, holding hands, the hairs of Their bodies standing up in ecstasy.

Song 35

1 mrgamada-candana     kare kari sakhi-gana

barikhaye phula gandha-raje

srama-jala bindu bindu sobha kare mukha-indu

adhare murali kiba raje

The gopis decorate the Divine Couple with musk and sandalwood paste, and shower Them with aromatic flowers.  Drops of perspiration make Lord Krsna’s moonlike face splendid.  The flute is gracefully placed against Lord Krsna’s lips.

2 hasa-bilasa-rasa     sarala madhura bhasa

narottama-manoratha bharu

dunhuka bicitra besa     kusuma racita kesa

locana-mohana lila karu

With the nectar of Their joking and laughter and the sweetness of Their charming talks, the Divine Couple fulfills all the desires of Narottama dasa.  Dressed in wonderful colourful garments and Their hair decorated with flowers, the Divine Couple enjoys pastimes, enchanting the eys of everyone.

Swa-nistha (My Faith)

Song 36

1 dhana mora nityananda     pati moro gauracandra

prana mora jugala-kisora

adwaita acarya bala     gadadhara mora kula

narahari bilasai mora

Lord Nityananda is my wealth.  Lord Gauracandra is my master.  The youthful Divine Couple is my life.  Advaita Acarya is my strength. Gadadhara is my family.  Narahari Sarakara is my glory.

2 baisnabera pada-dhuli     tahe mora snana-keli

tarpana mora baisnabera nama

bicara kariya mane    bhakti-rassa aswadane

madhyastha sri-bhagabata purana

The dust of the devotees’ lotus feet is my bathing water.  The chanting of the devotees names is my satisfaction.  Considering the merits of all Vedic literatures in the light of devotional service, I have concluded that the Srimad Bhagavatam is the best of all scriptures.

3 baisnabera ucchista     tahe mora mano-nistha

baisnabera namete ullasa

brndabane cautara     tahe mora mano-ghera

kahe dine narottama dasa

My mind is firmly convinced of the spiritual benefit obtained by eating the remnants of foodstuff left by the devotees.  The names of the devotees are my happiness.  The land of Vrndavana is the enclosure within which I keep my mind.  Poor-hearted Narottama dasa speaks in this way.

Nityananda-nistha (Faith in Lord Nityananda)

Song 37

1 nitai-pada-kamala     koti-candra-susitala

je chayay jagata juray

heno nitai bine bhai      radha-krsna paite nai

drrha kori dharo nitair pay

Lord Nityananda’s lotus feet are a shelter where one will get the soothing moonlight not only of one, but of millions of moons.  The shade of Lord Nityananda’s lotus feet give relief from the sufferings of material existence.  If one does not take shelter of the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda, then it will be very difficult for him to approach Radha and Krsna.  Therefore, with firm conviction, one should take shelter of Lord Nityananda’s lotus feet.

2 se sambandha nahi jar     brtha janma gelo tar

sei pasu boro duracar

nitai na bolilo mukhe     majilo somsara-sukhe

bidya-kule ki koribe tar

Anyone who has not contacted a relationship with Lord Nityananda is understood to have spoiled his human birth.  Such a person is just like a misbehaved animal.  Such persons never say the name of Lord Nityananda.  Such person simply become absorbed in so-called material enjoyment.  What benefit will such persons obtain by their so-called academic education or birth in a high family or great nation?

3 ahankare matta hoiya     nitai pada pasariya

asatyere satya kori mani

nitaiyer koruna habe     braje radha-krsna pabe

dharo nitai-carana du’khani

These persons have become maddened by a false concept of bodily life, and thus they have forgotten their eternal relationship with Nityananda and instead accept the illusory material energy as factual.  If you actually want to approach the association of Radha-Krsna, you must achieve the mercy of Lord Nityananda first.  When he is merciful toward you, then you will be able to approach Radha-Krsna.  For this reason one should firmly catch the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda.

