Sri Prarthana

Prayers by Srila Narottama dasa Thakura

Lalasamayi (Longings)

Song 1

1 gauranga bolite habe pulaka-sarira
hari hari bolite nayane ba’be nira

When will that opportune moment come to us when there will be shivering of the body as soon as we chant Lord Gauranga’s name? While chanting Hare Krsna, when will there be tears in the eyes?

2 ara kabe nitai-cander koruna hoibe
somsara-basana more kabe tuccha habe

When will I obtain the mercy of Lord Nityanandacandra? When, by His mercy will the desire for material enjoyment become very insignificant?

3 bisaya chairya kabe suddha habe mana
kabe hama herabo sir-brndabana

When the mind is completely purfied, being freed from material anxieties and desires, then I shall be able to understand Vrndavana and the conjugal love of Radha and Krsna, and then my spiritual life will be successful.

4 rupa-raghunatha-pade hoibe akuti
kabe hama bu jhabo se jugala piriti

When shall I be very much eager to study the books left by the Six Gosvami’s, headed by Srila Rupa Gosvami and Srila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami? By their instruction I shall be able to properly understand the loving affairs of Radha and Krsna.

5 rupa-raghunatha-pade rahu mora asa
prarthana koroye sada narottama-dasa

My only aspiration is to attain the lotus feet of the Six Gosvamis headed by Srila Rupa Gosvami and Srila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami. Narottama dasa constantly prays to attain their lotus feet.

Song 2

Samprarthanatmika (An appeal)

1 radha-krsna nibedana ei jana kore
donhe ati rasamaya sa karuna-hrdaya
abadhana kara natha more

O Radha and Krsna, this person presents an appeal before you. You are both very charming and full of nectar, and Your hearts are full of compassion. My Lords, please listen to my request.

2 he krsna gokulacandra gopijana-vallabha
he krsna-preyasi-siromani
hema-gauri syama-gaya sravane parasa paya
guna suni judaya parani

O dark-complexioned Krsna, O moon of Gokula, O lover of the gopis, O golden-complexioned Radha, O crest jewel of the gopis who are so dear to Krsna, when I hear the glories of Your transcendental virtues my heart becomes pacified.

3 adhama-durgati-jane kevala karuna mane
tribhuvana e jasah-kheyati
suniya sadhura mukhe srvana lai nu sukhe
upekhile nahi mora gati

Hearing from the devotees’ mouths that You are very merciful to the fallen and miserable, I joyfully take shelter of You. If You neglect me I have no place to go.

4 jaya radhe jaya krsna jaya jaya radhe krsna
krsna krsna jaya jay radhe
anjali mastake kori narottama bhume padi
kahe donhe purao manah-sadhe

O Radha, all glories to You. O Krsna all glories to You. O Radha and Krsna all glories to You. O Krsna, O Krsna, all glories to You. O Radha, all glories to You. Narottama dasa places His folded hands upon his head and falls to the ground before You. Please fulfill the desires of his heart.

Dainya-bodhika (The Author Describes His fallen Condition)

Song 3

1 hari hari ki mora korama gati manda
braje radha-krsna pada na bhajinu tila-ardha
na bhjhinu ragera sambandha

O Lord Hari, Lord Hari, how wicked I am! I did not worship the lotus feet of Radha and Krsna in Vrajabhumi even for half a moment, and I am completely unable to understand the mellows of transcendental love.

2 swarupa sanatana rupa raghunatha bhatta-yuga
bhugarbha sri-jiva lokanatha
inha sabhara pada-padma na sevinu tila-ardha
ara kise puribeka sadha

Even for half a moment I did not worship the lotus feet of Srila Svarupa Damodara Gosvami, Srila Sanatana Gosvami, Srila Rupa Gosvami, Srila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami, Srila Raghunatha Bhatta Gosvami, Srila Gopala Bhatta Gosvami, Srila Bhugarbha Gosvami, Srila Jiva Gosvami and Srila Lokanatha Gosvami. How will it be possible for me to attain my desire?

3 krsnadasa kaviraja rasika bhakata-majha
jenho kaia caitanya-carita
gaura-govinda-lila sunite galaye sila
tahate na haila mora cite

Among the devotees Krsna dasa Kaviraja is extremely expert at relishing the transcendental nectar of the mellows of love of God. When the stones hear his Caitanya-caritamrta and Govinda Lilamrta, they begin to melt in ecstasy. In spite of this, I have no appreciation in my heart.

4 se saba bhakata-sanga je karila tara sanga
tara sange kene nahila basa
ki mora dukhera katha janama gonainu vrtha
dhik dhik narottama dasa

Furthermore, I refuse even to associate with the friends and companions of these great souls. How sad is my tale. I have spent my life uselessly. Fie, fie on Narottama dasa!

Song 4

1 hari hari! biphale janama gonainu
manusya-janama paiya radha-krsna na bhaijiya
janiya suniya bisa khainu

O Lord Hari, Lord Hari, I have spent my life uselessly. Although I have obtained a human birth, I have refused to worship Radha and Krsna, and in this way I have knowingly drunk poison.

2 golekera prema-dhana, hari-nama-sankirtana
rati na janmilo kene tay
somsara-bisanale, diba-nisi hiya jwale
juraite na koinu upay

The treasure of love of God has descended from the spiritual world of Goloka Vrndavana, appearing in this world as the sankirtana movement of the chanting of Lord Hari’s holy names. Why was I not attracted to it? Day and night I burned in the poison of material existence, but still I refused to take the antidote.

3 brajendra-nandana jei, saci-suta hoilo sei
balarama hoilo nitai
dina-hina jata chilo, hari-name uddharilo
tara saksi jagai madhai

Lord Krsna, the prince of Vraja, has appeared as Lord Caitanya, the son of Saci-devi and Lord Balarama has appeared as Lord Nityananda. The most fallen and degraded were lifted from their fallen condition by the chanting of the holy Name of Lord Hari. The story of Jagai and Madhai testifies to the truth of this.

4 ha ha prabhu nanada-suta, brsabhanu-suta-juta
koruna karoho ei-baro
narottama-dasa koy na theliho ranga pay
toma bine ke ache amara

O Lord Krsna, O son of Maharaja Nanda, O companion of Srimati Radharani, the daughter of Maharaja Vrsabhanu, please be merciful to me. Now that I have finally attained Your reddish lotus feet, please do not push me away. Except for You, who is my shelter?

Song 5

1 praneswara nibedana ei jana kore
govinda gokulacandra parama ananda-kanda
gopi-kula-priya dekha more

O master of my life, this person places an appeal before You. O Govinda, O moon of Gokula, O source of all transcendental bliss, O beloved of the gopis, please cast Your glance upon me.

2 tuya-pada-padma-seba eidhana more diba
tumi natha karunara nidhi
parama mangala jasa sravane parama rasa
kara kiba karya nahe siddhi

O my Lord, You are an ocean of mercy. Please give me the treasure of service to Your lotus feet. Hearing Your supremely auspicious glories is the greatest nectar for the ears. If You bestow Your mercy, then what difficult task cannot be accomplished?

3 daruna-samsara-gati bisama-bisaya-mati
tuya bismarana-sela buke
jara jara tanu mana acetana anuksana
jiyante marana bhela duhkhe

I wander through this world of suffering, my mind fixed on the objects of the senses, which bring only pain, and my chest pierced by the javelin of forgetfulness of You. My body and mind are withered and shattered, and from moment to moment I become unconscious. Immersed in pain, I am like a living corpse.

4 mo-hena adhama jane kara krpa-niriksane
dasa kari rakha vrndabane
sri-krsna-caitanya-nama prabhu mora guna gaura-dhama
narottama laila sarane

Please give me Your merciful glance. Make me Your servant and allow me to stay in Vrndavana. The golden-complexioned person who bears the name Sri Krsna Caitanya is my master. Narottama dasa takes shelter of Him.

Song 6

1 hari hari krpa kari rakha nija-pade
kama krodha chaya jane lana phire nana sthane
bisaya-bhunjaya nana-mate

O Lord Hari, O Lord Hari, please give me shelter at Your feet. Six men headed by lust and anger take me here and there and force me to enjoy my senses in many ways.

2 haiya mayara dasa kari nana abhilasa
tomara smarana gela dure
artha-labha ei ase kapata-baisnaba-besa
bhramiya bulaye ghare ghare

Filled with material desires, a servant of material illusion, and my memory of You fled far away, disguised as a Vaisnava I wandered from house to house, hoping to get some money.

3 aneka duhkhera pare layechile braja-pure
krpa-dora galaya bandhiya
daiva-maya balat kare khasaiya sei dore
bhaba kupe dileka dhariya

When I suffered many miseries You tied Your rope of mercy around my neck and dragged me to Vraja. The illusory energy then forcibly untied those ropes and again threw me into the well of material existence.

4 punah yadi krpa-kari e janare kesa dhari
taniya tulai braja-dhame
tabe se dekhiya bhala natuba parana gela
kahne dina dasa narottama

If, grasping his hair, You mercifully pull this person from illusion’s well and place him in the abode of Vraja, he will see that as his great good fortune. Otherwise his life will end. Poor and fallen Narottama dasa sings this song.

Song 7

1 hari hari bada sela marame rahila
paiya durlabha tanu sri-krsna-bhajan binu
janma mora biphala haila

O Lord Hari, O Lord Hari, a great javelin has pierced me in the core of the heart. Having attained this difficult to get human body, I have neglected the worship of Sri Krsna, and in this way my life has become useless.

2 brajendranandana hari nabadwipe abatari
jagat bhariya prema dila
muni se pamara-mati bisese kathina ati
teni more karuna nahila

Although Lord Hari, the prince of Vraja, descended to Navadvipa and filled the universe with pure love of God, He was not merciful to me because I was very cruel and sinful at heart.

