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"A Collection of Songs"

by Çréla Bhaktivinoda Öhäkura

-Originally published in 1893-

70 Bengali songs specifically composed for loud singing and glorification of the Supreme Lord

Translation by Daçaratha-suta däsa

Fall 1994

1. Arunodaya-Kértan

Songs to be Sung at Dawn

-2 songs-

Song 1

(1)

udilo aruëa püraba-bhäge,

dwija-maëi gorä amani jäge,

bhakata-samüha loiyä säthe,

gelä nagara-bräje

1) When the eastern horizon became tinged with the redness that heralds the rising of the sun, the jewel among the twice-born brähmaëas, Lord Gaurasundara, immediately awakened. Taking all His devotees with Him, He journeyed through the towns and villages of Nadéyä.

(2)

`täthai täthai' bäjalo khol,

ghana ghana tähe jhäìjera rol,

preme òhala òhala sonära aìga,

caraëe nüpura bäje

2) The mådaìgas resounded "täthai, täthai" in quick succession while the large jhäìjha cymbals chimed in time. Lord Gauräìga's golden form trembles again and again in ecstatic love of Godhead, and His footbells jingle.

(3)

mukunda mädhava yädava hari,

bolena bolo re vadana bhori',

miche nida-baçe gelo re räti,

divasa çaréra-säje

3) Lord Caitanya calls out to the townsfolk, "Fill your mouths with the holy names `Mukunda! Mädhava! Yädava! and Hari!' You spend your nights uselessly sleeping and your days decorating your bodies!

(4)

emana durlabha mänava-deho,

päiyä ki koro bhava nä keho,

ebe nä bhajile yaçodä-suta,

carame poòibe läje

4) "You have achieved this rare human body. Don't you care for this gift? If you do not worship the darling of Mother Yaçodä now, then great sorrow awaits you at the time of your death.

(5)

udita tapana hoile asta,

dina gelo boli' hoibe byasta,

tabe keno ebe alasa hoy,

nä bhaja hådoya-räje

5) "With every rising and setting of the sun, a day passes and is lost. Why then do you remain idle and not serve the Lord of the heart?

(6)

jévana anitya jänaha sär,

tähe nänä-vidha vipada-bhär,

nämäçraya kori' jatane tumi,

thäkaha äpana käje

6) "You should understand this essential fact: Life is temporary and filled wlth various kinds of misery. Therefore, carefully take shelter of the holy name and remain always engaged in His service as your eternal occupation.

(7)

jévera kalyäna-sädhana-käm,

jagate äsi' e madhura näm,

avidyä-timira-tapana-rüpe,

håd-gagaëe viräje

7) "Desiring to shower benedictions upon all living entities, this sweet name of Kåñëa has descended to this material universe and shines like the sun in the sky of the heart, destroying the darkness of ignorance."

(8)

kåñëa-näma-sudhä koriyä pän,

juòäo bhakativinoda-prän,

näma vinä kichu nähiko ära,

caudda-bhuvana-mäjhe

8) Drink the pure nectar of the holy name of Kåñëa and thus satisfy the soul of Bhaktivinoda. Except for the holy name there is nothing within all the fourteen worlds.

Song 2

[Vibhäña]

(1)

jév jägo, jév jägo, gauracända bole

kota nidrä yäo mäyä-péçäcéra kole

1) "Wake up, sleeping souls! Wake up, sleeping souls!" Lord Gauräìga calls, "You have slept so long in the lap of the witch Mäyä!"

(2)

bhajibo boliyä ese soàsära-bhitore

bhuliyä rohile tumi avidyära bhore

2) "You came into this world saying, `O my Lord I will certainly worship You,' but having forgotten this promise you remain in great ignorance.

(3)

tomäre loite ämi hoinu avatära

ämi vinä bandhu ära ke äche tomära

3) "I have descended to this world just to reclaim you. Other than Myself, who else is your true friend?

(4)

enechi auñadhi mäyä näçibäro lägi'

hari-näma mahä-mantra lao tumi mägi'

4) "I have brought the medicine for destroying the illusion of Mäyä. Now beg for this hari-näma-mahä-mantra and take it."

(5)

bhakativinoda prabhu-caraëe poòiyä

sei hari-näma-mantra loilo mägiyä

5) Bhaktivinoda fell at the lotus feet of Lord Gauräìga, and after begging for the holy name he indeed received that mahä-mantra.