4 nitaiyer carana satya     tahara sebaka nitya

nitai-pada sada koro asa

narottama boro dukhi     nitai more koro sukhi

rakho ranga caranera pasa

The lotus feet of Lord Nityananda are not illusion.  They are a fact, and therefore one who engages in the transcendental loving service of Nityananda is also transcendental.  For this reason one should always try to catch the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda.  O Lord Nityananda, this Narottama dasa is very unhappy, and therefore I am praying that You please make me happy. Please keep me in a corner of Your reddish lotus feet.

Gauranga-nistha (Faith in Lord Caitanya)

Song 38

1 are bhai bhaja mora gauranga-carana

na bhajiya mainu duhkhe     dubi grha-bisa-kupe

dagdha kaila e panca parana

O brother, please worship the lotus feet of Lord Gauranga.  I have not worshipped them, but instead have dived into the poisonous well of materialistic household-life, and as a result my five life-airs are burning with the poison of material life.

2 tapa-traya-bisanale     ahar-nisi hiya jwale

deha sada haya acetana

ripu-basa indriya haila     gora-pada pasabila

bimukha haila hena dhana

Day and night I burn in the poisonous fire of the threefold miseries of material life, and as a result I faint again and again.  My senses are overwhelmed by lust, greed, and numberless other enemies, and I am averse to the great treasure that is the lotus feet of Lord Gauranga.

3 hena gaura dayamaya     chadi saba laja-bhaya

kaya mane laha re sarana

parama durmati chila      tare gora uddharila

tara haila patita-pabana

O brother, give up all fear and shyness, and take shelter of merciful Lord Gauranga.  Lord Gauranga rescues those who are most wicked at heart, and therefore He is known as Patita-pavana, the saviour of the fallen.

4 gora dwija-nata-raje     bandhaha hrdaya-majhe

ki karibe samsara-samana

narottama dasa kahe     agora-sama keha nahe

na bhajite deya prema-dhana

If you place Lord Gauranga, the brahmana king of dancers, within your heart, then what will death be able to do to you?  Narottama dasa says: There is no one equal to Lord Gauranga.  Even if one will not become His devotee, still Lord Gauranga will freely give him the treasur of love for Krsna.

Sabarana-Gaura-mahima (The Glories of Lord Gauranga)

Song 39

1 gaurangera duti pada      jar dhana sampada

se jane bhakati-rasa-sar

gaurangera madhura-lila jar karne prabesila

hrdoya mirmala bhelo tar

Anyone who has accepted the two lotus feet of Lord Caitanya can understand the true essence of devotional service.  If one is captivated by the pleasing pastimes of Lord Caitanya, the dirty things in his heart will all become cleansed.

2 je gaurangera nama loy     tara hoy premodoy

tare mui jai bolihari

gauranga-gunete jhure, nitya-lila tare sphure

se jana bhakati-adhikari

One who simply takes the holy name of Gaurasundara, Sri Krsna Caitanya, will immediately develop love of God.  To such a person I say: Bravo.  Very nice.  Excellent.  If one appreciates the merciful pastimes of Lord Caitanya and feels ecstasy and sometimes cries, this process will immediately help him to understand the eternal pastimes of Radha-Krsna.

3 gaurangera sangi-gane     nitya-siddha kori mane

se jay brajendra-suta-pas

sri-gauda-mandala-bhumi     jeba jane cintamani

tara hoy braja-bhume bas

Simply by understanding that the associates of Lord Gauranga are eternally free from material contamination, one can immediately be promoted to the transcendental abode of Lord Krsna.  If one simply understands that the land of Navadvipa is not different from Vrndavana, then he actually lives in Vrndavana.

4 gaura-prema-rasarnave     se tarange jeba dube

se radha-madhava-antaranga

grhe ba banete thake     ha gauranga bole dake

narottama mage tara sanga

If one says: “Let me dive deep into the waves of the nectarean ocean of the transcendental loving movement introduced by Lord Caitanya”, he immediately becomes one of the confidential devotees of Radha and Krsna.  It does not matter whether one is a householder living at home or a vanaprastha or sannyasi living in the forest, if he chants “O Gauranga, and becomes a devotee of Lord Caitanya, then Narottama dasa begs to have his association.