3 swarupa sanatana rupa raghunatha bhatta-yuga
tahate na haila mora mati
dibya cintamani dhama brndabana hena sthana
sei dhame na kainu vasati

My mind refuses to think of Srila Svarupa Damodara Gosvami, Srila Sanatana Gosvami, Srila Rupa Gosvami, Srila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami, Srila Raghunatha Bhatta Gosvami, and Srila Gopala Bhatta Gosvami. I decline to make my residence in Vrndavana-dhama, the abode of transcendental cintamani gems.

4 bisesa bisaye mati nahila baisnabe rati
nirantara kheda uthe mane
narottama dasa kahe jibara ucita nahe
sri-guru-baisnaba-seba bine

My mind is absorbed in sense-gratification, and I do not take pleasure in the association of Vaisnavas. For this reason pain and regret arise in my heart. Narottama dasa says: It is not good to live without serving the spiritual master and Vaisnavas.

Dainya-bodhika prarthana (Prayer Where the Author Describes His Fallen Condition)

Song 8

1 hari hari ki mora karama abhaga
biphale jibana gela hrdaye rahila sela
nahi bhela hari-anuraga

O Lord Hari, Lord Hari, everything I do is inauspicious. I have uselessly wasted my life, and I have no love for You. It is as if my heart were pierced by a sharp javelin.

2 yajna dhana tirtha-snana punya-karma japa dhyana
akarane saba gela mohe
bujhilana mane hena upahasa haya jena
bastrahina alankara dehe

My Vedic sacrifices, charity, bathing in holy places of pilgrimage, pious deeds, mantra-chanting, and meditation, are all useless and illusory. In my heart I know that without devotional service these things are a joke, like placing valuable ornaments on a naked body.

3 sadhu-mukhe kathamrta suniya bimala cita
nahi bhela aparadha-karana
satata asat-sanga sakali haila bhanga
ki kariba aile samana

Although I sometimes hear the nectarean message of Godhead from the mouths of the devotees, because I commit so many offenses, I do not become purified. I continually associate with non-devotees, and in this way all my spiritual advancement is broken apart. What will I do when death comes?

4 sruti smrti sada rabe suniyachi ei sabe
hari-pada abhaya sarana
janama laiya sukhe krsna na balinu mukhe
na karinu se rupa-bhabana

Although again and again I heard the Sruti and Smrti scriptures’ declaration that one should take shelter of the Lord Hari’s lotus feet in order to become fearless, I did not chant Krsna’s name, and I did not meditate on His transcendental form.

5 radha-krsna dunha-paya tanu mana rahu taya
ara dure jauka basana
narottama dase kaya ara mora hani bhaya
tanu mana sampinu apana

I will now concentrate my mind on the lotus feet of Sri Sri Radha and Krsna, and all my material desires will flee far away. Narottama dasa says: Now that I have fixed my mind on Sri Sri Radha and Krsna, I am no longer afraid of my future.

Swabhista-lalasa (Longings)

Song 9

1 hari hari hena dina haibe amara
dunha anga parasiba hunhu anga nirakhiba
sebana kariba donhakara

O Lord Hari, O Lord Hari, when will this day be mine? When will I see Your lotus feet? When will I directly serve Your lotus feet? When will I touch Your lotus feet?

2 lalita-bisakha-sange sebana kariba range
mala ganthi’ diba nana phule
kanaka-samputa kari karpura tambula puri
yogaiba adhara-jugale

When, in the company of Lalita and Visakha, will I happily serve You? When will I make garlands of many flowers for You? When, filling a golden box with them, will I place camphor and betel-nuts on your lips?

3 radha-krsna brndabana ei mora prana-dhana
ei mora jibana-upaya
jaya patita-pabana deha more ei dhana
toma-bine anya nahi bhaya

Sri Sri Radha-Krsna and Their abode of Vrndavana are the valuable treasure of my life. It is They who sustain me. O deliverer of the fallen, please give this treasure to me, for I have no one to turn to, except for You.

4 sri-guru karuna-sindhu adhama-janera bandhu
lokanatha lokera jibana
ha ha prabhu kara daya deha more pada-chaya
narottama laila sarana

O my spiritual master, O ocean of mercy, O friend of the fallen, O Lokanatha Gosvami, O life of the people, O master, please be merciful to me. Please give me the shade of your lotus feet. Narottama dasa takes shelter of you.

Song 10

1 hari hari kabe mora haibe su-dine
keli-kautuka-range kariba sebane

O Lord Hari, Lord Hari, when will I directly serve You as You enjoy blissful transcendental pastimes? When will that auspicious day be mine?

2 lalita-visakha sange jateka sangira gane
mandali kariba donha meli
rai kanu kare dhari nrtya kare phiri phiri
nirakhi’ gona’ba kutuhali

When, in the company of Lalita and Visakha, will I directly meet Sri Sri Radha and Krsna in the circle of their friends? When, seeing Them holding hands and dancing in Their transcendental pastimes, will my voice become choked with ecstatic love?

3 alasa-bisrama-ghare gobardhana giri-bare
rai kanu karibe sayana
narottama dasa kaya ei jena mora haya
anuksana carana sebana

When the dancing pastimes are ended, Sri Sri Radha and Krsna will take rest in a cottage on Govardhana hill, the best of mountains. Narottama dasa says: I pray that I will always serve the lotus feet of the Divine Couple

Song 11

1 gobardhana giri-bare kebala nirjana sthala
rai kanu karibe sayane
lalita-bisakha-sange sebana range
sukhamaya ratula carane

In a solitary place on Govardhana Hill, the best of mountains, Sri Sri Radha and Krsna sit on a couch. When, accompanied by Lalita and Visakha, will I jubilantly serve Their reddish lotus feet?

2 kanaka samputa kari karpura tambula bhari
jogaiba badana-kamale
manimaya kinkini ratana nupura ani’
paraiba carana-jugale

When will I take camphor and betel-nuts from a golden box, and place it in their lotus mouths? When will I place jewel ankle-bells on Their lotus feet?

3 kanaka katora puri sugandhi candana buri
donhakara sri-ange dhaliba
guru-rupa sakhibame tribhanga bhangima thame
camarera batasa kariba

When will I fill a golden goblet for the Divine Couple? When will I anoint Their beautiful limbs with aromatic sandal paste? When, my spiritual master, in his original form as a gopi, at my left, will I fan Their three-fold bending forms with a camara wisk?

4 donhara kamala ankhi pulaka haiya dekhi
dunhu pada parisaba kare
caitanya-darse dasa mane matra abhilasa
narottama dase sada sphure

When, seeing the lotus eyes of the Divine couple, will the hairs of my body stand up in ecstacy? When will I directly touch their lotus feet? Narottama dasa, who is the servant of Lord Caitanya’s servants, desires in this way. He has no other desire.

Song 12

1 hari hari ara ki emana dasa
kabe brsabhanu-pure ahiri gopera ghare
tanaya haiya janamiba

When will I take birth as a gopi in the town of Maharaja Vrsabhanu, where many gopas and gopis live? O Lord Hari, Lord Hari will I someday attain this condition of life?

2 jabate amara kabe e prani-grahana habe
basati kariba kabe taya
sakhira parama srestha je tahara haya prestha
sevana kariba tanra paya

When will I live in the city of Vrsabhanu and be accepted by its residents as one of their kin? When will I serve the feet of the gopis’ beloved master?

3 tenha krpaban haina ratula carane lana
amare karibe samarpana
saphala haibe dasa puribe manera asa
se dunhara jugala-carana

When Lord Krsna is merciful to me I will be able to attain His reddish lotus feet. When I attain the lotus feet of the Divine couple, then my life will be successful, and all the desires of my mind will be fulfilled.

4 brndabana dui-jana caturddike sakhi-gana
sebana kariba abasese
sakhi-gana caribhite nana jantra laina hate
dekhiba manera abhilase

When will I be able to directly serve the Divine Couple, who are surrounded by Their gopi-friends? When I directly serve the Divine Couple in the association of the gopis, all the desires of my heart will be fulfilled.

5 dunhu canda-mukha dekhi’ judabe tapita ankhi
nayane bahibe asru-dhara
brndara nidesa paba donhara nikate jaba
hena dina haiba amara

When will I approach the Divine Couple? When will streams of tears flow from my eyes by seeing Their moonlike faces? When will I receive direct orders from Vrnda-devi? When will that day be mine?

6 sri-rupa-manjari sakhi more anathini dekhi
radhibe ratula duti paya
narottama dasa bhane priya-narma-sakhi-gane
kabe dasi karibe amara

When will Sri Rupa-manjari, seeing me helpless and without any shelter, protect me with her reddish feet? Narottama dasa say: When will I become one of the maidservants of the dear and playful gopis?

Song 13

1 hari hari ara ki emana dasa haba
chadiya purusa-deha kabe ba prakrti haba
dunhu amge candana paraba

When, relinquishing this male material body, and obtaining the spiritual body of a gopi, will I anoint the limbs of the Divine Couple with sandalwood paste? O Lord Hari, Lord Hari, when will this day be mine?

2 taniya bandhiba cuda naba gunja-hare beda
nana phule ganthi diba hara
pita-basana ange paraiba sakhi-sange
badane tambula diba ara

When will I arrange the hair of the Divine Couple? When will I give them gunja-necklaces and garlands strung with various flowers? When will I give Them yellow garments? When, accompanied by the other gopis, will I place betel-nuts in Their lotus mouths?

3 dunhu rupa manohari deriba nayana bhari
nilambare rai sajaiya
naba-ratna-jari ani bandhiba bicitra beni
tate phula malati gabthiya

When will I gaze at the beautiful forms of the Divine Radharani in blue garments, and decorate her braided hair with garlands of jasmine flowers and strings of nine different kinds of jewels on a golden thread.