Ärati-Kértan

Songs for the Greeting Ceremony of the Lord

-Four Songs-

Song 1

Çré Surabhi-Kuïje Çré Gaura-Govinda-ärati

The Ceremony of Worshiping Çré Gaura-Govinda at Çré Surabhi Kuïja

(1)

bhäle gorä-gadädharer ärati nehäri

nadéyä-püraba-bhäve jäu bolihäri

1) As I behold the wondrous ärati of my Lords Gaura and Gadädhara, I enter into the mood of Their existence previous to appearing in Nadéyä (Their Våndävana lélä as Çré Çré Rädhä and Kåñëa). It is simply indescribable.

(2)

kalpataru-tale ratna-siàhäsanopari

sabu sakhé-beñöita kiçora-kiçoré

2) Underneath a desire-tree, seated upon a jeweled throne, the ever-youthful couple named Kiçora and Kiçoré are surrounded by all of Their gopé friends.xviii This scene is described in the Caitanya-caritämåta, Ädi 1.16:

dévyad våndäraëya-kalpa-drumädhaù

çrémad-ratna-siàhäsanasthau

çré çré rädhä-çréla govinda-devau

preñöhälibhiù sevyamänau smarämi*

(3)

puraöa-jaòita kota maëi-gajamati

jhamaki' jhamaki' labhe prati-aìga-jyotiù

3) Çré Rädhikä and Lord Govindajé are decorated with many shining jewels and pearls inlaid with gold artwork, enhancing the sparkling splendor of each and every limb of Their transcendental forms.

(4)

néla nérada lägi' vidyut-mälä

duhuì aìga mili' çobhä bhuvana-ujälä

4) The meeting of Their two bodily forms has generated a luster that brightens all the worlds, and may be compared to a garland of lightning (Rädhä) fixed upon a dark blue raincloud (Kåñëa).

(5)

çaìkha bäje, ghanöä bäje, bäje karatäla

madhura mådaìga bäje parama rasäla

5) On the occasion of Their meeting there is a concert produced by the sounding of conchshells, bells, karatälas and mådaìgas. Such kértana is supremely sweet and relishable to hear.

(6)

viçäkhädi sakhé-vånda duhuì guna gäowe

priya-narma-sakhé-gaëa cämara dhuläowe

6) The cowherd damsels of Våndävana led by Viçäkhä Devé sing the glories of the Divine Couple while the priya-narma-sakhés cool Their Lordships by waving cämara fans.

(7)

anaìga maïjaré cuyä-candana deowe

mälatéra mälä rüpa maïjaré lägäowe

7) Anaìga Maïjaré offers Them sandalwood pulp scented with cuyä while Rüpa Maïjaré places a garland of jasmine flowers about Their necks.

(8)

païca-pradépe dhori' karpüra-bäti

lalitä-sundaré kore jugala-ärati

8) The beautiful Lalitä Sundaré holds a lamp of five flames scented with camphor and waves it aloft, offering ärati to the Divine Couple.

(9)

devé-lakñmé-çruti-gaëa dharaëé loöäowe

gopé-jana-adhikära raowata gäowe

9) Parvaté, Lakñmé, and the personified Vedas cry in great happiness while rolling on the ground and singing of the fortunate position of the damsels of Vraja-bhümi.

(10)

bhakativinoda rohi' surabhéki kuïje

ärati-daraçane prema-sukha bhuïje

10) Bhaktivinoda resides at Surabhi Kuïja in the land of Godruma-dwépa, relishing the joy of divine love at the sight of this beautiful ärati.

Song 2

Gaura-ärati

The Ceremony of Worshiping Lord Gauräìga

(1)

jaya jaya goräcänder äratiko çobhä

jähnavé-taöa-vane jaga-mana-lobhä

1) All glories, all glories to the beautiful ärati ceremony of Lord Gauracandra in a grove on the banks of the Jähnavé river! This Gaura-ärati is attracting the minds of all living entities in the universe.

(2)

dakñiëe nitäi-cänd, väme gadädhara

nikaöe advaita, çréniväsa chatra-dhara

2) On Lord Caitanya's right side is Lord Nityänanda, and on His left is Çré Gadädhara. Before Him stands Çré Adwaita, and Çréväsa Öhäkura holds an umbrella over Lord Caitanya's head.

(3)

bosiyäche goräcänd ratna-siàhäsane

ärati korena brahmä-ädi deva-gaëe

3) Lord Caitanya is seated upon a jewelled throne while the demigods headed by Lord Brahmä perform the ärati ceremony.