Punah Prarthana (Another Prayer)

Song 40

1 sri-krsna-caitanya prabhu doya koro more

toma bine ke doyalu jagat-somsare

My dear Lord Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu, please be merciful to me, because who can be more merciful than Your Lordship within these three worlds?

2 patita-pavana-hetu taba abatara

mo sama patita prabhu na paibe ara

Your incarnation is just to reclaim the conditioned fallen souls, but I assure You tha You will not find a greater fallen soul than me.  Therefore my claim is first.

3 ha ha prabhu nityananda premananda sukhi

krpabalokana koro ami boro duhkhi

My dear Lord Nityananda, You are always joyful in spiritual bliss.  Since You always appear very happy, I have come to You because I am most unhappy.  If You kindly put Your merciful glance over me, I may also become happy.

4 doya koro sita-pati adwaita gosai

taba krpa-bale pai caitanya-nitai

My dear Advaita Prabhu, husband of Sita, You are so kind.  Please be kind to me.  If You are kind to me, naturally Lord Caitanya and Lord Nityananda also will be kind to me.

5-6 ha ha swarup sanatana, rupa, raghunatha

bhatta-yuga, sri-jiva ha prabhu lokanatha

doya koro sri-acarya prabhu srinivasa

ramacandra-sanga mage narottama-dasa

O Sri Svarupa Damodara Gosvami, O Sri Sanatana Gosvami, O Sri Rupa Gosvami, O Sri Raghunatha dasa Gosvami, O Sri Raghunatha Bhatta Gosvami and Sri Gopala Bhatta Gosvami, O Sri Jiva Gosvami, O my master, Sri Lokanatha Gosvami, O Sri Srinivasa Acarya, I beg you all to please be merciful to me.  Narottama dasa prays that he may always have the company of Ramacandra Cakravarti.

Sa-parsada-bhagavad-viraha-janita-vilapa (Separated from the Lord and His Associates, the Author Laments)

Song 41

1 je anilo prema-dhana koraun pracur

heno prabhu kotha gela acarya-thakur

He who brought the treasure of divine love and who was filled with compassion and mercy-where has such a personality as Srinivasa Acarya gone?

2 kaha mora swarup rupa kaha sanatan

kaha dasa raghunatha patita-paban

Where are my Svarupa Damodara and Rupa Gosvami?  Where is Sanatana?  Where is Raghunatha dasa, the saviour of the fallen?

3 kaha mora bhatt-juga kaha kabiraj

eka-kale kotha gela gora nata-raj

Where are my Raghunatha Bhatta and Gopala Bhatta and where is Krsnadasa Kaviraja?  Where did Lord Gauranga, the great dancer, suddenly go?

4 pasane kutibo matha anale pasibo

gauranga gunera nidhi kotha gele pabo

I will smash my head against the rock and enter into the fire.  Where will I find Lord Gauranga, the reservoir of all wonderful qualities.

5 se-saba sangira sange je koilo bilas

se-sanga na paiya kande narottama das

Being unable to obtain the association of Lord Gauranga accompanied by all of these devotees in whose association He performed His pastimes, Narottama dasa simply weeps.

Aksepa (Regret)

Song 42

1 gora panhu na bhajiya mainu

prema-ratana-dhana helaya harainu

I did not worship Lord Gauranga Prabhu and thus I became full of suffering.  I refused to accept the treasure of pure love of Krsna, and thus I became lost.

2 adhane jatana kari dhanatejaginu

apana karama-dose apani dhubinu

I reject the treasure of love of Krsna and deliberately struggled to become poor.  I dived into a host of sinful deeds.

3 sat-sanga chadi kainu asate bilasa

te-karane lagila je karma-bandha phamsa

I rejected the association of the saintly devotees, and instead tried to enjoy among the impious non-devotees.  In this way I became caught in the noose of karma.

