Saturday, November 30, 2019

My humble welcome

(1435)  Na bale na kaye

Uninvited, unannounced,
Why came You this way?
I decorated not my house,
Enkindling reception's flame.

In mind there was much yearning
To proclaim welcome to Thee;
All apparatus being empty,
You came disregarding.
You have come lovingly;
You came and brightened psyche.

To Thee in royal splendor
I shall declare my welcome;
With camphor lamps, resin, and flowers,
I will decorate with deference.
You've floated upon psychic mirror;
Heart and mind You had filled.

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Friday, November 29, 2019

Call me Don Quixote

(1434)  Asibe baliya gele

You left saying You will come;
But You've forgotten me, I have realized.
In salt-water of the eyes,
I have kept in check my emotion.

Smiles in a sky of flawless blue
A dreamy digit of the moon,[1]
While in my mind arises
Your unrelenting liila.
Yet still Your path I have kept watching;
Roused am I with songs aplenty.

Jasmine fragrance is adrift
On a sweet and gentle wind;
The warmth of life derides
Each impassioned breath of mine.
Yet still I did not cede defeat;
I've gone on, moments ever counting.

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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Because You came...

(1433)  Chande tale ele

With rhythm and beat You came;
Pleasing nectar You gave away.
Humanity's dense brightness,
In a well, dark and deep, You ignited.

That which was in a dream crimson,
To life did it get awakened.
Nebula that was remote,
You pulled and brought it close.

That which was the moon of distant place,
Heart's nectar It became.
With sweetness of affection,
You made a flower bloom in the wilderness.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

He gives of Himself...

(1432)  Ainjan enke dao ankhira pare

You trace stibnite upon eyes.
Air and sky, filled with loveliness sublime,
They would look on Thee with hearty sincerity.

In the vast blue heavens and at poles North to South,
Upon leaf and blossom, and on ivy and small creepers…
You have remained strewn, and You are full of implication;
For me to fathom now, You do allow.

In a flower's nectar, on the moon at a distance,
In a planet and a star, on the surface of a nebula…
With one and all celestial bodies, in both light and darkness,
You have gone and become mingled in a stream of beauty.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Come quietly

(1431)  Eso niirava carane

On silent feet please do come;
Your seat has been spread, my Love,
In solitude at heart's core.

With flowers, mind I've kept adorned
Through many ages with much labor.
Musing on Your glory, nectar I have plastered
In color after color.

No hatred, fear, or shame is mine;
You alone are my Ideal, gist of my desire.
Constantly for Your kindness I am begging
When I'm living and while dying.

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Monday, November 25, 2019

Sadly waiting

(1430)  Ainjan enke cokhe cahiya nirnimese

Kohl traced on my eyes, vigilant unblinking,
I am seated by the path, waiting for Thee.
Your word You broke; having said You will come, You came not...
After lavishing a tender smile, You went far away.

Coming to the fore again, You hid Yourself behind a screen;
After capturing my heart, why did You play a game?
Offering assurance You withdrew; and all love You did take...
What's the reason, with false hope, You did make me weep?

It is night's final hours... dried up has the string of flowers;
On thread of blossoms, fragment of the garland has fallen.
Over yon, dawn breaks on eastern sky; and I stay watching...
Maybe with the new sun, a glance You will cast back.

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Sunday, November 24, 2019

Divine Honeybee

(1429)  Phulparage anurage

With floral pollen and affection,
Who did come... which celestial nymph?
With song after song, the flower buds'
Slumber-illusion You shattered.

On this moonlit night, privately,
For the sake of swaying psyche,
Humming into every ear,
You conferred nectar's stream.

Taking stock of familiar or strange,
None of that You entertain...
Small or big, minuscule or great,
Everyone You did wake.

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Saturday, November 23, 2019

Wedding night

(1428)  Tandra bhuliya gechi

Slumber I have forgotten,
Oh Sleepless One, my Dearest.
In moonlight have I discovered
Love of You, beyond comparison.

Jasmine fragrance is adrift upon a humid wind;
The river dances with delight on this frenzied night.
Haltingly a peacock's call goes forth,
The gloom of mind, having cast off.

