Saturday, February 29, 2020

I thought that I had it good

(1509)  Kon se nishiithe madhurima sathe

On which night, with sweetness in company,
You'd arrived inside the mind very deep?
'Pon a happy dream You had beamed.
In my mind there had been black ego,
Extreme poverty filling the eyes both.

Unfamiliar Traveler, into my 'hood You came
And erased the distinction between known and strange.
The mundane with celestial You combined right away,
Underneath a smiling lamplight unawares.

Oh my Most Beloved, take me further please;
The light-stream, it is quashing my stupid vanity.
Please remain very near, be inside of psyche;
On silent feet, please walk with me.

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Friday, February 28, 2020

He leaves with our burden

(1508)  Tumi esechile, maner kone alo jvelechile

You had arrived;
In mind's nook, You'd struck a light.
I had been in utter gloom;
At once, the gloom You removed.

There had been no sadhana;
I prepared no altar...
On Your own, my home inside,
With silent footsteps You arrived.

You did not want anything;
You lit up the realm of psyche...
Then when You departed,
You left with my entire burden.

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Thursday, February 27, 2020


(1507)  Se chilo amar, saunge nishidin

He was mine,
With me day and night.
At innermost He was lodged,
But Him I could not recognize...
Though seeing, I saw not.

With the crimson glow of daybreak's sun,
To Earth He brought music from heaven.
Though listening, I heard not that tune;
By its notes I was not enthused.

With the midday's fiery sun
Always to dance havoc in rhythm,
Thundrously he kept calling, but in fear
I did not draw near.

Mid the pallid light of sundown,
In a conch-like sound His voice rings out;
But with the wine of pride, drunk was I...
I could not offer reply.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

I get confused...

(1506)  Rajar veshe eso amar

In princely clothing, come to my
Deeply sleeping consciousness mind...
What's been lost, then found by fluke,
I will tell to You.

Hey Stranger, ever-new,
With dream-nucleus You're become fused;
On murmur in acquaintancy,
You've grown bright before me.

At the heart's core, most privately,
With mind-Elysium, You are there,
In empty mem'ry's darkened corners,
With a blazing implication.

Please remove the black stains–
Myself made Yours do take;
With devotion please do steep
A psyche's puny wreath.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

What does He awaken in me?

(1505)  Kena ase kei ba se

Why does He come, Whoever He may be?
That's something only He knows properly.
I could not discern Him,
But from me recognition He has taken.

That bamboo flute of love...
That affection, essence of nectar...
Experienced, I only fathom that the Lord,
He casts light on the sky of heart.

I want Him near, right inside my heart's core,
Far removed from what is full of cosmic sport.

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Monday, February 24, 2020

A world in need

(1504)  Ghumer desher parii ese

Having come a sprite from land of sleep,
Said she: "You keep on slumbering.
The birds and beasts, the honeybees,
And the fish, their view is You should sleep.

"All flowers, they have gone to sleep;
The honey in their breast, it is suppressed.
Shutting Your eyes, go You to bed;
Heart's nectar, put a lid on it."

I replied: "I don't sleep;
I pass the night, vigilant.
Lest there be defeat of sweetness,
'Wake I keep; you must know that.
This honey I will go on pouring;
Your wrath,[1] please abolish it."

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Saturday, February 22, 2020

Everything is He

(1503)  Nijere charaye diyecho tumi

Yourself You have strewn
With love in the fruits and blooms,
In the morning sun's crimson beams,
In the hopes of colored dreams.

Those who did not have a thing,
You seated on the golden mountain peak;
And those to whom nobody listened,
You brought to the world's notice.
Everything You gave but came not personally;
Far away You went, to remain in hiding.

Grasp of philosophy as well as knowledge worldly–
And a timeless strain beyond mundane sphere–
Everything You provided; You gave understanding:
Everything is unified inside of Thee.

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Just to explain...

(1502)  Ajana pathik aj kena eseche

Today the Unknown Traveler has come for what reason;
Nectar He has conferred on the floral garden.
In His own hand He has held a paintbrush,
And with dyes He has been brightening petals of flowers.

In His eyes and on His face rise a pure simplicity;
While in demeanor has abided strictness and sincerity.
He is everyone's beloved, well worthy to be esteemed;
Ever smiling, ever dancing, He has come running.

Everyone is His own, no one is a foe;
All are prized more than life, He always deems it so.
With such devotion in rhythm, tune, and music mode,
He has brought with Him love's basketload.

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A cuckoo speaks

(1501)  Ei phagune tithi nahi gune

In this month of Phalgun, not reckoning auspicious time,
Who are You that came into a corner of the mind?
For You I did not pine, by day or by night;
Nonetheless, to this niche, why did You arrive?

In clusters, the ashok flowers blossom;
The palash flowers, scarlet on the path they sprawl.
Flowers of the bakul tree, ever supplicating,
Dancing, they race about, absent-mindedly.

Perfumy flowers distribute their scent,
Young maidens decorate merchandise with them.
In the magnolia grove, lonesome beneath awning,
A cuckoo bird is warbling, his notes low-and-sweet.

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Sunday, February 2, 2020

Or could it be that God weeps?

(1500)  Nivir nishiith tuti

The dense night is torn asunder;
Two tearful eyes have blossomed.
Of Whom does she ever think, at Whom does she peer,
And why does she weep, oh what is her failing?

Well she had held You dear;
Her heart she'd entrusted to Thee.
But You did not take it, did not grasp what it is;
And so those two eyes, incessantly they stream.

Round life's zodiac signs of the year,
Whoever loves somebody, that person she's received.
But she who loves You, her You don't esteem;
And yet to You her mind keeps racing.

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Saturday, February 1, 2020

Prisoner of love

(1499)  Tumi esecho dvar bheungecho

You have come, the gate You have shattered;
Prison's gloom You have illumined.
Tenderly You've smiled, and eyes You've opened;
You've expunged thought's every grimy degradation.

Hey Ever-Unfamiliar Lord, I don't see
How the heart You seized and held captive.
Your light, Your effulgence,
You poured into psyche's darkness...
Melody You've infused with cadence aplenty.

Oh You have bound me with what shackles,
Not with chains of iron but with string of flowers!
Through Your bondage with its sweet vibration,
You have removed the inertia.

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It's all Your fault

(1498)  Kena asamaye ele emana bhave

Untimely... why did You come in such manner?
You made no announcement, gave no intimation.
To decorate house, then spread Your seat,
You gave no chance to get ready.

Age after age, in that hope I had waited;
I had wept so much with my breath bated.
You arrived, but You came without notice;
My wish went unfulfilled, unaccomplished.

It was not my fault, I could not know...
Oblation I gave not; I got no scope.
Repeatedly You make this blunder, such is Your habit;
Please make amends, arriving and showing compassion.

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