4 bisaya bisama bisa satata khainu

gora-kirtana-rasa magana na hainu

I continually drank the virulent poison of sense-gratification.  I refused to swin in the nectar of Lord Caitanya’s sankirtana movement.

5 kena ba achaye prana ki sukha paiya

narottama dasa kena na gela mariya

Why do I stay alive?  What happiness do I have?  Why did Narottama dasa not die long ago?

Song 43

1 hari hari ki mora karama anurata

bisaye kutila-mati      sat-sange na haila rati

kise ara taribara patha

My crooked mind delights in sense-gratification, but not in the association of the saintly devotees.  Why do I follow this dangerous path?  O Lord Hari, Lord Hari, how have I become so attached to materialism?

2 swarupa sanatana rupa     raghunatha bhatta-juga

lokanatha siddhanta-sagara

sunitama se-saba katha      ghucita manera byatha

tabe bhala haita antara

In the past I continually heard the philosophy of Krsna consciousness from Srila Svarupa Damodara Gosvami, Srila Sanatana Gosvami, Srila Rupa Gosvami, Srila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami, Srila Raghunatha Bhatta Gosvami, Srila Gopala Bhatta Gosvami and Srila Lokanatha Gosvami, who is like a great ocean of devotional truth.  By hearing their words the pain within my mind subsided, and I attained an auspicious condition of life.

3 jakhana gaura-nityananda     adwaitadi-bhakta-brnda

nadiya-nagare abatara

takhana na haila janma     ebe dehe kiba karma

micha matra bahi phiri bhara

Lord Caitanya, Lord Nityananda, Lord Advaita, and the devotees who are Their personal associates have descended from the spiritual world to the land of Nadiya.  They have not taken birth as ordinary mortals do.  How wonderful are Their transcendental activities!  I am not like Them.  I simply trudge along carrying a great heap of illusory materialistic burdens.

4 haridasa adi bule      mahotsabapadi kare

na herinu se sukha-bilasa

ki mora duhkhera katha      janama gonanu brtha

dhik dhik narottama dasa

Haridasa Thakura and the other devotees travelled about absorbed in a constant festival of the glorification of Lord Krsna, but I myself was unable to see these blissful pastimes.  How sad is my tale. I have wasted my life.  Fie, fie on Narottama dasa.

Baisnaba-mahima (Glorification of the Devotees)

Song 44

1 thakura baisnaba-pada      abanira su-sampada

suna bhai hana eka mana

asraya laiya bhaje      tare krsna nahi tyaje

ara saba mare akarana

O brother, please hear my words with rapt attention.  The lotus feet of the Vaisnavas are the most valuable treasure of this world.  These Vaisnavas continually take shelter of Lord Krsna and worship Him.  They never abandon their Lord.  They are liberated.  They are free from the cycle of birth and death.

2 baisnaba-carana-jala     prema-bhaktidite bala

ara keha nahe balabanta

baisnaba-carana-renu      mastake bhusana binu

ara nahi bhusanera anta

The water that has washed the lotus feet of the Vaisnavas bestows devotional service in pure love of God.  Nothing else is as effective for attaining this divine love.  I place dust from the lotus feet of the Vaisnavas upon my head.  I wear no other ornament.

3 tirtha-jala pabitra-guna      likhiyache purane

se saba bhaktira prabancana

baisnabera padodaka      sama nahe ei saba

jate haya banchita purana

The purifying power of the waters at the various holy places of pilgrimage is described in the Puranas, although this is something of a deceptive trick.  Actually there is not anything as purifying as the water that has washed the lotus feet of the Vaisnavas.  This water fulfills all desires.

4 baisnaba-sangete mana      anandita anuksana

sada haya krsna-para-sanga

dina narottama kande      hiya dhairya nahi bandhe

mora dasa kena haila bhanga

Moment after moment my mind finds pleasure in the association of the Vaisnavas.  I always seek out the company of those who are devoted to Lord Krsna.  Poor-hearted Narottama dasa breaks down and cries.  How has this fallen condition come upon me?

