Śaraṇāgati (Surrendered to the Lord’s Shelter)

Bhajana Lālasā (Hankering for Divine Service) – Song Seven

vaiṣṇava ṭhākura, doyāra sāgara,
e dāse korunā kori’
diyā pada-chāyā, śodho he āmāya,
tomāra caraṇa dhori

1) O revered Vaiṣnava Ṭhākura! O ocean of mercy! Please be merciful to me, your humble servant. Purify me by giving the shade of your lotus feet. Your feet I clasp submissively.

chaya vega domi’, chaya doṣa śodhi’,
chaya guna deho’ dāse
chaya sat-saṅga, deho’ he āmāre,
bosechi saṅgera āśe

2) Please help me to control the six urges, purify me of the six faults, and please instill in your servant the six good qualities. Oh, bestow upon me the six kinds of holy association! I am seated here in the hope of having your company. *

ekakī āmāra, nāhi pāya bala,
tumi kṛpā kori’, śraddhā-bindu diyā,
deho’ kṛṣṇa-nāma-dhane

3) On my own, I find I have no strength to chant the holy name of Lord Hari. Please be merciful by awarding me with a particle of faith and giving me the great treasure of the holy name of Kṛṣṇa.

kṛṣṇa se tomāra, kṛṣṇa dite pāro,
tomāra śakati āche
āmi to’ kāṅgāla, ‘kṛṣṇa’ ‘kṛṣṇa’ boli’,
dhāi tava pāche pāche

4) Kṛṣṇa is yours, therefore you are able to give Him to others. This is certainly within your power. I am indeed wretched and fallen, simply running after you crying “Kṛṣṇa! Kṛṣṇa!”

*chaya vega – the six urges: speech, mind, anger, tongue, belly, and genitals.

chaya doṣa – the six faults: overeating or collecting more funds than required, over-endeavoring for material objectives, unnecessarily talking of mundane affairs, being too attached or too neglectful of scriptural rules and regulations, associating with worldly-minded people, and lusting after mundane achievements.

chaya guṇa – the six good qualities: enthusiasm, patience, confidence, determination to perform activities favorable to devotional service, the resolution to abandon the association of non-devotees, and the discipline required to always follow in the footsteps of predecessor ācāryas.

chaya sat-saṅga – the six activities of spiritual association: giving and receiving gifts, accepting and offering spiritual food, revealing one’s inner thoughts, and posing confidential questions regarding devotional service.

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