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When Will That Day Be Mine

 

By Bhaktivinoda Thakur, from Saranagati


 

(1)
kabe ha´be bolo se-dina āmār
(āmār) aparādha ghuci´, śuddha nāme ruci,
kṛpā-bale ha´be hṛdoye sañcār

Please tell me, When will that day be mine—when my offenses will end and a taste for the pure holy name will be infused within my heart by the power of divine grace?

 

(2)
tṛṇādhika hīna, kabe nije māni´,
sahiṣṇutā-guṇa hṛdoyete āni´
sakale mānada, āpani amānī,
ho´ye āswādibo nāma-rasa-sār

Considering myself lower than a blade of grass, bringing the quality of forbearance into my heart, showing respect to all, myself being freed from all false pride—when will I taste the essence of the liquid nectar of the holy name?

 

(3)
dhana jana āra, kobitā-sundarī,
bolibo nā cāhi deho-sukha-karī
janme-janme dāo, ohe gaurahari!
ahaitukī bhakti caraṇe tomār

Wealth, following, beautiful women, as described in worldly poetry—I do not want any such bodily pleasures. O Lord Gaurahari, please give me unmotivated devotion to Your lotus feet, birth after birth.

 

(4)
(kabe) korite śrī-kṛṣṇa-nāma uccāraṇa,
pulakita deho gadgada bacana
baibarṇya-bepathu ha´be sańghaṭana,
nirantara netre ba´be aśru-dhār

When, while articulating the divine name of Çré Kåñëa, will my body be thrilled in ecstatic rapture and my words be choked with emotion, when will pallor and ecstatic trembling occur, and when will streams of tears flow constantly from my eyes?

 

(5)
kabe navadwīpe, suradhunī-taṭe,
gaura-nityānanda boli´ niṣkapaṭe
nāciyā gāiyā, berāibo chuṭe,
bātulera prāya chāriyā bicār

When, in the land of Navadvépa, on the banks of the Ganges, will I run about, guilelessly calling, "O Gaura! O Nityänanda!" dancing and singing like a madman, giving up all considerations?

 

(6)
kabe nityānanda, more kori ´doyā,
chārāibe mora viṣayera māyā
diyā more nija-caraṇera chāyā,
nāmera hāṭete dibe adhikār

When will Lord Nityänanda be merciful to me and release me from the illusion of worldliness? Giving me the shade of His lotus feet, when will He allow me to enter the marketplace of the holy name?

 

(7)
kinibo, luṭibo, hari-nāma-rasa,
nāma-rase māti´ hoibo bibaśa
rasera rasika-caraṇa paraśa,
koriyā mojibo rase anibār

I will beg, borrow, or steal the nectar of the name.
By the name’s effect I will feel paralyzed. Oh! Enjoyed of the nectar of the name
when will I touch your lotus feet till the end of time?
 

(8)
kabe jībe doyā, hoibe udoya,
nija-sukha bhuli´ sudīna-hṛdoya
bhakativinoda, koriyā binoya,
śrī-ājñā-ṭahala koribe pracār

When kindness to all beings will be appearing
with free heart forget myself comforting Bhaktivinoda in all humility prays
“Now I will set out to preach Your order sublime.”

 


 

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