Topic: Songs & Poems

Song 1

Bāula Saṅgīta Song 1 (1) āmi tomāra duḥkher duḥkhī sukher sukhī tāi tomāre bali bhāi re
 nitāi-er hāṭe giye (ore o bhāi)
 nāma enechi tomāra tare I am sad when you are sad, and I am happy when you are happy. O brothers! I sincerely tell you this! Having gone to Nitāi’s market-place (O brothers), I have brought the holy names just for you. (2) gaura-candra-mārkā karā, e hari-nāma rase bharā paḍche dharā, lao yadi vadana bhore Marked with the sign of Gaura-candra, this hari-nāma is filled with rasa. You can take it, if Read More...

Introduction

Bāula Saṅgīta Introduction This collection of 12 Bengali songs was composed in 1893. The Bāulas are a group of pseudo-Vaiṣṇavas who roam the countryside of Bengal singing songs, playing an ektar (a one-stringed instrument). The gaiety of the Bāulas and their down to earth village songs had a strong influence upon the educated classes of Bengal, and in particular with the famous Bengali poet Rabindranatha Tagore, who popularised them. The beliefs of the Bāulas are a mix of Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇavism, Sufi Islam and impersonalism, thus they are actually opposed to the pure teachings of Read More...

Avaśya Rakṣibe Kṛṣṇa Song Four

Śaraṇāgati (Surrendered to the Lord's Shelter) Fourth Principle of Surrender: Avaśya Rakṣibe Kṛṣṇa - Viśvāsa, Pālana (Faith in Kṛṣṇa as Protector) - Song 4 (1)choḍato puruṣa-abhimānkiṅkorī hoiluṅ āji, kān!1) I give up the vanity of the error that I am a male. Today I have become Your faithful maidservant, O Kāna!(2)baraja-bipine sakhī-sāthsevana korobuṅ, rādhā-nāth!2) In the groves of Vraja I will render personal service as a follower of one of the confidential sakhīs, O Lord of Rādhā!(3)kusume gāṅthobuṅ hārtulasī-maṇi-mañjarī tār3) I will string together a garland of forest flowers, in which tulasī buds shall be Read More...

Avaśya Rakṣibe Kṛṣṇa Song Three

Śaraṇāgati (Surrendered to the Lord's Shelter) Fourth Principle of Surrender: Avaśya Rakṣibe Kṛṣṇa - Viśvāsa, Pālana (Faith in Kṛṣṇa as Protector) - Song 3 (1) ātma-samarpane gelā abhimān nāhi korobuṅ nija rakhā-vidhān 1) Surrendering my soul unto You has lifted from me the burden of false pride. No longer will I try to provide for my own safety. (2) tuwā dhana jāni' tuhuṅ rākhobi, nāth! pālya godhana jñāna kori' tuwā sāth 2) I know that You will give protection to Your treasured possessions, O Lord. I now understand the mentality of Your treasured cows Read More...

Avaśya Rakṣibe Kṛṣṇa Song Two

Śaraṇāgati (Surrendered to the Lord's Shelter) Fourth Principle of Surrender: Avaśya Rakṣibe Kṛṣṇa - Viśvāsa, Pālana (Faith in Kṛṣṇa as Protector) - Song 2 (1) tumi to' māribe jāre,  ke tāre rākhite pāre, icchā-baśa tribhuvan brahmā-ādi deva-gaṇa,  tava dāsa aganaṇa, kore tava ājñāra pālan 1) If You wish to slay someone, then who could possibly protect them? The three worlds are subservient to Your will. The demigods headed by Lord Brahmā are Your countless servants who stand ready to execute Your command. (2) tava icchā-mate jata,  graha-gaṇa avirata, śubhāśubha phala kore dān roga-śoka-mṛti-bhoy,  tava Read More...