4 sei rupa-madhuri dekhiba nayana bhari’
ei kari mane abhilasa
jaya rupa sanatana deha more ei dhana
nibedaye narottama dasa

My desire is that some day I shall be able to directly see the sweet beauty of the transcendental forms of the Divine Couple. O Srila Rupa Gosvami and Srila Sanatana Gosvami, all glories to you both. Please bestow this treasure upon me. Please grant my desire. Narottama dasa appeals to you in this way.

Song 14

1 kusumita brndabane nacate sikhi-gane
pika-kula bhramara jhankare
priya sahacari sange gaiya jaiba range
manohara nikunja-kutire

Vrndavana is filled with blossoming flowers, the dancing of peacocks and the sounds of cuckoos and bumble-bees. When, in the association of the dear gopis, will I melodiously sing in a charming cottage in a grove of Vrndavana?

2 ari hari manoratha phalibe amare
dunhuka manthara gait kautuke heraba ati
anga bhari pulaka antare

When, seeing the slowly and gracefully moving Divine Couple, will my hairs stand on end because of the ecstacy in my heart?

3 caudike dakhira majhe radhikara ingite
ciruni laiya kare kari’
kutila kuntala saba bithariya ancaraba
banaiba bicitra kabari

When, in the company of the gopis, will Srimati Radharani gesture that she wants me to comb her hair, and when will I then take the comb in my hand, and carefully comb her curling locks?

4 mrgamada amlajaja saba ange lepaba
paraiba manohara hara
candana kunkume tilaka banaiba
heraba mukha-sudhakara

When will I anoint Srimati Radharani’s limbs with sandalwood paste and musk? When will I give her a beautiful garlands? When will I gaze on her moonlike face as I decorate it with tilaka markings drawn in sandlewood paste and kunkuma?

5 nila patambara yatane paraiba
paye diba ratana-manjire
bhrngarera jale ranga- carana dhoyaiba
muchaba apana cikure

When will I carefully dress Srimati Radharani in blue garments? When will I place jeweled anklets on her feet? When will I take water from a jar and wash her reddish lotus feet? When will I then dry her feet using my own hair as a towel?

6 kusuma-kamala-dale sesa bichaiba
sayana karaba donhakare
dhabala camara ani mrdu mrdu bi jaba
charamita dunhuka sarire

When will I make a couch of lotus petals for the Divine Couple? When will I gently fan Them with a white camara wisk?

7 kanaka samputa kari karpura tambula bhari
jogaiba donhara badane
adhara sudha-rase tambula subase
bhokhava adika yatane

When from a golden box will I take betel-nuts and camphor, and place them in the lotus mouths of the Divine Couple? When will I carefully chew the aromatic remnants of such betel-nuts, which have become mixed with nectar from mouths of the Divine Couple?

8 sri-guru karuna-sindhu lokanatha dina-bandhu
mui dine kare abadhana
radha-krsna, brndabana priya-narma-sakhi-gana
narottama mage ei dana

O Lokanatha Gosvami, O my spiritual master, O friend of the poor and wretched conditioned souls, O ocean of mercy, please hear the appeal of this person who is very miserable and poor-hearted. O Radha and Krsna, O holy land of Vrndavana, O intimate gopi-friends of the Divine Couple, I beg that you all grant this charity to me. Please fulfill these desires.

Punah Svabhista-lalasa (The Author Continues the Description of His Longings)

Song 15

1 hari hari kabe mora haibe sudina
gobardhana giri-bare parama nibhrta ghare
rai kanu karaiba sayana

When, in a secluded cottage on Govardhana Hill, the best of mountains, will I prepare a couch for Sri Sri Radha and Krsna? O Lord Hari, Lord Hari, when will that auspicious day be mine?

2 bhrngarera jale ranga- carana dhoyaiba
muchaba apana cikure
kanaka-samputa kari karpura tambula puri
jogaiba dunhuka adhare

When will I take water from a jar and wash the lotus feet of the Divine Couple? When will I then dry Their feet using my own hair as a towel? When from a golden box will I take betel-nuts and camphor, and place on the lotus lips of the Divine Couple?

3 priya-sakhi-gana-sange sebana kaiba range
carana sebiba nija-kare
kunhuka kamala-dithi kautuka heraba
dunhu anga pulaka antare

When, in the association of the gopis, will I directly serve the lotus feet of the Divine Couple with my own hand? When, by seeing the lotus eyes of the Divine Couple, will the hairs of my body stand erect because of the ecstasy within my heart?

4 mallika malati juthi nana phule mala ganthi
kabe diba donhara galaya
sonara katora kari karpura candana bhari
kabe diba donhakara gaya

When will I string garlands of mallika and malati flowers and place them on the necks of the Divine Couple? When will I fill a golden goblet with camphor and sandalwood paste, and then anoint the transcendental forms of the Divine Couple with this mixture?

5 ara kabe emana habe dunu-mukha-nirakhiba
lila-rasa nijunja-sayane
sir-kundalatara sange keli-kautuka range
narottama karibe srabane

When will I directly see the lotus faces of the Divine Couple? When will Narottama dasa jubilantly hear Kundalata-devi’s narration of the nectarean pastimes performed by the Divine Couple in the groves of Vrndavana? When will that day be?

Lalasa (Longings)

Song 16

1 sri-rupa-manjari-pada sei mora sampada
sei mor bhajana-pujana
sei mora prana-dhana sei mora abharana
sei mor jibanera jibana

Sri Rupa-manjari’s lotus feet are my only treasure. They are my devotional service and my worship. They are my life’s breath,and the ornament I wear. They are the sustainer of my life.

2 sei mora rasa-nidhi sei mora banca-siddhi
sei mora bedera dharama
sei brata, sei tapa sei mora mantra-japa
sei mor dharama-karama

For me those lotus feet are an ocean of nectar. They are the fulfilment of my desires. For me they are the spiritual path outlined in the Vedas, and they are my religious vows. They are my austerities and my chanting of mantras. They are my pious activities.

3 anukula habe bidhi se-pade hoibe siddhi
nirakhibo e dui nayane
se rupa-madhuri-rasi prana-kubalaya sasi
prafulita habe nisi dine

Those feet will make destiny become kind to me and grant me perfection. They will enable me to directly see the Divine Couple with my own eyes. Those feet are a great reservoir of beauty and sweetness. They are like a moon that causes the lotus flower of my life-breath to blossom. Those lotus feet bloom within my heart through the entire day and night.

4 tuwa adarasana-ahi garale jaralo dehi
ciro-dina tapita jibana
ha ha rupa koror doya deho mora-pada-chaya
narottama loilo sarana

The venom of the snake of separation from You has caused this spirit soul to wither and decay. For many days my life-breath has burned in the fire of separation from you. O Rupa-manjari, please be merciful to me. Please give me the shade of your lotus feet. Narottama dasa takes shelter of you

Song 17

1 suniyachi sadhu-mukhe bale sarba-jana
sri-rupa-krpaya mile jugala-carana

I have heard from the mouths of the saintly devotees that everyone says that by the mercy of Srila Rupa Gosvami one may approach the lotus feet of the Divine Couple.

2 ha ha prabhu sanatana gaura-paribara
sabe mili bancha purna karaha amara

O Sanatana Prabhu, O personal associate of Lord Caitanya, please fulfill my desire.

3 sri-rupera krpa jena ama prati haya
se pada asraya jaba sei mahasaya

Please fulfill my desire that saintly Srila Rupa Gosvami may be merciful to me, and that I will be able to take shelter of his lotus feet.

4 prabhu lokanatha kabe sange lana jabe
sri-rupera pada-padme more samarpibe

When will my master, Lokanatha Gosvami, place me at the lotus feet of Srila Rupa Gosvami?

5 hena ki haibe mora – narma-sakhi-gana
anugata narottame karibe sasane

When, by your mercy, will your faithful follower Narottama dasa become eligible to receive direct instruction from the gopi-friends of the Divine Couple?

Song 18

1 ei naba-dasi bali sri-rupa cahibe
hena subha-ksana mora kati-dine habe

When will I be a young gopi-maidservant? When will Sri Rupa-manjari directly order me? When will that auspicious time be?

2 sighra ajna karibena–dasi hetha aya
sebara susajja-karya karaha twaraya

When will Sri Rupa-manjari repeatedly order me about, saying: “O maidservant, come here. Quickly arrange for my fance garmanets and ornaments.”

3 anandita hana hiya ajna-bale
pabitra manete karya karibe tat-kale

By hearing these orders I will become delighted. These orders will completely absorb the attention of my purified mind.

4 sebara samagri ratna-khalate kariya
subasita bari swarna-jharite puriya

When, in Sri Rupa-manjari’s service, will I fill a jewelled tray with various paraphernalia for worship? When, engaged in her service, will I fill a golden goblet with aromatic water?

5 donhara sammukhe la’ye diba sighra-gati
narottamera dasa kabe haibe e-mati

When will I be able to quickly approach the Divine Couple? When will Narottama dasa attain this condition of life?

Song 19

1 sri-rupa pascate ami rahiba bhita hana
donhe punah kahibena ama pane cana

I timidly follow behind Sri Rupa-manjari. When will she say to me: “Fetch some water for the Divine Couple?

2 sadaya hrdaya donhe kahibena hasi
kothaya paile rupa ei naba dasi

When will the Divine Couple, compassionately smiling, say: “Where has Rupa-manjari gotten this young maidservant?”

3 sri-rupa-manjari tabe donha bakya suni
manjunali dila more ei dasi ani

Hearing these words, Sri Rupa-manjari will say: “Manjunali gave this maidservant to me.”

4 ati namra-citta ami haibe janila
seba-karya niya tabe hethaya rakhila

At that time I will feel very humble at heart, and I will diligently engage in the service of the Divine Couple.

5 hena tattwa konhakare saksate kahiya
narottame sebaya mijukta kariya

When will the Divine Couple directly speak in this way to Narottama dasa, engaging him in Their service?

