Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Reflections



(1280)  Aksay tumi avyay tumi

You are endless and immutable,
Beyond measure, oh Lord Radiant
With the splendor of highest heaven.
In the stamen of a blossom
And the luster of a palash flower,
Gracious One, You are celebrated.

In the cloud cover art Thou resonant;
The mental realm is shaded by rhythm and song.
In cadence surging from the ocean-floor,
With purpose You are pregnant, oh Billowy One.

Both origin and end, to nothing You defer;
Everlasting, You alone are the endeavor.
With Your implication and Your wholesome ideation,
I am lionized, oh Consciousness Personified.
Beyond censure and praise, indeed supramundane,
Is Your seat, oh Effulgent One.

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Abhidhyana and Aradhana



(1279)  Tomare satata nandita kari

Constantly pleasing Thee,
On Your path I proceed.
Thoughts of You and Your feeling,
I've no other fund for my journey.

With Your name and Your song, preoccupied do I remain
In resolute pursuit of You, dabbed with a speck of grace.
In hearing of, thinking of, and meditating on the Lord,
I realize that without You there is not another.

Gamboling and caroling in ecstasy,
In calamity, in injury, in mourning, and in glee,
Desert-heat or polar freeze...
Each and everything I find in Thee.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Divine Mother



(1278)  Keu alokei mishe jay

Some mingle with the light only,
And some in gloom go missing.
Some want to find You only,
And some look for Your offerings.

Some make haste to the light-heaps
In Elysian Fields;
And some with an old bone weep
In a grove wrecked by reeds.
Then some who deem just You as cream,
They go in search of Thee.

Some, amid Your kind light-stream,
Ignite the lamp of reasoning;
Some skip along expansively.
For them, with anything but Thee,
Satisfaction cannot be achieved.

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Monday, March 18, 2019

How could You?



(1277)  Bhalo jadi na basite

Had You not held us dear,
Nor laughed gently-sweetly,
In that case, to attain Thee,
We would not have been worried.

Why had You loved,
And why oh why had You laughed...
Ensnaring in a fraud,
Why did You make Your liila?

You know so much cosmic sport,
Many games with hue and form...
With colors of a cloud,
Such affection pouring out.

In liila's deception You come near,
And having come You sit in psyche...
In that same cosmic game You go far away;
Do You perceive heart's burning pain?

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

My Krsna



(1276)  Kii ba haraiya giyache tomar

Oh what of yours has gone missing,
For whom do you weep constantly?
Who took the string of pearls round your neck?
Eyes watering, whose garland do you thread?

From a throat choked up with tears,
No true notes can emerge.
Still, feelings by both hands checked,
Why rehearse tune to the last breath?

Who's that mind-thief whose sweet flute
Snatched the smile from your two lips?
Seated by the jalousie with whose love-thread,
With what passion and grace do you braid your tress?

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Carry me away



(1275)  Tomar gane tomar sure

On Your song, on Your strain,
I do travel far away.
You're my heart's Beloved;
At Your love-tryst...
I do travel far away.

Please don't render me confined
To tiny room devoid of light.
Tormented on account of Thee,
Set me adrift upon Your melodies.

My bosom friend, time out of mind,
With only thoughts of You, preoccupy.
The dark night will become morning
Through Your song's essence of honey.

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Friday, March 15, 2019

His favorite



(1274)  Esechile prabhu surera mayay

Lord, with melodic magic come You had,
Ever singing songs upon the path.
None was there to welcome Thee;
At daybreak all were fast asleep.

You don't discern greetings or wreathes,
And by devotees You weren't ringed.
On Your mouth was a grin, tuneful flute in company;
You appeared, assuming shape with rhythmic beats.

With anklets jingling on sweet feet,
You took the readied place in niche of psyche.
In mind's Vrndavan, privately and in a trice,
You arrived, kohl on Your eyes,
Filling the heart of a favorite.

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

My playful Master



(1273)  Amay niye e kii khela

With me such fantastic sport
You've kept making, oh Merciful Lord.
You gave to me residence and victuals,
What You gave is more than I can tell.

You gave a mother's warm affection
And the shelter in a father's heart.
You gave an ally-friend-benefactor,
And, through life, knowledge of all sorts.

You gave romantic love's caress
And moonlit night's joyfulness.
You gave the heady wine of spring
And music full of poetry.

