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Kabe Gaura-Vane

Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura

 

kabe gaura-vane, suradhuni-tate, ‘ha radhe ha krishna’ bole

kadiya beda’ba, deha sukha chadi’, nana lata-taru-tale (1)

 

Oh, when will the day come when, leaving all bodily happiness, I will wander on the

banks of the Ganga in Shri Navadvipa-dhama under all the many trees and creepers,

weeping and calling out, "Ha Radha! Ha Krishna!"?

 

shvapaca-grihete, magiya khaiba, piba sarasvati-jala

puline puline, gadagadi diba, kari’ krishna-kolahala (2)

 

Oh, when will I beg eatables from the houses of the untouchables and drink water from

the Sarasvati and in this way maintain my life? When will I roll on the banks of the

sacred rivers, causing an uproar by loudly calling, "O Krishna! O Krishna!"?

 

dhama-vasi-jane, pranati kariya, magiba kripara lesha

vaishnava-carana-renu gaya makhi’, dhari’ avadhuta vesha (3)

 

Oh, when will I offer pranama to all the residents of the dhama, begging one drop of

mercy from them? I will don the cloth of an avadhuta (one above societal conventions,

mad with prema) and smear the footdust of the Vaishnavas all over my body.

 

gauda-vraja-jane, bheda na dekhiba, haiba varaja-vasi

dhamera svarupa, sphuribe nayane, haiba radhara dasi (4)

 

When I will no longer distinguish between the residents of Navadvipa and Vrindavana,

I will become a real Vrajavasi. The chinmaya form of the dhama will bestow upon me

her darshana, and I will become a maidservant of Shri Radha.