Song 20

1 ha ha prabhu lokanatha rakha pada-dwandwe
krpa-drste caha jadi haiya anande

O Lokanatha Gosvami, O my master, please place me at your lotus feet. If you are pleased with me, please place your merciful glance upon me.

2 mano-bancha siddhi tabe nana purna-trsna
hethaya caitanya mile setha radha-krsna

If you are satisfied with me, then all the wishes of my mind will be attained, and my

thirst for happiness will be satiated. If you are satisfied with me, then I will attain the association of Lord Caitanya. If you are satisfied with me, then I may be able to attain the association of Sri Sri Radha and Krsna.

3 tumi na karile daya kr karibe are
manera basana purna kara ei bara

O master, if you do not become merciful to me, then what will become of me? Please fulfill my mind’s desire, at least this one time.

4 e tina samsare mora ara keha nai
krpa kari pada-tale deha thani

In the entire world there is no one as much in need of your mercy as I am. Please be merciful to me, and give me shelter at the soles of your lotus feet.

5 radha-krsna-lila-guna gana ratri-dine
narottama-bancha purna nahe tuya bine

Although he spends all his days and nights glorifying the transcendental pastimes and virtues of Sri Sri Radha and Krsna, Narottama dasa knows that his desire to attain Their association cannot be fulfilled without your mercy.

Song 21

1 lokanatha prabhu tumi daya kara more
radha-krsna-carana jena sada citte spure

O Lokanatha, O my master, please be merciful to me and bless me that Sri Sri Radha-Krsna’s lotus feet may be always manifest within my mind.

2 tomara sahita thaki sakhira sahite
ei ta basana mora sada uthe cite

I wish to have your association when you manifest your form as a gopi-friend of the Divine couple. This desire continually arises in my mind.

3 sakhi-gan-jyestha jenho tanhara carana
mora samarpibe kabe sebara karane

O master, when, by your mercy, will I be allowed to serve the lotus feet of Srimati Radharani, the best of all gopis.

4 tabe se haibe mora banchita purana
anande sebiba donhara jugala carana

If you will fulfill my desire, then I will be able to blissfully serve the lotus feet of the Divine Couple.

5 sri-rupa-manjari sakhi krpa-drste cana
tappi narottame sinca sebamrta diya

O Sri Rupa-manjari, O friend of the Divine Couple, please caste your glance of mercy upon me. Pleas sprinkle this distressed Narottama dasa with the nectar of your devotional service.

Song 22

1 ha ha prabhu kara daya karuna tomara
micha maya-jale tanu dahiche amara

My body and mind burn in a network of material illusions. O master, please be merciful and save me.

2 kabe hena dasa habe sakhi-sanga paba
brndabane phula ganthi donhake paraba

When will I attain the association of the gopis? When will I string flower garlands in the forest of Vrndavana, and then place those garlands on the necks of the Divine Couple?

3 sammukhe basiya kabe camara dhulaba
aguru-candana-gandha donha ange diba

When will I meet the Divine Couple face-to-face? When will I fan Them with a camara whisk? When will I anoint Their limbs with aguru, sandalwood paste, and other fragrant substances?

4 sakhira ajnaya kabe tambula jogaba
sindura tilaka kabe donhake paraba

When, following the gopis’ orders will I offer betel-nuts to the Divine Couple? When will I draw artistic tilaka markings in red sindura on the Divine Couple’s foreheads?

5 bilasa-kautuka keli dekhiba nayane
candra-jukha nirakhiba basaye simhasane

When, with my own eyes, will I see the Divine Couple jubilantly perform pastimes? When will I see Their moonlike faces as They sit on Their thrones?

6 sada se madhuri dekhi manera lalase
kata-dine habe daya narottama dase

My heart longs to see Their sweetness. How many days must pass before They are compassionate on Narottama dasa?

Song 23

1 hari hari kabe dasa habe mora
sebiba donhara pada anande bibhora

When, overwhelmed with bliss, will I directly serve the lotus feet of the Divine Couple? O Lord Hari, Lord Hari, when will I attain this?

2 bhramara haiya sada rahiba carane
sri-caranamrta sada kariba aswadane

When will I become a bumble-bee staying continually at the lotus feet of the Divine Couple, and continually drinking the honey of Their lotus feet?

3 ei asa kari ami–jata sakhi-gana
tomadera krpaya je banchita purana

This is my desire: to join the company of the gopi-friends of the Divine Couple. O my master, by your mercy only can my desire be fulfilled.

4 bahu-dina bancha kari purna jate haya
sabe meli daya kara haiya sadaya

For many days I have desired in this way. Please be merciful to me and fulfill my request.

5 seba ase narottama kande diba-nisi
krpa kari kara more anugata dasi

Yearning and hoping in this way Narottama dasa weeps day and night. Please be merciful to me, and make me your follower and gopi-maidservant.

Song 24

1 jaya jaya sri-krsna-caitanya nityananda
jayadwaitacandra jaya gaura-bhakta-vrnda

O Lord Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu, all glories to You. O Prabhu Nityananda, all glories to You. O Lord Advaitacandra, all glories to You. O devotees of Lord Gauranga, all glories to you all.

2 krpa kari sabe meli karaha karuna
adhama patita-jane na kariha ghrna

I beg all of you to please be merciful to me. Please do not despise or reject this most fallen person who is approaching You all.

3 e tina-samsara-majhe tuya pada sara
bhariya dekhinu mane-gati nahi ara

Your lotus feet are the most valuable thing in this material world. I always see Your lotus feet within my mind. I have no other goal.

4 se pada pabara ase kheda uthe mane
byakula hrdaya sada kariye krandane

I hope to one day attain Your lotus feet, and this causes great pain to arise within my mind. I constantly cry, my heart full of suffering.

5 ki-rupe paiba kichu na pai sandhana
prabhu-lokanatha pada nahika smarana

I do not see how I will ever be able to attain Your lotus feet. I do not see how I can always remember the lotus feet of Lokanatha Gosvami, my spiritual master.

6 tumi ta dayalu prabhu caha eka-bara
narottama hrdayera ghuca-o andhakara

O master, if you are at all merciful to me, then please glance upon me one time. Please dispel the darkness in Narottama dasa’s heart.

Sadhaka-dehocita Lalasa (The Devotee’s Aspiration)

Song 25

1 hari hari kabe mora haibe su-dina
bhajiba sri-radha-krsna haina premadhina

When will I directly worship Sri Sri Radha and Krsna? When will I be overwhelmed with love for the Divine Couple? O Lord Hari, when will that auspicious day be mine?

2 sujantre misana gaba su-madhura tana
anande karibe dunhara rupa-guna-gana

When, accompanying myself on a musical instrument, will I happily sing sweet songs describing the beautiful forms and qualities of the Divine Couple.

3 radhika govinda bali kandiba uccaih-sware
bhijibe sakala anga nayanera nire

When will I loudly call out “O Radhika, O Govinda,” the tears from my eyes wetting my entire body.

4 ei-bara karuna kara rupa sanatana
raghunatha dasa mora sri-jiva-jivana

O Srila Rupa Gosvami, O Srila Sanatana Gosvami, O Srila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami, O Srila Jiva Gosvami, my life and soul, please be merciful to me this one time.

5 ei bara karuna kara lalita-bisakha
sakhya-bhabe sridama-subala-adi sakha

O Lalita, O Visakha, O Sridama, O Subala and other friends of Lord Krsna, please be merciful to me this one time.

6 sabe mili kara daya puraak mora asa
prarthana karaye sada narottama dasa

All of You please be merciful to me and fulfill my desire. This is the constant prayer of Narottama dasa.

Sadhaka-dehocita-Sri-brndabana-basa-lalasa (The Devotee’s Aspiration to Reside in Sri Vrndavana)

Song 26

1 hari hari ara ki emana dasa haba
ei bhaba samsara tyaji parama anande maji
ara kabe brajabhume jaba

When will I renounce the circle of material family life, and, drowning in transcendental bliss, go to Vrajabhumi? O Lord Hari, Lord Hari, when will this be?

2 sukhamaya brndabana kaba habe darsana
se dhuli lagibe kabe gaya
preme gadagada haina radha-krsna-nama laina
kandiya bedaba ubharaya

When will I see the blissful land of Vrndavana? When will I smear the dust of Vrndavana over my body? When will I walk about Vrndavana, loudly singing the names of Radha and Krsna, and crying, my voice choked with ecstatic love.

3 nibhrta nikunja jana astange pranama haina
dakiba ha radha-natha bali
kabe jamunara tire parasa kariba nire
kabe piba kara-pute tuli

When, in a solitary grove in Vrndavana, will I offer my full obeisances to the Divine Couple? When will I call out: “O Krsna, O master of Srimati Radharani?” When standing on the shore of the Yamuna, will I drink some of its water in my cupped hands?

4 ara kabe emana haba sri-rasa-mandale jaba
kabe gadagadi diba taya
bamsibata-chaya pana parama ananda hana
padiya rahiba tara chaya

When will this be? When will I go to the arena of the rasa-dance, and roll about in the dust, overwhelmed with ecstasy? When will I visit Vamsivata, and fall down to the ground, overwhelmed by transcendental bliss?

5 kabe gobardhana giri dekhiba nayane bhari
kabe habe radha-kunde basa
bhramite bhramite kabe ei deha patana habe
kahe dina narottama dasa

When will I see Govardhana Hill, my eyes filling with tears? When will I reside at Radha-kunda? When, as a result of constantly wandering in Vrndavana, will this body fall down? Poor-hearted Narottama dasa speaks in this way.

Song 27

1 hari hari ara kabe palatibe dasa
e saba kariya bame jaba brndabana-dhame
ei mane kariyachi asa

When will I renounce all material impediments and go to Vrndavana-dhama? O Lord Hari, Lord Hari, when will my life change in this way? I hope I will be able to change my mode of living in this way.