You disclosed the final destination,
And bestowed supreme accomplishment.
You wiped away my doubts and bondages,
And did make me stout-hearted...
Oh Playful Master, my Playful Master.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

And so He is the heart-thief



(1272)  Amar gopan katha jene niyeche

He has taken note of my secrets;
My heartache He knows that.
He knows both my good and bad;
Everything is at His fingertips.

I have wanted to conceal,
And I have not forsaken hiding;
But everything to light He brings.

In the depths of heart He dwells there,
And sweetness of psyche on life He does smear;
Words of love He speaks into every ear.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Ramananda



(1271)  Tomay ami bhalobesechi

I have been in love with You;
With naught but thoughts of You I've been consumed.
Alongside You both day and night
I do survive;
You are coated with golden light.

In both joy and sorrow, at Your face
Steadfastly gazing I remain.
With but Your strength, I propel
Your chariot-wheels;
Tender or severe, You are there concealed.

Authority's vanity,
You etched its crooked lines upon my psyche.
When I get spattered away from You,
I will be lonesome from afar;
That's the script singed on my brow.

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Monday, March 11, 2019

And I love You



(1270)  Tava patha ceye

Watching Your footpath,
I am waiting...
I'm in love with You only;
I love You with all my heart.
Abstractedly, I think of Thee
In all my deeds, constantly.

Should any sound enter my ears,
I think it is the stepping of Your feet.
Before my eyes should some image come floating,
As it is only Yours, so I pay heed.
Your cosmic sport,
For aught that I fathom,
It resides at heart's core.

Though You came not within my reach, no harm is done;
Just thinking of You I obtain happiness.
That same bliss, all of the time I want to get,
Seated in the pose for meditation.

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

Sweet tiredness



(1269)  Amar krsna kothay bal re

Where is my Krsna, do tell me,
You please tell me, tell me please!
In myrtle bower and in kadam arbor,
I don't see Him anywhere.

Becoming sorrowful from always roaming,
Crying constantly, in search I journey.
Upon eye-water I do float, upon my love's overflow,
Even though to catch Him He did not permit.

On the banks of Jamuna, in its smiling blue waters,
His reflection I pursue, filled with fervent emotion.
My days elapse upon the wings of a goose,[1]
With many tunes of weariness.

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Saturday, March 9, 2019

I need You



(1268)  Nayane mishe thako priyatama

Remain imprinted on my eyes, oh Darling...
Doting affection and sweet yearning
Please make fruitful, Innermost Dear.

Age after age, I am in love with Thee,
My complete existence having ceded within psyche,
Like a fragrance cast upon the gentle southern breeze.

In my life, You alone are the cynosure;
I cannot abide even for an instant without You...
At springtime of mind, You are like the magic moon.

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Oh that sparkling chariot



(1267)  Alor rath jay, kata hiya alakake chunye

Light's chariot does advance,
It does advance, it does advance.
Many a heart-heaven having touched,
Many shadows of attachment having crossed,
So much love having snatched and carried off,
It dashes ever along its own path.

This chariot, never does it heed any interdict;
This chariot, never does it get startled or falter;
This chariot, out of fear, never does it crawfish...
It always faces forward.

Having bathed everybody in affectionate effulgence;
Having strengthened both hands on the path of righteousness;
Having merged its meter with song's melody and rhythm...
It glitters on a sea of ambrosia.

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

What is this inside of me?



(1266)  Jyotite ujjvala priiti samujjvala

In radiant splendor, affection-beaming,
Over my heart He does reign graciously.
Acclaimed by ten million suns, His gorgeous feet revered,
He resides in crimson beauty at the core of psyche.

I concede Your dignity can't be seen by speech or thought;
And I know that also it exceeds both logic and reason.
After You had mercy, what is there that cannot be?
Please stay with me in my every deed.

Like the magnolia bud, You are matchless elegance;
You are innermost in everybody's inner self.
I am bowing at Your feet; please show this mercy to me
That mind may dance in Your ecstasy.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Somehow He sanctifies



(1265)  Amar ahvane sara diyecho

To my call You have replied.
After keeping deaf for a long time,
Now You are hearing my heart's cry.

The tender reddish leaf, it came of age;
Each thing I've seen, its state did not remain.
Grace took place, and You arrived at the finish;
Getting You with bliss, life You've fulfilled.

You know diverse magic tricks that I cannot decipher;
I just look at You in speechless wonder.
Only You recognize Your liila's greatness;
Heart and mind of mine You have made sacred.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Our polestar



(1264)  Tomake jara bhule thake tara

Those who are forgetting You,
They continue, lost in darkness.
Upon river's coastline they do
Yearn to find permanence.