Arisen with the crickets is a star of distant heavens;
Hawk cuckoo is lost, rapt in rhythm and song.
Choosing husband is the intuition,
Suspense like an ocean.

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Friday, November 22, 2019

At the prom

(1427)  Tomar nrtye sabe nece cale

Everybody dances to Your musical steps,
Anyone who is traveling.
Having thought of You, I lose myself
In Your rhythm and beat.

No matter how compelling any worldly vibration,
Your conception always it enacts.
Around You it does make rotation,
At all times, good and bad.

With anklets of light dance the planets and stars,
Dance the atoms, dance the nebulas.
Filled with love for You, their self gets lost
Every minute, every second.

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

The story of a lifetime

(1426)  Tandra jarima chilo ankhipate

On eyelids was drowsiness-fatigue;
Earth was drenched with rain falling.
You had come, light in the darkness,
To cram satisfaction into ineffectual existence.

Even now I can't forget the story of that day;
In my life's history, nothing does compare.
At an easy pace You came, then went far aside;
You left memory's line behind on that honeyed night.

How many ages have gone by, I have forgotten;
I have not retained all the springs and autumns.
In my mind is just that one and same story:
I had gained You in my company exclusively.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019


(1425)  Jadi ese gele priya ei avelay

As You paid a visit at this late hour,[1]
So stay some moments in my tiny house.
From the travel, weary You've become,
Your cheeks flushed by the sun.

Now, with red hue of the rose, You've been seized;
Embellished, You've arrived in a paradise of spring.
Please come closer still, be seated inside psyche;
Having made it replete, full of love, my Dear.

With the grand stellar assembly over world presiding,
To those alive the age-old King brought lustrous beauty.
Lovingly please do come with fresh lyrical melodies
Into this wretched, rhythm-lacking shanty.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Take me away

(1424)  Ke go ajana apsara

Oh, a certain unknown nymph divine,
You came on wing into my life.
My brimming heart is swaying
To that sweet song of You only.

In Your ideation I have got absorbed;
All but such thought I have ignored.
Mind's bud, opening its petals...
Who knows why it pours out nectar.

Every hope has got fulfilled...
All love and affection.
All despair's got washed away
With river's pull to some lonesome place.

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Monday, November 18, 2019

It isn't much, but...

(1423)  Tomar amar bhalabasa

The friendship of Yours and mine–
One of us knows it; the other knows not.
Small to Great with love is tied–
One of us admits that; the other does not.

The garland is built with string of tiny flowers–
Dispensed and empty is love's wicker basket.[1]
Upon a small water-drop, the mighty sun–
Brightly it rises; but one of us sees that not.

A puny atom, the power it may possess–
Its innate intellect, that can never comprehend.
In a meager blossom, what honey does ripple–
In that alone is stored all mystic endeavor.

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Rose petal

(1422)  Ayata ankhi jale chalachala

Wide eyes moist with tears,
For Whose sake is your devotion?
You move dancing to a stately beat,[1]
Remembering some place familiar.

He Who'd come with daybreak's sun
Had hidden with the Vesper...[2]
His words of love and His legend,
Maybe you could not forget.

The petal who had reveled in the honey
Had kept her mouth on Rose's body...
Her long night and her story,
It won't be forgot, that too I heed.

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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Assuager of sorrow

(1421)  Amar sakal duhkher majhe

Amid all my sufferings,
You arrived, stealing my grief...
Silent eyes, silent footsteps,
Honeyed smile, honeyed visage.

In a troubled state, I'd been calling;
Only toward You I'd been gazing.
Arms upraised, I had spoken:
"I would take Your shelter."

Opened are my eyes, so I notice:
With light gone and heavens dimmed,
Only Your song ever singing,
I had been holding Your feet.

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Friday, November 15, 2019

My one desire

(1420)  Ami tomay bhalabesechi, sare jete dobo na

With You I have been in love;
I will not let You move off.
Your love is what I have wanted,
Not that of any other.