Baisnaba-bijnapti (Prayer to the Vaisnavas)

Song 45

1 thakura baisnaba-gana      kari ei nibedana

mo bada adhama duracara

daruna-samsara-nidhi      tahe dhubaila bidhi

keses dhari more kara para

O saintly Vaisnavas, although I am very fallen and misbehaved, I still place this appeal before you:  My destiny has plunged me in the fearsome ocean of repeated birth and death.  Please grab me by the hair and pull me to the opposite shore.

2 bidhi bada balaban      na sune dharama-jnana

sadai karama-pase bandhe

na dekhi tarana lesa      jate dekhi saba klesa

anatha katare teni kande

My destiny is very powerful.  I am not able to hear the knowledge of spiritual life, and I am always bound by the ropes of karma.  I cannot see any way to escape my condition.  I see only suffering.  Helpless and stricken with grief, I cry.

3 kama krodha lobha moha      mada abhimana saha

apana apana sthane tane

aichana amara mana      phire jena andha jana

supatha vipatha nahi jane

My blind mind cannot see what path is auspicious or inauspicious.  My blind mind is helplessly dragged from here to there by lust, anger, greed, bewilderment, madness and pride.

4 na lainu sat mata      asate majila cita

tuya paye na karinu asa

narottama dase kaya      dekhi suni lage bhaya

taraiya laha nija pasa

My mind became immersed in the impermanent satisfaction of the senses, and I could not understand the real goal of life.  For this reason I did not aspire to attain Your lotus feet.  Narottama dasa says: Now that I am able to see, hear, and touch the Vaisnavas, I have become free from all fear.

Song 46

1 ei-baro karuna koro baisnava gosai

patita-pavana toma bine keho nai

O Vaisnava Gosvami, please be merciful to me now.  There is no one except you who can purify the fallen souls.

2 jahara darsane saba papa dure jay

emona doyalaprabhu debakothapay

Where does anyone find such a merciful personality by whose mere audience all sins go far away?

3 gangara parasa hoile pascate paban

darsane pabitra koro-ei tomara gun

After bathing in the waters of the sacred Ganges many times, one becomes purified, but just by the sight of you, the fallen souls become purified.  This is your great power.

4 hari-sthane aparadhe tare harinam

toma sthane aparadhe nahi paritran

The holy name delivers one who has committen an offense to Lord Hari, but if one commits an offense to you, there is no means of deliverance.

5 tomara hrdoye sada gobinda-bisram

gobinda kohena-mam baisnava paran

Lord Govinda always stays within your heart.  Lord Govinda says: “The Vaisnavas are my life and soul.”

6 proti-janme kori asa caranera dhuli

narottame koro doya apanara boli

I hope that in every birth I may attain the dust of your lotus feet.  Please declare this Narottama dasa to be your property.  Please be merciful to him.

Song 47

1 ki-rupe paiba seba mui duracara

sri-guru-baisnabe rati na haila amara

I have no devotion for either the Vaisnavas or my own spiritual master.  How is it possible for a rascal like me to attain devotional service?

2 asesa mayate mana magana haila

baisnabete lesa-matra rati na janmila

My mind is always drowning in illusion.  I have not even the smallest fragment of devotion for the Vaisnavas.

3 bisaye tuliya andha hainu diba-nisi

gale phamsa dite phire maya se pisaci

I have become blind by constantly meditating on the objects of the senses.  The maya-witch has placed a hangman’s noose around my neck.

4 inhare kariya jaya chadana na jaya

sadhu-krpa bina ara hanika upaya

Even if I can cure my blindness and defeat the maya-hangman, I cannot become free from material illusion without the mercy of the saintly devotees.

5 adosada-rasi-prabhu patita-uddhara

ei-bara narottame karaha nistara

O master, O purifier of the sinful, O saviour of the fallen souls, please rescue this Narottama dasa.

