(A Garland of Songs)

Chapter One
Yāmuna Bhāvāvalī (The Ecstasies of  Yāmunācārya)




Song Twenty Two
Prayer for the Association of Devotees

hari he
veda-vidhi-anusāre   karma kori’ e soṁsāre
punaḥ punaḥ jība janma pāya
pūrba-kṛta-karma-phale   tomāra bā icchā-bale
janma jadi labhi punarāya

Oh my Lord Hari! By working fruitively according to the Vedic injunctions in this material world, the soul continuously takes birth again and again. If I also have to take birth once again according to Your will, due to the results of my previous fruitive reactions, then I have just one request to make to You, oh Lord…

tabe eka kathā mama  śuno he puruṣottama
taba dāsa-saṅgi-jana-ghore
kīṭa-janma jadi hoya  tāhāte-o doyāmoya
rohibo he santuṣṭa antore

  So then kindly hear me, oh Puruṣottama! I have only one petition to submit before You. If I can only take my next birth even as an insignificant insect within the home of Your loving servant, then I would become completely satisfied, oh Most Merciful Lord.

taba dāsa-saṅga-hīna   je gṛhastha ārbacīna
tā’ra gṛhe caturmukha-bhūti
nā hao kakhana hari   kara-dwoya joḍa kori’
kore bhaktibinoda minati

  Please never , never let me take birth in the home of a foolish householder who is bereft of the association of Your eternal servant, even if his household opulences rival those of Lord’s Brahmā’s. This is the only humble prayer that Bhaktivinoda is making now with folded hands.

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