Avaśya Rakṣibe Kṛṣṇa Song One

Śaraṇāgati (Surrendered to the Lord's Shelter) Fourth Principle of Surrender: Avaśya Rakṣibe Kṛṣṇa - Viśvāsa, Pālana (Faith in Kṛṣṇa as Protector) - Song 1 (1) ekhona bujhinu prabhu! tomāra caraṇa aśokābhoyāmṛta-pūrna sarva-khana 1) Now I have understood, O Lord, that Your feet are eternally full of sweet nectar that dispels all sorrow and fear.* (2) sakala chāḍiyā tuwā caraṇa-kamale poḍiyāchi āmi nātha! tava pada-tale 2) Surrendering myself and all I possess unto those lotus feet, I have laid myself down submissively under their shelter. (3) tava pāda-padma nāth! rokhibe āmāre ār rakhā-kartā nāhi e Read More...

Goptṛtve-Varaṇa Song Four

Śaraṇāgati (Surrendered to the Lord's Shelter) Third Principle of Surrender: Goptṛtve-Varaṇa (Acceptance of the Lord as Sole Maintainer) - Song 4 (1) tumi sarveśvareśvara, brajendra-kumāra! tomāra icchāya viśve sṛjana saṁhāra 1) O youthful son of the King of Vraja, You are Lord of all lords. According to Your will, creation and destruction take place in the universe. (2) tava icchā-mato brahmā korena sṛjana tava icchā-mato viṣnu korena pālana 2) According to Your will Lord Brahmā creates, and according to Your will Lord Viṣnu maintains. (3) tava icchā-mate śiva korena saṁhāra tava icchā-mate māyā sṛje Read More...

Goptṛtve-Varaṇa Song Three

Śaraṇāgati (Surrendered to the Lord's Shelter) Third Principle of Surrender: Goptṛtve-Varaṇa (Acceptance of the Lord as Sole Maintainer) - Song 3 (1) sarvasva tomār,  caraṇe saṁpiyā, poḍechi tomāra ghare tumi to' ṭhākur,  tomāra kukur, boliyā jānaho more 1) Now that I have surrendered all that I possess unto Your lotus feet, I throw myself down before Your house. You are the master of the house; kindly consider me Your own dog. (2) bāṅdhiyā nikaṭe,  āmāre pālibe, rohibo tomāra dwāre pratīpa-janere,  āsite nā dibo, rākhibo gaḍera pāre 2) Chaining me nearby, You will maintain me, Read More...

Goptṛtve-Varaṇa Song Two

Śaraṇāgati (Surrendered to the Lord's Shelter) Third Principle of Surrender: Goptṛtve-Varaṇa (Acceptance of the Lord as Sole Maintainer) - Song 2 (1) dārā-putra-nija-deho-kuṭumba-pālane sarvadā vyākula āmi chinu mane mane 1) Within my mind I have always been anxious for the maintenance of my wife and children, my own body and relatives. (2) kemone arjibo artha, yaśa kise pābo kanyā-putra-vivāha kemone sampādibo 2) How will I earn money? How will I acquire fame? How will I arrange the marriages of my sons and daughters? (3) ebe ātma-samarpane cintā nāhi ār tumi nirvāhibe prabhu, saṁsāra tomār Read More...

Goptṛtve-Varaṇa Song One

Śaraṇāgati (Surrendered to the Lord's Shelter) Third Principle of Surrender: Goptṛtve-Varaṇa (Acceptance of the Lord as Sole Maintainer) - Song 1 (1) ki jāni ki bale,  tomāra dhāmete, hoinu śaraṇāgata tumi doyā-moy,  patita-pāvana, patita-tāraṇe rata 1) By what personal understanding or by what power has one such as I come into Your shelter? Surely it is by Your mercy alone, for as Doyā-moy and Patita-pāvana You are ever engaged in the deliverance of the fallen souls. (2) bharasā āmāra,  ei mātra nātha! tumi to' karunā-moy tava doyā-pātra,  nāhi mora sama, avaśya ghucābe bhoy 2) Read More...

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