Sri Rupa-rati-manjaryah Vijnaptih (Prayer to Sri Rupa-manjari and Sri Rati-manjari)

Song 48

1 radha-krsna-sebon muni jibane marane

tanra sthana tanra lila dekhon ratri dine

I shall serve Sri Sri Radha and Krsna in this life and also after my death.  Night and day I shall see Their transcendental abode and pastimes.

2 je sthane lila kare jugala-kisora

sakhira sangini hana tanhe hana bhora

Wherever the youthful Divine Couple go to perform transcendental pastimes I will follow as an associate of Their gopi-friends, and I will stay with Them until sunrise.

3 sri-rupa-manjari-pada sebon nirabadhi

tanra pada-padma mora mantra-mahausadhi

I will continually serve the lotus feet of Sri Rupa-manjari.  Her lotus feet are my purifying mantra and my medicinal herb.

4 sri-rati-manjari devi more kara daya

anuksana deha tuya pada-padma-chaya

O Sri Rati-manjari-devi, please be merciful to me.  Please give me the continual shade of your lotus feet.

5 sri-rasa-manjari devi kara abadhana

anuksana deha tuya pada-padma-dhyana

O Sri Rasa-manjari-devi, please notice me.  Please allow me to always meditate on your lotus feet.

6 brndabane nitya nitya jugala-bilasa

prarthana karaye sada narottama dasa

Please allow me to join the eternal pastimes of the Divine Couple in Vrndavana.  Narottama dasa constantly prays in this way.

Sakhi-vrnde Vijnaptih (Prayer to the Gopis)

Song 49

1 radha-krsna prana mora jugala-kisora

jibane marane gati nahi mora

The youthful Divine Couple Sri Sri Radha and Krsna are my life and soul.  In life or death I have no other refuge but Them.

2 kalindira kule keli-kadambera bana

ratana-bedira upara bosabo ju’jana

I shall install the Divine Couple on a jewelled throne in a pleasant forest of kadamba trees on the shore of the Yamuna River.

3 syama-gauri-ange dibo candanera gandha

camara dhulabo kabe heir mukha-candra

When will I place aromatic sandalwood paste on the limbs of Lord Symasundara and Srimati Gaurangi-devi?  When will I fan Them with a camara whisk?  When will I see Their moonlike faces?

4 gathiya malatir mala dibo dohara gale

adhare tuliya dibo karpura-tambule

When will I string garlands of malati flowers and place them on the necks of the Divine Couple?  When will I place betel-nuts mixed with camphor in Their lotus mouths?

5 lalita bisakha-adi  jata sakhi-brnda

ajnaya koribo seba caranarabinda

When, following the orders of Lalita, Visakha and the other gopis, will I serve the lotus feet of the Divine Couple?

6 sri-krsna-caitanya-prabhur daser anudasa

seba abhilasa kore narottama-dasa

Narottama dasa, the servant of the servant of Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu, longs for this service to the Divine Couple.

Siddha-dehena  Sri Vrndavanaisvaryam saksad-vijnaptih (The Author Prays to Attain a Spiritual Body in Sri Vrndavana-dhama)

Song 50

1 praneswari ei bara karuna kara more

dasanete trna dhari     anjali mastake kari

ei-jana nibedana kare

This person places a straw between his teeth and his folded hands over his head.  This person appeals to you. O queen of my life, please be merciful to me.

2 priya-sahacari-sange      sebana kariba range

ange besa karibeka sadhe

rakha ei seba-kaje      nija pada-pankaje

priya-sahacari-gana-majhe

Please engage me in the service of Your lotus feet.  Please place me among Your gopi-associates. In their company I will serve You with great happiness.  I will dress You in nice garments, and serve You in many ways.

3 sugandhi candana     manimaya abharana

kausika basana nana range

ei saba seba janra     dasi jena hana tanra

anhuksana thaki tanra sange

I will anoint You with aromatic sandalwood paste.  I will happily decorate You with a variety of silken garments and jewel ornaments.  I will always stay near You as Your maidservant.

