bahirmukha ho’ye māyāre bhajiye
soṁsāre hoinu rāgī
kṛṣṇa doyāmoya prapace udoya
hoila āmāra lāgi
I turned away from Lord Kṛṣṇa. I worshiped Māyā. I fell in love with the world of birth and death. Then merciful Kṛṣṇa came to this world to rescue me.
(sakhī he) kṛṣṇacandra guṇera sāgara
aparādhi jane kṛpā bitaraṇe
śodhite nāhe kātara
O my friend, Kṛṣṇa is an ocean of virtues. He gives His mercy even to the offenders. He is not unhappy to purify them.
soṁsāre āsiyā prakṛti bhajiyā
kṛṣṇa doyā kori’ nije abatori’
baṁśī-rabe nilā hari’
Coming to the world of birth and death, I worshiped matter. Proud to be an enjoyer, I was lost. Then Lord Kṛṣṇa kindly descended to this world. With the sound of His flute He removed my illusions.
emone ratane biśeṣa jatane
bhajo sakhī abirata
binoda ekhone śrī-kṛṣṇa-caroṇe
guṇe bandha sadā nata
O my friend, please earnestly worship Lord Kṛṣṇa’s feet without stop. Indebted to Him for His noble virtues, Bhaktivinoda again and again bows before Lord Kṛṣṇa’s feet.