Oh You are my Venus at twilight;
Lo, You are my Morning Star[1] at end of night.
With You I am alive, and with You I will survive;
You alone are the best sadhana.

Oh You are my crimson dawn's floral laughter;
Lo, You are my autumn eve's jasmine flower.[2]
In Your orbit, Your sweet magic, I am awake
And awake I will remain;
You alone are heart's desire.

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

He comes and goes but never leaves

(1419)  O se madhurata makha shyamaray

Oh that sweetness-coated Mister Krsna,
He has come and gone at heart's core;
But from Him I cannot withdraw.

His smile so sweet–
It sheds pearls in heaps and heaps.
On seeing that, my eyes float in tears;
I cannot ignore Him.

Having heard His magic flute,
Effusive heart became aloof.
Where did all my gloom fade away to?
On all four sides the light is flashing.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

In His presence

(1418)  Adideva pashupati nao mama pranati

Shiva, first among the gods, please accept my prostration,
My obeisance to Hara, Hara Mahadeva.[1]
From mountain peak You have come on stream of ambrosia,
With every hardship's balm.

The snow-crowned mount, it obeys Your command;
The wealth of Kuvera[2] holds none of Your grandeur,
One with a naked body silver, oh Sadashiva.

My joy and my sorrow, You keep track of them best;
At no time whatsoever there is nothing You don't notice...
Oh Shiva, Lord of Lords, any prayer is meaningless.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Our bright companion

(1417)  Tomar mamatva tomar mahattva

Your affection, Your nobility...
In the three worlds all are gladdened.
With a speck of Your unearned mercy
Every person gets complete satisfaction.

Throughout time, those who live come and leave;
They arrive and depart by dint of Your compassion.
For all eternity, everybody You accompany
With full sincerity, at the side of everyone.

Forever the Beloved You will go on being;
Every sorrow You will keep demolishing.
You will scatter luster for all eternity,
With boundless implication, resonance that's sweet.

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Monday, November 11, 2019

It's not working

(1416)  Katha diye kena nahi ele

Having given word, why did You never appear?
You did not appear.
Mid the night, evening malati is going sere;
Fruitlessly, why did You deceive me?

Sacred art I apply on door and house, and on street;
On the lampstand of my heart, I kindle the light of ghee.
To somber life's gladdened tears
Why did You pay no heed?

Maybe such cosmic game is just to cherish and hold dear,
Or maybe You can't comprehend psyche's agony;
But with me, this Your sport, You make it deceitfully.

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Sunday, November 10, 2019

My love is strong

(1415)  Tomari tare phulasaje saja

Because of You, punishment is dressed in flowers;
Just for You, the tress of hair is braided.
For Your sake, strung is the malati garland;
And for You, the tune is practiced.

On moonlit nights are Your words considered;
On dark days, a ray of light is kindled.
On autumn morns, parijat collected,
With a strand of love, the garland is threaded.
For the sake of You only, gazing at path anxiously,
Sitting alone are those who laugh and weep.

In me You are cherished, but You've gone and forgot;
From mind, myself You have dropped and mopped.
I won't forget, no, I will not expunge
In this life, whatever obstacle may come.

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Saturday, November 9, 2019

The brilliance of Your presence

(1414)  Alo jhara jharana dharay

In light-spilling cascade,
Who are You that came?
With beauty's shine and sweetness,
You made mind oblivious.

Eager Earth, with love filled,
In hope of You it had waited.
With sweet melody's intoxication,
To Your side You had drawn it.
With bewitching tune and goodwill's pull,
The heart You did conquer.

With crimson-colored fondness
And morning's floral pollen,
An undying splendor overflowing–
You made it stream.

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Glimpses of a mystery

(1413)  Dakhina pavane cittavane

With southern wind in psyche's forest,
Who are You that came, oh Lord Unequaled?
With honeyed smile and flute seductive,
In a trice, Dear, You made mind oblivious.

One hundred times I've seen You, in one hundred forms;
But You I could not get to know, not even just once.
Your acquaintance You've kept hidden
With Divine Game's stratagems, oh Sweetest One.