4 jala subasita kari     ratana bhrngare bhari

karpura-basita guya pana

e-saba sajaiya dala     labanga malati-mala

bhaksya-dravya nana anupama

I will bring You fragrant water in a jewel pitcher and betel-nuts mixed with camphor. I will bring You a clove-twig, a garland of jasmine flowers, and a variety of incomparably delicious foods.

5 sakhira ingita habe     e-saba aniya kabe

jogaiba lalitara kache

narottama dasa kaya     ei jena mora haya

dandaiya bahu sakhira pache

When will I carry out every order hinted or gestured by the gopis?  When will I attain the association of Lalita-devi?  Narottama dasa says: I hope that by praying in this way I will some day become eligible to follow behind the gopi friends of the Divine Couple.

Song 51

1 aruna-kamala-dale     sesa bichaiba

basaiba kisora-kisori

alaka-abrta-mukha-      pankaja manohyara

marakata-syam hema-gauri

When will I scatter red lotus petals before the charming youthful Divine Couple, whose lotus faces are decorated with curling locks of hair, and who are like a dark sapphire and glittering gold?

2 praneswari kabe more habe krpa dithi

ajnaya aniya kabe      bibidha phula-bara

sunaba racana dunhu mithi

O queen of my life, when will you place Your merciful glance on me?  When, directly hearing the orders of the Divine Couple, will I bring them many flowers and sweet candies?

3 mrgamada tilaka     sa-sindura banayaba

lepaba candana-gandhe

ganthi malati-phula     hara pahiraoba

dhaoyaba madhukara-brnde

When will I anoint the Divine Couple with tilaka markings made of musk and red sindura?  When will I anoint Their bodies with sandalwood paste?  When will I string a garland of jasmine flowers for Them, and then have to flee from the swarm of bumble-bees eager to claim the honey of those flowers?

4 lalita kabe more     bijana deoyaba

bijana maruta mande

srama-jala sakala     mitaba dunhu-kalebara

heraba parama anande

When, on Lalita’s order will I gently fan the Divine Couple, banishing the perspiration from Their transcendental bodies?  When will I see the Divine Couple, my heart filling with spiritual bliss?

5 narottama dasa     asa pada-pankaja

sebana madhuri-pane

ho-oyaba hena dina     na dekhiye kona cihna

dunhu-jana heraba nayane

Narottama dasa hopes that some day he will be able to drink the sweet honey of the service of the lotus feet of the Divine Couple.  Will that day ever be?  I do not see any indication that I will become able to see the Divine Couple directly with my own eyes.

Sri Krsne Vijnaptih (Prayer to Sri Krsna)

Song 52

1 prabhu he ei-bara karaha karuna

jugala-carana dekhi     saphala kariba ankhi

ei mora manera kamana

The sight of the lotus feet of the Divine Couple will be the crowning success of my eyes.  My heart and mind yearn to attain this sight.  O Lord, please be merciful and grant this sight to me.

2 nija-pada-seba diba     nahi more upekhiba

dunju pahu karuna-sagara

dunhu binu nahi janon ei bada bhagya manon

mui bada patita pamara

Please grant me the service of Your lotus feet.  Do not neglect me, for You, my two Lords, are like two oceans filled with compassion.  I know that You are full of all transcendental glory and opulence, and I do not know anyone except You.  I am very fallen and sinful.  Please be merciful to me.

3 lalita adesa pana     carana sebiba yana

priya-sakhi sange haya mane

dunhu data-siromani      ati dina more jani

nikate carana dibe dane

By Your mercy I will attain the association of the gopis.  By Your mercy I will become Lalita’s maidservant, to be ordered about by her.  By Your mercy I will attain the service of Your lotus feet.  I know that You are both the crest-jewels among all wealthy philanthropists, and You know that I am the poorest of the poor.  Please, therefore, give me the charity of Your lotus feet.

4 paba radha-krsna-pa     ghucibe manera gha

dure jabe e-saba biphala

narottama dase kaya     ei bancha siddhi haya

deha prana sakala saphala

By Your mercy I will attain Your lotus feet.  By Your mercy all the painful wounds in my mind and heart will heal.  By Your mercy my lack of success will go far away.  Narottama dasa says: By Your mercy all my desires will be fulfilled, and this body and life will at last become fruitful.