(4)

narahari-ädi kori' cämara òhuläya

saïjaya-mukunda-väsu-ghoñ-ädi gäya

4) Narahari Sarakära and other associates fan Him with yak-tail whisks as Saïjaya Panòita, Mukunda Datta and Vasu Ghoña sing sweet kértan along with the other devotees for Lord Caitanya's pleasure.

(5)

çaìkha bäje ghaëöä bäje bäje karatäla

madhura mådaìga bäje parama rasäla

5) Conchshells resound, bells clang, karatäls ring and the mådaìgas play very sweetly in that kértan, so melodious and relishable to hear.

(6)

bahu-koöi candra jini' vadana ujjvala

gala-deçe vana-mälä kore jhalamala

6) The brilliance of Lord Caitanya's face conquers millions upon millions of moons, and the garland of forest flowers around His neck shines.

(7)

çiva-çuka-närada preme gada-gada

bhakativinoda dekhe gorära sampada

7) Lord Çiva, Çukadeva Goswämé and Närada Muni are all there, and their voices are choked with the ecstasy of transcendental love. Thus Bhaktivinoda envisions the glory of Lord Gauracandra.

Song 3

Çré Yugala-ärati

The Ceremony of Worshiping the Divine Couple

(1)

jaya jaya rädhä-kåñëa yugala-milana

ärati karowe lalitädi sakhé-gaëa

1) All glories, all glories to the meeting of the transcendental pair, Çré Çré Rädhä and Kåñëa! The assembly of gopés, headed by Lalitä, perform the ärati ceremony for Their pleasure.

(2)

madana-mohana rüpa tri-bhaìga-sundara

pétambara çikhi-puccha-cüòä-manohara

2) The beautiful three-fold bending form of Kåñëa, who is the attractor of Cupid, dressed in a yellow silk dhoöé and wearing a crown decorated with the feathers of a peacock, is simply captivating to the mind.

(3)

lalita-mädhava-väme båñabhänu-kanyä

sunéla-vasanä gauré rüpe gune dhanyä

3) Sitting to the left of the charming Lord Mädhava is the beautiful daughter of King Våñabhänu, dressed in a lovely deep blue säré. Her complexion is the color of molten gold, and all the characteristics of Her beauty and qualities are highly praiseworthy.

(4)

nänä-vidha alaìkära kore jhalamala

hari-mano-vimohana vadana ujjvala

4) She is decorated with various shimmering, sparkling ornaments. Her face is so splendrous that it enchants the mind of Lord Hari.

(5)

viçäkhädi sakhé-gaëa nänä räge gäya

priya-narma-sakhé jata cämara òhuläya

5) All the gopés headed by Viçäkhä sing many beautiful songs in various tunes, while the topmost class of gopés known as the priya-narma-sakhés soothe Rädhä and Kåñëa by waving cämara fans.

(6)

çré-rädhä-mädhava-pada-sarasija-äçe

bhakativinoda sakhé-pade sukhe bhäse

6) Hoping to attain the lotus feet of Rädhikä and Mädhava, Bhaktivinoda happily swims in the ocean of bliss found at the feet of the damsels of Vraja Dhäma.

Song 4

Çré Surabhi-Kuïjera Çré Bhoga-ärati

The Ceremony of Offering Foodstuffs for the Noon Meal at Çré Surabhi-Kuïja

(1)

bhaja bhakata-vatsala çré-gaurahari

çré-gaurahari sohi goñöha-bihäré,

nanda-yaçomaté-citta-häré

1) Just worship Çré Gaurahari, who is always very affectionate to His devotees. Çré Gaurahari of Navadvépa is Himself Kåñëa of Våndävana, the same personality who has stolen the hearts of Nanda Mahäräja and Mother Yaçodä.

(2)

belä ha'lo, dämodara, äiso ekhona

bhoga-mandire basi' karoha bhojana

2) Mother Yaçodä calls to Kåñëa: "My dear Dämodara! It is now very late! Please come and sit down in the dining hall to take Your lunch!"

(3)

nandera nideçe baise giri-vara-dhäré

baladeva-saha sakhä baise säri säri

3) On the direction of Nanda Mahäräja, the holder of Govardhana Hill along with His elder brother Çré Baladeva and all their cowherd boyfriends sit down in rows to take lunch.