2 dhana jana putra dare e saba kariya dure
ekanta haiya kabe jaba
saba duhkha parihari brndabane basa kori
madhukari magiya khaiba

When will I leave all my wealth, followers, children, and wife far behind and with only one desire, go to Vrndavana? When will I leave all material miseries, and live in Vrndavana, eating only whatever food I can obtain by begging?

3 jamunara jala jena amrta samana hena
kabe piba udara puriya
kabe radha-kunda-jale snana kari kutuhale
syama-kunda rahiba padiya

When will I take long drinks of the Yamuna’s water, which is as sweet as nectar? When, with great happiness, will I bathe at Radha-kunda? When will I permanently reside at Syama-kunda?

4 bhramiba dwadasa bane rasa-keli je je sthane
premabese gadagadi diya
sudhaiba jane jane vraja-basi-gana-sthane
nibediba carana dhariya

When will I wander in the twelve forests of Vrndavana, where Lord Krsna enjoyed nectar pastimes, and when, overwhelmed with ecstastic love, will I roll about in the dust of these places? When will I become pure in heart? When will I offer obeisances to all the residents of Vraja, reverently touching their lotus feet?

5 bhajanera sthana kabe nayana-gocara habe
ara jata ache upabana
ara madhye brndabana narottama dasera mana
asa kare jugala carana

When will I be able to see the gardens of Vrndavana where the great devotees worshipped the Lord? Narottama dasa hopes to one day attain the lotus feet of the Divine Couple.

Song 28

1 karanga kaupina lana chenda kanha gaya diya
tejabiga sakala bisaya
krsna anuraga habe brajera nikunja kabe
jaina kariba nijalaya

When will I renounce all sense-gratification? When will I accept only a water-pot and torn garment? When will I constantly sing Lord Krsna’s holy names? When will I go to the groves of Vraja and make my permanent residence there? When will I attain ecstatic love for Krsna?

2 hari hari kabe mora haibe su-dina
phala-amula brndabane khana diba-abasane
bhramiba haiya udasina

When will I wander in Vrndavana, detached from material affairs, and only eating some roots and fruit at the end of the day? O Lord Hari, Lord Hari, when will that auspicious day be mine?

3 sitala jamuna jale snana kari kutuhale
premabese anandita hana
bahura upara bahu tuli brndabane kuli kuli
krsna bali bedaba kandiya

When will I become full of bliss, overwhelmed by ecstatic love by bathing in the cool waters of the Yamuna river? When will I wander about Vrndavana with my arms upraised calling out the name of Lord Krsna and crying?

4 dekhiba sanketa-sthana judabe tapita prana
premabese gadagadi diba
kanha radha praneswari kanha giribara-dhari
kanha natha baliya dakiba

When will I see the place where Radha and Krsna secretly met? When, overwhelmed with ecstatic love, will I roll about in the dust at that place? When will I call out: “O Radha, O controller of my life, where are You? O Krsna, O lifter of Govardhana Hill, where are You? O my masters, where are You?”

5 madhavi-kunjera pari sukhe basi suka-sari
gaibeka radha-krsna-rasa
taru-mule basi taha suni judaiba hiya
kabe sukhe gonaba dibasa

When will I happily pass my days at the roots of a tree in the grove of madhavi creepers, listening to a parrot-couple jubilantly sing the glories of the nectarean pastimes of Sri Sri Radha and Krsna?

6 sri-govinda gopinatha srimati-radhika-sakha
dekhiba ratana-simhasane
dina narottama dasa karaye durlabha asa
e-mati haibe kata dine

When will I see Lord Govinda, the master of the gopis, accompanied by Srimati Radharani, as They both sit on a jewelled throne? Poor-hearted Narottama dasa hopes that some day he will be able to obtain this so-difficult-to-obtain desire.

Song 29

1 hari hari kabe haba brndabana-basi
nirakhiba nayane jugala-rupa-rasi

O Lord Hari, Lord Hari, when will I become a resident of Vrndavana? When with my own eyes will I see the great beauty of the Divine Couple?

2 tyajiya sayana-sukha bicitra palanka
kabe brajera dhulaya dhrasa habe anga

When will I renounce very comfortable sleeping arrangements and instead take rest on the ground of Vraja?

3 jada-rasa-bhojana dure parihari
kabe braje magiya khaiba madhukari

When will I renounce materially palatable foodstuffs and simply eat whatever I can obtain by begging in the land of Vraja?

4 parikrama kariya bedaba bane bane
bisrama kariba jai jamuna-puline

When will I circumambulate the land of Vraja, wandering from forest to forest? When, becoming fatigued, will I stop to rest on the shore of the Yamuna?

5 tapa dura kariba sitala bamsibate
kabe kunje baithaba hama baisnaba-nikate

When will I find relief from the heat of midday by resting in the cooling shade of Vamsivata? When will I associate with the Vaisnavas in the groves of Vrndavana?

6 narottama dasa kahe kari parihara
kabe be emana dasa haibe amara

Narottama dasa renounces the materialistic way of life and says: “When will I attain the perfection of spiritual life?”

Sa-bilapa Sri Brndabana-basa-lalalas (Lamentation and Yearning to Reside in Sri Vrndavana)

Song 30

1 ara ki emana dasa haba
saba chadi brndabane jaba

When will I renounce everything and go to Vrndavana? When will this be?

2 ara kabe sri-rasa-mandale
gadagadi diba kutuhale

When in great ecstasy will I roll about on the ground where Lord Krsna performed the rasa-dance?

3 ara kabe gobardhana giri
dekhiba nayana-juga bhari

When will I see Govardhana Hill, my eyes filling with tears?

4 syama-kunde radha-kunde snana
kari kabe judaba parana

When by bathing in Syama-kunda and Radha-kunda, will I attain the stage of dedicating my entire life and soul to the service of the Divine Couple?

5 ara kabe jamunara jale
majjane haiba niramale

When will I become pure at heart by bathing in the waters of the Yamuna?

6 sadhu-sange brndabane basa
narottama dasa kabe asa

Narottama dasa hopes that he will be able to reside in Vrndavana in the association of the saintly devotees.

Mathura-virahocita Darsana-lalasa (The Author Yearns to see Mathura again)

Song 31

1 kabe krsna-dhana paba hiyara majhare thoba
judaiba tapita-parana
sajaiya diba hiya basaiba prana-priya
nirakhiba se candra-bayana

When will I attain the dark treasure known as Lord Krsna? When, agitated with ecstatic love, will I give my heart to Lord Krsna? When will I consider Lord Krsna more dear to me than my own life’s breath? When will I be able to see Lord Krsna’s moonlike face?

2 he sajani kabe mora habe su-dina
seprana-nathera sanga kabe ba phiriba range
sukhamaya jamuna-pulina

When will I regain my master’s association? When will I happily return with singing and dancing to the shore of the Yamuna? O friend, when will this auspicious day be mine?

3 lalita bisakha lana tanhare bhetiba giya
sajaiya nana upahare
sadaya haiya bidhi milaibe guna-nidhi
hena bhagya haibe amara

When, in the company of Lalita and Visakha, will I meet Lord Krsna? When will I be able to offer various gifts to please Him? When will destiny be compassionate to me? When will my destiny become like a virtuous person who is an ocean of good qualities? When will this good fortune be mine?

4 daruna bidhira nata alinga premera hata
tila-matra na rakhila tara
kahe narottama dasa ki mora jibane asa
chadi gela brajendra-kumara

Cruel fate has made me poverty-stricken and I do not have even a penny to purchase the goods sold in the marketplace of pure love for Krsna. Nevertheless, Narottama dasa says: “My life’s hope is to renounce everything and attain the prince of Vraja.”

Song 32

1 ei-bara paile dekha carana du khani
hiyara majhare rakhi judaba parani

I pray that I may now see the two lotus feet of Lord Krsna. I will place these lotus feet in my heart. I will dedicate my entire life and soul to them.

2 tanre na dekhiya mora mane bada tapa
anale pasiba kimba jale diba jhampa

If I am not able to see Lord Krsna’s lotus feet, my heart will burn with suffering. I will end this life by entering a blazing fire, or jumping into the water.

3 mukhera muchaba ghama khaojaba pana guja
ghamete batasa diba candanadi cuja

When I meet Lord Krsna I will serve Him in various ways. I will wipe the perspiration from His face. I will give Him nice food and drink. I will offer Him betel-nuts. I will fan Him. I will anoint His body with sandalwood paste and other fragrant things.

4 brndabandera hulera ganthiya diba hara
binaiya bandhiba cuda kuntalera bhara

I will string a garland of Vrndavana forest flowers, and then present that garland to Lord Krsna. I will carefully arrange His hair and tie His topknot.

5 kalape tilaka diba candanera canda
narottama dasa kahe piritera phanda

I will decorate Lord Krsna with a peacock feather, tilaka markings, and a moon drawn in sandalwood paste. Narottama dasa says: In this way I will gradually attain love for Lord Krsna.

Song 33

1 brndabana ramya-sthana dibya-cintamani-dhama
ratana-mandira manohara
abrta kalindi-nire raja-hamsa keli kore
tahe sobhe kanaka-kamala

Beautiful Vrndavana is filled with cintamani gems and many jewel palaces and temples. Many regal swans play in the waters of the Yamuna, and in those waters a splendid golden lotus flower grows.

2 tara madhye hema-pitha asta-dale bestita
asta-dale pradhana nayika
tara madhye ratnasane bosi achen dui-jane
syama-sange sundari radkhika

In the middle of that lotus is a golden place surrounded by eight petals. On these eight petals the eight principal gopis reside, and in the centre Lord Syamasundara and beautiful Srimati Radharani sit on a jewel throne.

