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Gauranga Namaiva Kevalam

Post Author: Swami Gaurangapada    Date: 2006-01-14 16:27:11
Title: Gauranga Namaiva Kevalam
User: Damodara Svarupa dasa    Date: 2005-04-03 20:32:52

Gauranga Namaiva Kevalam

Based on Shri Namashtakam by an unknown author.
The English song is based on from a song composed by Dravida dasa prabhu.

madhuram madhurebhyo 'pi mangalebhyo 'pi mangalam
pavanam pavanebhyo 'pi gauranga namaiva kevalam

Of sweet things, it's the sweetest you will taste at any time,
Of things that bring good fortune, it's good fortune's paradigm,
Of things that purify, it purifies most powerf'lly,
The Holy Names of Nityananda-Gauranga are surely all that be.

abrahma-stamba-paryantam sarvam maya-mayam jagat
satyam satyam punah satyam gauranga namaiva kevalam

From Brahma's realm atop the sky down to the lowly grass,
Illusion reigns in Maya-devi's treacherous morass,
The truth, the truth, the only truth: the Names of Nitai Gaurahari,
The Holy Names of Nityananda-Gauranga are surely all that be.

sa guruh sa pita capi sa mata bandhavo 'pi sah
siksayec cet sada smartum gauranga namaiva kevalam

He's the guru, he's the father, he's the friend most true,
And she's the real mother who most kindly teaches you,
To always chant and hear the Holy Name of Gaurahari,
The Holy Names of Nityananda-Gauranga Hari are surely all that be.

nihsvase na hi visvasah kada ruddho bhavisyati
kirtaniya mato balyad gauranga namaiva kevalam

Remember that our final breath may come at any time,
No matter if we're old and sick or in our youthful prime,
So young and old alike should chant the Name incessantly,
The Holy Names of Nityananda-Gauranga are surely all that be.

gaurah sada vaset tatra yatra bhagavata-janah
gayanti bhakti-bhavena gauranga namaiva kevalam

Lord Gauranga forever dwells wherever devotees,
Whose hearts are fixed on Him and free of all impurities,
Uplift their voices high and sing His Name in ecstasy,
The Holy Names of Nityananda-Gauranga are surely all that be.

aho duhkham maha-duhkham duhkhad duhkhataram yatah
kacartham vismrtam ratna gauranga namaiva kevalam

Alas! What sorrow! What great pain! The worst calamity-
For people to forget the Holy Name of Gaurahari!
Although the Name's a priceless gem, mere broken glass they see,
The Holy Names of Nityananda-Gauranga are surely all that be.

diyatam diytatam karno niyatam niyatam vacah
giyatam giyatam nityam gauranga namaiva kevalam

Just fill your ears, just fill them with the Name of Gaurahari!
Just chant the Name, just chant the Name with all sincerity!
Just sing the Name, just sing the Holy Name eternally!
The Holy Names of Nityananda-Gauranga are surely all that be.

trni-krtya-jagat sarvam rajate sakalopari
cid-ananda-mayam shuddham gauranga namaiva kevalam

It makes this world appear like bits of straw upon the ground;
It splendorously reigns supreme-divinity in sound;
It's filled with transcendental bliss and peerless purity;
The Holy Names of Nityananda-Gauranga are surely all that be.

Inspired to glorify the Holy Name of Gaurahari,
A certain sage composed this hymn in Sanskrit poetry.
I pray that those who read this lowly version made by me
Will chant the Holy Names of Nitai-Gauranga in ecstasy.



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