Coming and going, the same game proceeds
From ere the beginning to eternity.
Your refuge is the guiding star intrepid;
Everything else moves adrift.

All things that seem "mine", oh Dearest Beloved,
They meet with naught, like desert-mirages.
In Your imagination, they arrive and leave;
Having shown up for a moment, in a trice they disappear.

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Monday, March 4, 2019

He sweetly defeats



(1263)  Tomare harayechi

By You I have been vanquished
Through my swollen egotism.
Pride had made me sightless,
Closing my windows and doors.
Of just myself I have thought,
In ignorant confusion.

There is neither light nor air in a tiny home;
And seeing oneself in the dark, it is a no-go.
Under those same circumstances, I had been alone,
In a sorrow, by own hand composed.

Through a tiny hole, a light-ray You exposed;
My welfare You crave... that is what You told.
For my benefit, day and night You are woke
With aurora borealis of the North Pole.

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Sunday, March 3, 2019

Vital essence



(1262)  Praner parash ganer haras

The touch of life, the joy of song,
You are my Dearest Love.
In my crept-up state of lethargy,
A song You sang, oh Peerless One.

There is no end to sweetness;
So too I find no end to song...
With dance and tones in heart's abode,
Pregnant with purpose, like ambrosia.

In winter, the caress of warmth,
In summer, luscious coolness...
Ungrudgingly upon lute-strings,
That You dispensed, Unruly One.

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Saturday, March 2, 2019

Krsna took birth



(1261)  Manera gahane niirava carane

Walking softly into depths of mind,
With burst of color You'd arrived.
You'd arrived...
With dyed feet and painted eyes,
With winsome face, You had smiled.

To label mine, nearby was none;
All were busy with chores of their own.
But You had come and sat up-close...
Honey on tongue, You had spoke,
You had spoke.

Getting doused was all Earth's light;
Love-and-affection's stream was running dry.
But I am here without fear and not in two minds...
Because my load of sorrow, You shoved it aside,
You shoved it aside.

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Friday, March 1, 2019

Our younger relations



(1260)  Marur jahaj cale marava dviipe

The ship of the desert[1] plies an arid island;
Oh my, such a figure upon the surface of Earth!
In every stratum of existence, it alone keeps doing work,
Through day and night, at dusk and dawn.

The young have become rugged in this place;
The world's become a little like a bear.
Could it be the earth, waiving its orbit,
Starts to dance in the blue heavens?

Bird abode[2] with guardian jujube trees encircling,
A pleasant cooing suffused with sweetness of psyche,
In this magic garden mind gets made aware of
Human kinship incessant from above.

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

The opposite of apathy



(1259)  Jay tarur chaya ase marur maya

Depart tree-shade and come desert illusion,
Even then, love You I do.
This bond of heart is a sweet enchantment;
Desert-tree distinction, it does not continue.

In the same sky is just one moon, just one sun,
Just one bugle and one kettle drum.
Mind moves ahead in the single grand assemblage,
To the cadence of dance, with offbeats glad or sad.

With prewinter's premonition in the wind, on the sky,
The northerly flights of geese, they arrive.
On touch of frost or in sunlight of gold,
I hear my future lover calling in prolonged tones.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Still the Garden of Eden



(1258)  Tomay ghire chande sure

Around You in melody and cadence,
The world dances to vibration...
Life's nectar, smiling earth,
Gets dispensed with resonance.

River's water, cascading
For sake of Your touch obtaining...
In Your song, toward the sea
It does rush in meditation on Thee.

The tattlers, to keynotes they have clung,
Lonesome and trilling Your song...
Rapt peacock calls are not unattended,
They dance in Your wonderland.

From pollen of amaranth,[1]
The bumblebee, frenzied by mind's nectar...
With humming it proceeds, having heard
Your compassion in downpour.

Humankind's mental petals,
The sweet bud getting opened...
Upon lotus feet they drop
With life's sandalpaste of love.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Let me see Your true form



(1257)  Eso prabhu nrtye rage tale

Lord, please appear in dance, in tune, and in cadence;
Come down to the surface of this earth.
Gazing at Your path age after age, I am alert;
Please arrive, smiling sweetly, on flower petals.

In divine state, You exist within the heart;
In divine shape, You make manifest this world.
In new state and new shape, come into my apprehension,
Oh Great Sportsman with Your cosmic game's stratagems.