3 o-rupa-labanya-rasi amiya poriche khasi
hasya-pariasa-sambhasane
narottama-dasa koy nitya-lila sukha-moy
sadai sphuruka mora mane

The great beauty of the Divine couple and Their charming joking and laughter continually showers nectar everywhere. Narottama dasa says: I pray that these blissful eternal transcendental pastimes of the Divine Couple may be always manifest in my heart.

Song 34

1 kadamba tarura dala namiyache bhume bhala
phutiyache phula sari sari
parimale bharala sakala brndabana
keli kare bhramara bhramari

In Vrndavana the kadamba trees offer obeisances, their flowering branches reverently touching the ground. Bumble bees enjoy pastimes in Vrndavana, which is filled with a very sweet fragrance.

2 rai kanu bilasai range
kiba rupa labani baidagadha-khani dhani
manimaya abharana ange

Radha and Krsna stay in the place where They enjoy pastimes. How beautiful They are. Their bodies are decorated with jewel ornaments, and They are wealthy with many gem mines of intelligence and wit.

3 radhara daksina kare dhari priya giridhari
madhura madhura cali jaya
age pache sakhi-gana kare phula barisana
kona sakhi camara dhulaya

Dear Giridhari holds Srimati Radharani’s right hand, and together They gracefully stroll about. The gopis shower flowers before and behind Them, and one gopi fans them with a camara whisk.

4 parage dhusara sthala candra-kare su-sitala
manimaya bedira upare
rai kanu kara jodi nrtya kare phiri phiri
parase pulake tanu bhare

That place is filled with the aromatic pollen of the lotus, and it is made pleasantly cool by the shining of the moon. On a raised platform there, Radha and Krsna dance, holding hands, the hairs of Their bodies standing up in ecstasy.

Song 35

1 mrgamada-candana kare kari sakhi-gana
barikhaye phula gandha-raje
srama-jala bindu bindu sobha kare mukha-indu
adhare murali kiba raje

The gopis decorate the Divine Couple with musk and sandalwood paste, and shower Them with aromatic flowers. Drops of perspiration make Lord Krsna’s moonlike face splendid. The flute is gracefully placed against Lord Krsna’s lips.

2 hasa-bilasa-rasa sarala madhura bhasa
narottama-manoratha bharu
dunhuka bicitra besa kusuma racita kesa
locana-mohana lila karu

With the nectar of Their joking and laughter and the sweetness of Their charming talks, the Divine Couple fulfills all the desires of Narottama dasa. Dressed in wonderful colourful garments and Their hair decorated with flowers, the Divine Couple enjoys pastimes, enchanting the eys of everyone.

Swa-nistha (My Faith)

Song 36

1 dhana mora nityananda pati moro gauracandra
prana mora jugala-kisora
adwaita acarya bala gadadhara mora kula
narahari bilasai mora

Lord Nityananda is my wealth. Lord Gauracandra is my master. The youthful Divine Couple is my life. Advaita Acarya is my strength. Gadadhara is my family. Narahari Sarakara is my glory.

2 baisnabera pada-dhuli tahe mora snana-keli
tarpana mora baisnabera nama
bicara kariya mane bhakti-rassa aswadane
madhyastha sri-bhagabata purana

The dust of the devotees’ lotus feet is my bathing water. The chanting of the devotees names is my satisfaction. Considering the merits of all Vedic literatures in the light of devotional service, I have concluded that the Srimad Bhagavatam is the best of all scriptures.

3 baisnabera ucchista tahe mora mano-nistha
baisnabera namete ullasa
brndabane cautara tahe mora mano-ghera
kahe dine narottama dasa

My mind is firmly convinced of the spiritual benefit obtained by eating the remnants of foodstuff left by the devotees. The names of the devotees are my happiness. The land of Vrndavana is the enclosure within which I keep my mind. Poor-hearted Narottama dasa speaks in this way.

Nityananda-nistha (Faith in Lord Nityananda)

Song 37

1 nitai-pada-kamala koti-candra-susitala
je chayay jagata juray
heno nitai bine bhai radha-krsna paite nai
drrha kori dharo nitair pay

Lord Nityananda’s lotus feet are a shelter where one will get the soothing moonlight not only of one, but of millions of moons. The shade of Lord Nityananda’s lotus feet give relief from the sufferings of material existence. If one does not take shelter of the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda, then it will be very difficult for him to approach Radha and Krsna. Therefore, with firm conviction, one should take shelter of Lord Nityananda’s lotus feet.

2 se sambandha nahi jar brtha janma gelo tar
sei pasu boro duracar
nitai na bolilo mukhe majilo somsara-sukhe
bidya-kule ki koribe tar

Anyone who has not contacted a relationship with Lord Nityananda is understood to have spoiled his human birth. Such a person is just like a misbehaved animal. Such persons never say the name of Lord Nityananda. Such person simply become absorbed in so-called material enjoyment. What benefit will such persons obtain by their so-called academic education or birth in a high family or great nation?

3 ahankare matta hoiya nitai pada pasariya
asatyere satya kori mani
nitaiyer koruna habe braje radha-krsna pabe
dharo nitai-carana du’khani

These persons have become maddened by a false concept of bodily life, and thus they have forgotten their eternal relationship with Nityananda and instead accept the illusory material energy as factual. If you actually want to approach the association of Radha-Krsna, you must achieve the mercy of Lord Nityananda first. When he is merciful toward you, then you will be able to approach Radha-Krsna. For this reason one should firmly catch the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda.

4 nitaiyer carana satya tahara sebaka nitya
nitai-pada sada koro asa
narottama boro dukhi nitai more koro sukhi
rakho ranga caranera pasa

The lotus feet of Lord Nityananda are not illusion. They are a fact, and therefore one who engages in the transcendental loving service of Nityananda is also transcendental. For this reason one should always try to catch the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda. O Lord Nityananda, this Narottama dasa is very unhappy, and therefore I am praying that You please make me happy. Please keep me in a corner of Your reddish lotus feet.

Gauranga-nistha (Faith in Lord Caitanya)

Song 38

1 are bhai bhaja mora gauranga-carana
na bhajiya mainu duhkhe dubi grha-bisa-kupe
dagdha kaila e panca parana

O brother, please worship the lotus feet of Lord Gauranga. I have not worshipped them, but instead have dived into the poisonous well of materialistic household-life, and as a result my five life-airs are burning with the poison of material life.

2 tapa-traya-bisanale ahar-nisi hiya jwale
deha sada haya acetana
ripu-basa indriya haila gora-pada pasabila
bimukha haila hena dhana

Day and night I burn in the poisonous fire of the threefold miseries of material life, and as a result I faint again and again. My senses are overwhelmed by lust, greed, and numberless other enemies, and I am averse to the great treasure that is the lotus feet of Lord Gauranga.

3 hena gaura dayamaya chadi saba laja-bhaya
kaya mane laha re sarana
parama durmati chila tare gora uddharila
tara haila patita-pabana

O brother, give up all fear and shyness, and take shelter of merciful Lord Gauranga. Lord Gauranga rescues those who are most wicked at heart, and therefore He is known as Patita-pavana, the saviour of the fallen.

4 gora dwija-nata-raje bandhaha hrdaya-majhe
ki karibe samsara-samana
narottama dasa kahe agora-sama keha nahe
na bhajite deya prema-dhana

If you place Lord Gauranga, the brahmana king of dancers, within your heart, then what will death be able to do to you? Narottama dasa says: There is no one equal to Lord Gauranga. Even if one will not become His devotee, still Lord Gauranga will freely give him the treasur of love for Krsna.

Sabarana-Gaura-mahima (The Glories of Lord Gauranga)

Song 39

1 gaurangera duti pada jar dhana sampada
se jane bhakati-rasa-sar
gaurangera madhura-lila jar karne prabesila
hrdoya mirmala bhelo tar

Anyone who has accepted the two lotus feet of Lord Caitanya can understand the true essence of devotional service. If one is captivated by the pleasing pastimes of Lord Caitanya, the dirty things in his heart will all become cleansed.

2 je gaurangera nama loy tara hoy premodoy
tare mui jai bolihari
gauranga-gunete jhure, nitya-lila tare sphure
se jana bhakati-adhikari

One who simply takes the holy name of Gaurasundara, Sri Krsna Caitanya, will immediately develop love of God. To such a person I say: Bravo. Very nice. Excellent. If one appreciates the merciful pastimes of Lord Caitanya and feels ecstasy and sometimes cries, this process will immediately help him to understand the eternal pastimes of Radha-Krsna.

3 gaurangera sangi-gane nitya-siddha kori mane
se jay brajendra-suta-pas
sri-gauda-mandala-bhumi jeba jane cintamani
tara hoy braja-bhume bas

Simply by understanding that the associates of Lord Gauranga are eternally free from material contamination, one can immediately be promoted to the transcendental abode of Lord Krsna. If one simply understands that the land of Navadvipa is not different from Vrndavana, then he actually lives in Vrndavana.

4 gaura-prema-rasarnave se tarange jeba dube
se radha-madhava-antaranga
grhe ba banete thake ha gauranga bole dake
narottama mage tara sanga

If one says: “Let me dive deep into the waves of the nectarean ocean of the transcendental loving movement introduced by Lord Caitanya”, he immediately becomes one of the confidential devotees of Radha and Krsna. It does not matter whether one is a householder living at home or a vanaprastha or sannyasi living in the forest, if he chants “O Gauranga, and becomes a devotee of Lord Caitanya, then Narottama dasa begs to have his association.

Punah Prarthana (Another Prayer)

Song 40

1 sri-krsna-caitanya prabhu doya koro more
toma bine ke doyalu jagat-somsare

My dear Lord Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu, please be merciful to me, because who can be more merciful than Your Lordship within these three worlds?

2 patita-pavana-hetu taba abatara
mo sama patita prabhu na paibe ara

Your incarnation is just to reclaim the conditioned fallen souls, but I assure You tha You will not find a greater fallen soul than me. Therefore my claim is first.