(4)

çuktä-çäkädi bhäji nälitä kuñmäëòa

òäli òälnä dugdha-tumbé dadhi mocä-khaëòa

4) They are served a feast of çuktä, various kinds of green leafy vegetables, then nice savories, a salad made of the green leaves of the jute plant, pumpkin, baskets of fruit, small square cakes made of lentils and cooked-down milk, then squash cooked with milk, thick yogurt and vegetable preparations made with the flowers of the banana tree.

(5)

mudga-boòä mäña-boòä roöikä ghåtänna

çañkulé piñöaka khér puli päyasänna

5) Then they have fried squares of mung dahl and urad dahl patties, capätés, and rice with ghee. Next they have sweetmeats made with milk, sugar and sesamum, rice flour cakes, thick cooked-down milk, sweet rolls, and sweet-rice.

(6)

karpüra amåta-keli rambhä khéra-sära

amåta rasäla, amla dvädaça prakära

6) There is also sweet-rice tasting just like nectar due to its being mixed with camphor. There are bananas and cheese, which is nectarean and delicious, and luscious mangoes. They are also served twelve kinds of sour preparations made with tamarinds, limes, lemons, oranges and pomegranates.

(7)

luci cini sarpuré läòdu rasäbalé

bhojana korena kåñëa ho'ye kutühalé

7) There are purés made with flour and white powdered sugar, purés filled with cream, läòòus, and dahl patties boiled in sugared rice. Being very eager, Kåñëa eats all of the prasäd.

(8)

rädhikära pakka anna vividha byaïjana

parama änande kåñëa korena bhojana

8) Kåñëa feels the greatest ecstasy and joy when He eats the various curries, sweets and pastries cooked by Çré Rädhikä.

(9)

chale-bale läòòu khäy çré-madhumaìgala

bagala bäjäy ära deya hari-bolo

9) Kåñëa's funny brähmaëa friend Madhumaìgala gets läòòus to eat by hook or by crook. When Madhumaìgala eats the läòòus he shouts, "Give me more! Haribol!" and makes a funny sound by slapping his sides under his armpits with his hands.

(10)

rädhikädi gaëe heri' nayanera koëe

tåpta ho'ye khäy kåñëa yaçodä-bhavane

10) Beholding Rädhikä and Her gopé friends out of the corners of His eyes, Kåñëa dines at the house of Mother Yaçodä with great satisfaction.

(11)

bhojanänte piye kåñëa suväsita bäri

sabe mukha prakñäloy ho'ye säri säri

11) After lunch, Kåñëa drinks sweet rose-scented water. Then all His friends, standing in lines, wash their mouths.

(12)

hasta-mukha prakñäliyä jata sakhä-gaëe

änande viçräma kore baladeva-sane

12) After all the cowherd boys wash their hands and mouths, they take rest with Lord Baladeva in great bliss.

(13)

jambula rasäla äne tämbüla-masälä

tähä kheye kåñëa-candra sukhe nidrä gelä

13) Kåñëa's servants named Jambula and Rasäla provide betel nuts dressed with fancy spices. Chewing the pän, Kåñëa-candra then happily goes to sleep.

(14)

viçäläkña çikhi-puccha-cämara òhuläya

apürva çayyäya kåñëa sukhe nidrä jäya

14) While Kåñëa contentedly takes His rest upon an excellent bedstead, His servant Viçäläkña cools Him by gently waving a fan of peacock feathers.

(15)

yaçomaté-äjïä pe'ye dhaniñöhä-änéto

çré-kåñëa-prasäda rädhä bhuïje ho'ye préto

15) Receiving the order of Mother Yaçodä, the gopé Dhaniñöhä brings remnants of food left on Çré Kåñëa's plate to Rädhä, who takes them with great delight.

(16)

lalitädi sakhé-gaëa avaçeña päya

mane mane sukhe rädhä-kåñëa-guëa gäya

16) Lalitä-devé and the other gopés then receive the remnants of Rädhä, and within their heart-of-hearts they sing the glories of Rädhä and Kåñëa with great joy.

(17)

hari-lélä eka-mätra yähära pramoda

bhogärati gäy öhäkur bhakativinoda

17) Thus Bhaktivinoda, whose only joy is the wonderful pastimes of Lord Hari, sings this Bhoga-ärati song.

Prasäd-Seväya

During the Honoring of Spiritual Food

- Six Songs -

[The first song is to be sung before honoring the Lord's prasäd]
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