Gītāvalī (A Collection of Songs)

Śrī Nagar-Kīrtan
(Congregational Chanting in Public Places) – Song 3


ekbār bhāvo mane,

āśā-baśe bhrami’ hethā pā’be ki sukha jīvane
ke tumi, kothāy chile, ki korite hethā ele,
kibā kāj kore’ gele, jā’be kothā śarīra-patane

1) Consider this just once: While you wander in this world, under the control of material desires, what happiness will you achieve in this mundane life? Who are you? Where have you come from? How did you come here? What have you done? And where will you go at the time of death when your body drops?

keno sukha, duḥkha, bhoy, ahaṁtā-mamatā-moy,
tuccha jay-parājay, krodha-hiṁsā, dveṣa anya-jane
bhakativinoda koy, kori’ gorā-padāśroy

cid-ānanda-rasa-moy hao rādhā-kṛṣṇa-nāma-gāne

2) What is the use of so much worldly happiness, distress and fear, which arise from the false egotism of “I” and “mine”? And what is the use of insignificant victory and defeat, anger, violence, and envy toward other living beings? Bhaktivinoda says, “Just take shelter at the lotus feet of Lord Gaurasundara and sing the names of Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa, and you will become saturated with the mellows of pure spiritual bliss.”

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