Song 53

1 aji rase badara nisi

preme bhasala saba brndabana-basi

Soon all the residents of Vrndavana will float in the nectar of pure love for Radha and Krsna.

2 syama-ghana barikhaye prema-sudha-dhara

kore rangini radha bijuri-sancara

Sri Krsna is like a dark cloud that showers the nectar of pure love, and Srimati Radharani is like a restless lightning flash sitting in the lap of that cloud.

3 preme pichala patha gamana bhela banka

mrgamada-candana-kunkume bhela panka

The path of love for Krsna is winding and crooked.  It is slippery, and filled with mud and mixed with kunkuma, sandalwood paste, and musk.

4 dig bidig nahi premera pathara

dubila narottama na jane santara

The great ocean of love of Krsna stretches without limit in all directions.  Although Narottama dasa does not know how to swim across that ocean, he plunges head first into it.

Index of First Lines

aji rase badara nisi Page 56

ara ki emana dasa haba Page 33

are bhai bhaja mora gauranga-carana Page 41

aruna-kamala-dale, sesa bichaiba Page 54

brndabana ramya-sthana, dibya-cintamani-dhama Page 36

dhana mora nityananda, pati mora gauracandra Page 39

ei-bara paile dekha carana du khani Page 35

ei-baro karuna koro baisnava gosai Page 49

ei naba dasi bali sri rupa cahibe Page 21

gauranga bolite habe pulaka-sarira Page 3

gaurangera duti pada, jar dhana sampada Page 42

gobardhana giri-bare, kebala nirjana sthala Page 13

gora panhu na bhajiya mainu Page 45

hari hari are kabe palatibe dasa Page 30

hari hari ara ki emana dasa Page 14

hari hari ara ki emana dasa haba Page 15, 29

hari hari bada sela marame rahila Page 9

hari hari biphale janama gonainu Page 6

hari hari hena dina haibe amara Page 11

hari hari kabe haba brndabana-basi Page 32

hari hari kabe hena dasa habe mora Page 26

hari hari kabe mora haibe su-dina Page 28

hari hari kabe mora haibe su-dine Page 12

hari hari kabe mora haibe sudina Page 18

hari hari ki mora karama-gati-manda Page 5

hari hari ki mora karama abhaga Page 10

hari hari ki mora karama anurata Page 46

hari hari krpa kari rakha nija-pade Page 8

ha ha prabhu kara daya karuna tomara Page 25

ha ha prabhu lokanatha rakha pada-dwandwe Page 23

jaya jaya sri-krsna-caitanya nityananda Page 27

je anilo prema-dhana koruna pracur Page 44

kabe krsna-dhana paba, hiyara majhare thoba Page 34

kadamba tarura dala, namiyache bhume bhala Page 37

karanga kaupina lana, chenda kanha gaya diya Page 31

ki-rupe paiba seba mui duracara Page 50

kusumita brndabane, nacate sikhi-gane Page 16

lokanatha prabhu tumi daya kara more Page 24

mrgamada-candana, kare kari sakhi-gana Page 38

nitai-pada-kamala, koti candra-susitala Page 40

prabhu he ei-bara karaha karuna Page 55

praneswara nibedana ei jana kore Page 7

praneswari ei bara karuna kara more Page 53

radha-krsna-sebon muni jibane marane Page 51

radha-krsna nibedana ei jana kore Page 4

radha-krsna prana mora jugala-kisora Page 52

sri-krsna caitanya prabhu doya koro more Page 43

sri rupa manjari-pada, sei mora sampada Page 19

sri rupa pascate ami rahiba bhita hana Page 22

suniyachi sadhu-mukhe bale sarba-jana Page 20

thakura baisnaba gana, kari ei nibedana Page 48

thakura baisnaba-pada, abanira su-sampada Page 47

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