Śaraṇāgati (Surrendered to the Lord’s Shelter)

First Principle of Surrender: Dainya (humility) – Song 1

bhuliyā tomāre, saṁsāre āsiyā,
peye nānā-vidha byathā
tomāra caraṇe,  āsiyāchi āmi,
bolibo duḥkhera kathā

1) O Lord, I forgot You and came to this material world, where I have experienced a host of pains and sorrows. Now I approach Your lotus feet and submit my tale of woe.

jananī-jaṭhare,  chilāma jakhona,
biṣama bandhana-pāśe
eka-bāra prabhu!  dekhā diyā more,
vañcile e dīna dāse

2) While still bound up tightly in the unbearable confines of my mother’s womb, O Lord, You once revealed Yourself before me. Appearing only briefly, You then abandoned this poor servant of Yours.

takhona bhāvinu,  janama pāiyā,
koribo bhajana tava
janama hoilo,  poḍi’ māyā-jāle,
nā hoilo jñāna-lava

3) At that moment I thought, “After my birth, I will worship You.” But alas, after taking birth I fell into the entangling network of worldly illusions; thus I possessed not even a drop of true knowledge.

ādarera chele,  swa-janera kole,
hāsiyā kāṭānu kāla
janaka-jananī-  snehete bhuliyā,
saṁsāra lāgilo bhālo

4) As a dear son fondled in the laps of relatives, I passed my time smiling and laughing. The affection of my father and mother helped me to forget You still more, and I began to think that the material world was a very nice place.

krame dina dina,  bālaka hoiyā,
khelinu bālaka-saha
āra kichu dine,  jñāna upajilo,
pāṭha poḍi ahar-ahaḥ

5) Day by day I gradually grew into a young boy and began playing with other boys. Soon my powers of understanding emerged, so I diligently read and studied my school lessons every day.

vidyāra gaurave,  bhrami’ deśe deśe,
dhana uparjana kori
swa-jana pālana,  kori eka-mane,
bhulinu tomāre, hari!

6) Proud of my accomplished education, later I traveled from place to place and earned much wealth. Thereby maintaining my family with undivided attention, I forgot You, O Lord Hari!

bārdhakye ekhona,  bhakativinoda,
kāṅdiyā kātara ati
nā bhajiyā tore,  dina bṛthā gelo,
ekhona ki habe gati?

7) Now in old age, this Bhaktivinoda very sadly weeps. I failed to worship You, O Lord, and instead passed my days in vain. What will be my fate now?

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