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Kabe Aha Gauranga Baliya

Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura

 

kabe aha gauranga baliya

bhojana-shayane, dehera yatana, chadiba virakta haiya (1)

 

Alas, what sorrow I am expressing! When will I ever take the name of Gauranga and

become disgusted with sense gratification, giving up all bodily endeavors for eating

and sleeping?

 

navadvipa dhame, nagare nagare, abhimana parihari’

dhama-vasi-ghare, madhukari la’ba, khaiba udara bhari’ (2)

 

And when will I ever wander from village to village in Shri Navadvipa-dhama, completely

giving up my false ego? I will beg madhukari from the homes of the dhamavasi

s, and thus I will fill my belly.

 

nadi-tate giya, anjali anjali, piba prabhu-pada-jala

taru-tale padi’, alasya tyajiba, paiba sharire bala (3)

 

Sometimes I will wander to the bank of the Ganga, and if I feel thirsty, then I will drink

that sacred water that has washed the lotus feet of the Lord, palmful by palmful. If I feel

tired, I will simply fall down under the nearest tree. When I feel enough strength, I will

give up my idleness and continue wandering here and there.

 

kakuti kariya, ‘gaura-gadadhara’, ‘shri-radha-madhava’ nama

kadiya kadiya, daki’ ucca-rave, bhramiba sakala dhama (4)

 

In a mood of humble solicitation, I will call out loudly the names of Gaura-Gadadhara

and Shri Radha-Madhava! Thus weeping and weeping, I will wander throughout the

entire dhama.

 

vaishnava dekhiya, padiba carane, hridayera bandhu jani’

vaishnava thakura, ‘prabhura kirtana’, dekhaibe dasa mani’ (5)

 

Seeing a Vaishnava devotee, I will fall at his lotus feet, knowing him to be the only true

friend of my heart. Accepting me as his servant, the venerable devotee will then reveal

to me the most confidential kirtana for worshiping the Lord.