You reside above all things both charted and uncharted;
You are the monistic truth, consciousness, and bliss.
A mere speck of Your compassion, that is what I beseech,
Wholeheartedly, from the abyss of all sensory experience.

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Shah Jahan



(1256)  Mamtaze smaraniiya karite

For Mumtaz to immortalize,
The Taj Mahal, white and bright, you've produced.
To sunder the confines of time,
You were resolute.

Whatever is in human hands,
Using all that, you took up task.
Melting was your lofty spirit,
Like a mountain Himalayan.

Time will go on, doing its work;
And, without pause, man will endure.
Twixt time and man, the grip of war
Will vanish every instant.

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Sunday, February 24, 2019

Surdas



(1255)  Bhavke diyecho tumi bhasa

To ideation you have given words,
And to the words you've given tune.
Surdas, like the sun are you;
You're slaying the demon of darkness.

Humankind had lagged behind,
And lost had got the light.
For the humans you accompanied, rays You did provide
Through your songs completely filling mind.

Now seated at foot of your altar
In these gloom-ringed circumstances,
I offer my salutation, having expressed expectation;
With it is love's germination.

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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Meditation



(1254)  Esechi ek notun deshe

I have come to a new land
With new color and new climate...
It's a new environment.

Here the sky is of a blue more deep;
With mind it is in greater harmony.
Birds chirping in the lonesome woods,
It stirs with newborn passion.

From floral scent and verdant craze,
Mind goes racing to a distant place.
A lost tune in an unknown tongue,
It makes me dance in exultation.

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Friday, February 22, 2019

Then and now



(1253)  Chila se ankhira tara

He was the most cherished...
Braja's Kanu[1] dispossessed,
Braj[2] is without ornament.

On hearing His flute fascinating,
Braja's dust was rising with a grin.
The waters of Jamuna and the Hill of Govardhan,
They were dancing with a thrill.

At the time of churning curd,
Dairymaids, head bent from love,
Were wondering: "When will I see my Gopal?[3]
He makes both mind and heart full!"

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Merciful Lord



(1252)  Vrajarajanandana

Son of the King of Braj,[1]
Embodiment of deep kindness,
Yourself I will not forget.
Not a thing do You request;
Having saved heart's realm, You have left...
But You've conferred tremendous inspiration.

Braja's creepers and trees,
Its birds and beasts and streams...
They frolic, bearing in mind Your thought.

Braja's residents, love-filled,
Even now Your name they speak.
Constantly their eyes weep
As they seek the butter-thief...[2]
Wholeheartedly embracing Your implication.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Krsna universal



(1251)  Vrajer kanu abar ki re

The Kanu[1] of Braj, is He again
Come back to Vrndavan?
The milkmaids' pain, their inmost thoughts,
They did strike mind once more.

Today the Jamuna flows upstream;
With zest for life it's overflowing.
The peacock with its parted golden crest...
Does anyone know where it went?

In a pleasure-grove, ecstatic
Was the Darling of gopiis' devotion.
From that bower with love abounding,
He dispersed to crannies of the psyche.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Krsna returns



(1250)  Ei phagune saungopane

On this very Phalgun[1] secretly,
Did Shyama[2] come to Vrndavan?
The love of yore,
It sprang to mind for all gopiis.

Taking clouds in hand
And sprinkling vital nectar,
Attuned to beat in groves of bay-leaf,
Dancing, You arrived this morning.

With mind-whelming flute's musical notes,
In this cosmos You set us afloat.
The phág[3] that was in Vrndavan,
It spread through pysche of the universe.

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

But what about the children?



(1249)  Ei bhule jaoya vrajabhumite

To this neglected land of Braja,[1]
Oh Demon-Slayer,[2] please do come again.
Today the Jamuna[3] flows not upstream,
Nor does Your sweet flute resound there.

Under the kadam tree, no play happens
Of the Braja boys with Yourself.
The dairymaids in fear of butter's theft,
No longer do they hide their goblets;
But till now nonetheless, they feel deeply
You are always theirs only.

In markets of cosmetics on the banks of Jamuna,
In groves of bay-leaf trees upon the Gokul paths,
The milkmaid's daughter, face encased by orna,
Regarding Thee does she ask?

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

None can long block my progress



(1248)  Shata badhar praciir bheunge egiye jabo

Breaking countless boundary walls, I'll proceed
With Your name, Lord, with Your song.
At dark night's end, certainly I'll get opportunity
On the crimson-colored dawn.

