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Shri Nam-Kirtan

Chanting of the Holy Names

- Five Songs -

Song 1

Song 1

[Vibhasha]

(1)

yashomati-nandana,  vraja-vara-nagara,

gokula-ranjana kana

gopi-parana-dhana,  madana-manohara,

kaliya-damana-vidhana

1) Lord Krishna is the beloved son of Mother Yashoda, the greatest lover in the land of Vraja, the delight of Gokula, He is intimately addressed as Kana, and is the wealth of the lives of the gopis. He steals the mind of even Cupid and punishes the Kaliya serpent.

(2)

amala harinam amiya-vilasa

vipina-purandara,  navina nagara-vara,

vamshi-vadana suvasa

2) These pure holy names of Lord Hari are full of sweet nectarean pastimes. He is the monarch of the forests of Vrindavana, and the foremost of young paramours. He is always playing on a flute, and He is an excellent dresser.

(3)

braja-jana-palana,  asura-kula-nashana,

nanda-godhana-rakhowala

govinda madhava,  navanita-taskara,

sundara nanda-gopala

3) Krishna is the protector of the inhabitants of Vraja, the destroyer of various demonic dynasties, the keeper and tender of Nanda Maharaja’s cows, the giver of pleasure to the cows, the husband of the goddess of fortune, the butter thief, and the beautiful cowherd boy of Nanda Maharaja.

(4)

jamuna-tata-cara,  gopi-vasana-hara,

rasa-rasika, kripamoya

shri-radha-vallabha,  brindabana-natabara,

bhakativinod-ashraya

4) Krishna wanders along the banks of the river Yamuna, He steals the garments of the young damsels of Vraja, and delights in the mellows of the rasa dance. He is very merciful, the beloved of Shrimati Radharani, the great dancer of Vrindavana, and the refuge of Bhaktivinoda.

Song 2

Song 2

(1)

`doyal nitai chaitanya’ bole’ nac re amar man

nac re amar man, nac re amara man

1) Chanting the holy names “Doyal Nitai Chaitanya!”—Oh my mind dances! Oh my mind dances! Oh my mind dances!

(2)

(emon, doyal to nai he, mar kheye prema dey)

(ore) aparadha dure jabe, pabe prema-dhan

(o name aparadha-vicara to nai he)

(takhon) krishna-name ruci ha’be, ghucibe bandhan

2) Oh! Such a merciful personality as Nityananda Prabhu is not to be found anywhere! He suffers a beating from Jagai and Madhai and still gives them love of God! Oh! When your offenses are vanquished, you will obtain the treasure of love of God! But in these names of Chaitanya and Nitai there is no consideration of offenses! Once you have a taste for the holy name of Krishna, bondage to this world will come to an end.

(3)

(krishna-name anurag to ha’be he)

(takhon) anayase saphal ha’be jivera jivan

(krishna-rati vina jivan to miche he)

(ese) brindabane radha-shyamer pa’be darashan

(gaura-kripa ha’le he)

3) Oh! When there is attachment to the holy name of Krishna, then very easily the life of a living being becomes successful! Oh! Without affection for Krishna, life is simply useless! At the end of life you will obtain the beautiful vision of Radha and Shyama in Vrindavana—if the mercy of Lord Gaura is received! Oh!

Song 3

Song 3

(1)

`hari’ bolo, `hari’ bolo, `hari’ bolo, bhai re

harinam aniyache gauranga-nitai re

(modera duhkha dekhe’ re)

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

(2)

harinam vina jiver anya dhana nai-re

hariname shuddha ha’lo jagai-madhai re

(bado papi chilo re)

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

(3)

miche maya-baddha ho’ye jivan katai re

(`ami, amar’ bole’ re)

asha-vashe ghure’ ghure’ ar kotha jai re

(ashar shesha nai re)

3) I pass my life uselessly bound by Maya! (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!)

(4)

`hari’ bole’ deo bhai ashar mukhe chai re

(nirasha to’ sukho re)

bhoga-moksha-vancha chadi’ harinam gai re

(shuddha-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!)iii*

(5)

nace’ jeo namer gune o sab phala pai re

(tuccha phale prayas chede’ re)

vinod bole jai lo’ye namer balai re

(namer balai chede’ 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!)”

