Gītāvalī (A Collection of Songs)

Śrī Nām-Kīrtan
(Chanting of the Holy Names) – Song 3

‘hari’ bolo, ‘hari’ bolo, ‘hari’ bolo, bhāi re
harinām āniyāche gaurāṅga-nitāi re
(modera duḥkha dekhe’ re)

1) O brothers, chant “Hari!” Chant “Hari!” Chant “Hari!” Lord Gaurāṅga and Lord Nitāi have brought the holy name! (Seeing our unhappiness!)

harinām vinā jīver anya dhana nāi-re

harināme śuddha ha’lo jagāi-mādhāi re

(baḍo pāpī chilo re)

2) Except for the holy name, there is no other treasure for the soul! By the influence of the holy name, even Jagāi and Mādhāi became pure! (They were both greatly sinful persons!)

miche māyā-baddha ho’ye jīvan kāṭāi re
(‘āmi, āmār’ bole’ re)
āśā-vaśe ghure’ ghure’ ār kothā jāi re
(āśār śeṣa nāi re)

3) I pass my life uselessly bound by Māyā! (Always saying “I” and “mine”!) Wandering here and there under the control of mundane desires-where shall I go next? (There is no end to worldly desires!)

‘hari’ bole’ deo bhāi āśār mukhe chāi re

(nirāśa to’ sukho re)

bhoga-mokṣa-vāñchā chāḍi’ harinām gāi re

(śuddha-sattva ho’ye re)

4) O brothers, chant “Hari!” while looking directly in the face of material desire! (Freedom from mundane hankerings is the platform of actual happiness!) Giving up all desire for mundane enjoyment and liberation, I chant the holy names of the Supreme Lord! (Having become pure and situated in transcendence!)

nāce’ jeo nāmer gune o sab phala pāi re

(tuccha phale prayās cheḍe’ re)

vinod bole jāi lo’ye nāmer bālāi re

(nāmer bālāi cheḍe’ re)

5) I dance in ecstasy due to the power and divine qualities of the holy name, and thus I obtain all these results! (Having given up all endeavors for insignificant material results!) Bhaktivinoda says, “I conquer all impediments to the pure chanting of the holy name! (Having given up all offenses to the holy name!)”

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