3 ha ha prabhu nityananda premananda sukhi
krpabalokana koro ami boro duhkhi

My dear Lord Nityananda, You are always joyful in spiritual bliss. Since You always appear very happy, I have come to You because I am most unhappy. If You kindly put Your merciful glance over me, I may also become happy.

4 doya koro sita-pati adwaita gosai
taba krpa-bale pai caitanya-nitai

My dear Advaita Prabhu, husband of Sita, You are so kind. Please be kind to me. If You are kind to me, naturally Lord Caitanya and Lord Nityananda also will be kind to me.

5-6 ha ha swarup sanatana, rupa, raghunatha
bhatta-yuga, sri-jiva ha prabhu lokanatha
doya koro sri-acarya prabhu srinivasa
ramacandra-sanga mage narottama-dasa

O Sri Svarupa Damodara Gosvami, O Sri Sanatana Gosvami, O Sri Rupa Gosvami, O Sri Raghunatha dasa Gosvami, O Sri Raghunatha Bhatta Gosvami and Sri Gopala Bhatta Gosvami, O Sri Jiva Gosvami, O my master, Sri Lokanatha Gosvami, O Sri Srinivasa Acarya, I beg you all to please be merciful to me. Narottama dasa prays that he may always have the company of Ramacandra Cakravarti.

Sa-parsada-bhagavad-viraha-janita-vilapa (Separated from the Lord and His Associates, the Author Laments)

Song 41

1 je anilo prema-dhana koraun pracur
heno prabhu kotha gela acarya-thakur

He who brought the treasure of divine love and who was filled with compassion and mercy-where has such a personality as Srinivasa Acarya gone?

2 kaha mora swarup rupa kaha sanatan
kaha dasa raghunatha patita-paban

Where are my Svarupa Damodara and Rupa Gosvami? Where is Sanatana? Where is Raghunatha dasa, the saviour of the fallen?

3 kaha mora bhatt-juga kaha kabiraj
eka-kale kotha gela gora nata-raj

Where are my Raghunatha Bhatta and Gopala Bhatta and where is Krsnadasa Kaviraja? Where did Lord Gauranga, the great dancer, suddenly go?

4 pasane kutibo matha anale pasibo
gauranga gunera nidhi kotha gele pabo

I will smash my head against the rock and enter into the fire. Where will I find Lord Gauranga, the reservoir of all wonderful qualities.

5 se-saba sangira sange je koilo bilas
se-sanga na paiya kande narottama das

Being unable to obtain the association of Lord Gauranga accompanied by all of these devotees in whose association He performed His pastimes, Narottama dasa simply weeps.

Aksepa (Regret)

Song 42

1 gora panhu na bhajiya mainu
prema-ratana-dhana helaya harainu

I did not worship Lord Gauranga Prabhu and thus I became full of suffering. I refused to accept the treasure of pure love of Krsna, and thus I became lost.

2 adhane jatana kari dhanatejaginu
apana karama-dose apani dhubinu

I reject the treasure of love of Krsna and deliberately struggled to become poor. I dived into a host of sinful deeds.

3 sat-sanga chadi kainu asate bilasa
te-karane lagila je karma-bandha phamsa

I rejected the association of the saintly devotees, and instead tried to enjoy among the impious non-devotees. In this way I became caught in the noose of karma.

4 bisaya bisama bisa satata khainu
gora-kirtana-rasa magana na hainu

I continually drank the virulent poison of sense-gratification. I refused to swin in the nectar of Lord Caitanya’s sankirtana movement.

5 kena ba achaye prana ki sukha paiya
narottama dasa kena na gela mariya

Why do I stay alive? What happiness do I have? Why did Narottama dasa not die long ago?

Song 43

1 hari hari ki mora karama anurata
bisaye kutila-mati sat-sange na haila rati
kise ara taribara patha

My crooked mind delights in sense-gratification, but not in the association of the saintly devotees. Why do I follow this dangerous path? O Lord Hari, Lord Hari, how have I become so attached to materialism?

2 swarupa sanatana rupa raghunatha bhatta-juga
lokanatha siddhanta-sagara
sunitama se-saba katha ghucita manera byatha
tabe bhala haita antara

In the past I continually heard the philosophy of Krsna consciousness from Srila Svarupa Damodara Gosvami, Srila Sanatana Gosvami, Srila Rupa Gosvami, Srila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami, Srila Raghunatha Bhatta Gosvami, Srila Gopala Bhatta Gosvami and Srila Lokanatha Gosvami, who is like a great ocean of devotional truth. By hearing their words the pain within my mind subsided, and I attained an auspicious condition of life.

3 jakhana gaura-nityananda adwaitadi-bhakta-brnda
nadiya-nagare abatara
takhana na haila janma ebe dehe kiba karma
micha matra bahi phiri bhara

Lord Caitanya, Lord Nityananda, Lord Advaita, and the devotees who are Their personal associates have descended from the spiritual world to the land of Nadiya. They have not taken birth as ordinary mortals do. How wonderful are Their transcendental activities! I am not like Them. I simply trudge along carrying a great heap of illusory materialistic burdens.

4 haridasa adi bule mahotsabapadi kare
na herinu se sukha-bilasa
ki mora duhkhera katha janama gonanu brtha
dhik dhik narottama dasa

Haridasa Thakura and the other devotees travelled about absorbed in a constant festival of the glorification of Lord Krsna, but I myself was unable to see these blissful pastimes. How sad is my tale. I have wasted my life. Fie, fie on Narottama dasa.

Baisnaba-mahima (Glorification of the Devotees)

Song 44

1 thakura baisnaba-pada abanira su-sampada
suna bhai hana eka mana
asraya laiya bhaje tare krsna nahi tyaje
ara saba mare akarana

O brother, please hear my words with rapt attention. The lotus feet of the Vaisnavas are the most valuable treasure of this world. These Vaisnavas continually take shelter of Lord Krsna and worship Him. They never abandon their Lord. They are liberated. They are free from the cycle of birth and death.

2 baisnaba-carana-jala prema-bhaktidite bala
ara keha nahe balabanta
baisnaba-carana-renu mastake bhusana binu
ara nahi bhusanera anta

The water that has washed the lotus feet of the Vaisnavas bestows devotional service in pure love of God. Nothing else is as effective for attaining this divine love. I place dust from the lotus feet of the Vaisnavas upon my head. I wear no other ornament.

3 tirtha-jala pabitra-guna likhiyache purane
se saba bhaktira prabancana
baisnabera padodaka sama nahe ei saba
jate haya banchita purana

The purifying power of the waters at the various holy places of pilgrimage is described in the Puranas, although this is something of a deceptive trick. Actually there is not anything as purifying as the water that has washed the lotus feet of the Vaisnavas. This water fulfills all desires.

4 baisnaba-sangete mana anandita anuksana
sada haya krsna-para-sanga
dina narottama kande hiya dhairya nahi bandhe
mora dasa kena haila bhanga

Moment after moment my mind finds pleasure in the association of the Vaisnavas. I always seek out the company of those who are devoted to Lord Krsna. Poor-hearted Narottama dasa breaks down and cries. How has this fallen condition come upon me?

Baisnaba-bijnapti (Prayer to the Vaisnavas)

Song 45

1 thakura baisnaba-gana kari ei nibedana
mo bada adhama duracara
daruna-samsara-nidhi tahe dhubaila bidhi
keses dhari more kara para

O saintly Vaisnavas, although I am very fallen and misbehaved, I still place this appeal before you: My destiny has plunged me in the fearsome ocean of repeated birth and death. Please grab me by the hair and pull me to the opposite shore.

2 bidhi bada balaban na sune dharama-jnana
sadai karama-pase bandhe
na dekhi tarana lesa jate dekhi saba klesa
anatha katare teni kande

My destiny is very powerful. I am not able to hear the knowledge of spiritual life, and I am always bound by the ropes of karma. I cannot see any way to escape my condition. I see only suffering. Helpless and stricken with grief, I cry.

3 kama krodha lobha moha mada abhimana saha
apana apana sthane tane
aichana amara mana phire jena andha jana
supatha vipatha nahi jane

My blind mind cannot see what path is auspicious or inauspicious. My blind mind is helplessly dragged from here to there by lust, anger, greed, bewilderment, madness and pride.

4 na lainu sat mata asate majila cita
tuya paye na karinu asa
narottama dase kaya dekhi suni lage bhaya
taraiya laha nija pasa

My mind became immersed in the impermanent satisfaction of the senses, and I could not understand the real goal of life. For this reason I did not aspire to attain Your lotus feet. Narottama dasa says: Now that I am able to see, hear, and touch the Vaisnavas, I have become free from all fear.

Song 46

1 ei-baro karuna koro baisnava gosai
patita-pavana toma bine keho nai

O Vaisnava Gosvami, please be merciful to me now. There is no one except you who can purify the fallen souls.

2 jahara darsane saba papa dure jay
emona doyalaprabhu debakothapay

Where does anyone find such a merciful personality by whose mere audience all sins go far away?

3 gangara parasa hoile pascate paban
darsane pabitra koro-ei tomara gun

After bathing in the waters of the sacred Ganges many times, one becomes purified, but just by the sight of you, the fallen souls become purified. This is your great power.

4 hari-sthane aparadhe tare harinam
toma sthane aparadhe nahi paritran

The holy name delivers one who has committen an offense to Lord Hari, but if one commits an offense to you, there is no means of deliverance.

5 tomara hrdoye sada gobinda-bisram
gobinda kohena-mam baisnava paran

Lord Govinda always stays within your heart. Lord Govinda says: “The Vaisnavas are my life and soul.”

6 proti-janme kori asa caranera dhuli
narottame koro doya apanara boli

I hope that in every birth I may attain the dust of your lotus feet. Please declare this Narottama dasa to be your property. Please be merciful to him.