However proud of strength the demons be,
In Your hand is all their energy.
However much ablaze the fire be,
Its capability is stored in Thee.
I move upon Your path and fear not anybody
In this life infused with Your stream of blessings.

Those who poison both the air and sky,
Who make worm-eaten the buds of the mind,
No lenience, no mercy do they acquire...
You give firm conviction in my psyche, in my life.

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Lady at night



(1247)  Nayane varasa ela

In your eyes the rains, they came;
Why so, my doe-eyed maiden?
You've plucked flowers, rehearsed strains;
But lo He still doesn't come!

Stained red from the betel leaf,
Your lips, their speech, it is weak.
With what despair at twilight,
You don't don evening attire?

You are gazing toward the sky;
Braided tresses, You've untied.
With meters Mandákrántá,[1]
You don't make the peacock dance;
You don't sound the conch of dusk.

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Time to come out



(1246)  Nayane lukiye acho

Within His eye you lie hidden,
Every instant, every moment...
All the time, yes, each moment.
Secretly, His song you're singing
To His melody and beat majestically...
With grandeur, yes, majestically.

Great or small, all are your own–
Those who are new, those who are old.
With the heart's touch from everyone,
You scattered merriment in heaven,
In the heaven, yes, in heaven.

Life that's suffused with affection,
It is pure and holy, upright and unrivaled.
The world is yoked to melodies;
So dance ahead, glittering
Glittering, yes, glittering.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

He gives me strength



(1245)  Divya dyutite prajinari pathe

With radiance divine on the chariot of wisdom,
Who are You that's come, oh Gracious One!
With tender rapt-attention, in reverberating heavens
Having heard Your varábhaya[1] message, I go onward.

To You nothing is remote or close;
All are alike, everyone Your own.
With smile sweet and flute enchanting,
Having called, ever pleasing You proceed.

You are attentive day and night;
By my head You've stayed, 'ware of my mind.
Your kind compassion I beseech,
Knowing I will surely gain that mercy.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Sugar and spice and all things nice



(1244)  Ei pratyuse mukta akashe

Under the open sky on this early morning,
The words in my heart that were concealed,
Without hesitation will I speak to Thee,
Oh Mind-Thief, Love's Acme.

In the flower I have seen its tremendous sweetness,
And I could understand Whose is that pleasantness.
The loveliness that's in the peacock-tail or lotus,
It is just Your beauty's minute portrait.

The sweet chiming of bells and lyre's gentle humming,
They are but Your affection's precious offering.
Whatever is auspicious, all experience that's holy,
On each and everything Your nectar is smeared.

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Dream or reality?



(1243)  Vihagera dal dhvaniya utheche

The flock of birds has arose, a tune making
In a low-sweet chirping on this very morning
With water rippling on pond-shore
And fragrant forest-pleasantness.

Expending all that's sweet
And adorning every beauty,
Earth proceeds, dancing like nymph heavenly
In this very forest beyond fear.

Nature's grove is enclosed in greenery,
Spell-bound heaps of ivy.
With one heart, one song of amity, everybody
Has become united secretly.

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Panacea



(1242)  Jhainjhay tumi esecha

You've arrived in a storm,
And You have furnished calm.
Thrusting aside the fog,
Azure beauty You have brought.

On dusty gray path You have spread a verdant carpet;
From stony avenue You've drawn out a flower garden.
You've arrived, You've arrived;
And You have smiled, You have smiled.

In heart stern as a thunderbolt You have produced cream;
The mountain cave You have made like blossom of a rain tree.
Along the length of a harsh desert,
Affection You've lavished...
You've arrived, You've arrived;
And You have smiled, You have smiled.

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Saturday, February 9, 2019

Time to rest



(1241)  Deke deke amar din phurala

My days were spent, calling and calling.
At day's end, in realm of sleep,
Sun went neath Western mountain...[1]
The day, it was finished.

Verdant grass became black;
Foolish mind acknowledged that.
The weary bird entered its nest;
Joyous light, where did it vanish?

I know that at the end of night,
Waiting is daybreak's light.
In hope of gaining that same light,
Mind reconciled with the night.

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Lord of Dance



(1240)  Tumi ki dur akasher tara

Are You a star of far firmament?
Giving a stir to heaven and earth,
You dance, free from bondage.

