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Bhajahu Re Mana

Shrila Govinda dasa Kaviraja


bhajahu re mana, shri nanda-nandana,

abhaya-caranaravinda re

durlabha manava-janama sat-sange,

taraha e bhava-sindhu re (1)


O mind, serve the lotus feet of Nanda-nandana, which bring fearlessness. This human

birth is very rare. Take the association of sadhus and cross over this ocean of birth

and death.


shita atapa, vata varishana,

e dina yamini jagi’ re

viphale sevinu, kripana durajana,

capala sukha-lava lagi’ re (2)


Day and night I remain without sleep, suffering the pains of heat and cold, wind and

rain. In vain, simply for some insignificant, flickering happiness which can be lost

at any moment, I have uselessly served wicked and miserly people (thieves interested

only in their own happiness, opposed to my doing bhakti).


e dhana, yauvana, putra, parijana,

ithe ki ache paratiti re

kamala-dala-jala, jivana talamala,

bhajahu hari-pada niti re (3)


Wealth, youth, sons, and relatives - what real happiness do they hold? This life is

flickering, like a drop of water tottering on the leaf of a lotus flower - at any moment

it can fall off. (Similarly, there is no guarantee when this life will end.) Therefore,

always serve the lotus feet of Shri Hari.


shravana, kirtana, smarana, vandana,

pada-sevana, dasya re

pujana, sakhi-jana, atma-nivedana,

govinda-dasa-abhilasa re (4)


Deep in Govinda dasa’s heart is the keen desire to engage in the practice of the nine

processes of bhakti - hearing, chanting, remembering, offering prayers, serving His

lotus feet, engaging as servant, worshiping, serving as a friend and completely offering

one’s very self.