I've caught sight of You on mountain peak
And in the ocean waters, dense and deep.
I've noticed You on tableland-of-intellect's very brink
And in light and darkness, like undertow of feeling.[1]

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Ego gets in the way

(1412)  Priyatama prabhu amar

Oh my Lord, my Darling,
For You only
Eyes do stream constantly.
You've gone to some distant place,
Leaving me behind on river bank.

My love, it knows You only;
My song is for You to please.
All my pride and whatever vanity,
It revolves round and around Thee.

Could it be I did not make any effort–
In me was no merit or propitious thought?
Is that why, leaving me, You went far away–
Why You left, and back You never came?

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

The light-brigade

(1411)  Alo jhara sharat sanjhe

On light-dripping autumn evening,
In the fog of my psyche,
Nothing did I get to see;
I was in a darkness gloomy.

Light in hand came those for whom
The emblem of light was theirs.
Enlisting with them to take leave,
I could not, due to vanity.

With the light went those for whom
Light's wayfarers were they.
Along with them to proceed,
I could not, due to frailty.

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019


(1410)  Varsarate tomay ami peyechilum pashe

On monsoon night, I had found You beside me
In the same inebriated ecstasy.
My sleep-deprived eyes were gazing at Thee
Under circumstances honey-sweet.

The day, the bright moment, I've forgotten;
I have kept in mind just a tiny recollection.
Though the flowers I've forgotten,
I have held on to their fragrance
With love's joyous passion.

Many are the years bygone;
Many springs have come,
And many falls have floated off
With lost jubilation
From mind's month of April.

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Monday, November 4, 2019

Just please come soon

(1409)  Tumi eso mama jiivaner mule priyatama

Come, You at root of my existence, One Whom I love most;
Come to me, my Darling... come to me, my Very Own.
So much is my desire to get You close;
Hey Peerless Master, please fulfill that hope.

Throughout ages I am waiting, having been purified;
Defilement of psyche... what I've got, I've set aside.
With mind's blooms Your altar I have beautified;
Hey One Most Sanctified, You please arrive.

The petals of my ornamental flowers have fallen;
Floral garlands, they have gone and withered.
Afflicted by the heat, mind's honey has evaporated;
With rain-shower, please arrive, oh my God of Thunder.

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Sunday, November 3, 2019

Unconditional surrender

(1408)  Kantaka patha dhare klesha varan kare

Along a path of thorns, trouble having borne,
On this very day I come to You, my Lord.
Gaze at me with kindly eyes, neglect merit and demerit;
Appear inside my mind, dressed in charming raiment.

By Your grace all bashfulness has vanished;
All my thoughts are dedicated to Your ideation.
You and I exist– the universe I've forgotten;
With Your name, to its beat and cadence I do caper.

Come to me time and again, an incessant flame of love
Having lit inside my psyche; I beg compassion.

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Saturday, November 2, 2019

It's Your choice

(1407)  Bhalobesechilum bhule jeo

That I had been in love, please neglect;
My story do not recollect.
I've given You all that was given me;
Yet You did not come– what a deceit!

On gentle breeze, the flower gets a cradling;
Does wind forget any flower's honey?
With the moon's light, high tide does arise;
Does moon stay blind to water at any time?
About me You went and forgot;
Do not come close, no, come not!

When You gave a jolt inside my psyche,
Like high tide, the heart got overflowing.
At that time, just like the moon, You smiled from afar;
Do not look, no, look not any longer!

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Friday, November 1, 2019

Only You can satisfy

(1406)  Ganer parash dao pranera pare

Under shade of bakul tree, scattered flowers lay;
At the path I had been gazing...
Mayhap You forgot this fact.
There was rain in the eyes, agony pitterpat;
But the sky was clear
As You arrived, keeping pace.

A breeze was blowing upon that tree's body;
In fifth note the cuckoo sang his sweet hymn.
Branches had swayed, honey-coated was the southern wind;
With eyes opened we have viewed each other, You and me.

I had said: My blind attachment, it has finished;
You had told: In that case only, do come near.
Along the course of time from antiquity, betwixt You and me
Is the love like a river that is constantly abrim.

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