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Shri Radha-Krishne Vijnapti
A Prayer to Shri Radha-Krishna
Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura
shri radha-krishna pada-kamale mana
kemane labhibe carama sharana (1)
cira-dina kariya o-carana-asha
ache he basiya e adhama dasa (2)
O mind, how is it possible to attain the ultimate shelter - the lotus feet of Shri Radha
and Krishna? This wretched servant has been waiting since time immemorial, sustaining
hope against hope for Your shelter.
he radhe! he krishnacandra! bhakta prana
pamare yugala-bhakti kara’ dana (3)
bhakti-hina bali’ na kara’ upeksha
murkha-jane deha’ jnana-sushiksha (4)
O Radhe! O Krishnacandra! I know I am pamara, most wicked, but please be merciful
and give me bhakti for You. I am completely bereft of devotion so surely You cannot
neglect me. I am such a foolish person, murkha-jana, but still, please bestow upon
me devotional knowledge and instructions.
deha’ adhikara yugala-vilase (5)
It is true, I am so absorbed and troubled by my thirst for material enjoyment. So please
give me entrance into the service of Your amorous pastimes.
kalera sagare dhaya
gela je divasa, na asibe ara,
ebe krishna ki upaya (6)
This flickering life is rushing towards the ocean of death and can end at any moment.
The days that have passed without performing bhajana can never be reclaimed. Alas,
Krishna, now what am I to do?
tumi patita-janera bandhu
jani he tomare natha, tumi ta’ karuna-jala-sindhu (7)
O my masters, I know that You are the true friends of the fallen and the very ocean
of kindness. (There is no limit to Your mercy.)
ami bhagya-hina, ati arvacina,
na jani bhakati-lesha
nija-gune natha, kara’ atmasat,
ghucaiya bhava-klesha (8)
I am devoid of all good fortune and extremely foolish. I have not even a scent of
bhakti. O Natha, by Your greatness, let me become totally absorbed in You, thereby
giving me relief from the pangs of material sufferings.
siddha-deha diya, vrindavana majhe,
sevamrita kara’ dana
piyaiya prema, matta kari’ more,
shuna’ nija guna-gana (9)
Please bestow upon me my siddha-deha. Place me in the midst of Vrindavana, and
shower upon me the nectar of Your devotional service. Allow me to drink the nectar
of Your prema and let me be fully absorbed in it, so much so that I become maddened.
Then You will be able to hear me sing about Your astonishing attributes.
yugala sevaya, shri rasa-mandale,
niyukta kara’ amaya
lalita sakhira, ayogya kinkari,
vinoda dhariche paya (10)
Bhaktivinoda, the unworthy servant of Lalita Sakhi, tightly holding Your lotus feet
close to his heart, begs to be engaged in Your confidential seva in the shri rasamandala.
Please hear my supplication and appoint me as Your maidservant. (Another
meaning of vinoda is “always giving pleasure to Radha-Krishna.”)