Matted hair unbound's been scattered;
The third eye has been ignited.
Burning all black shadow to ashes,
You diffuse a flow of meteors.

Though You kept distant, You are present;
You drench mind's realm with affection.
Only You do I love;
I have lost my self-possession.

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

There's something more



(1239)  Jiivane tomar alo

In life Your effulgence,
It restored the will to live.
In the world hope did enter;
The last day of materialism came and went.

The shadow that covered splendor of light,
The fire that consumed the joy of life,
The thunder that gave flower's song respite...
Their operation was withdrawn at the time.

Love attained new speech,
Humanity was blossoming...
Came the day of no more cruelty;
The peace of dream got fresh speed.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Abiding grace



(1238)  Tumi jadi na ele priya

If You'd come not, oh my Beloved,
This birth would have gone for naught.
In heavens, storm-clouds had appeared;
Without raining, they'd amount to nothing.

At my door the Unknown Traveler had come;
Singing a song of love, He then went off.
In my keeping the fond memory that He left,
It will be offered back beneath His altar.

Though deceased, still now the luster abides;
The love of my life has become bright.
With unstinting reverence, conviction has sung:
This my sadhana, it will surely triumph.

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My breath of life



(1237)  Nayaneri tara tumi

You are the star in my eye;[1]
Please don't go far afield.
You are the love of my life;
Don't keep on forgetting me.

My sandalpaste's soothing coolness,
The intoxicant in screwpine scent...
You are the heart's heat;
Don't ignore love's tears.

You are jasmine's soothing sweetness
And the springtime forest...
You are my life's poetry
And its deathless meaning.

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Surpassing greatness



(1236)  Sakal jiivaner usnata tumi

For all lives You are the heat;
You're the vigor of the universe.
At the root of all existence, You're the mańipadma;[1]
In every song, You're the melody and key.

You are flower's pollen, heart's devotion,
Screwpine-stamen kiss, scattered to all vessels.
Without limit is Your gift.

Under Your feet undulate the fires of Hades;
At the foot of Your altar all creatures are dancing.
Hey Divine Nucleus, there's no measurement of Thee.

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Sunday, February 3, 2019

What can I give?



(1235)  Tumi balo amare balo amare

Kindly tell me, tell me do...
By what means will I please You?
Kindly tell me do.

Oh, Architect of the Vast Universe,
Setting for all diamonds, rubies, emeralds,
You're the owner of the whole Creation...
What can anybody give to You?

All wisdom and intelligence, all intuition and talent,
Every bit, at Your door they have reached their limit.
What can possibly be had that would supplement them?
In this world I am absolutely destitute.

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Saturday, February 2, 2019

North Star



(1234)  Kache eso dure theko na

Come close, do not keep remote;
No, no, do not keep remote.
Heart and soul, it's You I want;
Don't forget that fact.

So many days and nights have transpired;
To no avail many ages go passing by.
So many tears have evaporated;
This story, don't You know it?

At no time am I ever desperate;
Nor will I ever be directionless.
You abide, my Polestar;
I will never lose the path.

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Take a deep breath



(1233)  Alo jhariye madhu ksariye

Light diffused, sweetness spilled;
Gloom removed... You've arrived.
Flower blossomed, pleasure relished,
Hope fulfilled... You have smiled.

Anticipating Your arrival, living beings had been keen;
O'er the path of Your advent they had been watching.
You did come, and the pain You fathomed;
Lavishly You've conferred the wares of love.

The river that lost its current,
The song that has been ruined...
Its ripple and its pitch, You have brought with.

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Deep funk



(1232)  Amar bhuvan kalo haye ache

Black is become my world;
Still the Lord of Light did not show up.
The floral seedling cannot blossom,
As no honey was infused in the bud.

The flower garden, the grass carpet,
From shortage of water they did not persist.
With scorching sun and biting wind,
The pouring rain, it did not happen.

I can't sing the song that's been rehearsed,
Nor can I move along the path that's fixed.
Without Your grace nothing exists,
So I don't see how mercy didn't trickle.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

No other way



(1231)  Cande meghete khela

The game between moon and the clouds,
In yonder firmament a dream does rise.
Forgotten is worldly enchantment;
I keep gazing toward the sky.

On the resplendent moonlit night,
From afar it beckons...
I cannot remain at home while
Dances the whole ocean of effulgence.

Oh Who are You, my Unknown Friend?
You go away, having poured life's nectar.
You leave, after just calling me...
In my heart, how can I bear this separation?

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