Gītāvalī (A Collection of Songs)

Śrī Śikṣāṣṭaka
(Eight Prayers of Divine Instruction) – Song 4

prabhu tava pada-yuge mora nivedan
nāhi māgi deha-sukha, vidyā, dhana, jan

1) O Lord! This is my humble submission at Your lotus feet. I do not ask from You sensual pleasure, learning, wealth, or followers

nāhi māgi swarga, āra mokṣa nāhi māgi

nā kori prārthanā kono vibhūtira lāgi’

2) I do not beg for residence on the celestial planets, nor do I wish liberation from this mundane existence. Nor do I pray for the attainment of any mystic powers.

nija-karma-guna-doṣe je je janma pāi
janme janme jeno tava nāma-guna gāi

3) Whatever birth I may obtain due to the faults of my previous worldly activities, I pray that I may sing the glories of Your holy name birth after birth

ei mātra āśā mama tomār caraṇe

ahoitukī bhakti hṛde jāge anukṣane

4) This is my only desire, O Lord, and I submit it at Your lotus feet: That unmotivated devotion to You may constantly awaken in my heart

viṣaye je prīti ebe āchaye āmār

sei-mata prīti hauk caraṇe tomār

5) As much attachment as I now have for worldly affairs, I pray that a similar degree of attachment may develop for Your holy feet.

vipade sampade tāhā thākuk sama-bhāve
dine dine vṛddhi hauk nāmera prabhāve

6) I pray that my love for You may remain undisturbed both in misfortune and in prosperity, and that day after day it may increase by the power and influence of Your holy name.

paśu-pakṣi ho’ye thāki swarge vā niroye

tava bhakti rahu bhaktivinoda-hṛdoye

7) Be my life in heaven or in hell, be it as a bird or a beast, may devotion to You always remain within the heart of Bhaktivinoda.

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