Bāula Saṅgīta

Song 3


(1)
kath
ā balte ki
tomāra kenthā-dharā, kapni-āṅṭā—saba phāṅki

You talk so much about being genuine! You are wrapped in a blanket and wearing a loinclothbut its all bogus!

(2)
dharma-patnī tyaji’ ghare, para-nārī-saga kare,
artha-lobhe dvāre dvāre phire, rākhle ki bā

Abandoning your wife at home, you keep the company of other women. Due to your greed for wealth, you wander from door to door, and hoard your money away.

(3)
tumi guru balcho vae, sādhu-guru niṣkapae,
kṛṣṇa-nāma dena karṇa-pue, se ki emana haya meki?

You talk like a guru and present yourself as a sādhu-guru. You give kṛṣṇa-nāma in peoples ears —is this not a fraud?

(4)
yebā anya śikṣā dey, tā’ke ki `guru’ balte haya?
dudher phala ta’ ghole naya, bheve’ citte dekha dekhi

Can someone be called a ‘guru’ simply because he gives instructions to others? Milk does not only produce whey. Think about this and try to see what I see.

(5)
śama-dama-titikṣā-bale, uparati, śraddhā ha’le,
tabe bheka cāṅda bāula, bale, ecae peke habe ki?

On the strength of peacefulness, self-control, and tolerance, you will attain indifference to this mundane world as faith arises. Thus, the renounced Cāṅda Bāula says, “What will become of being unripe (in renunciation)?”

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