Song 47

1 ki-rupe paiba seba mui duracara
sri-guru-baisnabe rati na haila amara

I have no devotion for either the Vaisnavas or my own spiritual master. How is it possible for a rascal like me to attain devotional service?

2 asesa mayate mana magana haila
baisnabete lesa-matra rati na janmila

My mind is always drowning in illusion. I have not even the smallest fragment of devotion for the Vaisnavas.

3 bisaye tuliya andha hainu diba-nisi
gale phamsa dite phire maya se pisaci

I have become blind by constantly meditating on the objects of the senses. The maya-witch has placed a hangman’s noose around my neck.

4 inhare kariya jaya chadana na jaya
sadhu-krpa bina ara hanika upaya

Even if I can cure my blindness and defeat the maya-hangman, I cannot become free from material illusion without the mercy of the saintly devotees.

5 adosada-rasi-prabhu patita-uddhara
ei-bara narottame karaha nistara

O master, O purifier of the sinful, O saviour of the fallen souls, please rescue this Narottama dasa.

Sri Rupa-rati-manjaryah Vijnaptih (Prayer to Sri Rupa-manjari and Sri Rati-manjari)

Song 48

1 radha-krsna-sebon muni jibane marane
tanra sthana tanra lila dekhon ratri dine

I shall serve Sri Sri Radha and Krsna in this life and also after my death. Night and day I shall see Their transcendental abode and pastimes.

2 je sthane lila kare jugala-kisora
sakhira sangini hana tanhe hana bhora

Wherever the youthful Divine Couple go to perform transcendental pastimes I will follow as an associate of Their gopi-friends, and I will stay with Them until sunrise.

3 sri-rupa-manjari-pada sebon nirabadhi
tanra pada-padma mora mantra-mahausadhi

I will continually serve the lotus feet of Sri Rupa-manjari. Her lotus feet are my purifying mantra and my medicinal herb.

4 sri-rati-manjari devi more kara daya
anuksana deha tuya pada-padma-chaya

O Sri Rati-manjari-devi, please be merciful to me. Please give me the continual shade of your lotus feet.

5 sri-rasa-manjari devi kara abadhana
anuksana deha tuya pada-padma-dhyana

O Sri Rasa-manjari-devi, please notice me. Please allow me to always meditate on your lotus feet.

6 brndabane nitya nitya jugala-bilasa
prarthana karaye sada narottama dasa

Please allow me to join the eternal pastimes of the Divine Couple in Vrndavana. Narottama dasa constantly prays in this way.

Sakhi-vrnde Vijnaptih (Prayer to the Gopis)

Song 49

1 radha-krsna prana mora jugala-kisora
jibane marane gati nahi mora

The youthful Divine Couple Sri Sri Radha and Krsna are my life and soul. In life or death I have no other refuge but Them.

2 kalindira kule keli-kadambera bana
ratana-bedira upara bosabo ju’jana

I shall install the Divine Couple on a jewelled throne in a pleasant forest of kadamba trees on the shore of the Yamuna River.

3 syama-gauri-ange dibo candanera gandha
camara dhulabo kabe heir mukha-candra

When will I place aromatic sandalwood paste on the limbs of Lord Symasundara and Srimati Gaurangi-devi? When will I fan Them with a camara whisk? When will I see Their moonlike faces?

4 gathiya malatir mala dibo dohara gale
adhare tuliya dibo karpura-tambule

When will I string garlands of malati flowers and place them on the necks of the Divine Couple? When will I place betel-nuts mixed with camphor in Their lotus mouths?

5 lalita bisakha-adi jata sakhi-brnda
ajnaya koribo seba caranarabinda

When, following the orders of Lalita, Visakha and the other gopis, will I serve the lotus feet of the Divine Couple?

6 sri-krsna-caitanya-prabhur daser anudasa
seba abhilasa kore narottama-dasa

Narottama dasa, the servant of the servant of Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu, longs for this service to the Divine Couple.

Siddha-dehena Sri Vrndavanaisvaryam saksad-vijnaptih (The Author Prays to Attain a Spiritual Body in Sri Vrndavana-dhama)

Song 50

1 praneswari ei bara karuna kara more
dasanete trna dhari anjali mastake kari
ei-jana nibedana kare

This person places a straw between his teeth and his folded hands over his head. This person appeals to you. O queen of my life, please be merciful to me.

2 priya-sahacari-sange sebana kariba range
ange besa karibeka sadhe
rakha ei seba-kaje nija pada-pankaje
priya-sahacari-gana-majhe

Please engage me in the service of Your lotus feet. Please place me among Your gopi-associates. In their company I will serve You with great happiness. I will dress You in nice garments, and serve You in many ways.

3 sugandhi candana manimaya abharana
kausika basana nana range
ei saba seba janra dasi jena hana tanra
anhuksana thaki tanra sange

I will anoint You with aromatic sandalwood paste. I will happily decorate You with a variety of silken garments and jewel ornaments. I will always stay near You as Your maidservant.

4 jala subasita kari ratana bhrngare bhari
karpura-basita guya pana
e-saba sajaiya dala labanga malati-mala
bhaksya-dravya nana anupama

I will bring You fragrant water in a jewel pitcher and betel-nuts mixed with camphor. I will bring You a clove-twig, a garland of jasmine flowers, and a variety of incomparably delicious foods.

5 sakhira ingita habe e-saba aniya kabe
jogaiba lalitara kache
narottama dasa kaya ei jena mora haya
dandaiya bahu sakhira pache

When will I carry out every order hinted or gestured by the gopis? When will I attain the association of Lalita-devi? Narottama dasa says: I hope that by praying in this way I will some day become eligible to follow behind the gopi friends of the Divine Couple.

Song 51

1 aruna-kamala-dale sesa bichaiba
basaiba kisora-kisori
alaka-abrta-mukha- pankaja manohyara
marakata-syam hema-gauri

When will I scatter red lotus petals before the charming youthful Divine Couple, whose lotus faces are decorated with curling locks of hair, and who are like a dark sapphire and glittering gold?

2 praneswari kabe more habe krpa dithi
ajnaya aniya kabe bibidha phula-bara
sunaba racana dunhu mithi

O queen of my life, when will you place Your merciful glance on me? When, directly hearing the orders of the Divine Couple, will I bring them many flowers and sweet candies?

3 mrgamada tilaka sa-sindura banayaba
lepaba candana-gandhe
ganthi malati-phula hara pahiraoba
dhaoyaba madhukara-brnde

When will I anoint the Divine Couple with tilaka markings made of musk and red sindura? When will I anoint Their bodies with sandalwood paste? When will I string a garland of jasmine flowers for Them, and then have to flee from the swarm of bumble-bees eager to claim the honey of those flowers?

4 lalita kabe more bijana deoyaba
bijana maruta mande
srama-jala sakala mitaba dunhu-kalebara
heraba parama anande

When, on Lalita’s order will I gently fan the Divine Couple, banishing the perspiration from Their transcendental bodies? When will I see the Divine Couple, my heart filling with spiritual bliss?

5 narottama dasa asa pada-pankaja
sebana madhuri-pane
ho-oyaba hena dina na dekhiye kona cihna
dunhu-jana heraba nayane

Narottama dasa hopes that some day he will be able to drink the sweet honey of the service of the lotus feet of the Divine Couple. Will that day ever be? I do not see any indication that I will become able to see the Divine Couple directly with my own eyes.

Sri Krsne Vijnaptih (Prayer to Sri Krsna)

Song 52

1 prabhu he ei-bara karaha karuna
jugala-carana dekhi saphala kariba ankhi
ei mora manera kamana

The sight of the lotus feet of the Divine Couple will be the crowning success of my eyes. My heart and mind yearn to attain this sight. O Lord, please be merciful and grant this sight to me.

2 nija-pada-seba diba nahi more upekhiba
dunju pahu karuna-sagara
dunhu binu nahi janon ei bada bhagya manon
mui bada patita pamara

Please grant me the service of Your lotus feet. Do not neglect me, for You, my two Lords, are like two oceans filled with compassion. I know that You are full of all transcendental glory and opulence, and I do not know anyone except You. I am very fallen and sinful. Please be merciful to me.

3 lalita adesa pana carana sebiba yana
priya-sakhi sange haya mane
dunhu data-siromani ati dina more jani
nikate carana dibe dane

By Your mercy I will attain the association of the gopis. By Your mercy I will become Lalita’s maidservant, to be ordered about by her. By Your mercy I will attain the service of Your lotus feet. I know that You are both the crest-jewels among all wealthy philanthropists, and You know that I am the poorest of the poor. Please, therefore, give me the charity of Your lotus feet.

4 paba radha-krsna-pa ghucibe manera gha
dure jabe e-saba biphala
narottama dase kaya ei bancha siddhi haya
deha prana sakala saphala

By Your mercy I will attain Your lotus feet. By Your mercy all the painful wounds in my mind and heart will heal. By Your mercy my lack of success will go far away. Narottama dasa says: By Your mercy all my desires will be fulfilled, and this body and life will at last become fruitful.

Song 53

1 aji rase badara nisi
preme bhasala saba brndabana-basi

Soon all the residents of Vrndavana will float in the nectar of pure love for Radha and Krsna.

2 syama-ghana barikhaye prema-sudha-dhara
kore rangini radha bijuri-sancara

Sri Krsna is like a dark cloud that showers the nectar of pure love, and Srimati Radharani is like a restless lightning flash sitting in the lap of that cloud.

3 preme pichala patha gamana bhela banka
mrgamada-candana-kunkume bhela panka

The path of love for Krsna is winding and crooked. It is slippery, and filled with mud and mixed with kunkuma, sandalwood paste, and musk.

4 dig bidig nahi premera pathara
dubila narottama na jane santara

The great ocean of love of Krsna stretches without limit in all directions. Although Narottama dasa does not know how to swim across that ocean, he plunges head first into it.

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