Śaraṇāgati (Surrendered to the Lord’s Shelter)

Bhajana Lālasā (Hankering for Divine Service) – Song Twelve

kabe mora sei din ha’be
mana sthira kori’, nirjane bosiyā,
kṛṣṇa-nāma gā’bo jabe
saṁsāra-phukāra, kāne nā poṣibe,
deho-roga dūre ro’be

1) O Gurudeva! When will that day be mine? With a steady mind, sitting in a secluded place, I will sing the name of Śrī Kṛṣṇa. The tumultuous pandemonium of worldly existence will no longer echo in my ears, and the diseases of the body will remain far away.

‘hare kṛṣṇa’ boli’, gāhite gāhite,
nayane bohibe lora
dehete pulaka, udita hoibe,
premete koribe bhora

2) When I chant “Hare Kṛṣṇa” tears of love will flow and flow from my eyes. Ecstatic rapture will arise within my body, causing my hair to stand on end and my entire being to become overwhelmed with divine love.

gada-gada vānī, mukhe bāhiribe,
kāṅpibe śarīra mama
gharma muhur muhuḥ, virvarna hoibe,
stambhita pralaya sama

3) Faltering words choked with emotion will issue from my mouth. My body will tremble, constantly perspire, turn pale and discolored, and become stunned. All of this will be like a devastation of ecstatic love and cause me to fall unconscious. *

niṣkapaṭe heno, daśā kabe ha’be,
nirantara nāma gā’bo
āveśe rohiyā, deha-yātrā kori’,
tomāra karunā pā’bo

4) When will such a genuine ecstatic condition be mine? I will constantly sing the holy name and remain absorbed in profound devotion while traveling in the material body. In this way I will receive your mercy.

* This song illustrates the eight types of ecstatic symptoms known as sāttvika-vikāra, since they involve the churning of the whole of one’s being (sattva). These are: (1) stambha – being stunned, (2) sveda – the flowing of perspiration, (3) romāñca – standing up of bodily hairs, (4) svara-bheda – faltering of the voice, (5) kampa (or vepathu) – shivering, (6) vaivarya – changing of bodily hue, (7) aśru – tears, and (8) pralaya (or mūrchā) – falling unconscious as if devastated.

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