Song 4

Song 4

(1)

bolo hari bolo (3 times)

maner anande, bhai, bolo hari bolo

bolo hari bolo (3 times)

janame janame sukhe bolo hari bolo

1) Chant the name of Hari! O brothers, with blissful minds chant the name of Hari! Chant the name of Hari! Birth after birth in happiness, chant the name of Hari!

(2)

bolo hari bolo (3 times)

manava-janma pe’ye, bhai, bolo hari bolo

bolo hari bolo (3 times)

sukhe thako, duhkhe thako, bolo hari bolo

2) Chant the name of Hari! O brothers, you have obtained a human birth, now chant the name of Hari! Chant the name of Hari! Whether you are in happiness or distress, chant the name of Hari!

(3)

bolo hari bolo (3 times)

sampade vipade, bhai, bolo hari bolo

bolo hari bolo (3 times)

grihe thako, vane thako, bolo hari bolo

krishnaera samsare thaki’ bolo hari bolo

3) Chant the name of Hari! O brothers, whether in prosperity or misfortune, chant the name of Hari! Chant the name of Hari! Whether you live at home or in the forest, chant the name of Hari! Remaining in this material world for Krishna’s purposes, chant the name of Hari!

(4)

bolo hari bolo (3 times)

asat-sanga chadi’, bhai, bolo hari bolo

bolo hari bolo (3 times)

vaishnava-carane podi’ bolo hari bolo

4) Chant the name of Hari! O brothers, give up the association of non-devotees and chant the name of Hari! Chant the name of Hari! Falling at the feet of the Vaishnavas, chant the name of Hari!

(5)

bolo hari bolo (3 times)

gaura-nityananda bolo (3 times)

gaura-gadadhara bolo (3 times)

gaura-advaita bolo (3 times)

5) Chant the name of Hari! Chant the names of Gaura and Nityananda! Chant the names of Gaura and Gadadhara! Chant the names of Gaura and Advaita!

Song 5

Song 5

(1)

(hare) haraye namah krishna yadavaya namah

yadavaya madhavaya keshavaya namah

gopala govinda ram shri-madhusudan

radha-govinda bolo (4 times)

1) I offer my respectful obeisances unto Hari, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna, the descendant of the Yadu dynasty, husband of the goddess of fortune and the killer of the demon Keshi, the protector of the cows, the pleaser of the cows, the supreme enjoyer, and the slayer of the demon Madhu. Chant the holy names “Radha-Govinda!”

(2)

govinda govinda govinda bolo

radha-govinda bolo (4 times)

guru-kripa jale nashi’ vishaya-anala

radha-govinda bolo (4 times)

2) Chant “Govinda! Govinda! Govinda!” Chant “Radha-Govinda!” Now that the waters of the spiritual master’s mercy have extinguished the blazing fire of worldly existence, chant “Radha-Govinda!”

(3)

krishnaete arpiya deha-gehadi sakal

radha-govinda bolo (4 times)

ananya-bhavete citta koriya saral

radha-govinda bolo (4 times)

3) Offering body, home, family and all to Shri Krishna, chant “Radha-Govinda!” In a mood of unalloyed determination, becoming simple and straightforward in your heart, chant “Radha-Govinda!”

(4)

rupanuga vaishnavera piya pada-jal

radha-govinda bolo (4 times)

dasha aparadha tyaji’ bhukti-mukti-phal

radha-govinda bolo (4 times)

4) Drinking the water that has washed the feet of a Vaishnava who follows in the footsteps of Shrila Rupa Goswami, chant “Radha-Govinda!” Giving up the ten offenses to the holy name, as well as the alluring fruits of material enjoyment and liberation, chant “Radha-Govinda!”

(5)

sakhira carana-renu koriya sambal

radha-govinda bolo (4 times)

swarupete braja-base hoiya shital

radha-govinda bolo (4 times)

5) Making the dust from the feet of a gopi your only means of support, chant “Radha-Govinda!” Feeling relieved by living in Vraja in your eternal spiritual form, chant “Radha-Govinda!”

Shreyo-Nirnaya

Ascertainment of Spiritual Welfare

—5 songs—