Friday, December 25, 2020


(1800)  Ei kusumita viithika dhare

Along this same avenue, blossoming,
I had noticed You'd appeared.
On a throat, Your brief ode filling,
You had smiled tenderly.

Strewn beneath the tree were Spanish cherry flowers,
Tiny though they be, they carry a scent unequaled.
Taking them for Your sake, I have strung a garland;
And You had worn it.

At foot of the shrub, night jasmine were fallen,
In the autumn season, dew-dampened.
The garland was not strung, but You left,
Myself abandoning on what pretext?

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Thursday, December 24, 2020

Read my mind

(1799)  Amar hiyay jata vyatha

In my heart whatever agony,
Only You understand, only You perceive.
Myself never speaking, Master Supreme,
Without ears everything You hear.

Due to You, the estrangement of me,
That pain is in mind constantly.
Everything You fathom, hey Bearer of Psyche;
You calculate the day for a time befitting.

However much vocally I remain calling,
So much in the mind far-remote I keep.
At abode of feeling, trickery does not succeed;
That, even I and also You concede.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

No courtship ordinary

(1798)  Malay asiya kaye gelo kane

A gentle breeze came and whispered in my ear,
By appellation You have been inviting.
Yourself I had been ignoring;
I perceive, You did not forget me.

The You I see is colored by morning sun;
The You I find is with twilight affection.
Your smiling visage leaves me speechless,
In surprise at romantic love-tryst.

Hey the Splendor Unseen, hey Everyone's Darling,
This time, oh take me and Your own do make me,
At Your sweet residence, in Your boundless tenderness,
With a tune that is love-mixed.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020


(1797)  Man ceyechilo bali eso tomare

Mind had wanted me to tell You, "Come please";
Out of shyness I could not speak.
Myriad the lapses that had amassed;
Looking into that morass did not pass.

As much as I am not, why then am I Yours?
Even staying at a distance, You are my quintessence.
In my life You are huge and incessant;
Having understood this fact, I did not get up.

In a life immobile, You are the wind;
You give dynamism, You bring the current.
You bring rapids to dry rivers, hey the Glacier;
But my power of speech did not happen.

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Monday, December 21, 2020

Not just my God of Tears

(1796)  Diner aloy ceyechi tomay

I have longed for You under daylight...
By day You did not come; in the night You came.
I've ignored You in happy times...
So offerings You did not take; affliction You gave.

Hey my Abiding Friend throughout eternity,
One fine day, with true ambrosia kindly appear.
Your sweet smile and magic flute,
Alike in both joy and grief, oh please effuse.

I have yearned for Thee, flower-petal adorned;
I have obtained You amid only the rainstorm.
Please stay ever with me, in moods glad or sad,
In all actions, at good times and bad.

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Sunday, December 20, 2020

He dropped in

(1795)  Tomar alo chariye gelo

Your light, it got scattered
From one planet to another.
Sweet light, it abolished
Blind attachment's black color in all strata.

Light's stream, it did lavish
Glitter upon blue yonder...
Lunar beams and heaps of stars
With solar rays on nebula.

Oh Who are You, light's emperor,
God Himself, everyone's creator–
Transcendent, laudable, omnipresent,
Everybody's intimate–
Love and highest devotion You confer
Through Your descending current.

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Saturday, December 19, 2020

Love's labor is not lost

(1794)  Mane chilo asha tomake sajabo

In mind was a hope that Yourself I'll adorn
With petals of flowers from my own garden.
Time went by... unrealized was my ambition;
Struck by frost, the flowers vanished.

On my own a flowerbed I am preparing;
Water I have sprinkled painstakingly.
Into those blooms heart's nectar I have poured;
For to You, oh Honeybee, that will I offer...

Time-defeated, everything goes and comes;
But my garden may yet smile once more,
So that Your portrait may forever drift
With love and devotion moment after moment...

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Friday, December 18, 2020

He can't be caged in

(1793)  Thakibe na jadi mor ghare

If at my house You will not remain,
On this sweet night what's the reason that You came?
Throughout many an age I do await,
In my hand a new garland every day.

So gentle no one else is there...
From the mouth of everyone I go on hearing.
And a song of Your affection I am singing;
Why then is my outlook contrary?

So intense no one else is there...
Even with the thunder I find no analogy.
In that case, does it meet Your liking,
Being tender, to have been framed as severe?[1]

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Thursday, December 17, 2020

No strings, no accusations

(1792)  Tomare ceyechi priya

Yourself I have wanted, oh Beloved,
In private and in seclusion...
On a clement morning glazed with crimson luster
Mid a pleasant chirping of birds.

I know: As much as mind wants, it gets not to such extent;
And even what mind gets, it wants not in all respects...
You Who are higher than every wish and acquisition,
Having cast adrift love's language, inside psyche please come.

I am a flower, afloat on Your foot-stream;
I had been without shore, but now I've got a beach...
Graciously, please see me;
Alone am I, Beloved, I am lonely.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Now I answer His question and my own

(1791)  Madir nayane ele

With eyes intoxicating You appeared;
A drug so amazing You did bring.
Having set Your serene feet,
You stirred excitement keen.

From age to age I had been wanting Thee,
On many days overcast and sleepless nights gloomy.
Upon the bank of hope-transcending,
Having come, my mental state You drove into frenzy.

What's the reason I had craved, that still I don't know;
I had been waiting, knowing well that You're unknown.
Falling tears inundate,
When obtained or not obtained, on both banks.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Let me restate my case

(1790)  Kandiye bhasao tabu kena

You cast adrift on tears, and yet why
In a corner of the eye is a smile sweet?
What is this cosmic sport but a game unkind;
Notwithstanding, You declare, "I hold dear"!

What's this love insufferable–
Sometimes lament, sometimes laughter?
In a wink You depart and come back next minute,
Entering with flowers the psychic pavilion.

Yourself having left, I cannot endure;
Mind's honey oozes forth.
Heart brimming, I remember You;
Why dance buoyant at my core?

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Monday, December 14, 2020

I reply to His question

(1789)  Diip jvele diye dure jai

"Having lit a lantern, far away go I;
Having seen the light, keep Me in mind.
On melody and music's meter do I glide;
In my songs love gets combined.

"With octave I have bound the lute;
Through raga, whether it's been tuned.
You tell if a melody's familiar or obscure,
And now that's what I ask to you."

Hey King of Song, Emperor of Melody,
You are God by virtue of Your own glory.
Lord of the Universe, hey Omnipresent Deity,
With Your splendid beauty, Earth is overflowing.

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Sunday, December 13, 2020

I am calling in the debt

(1788)  Kane kane tumi kaye gele priya

In whispers, Dear, You left, saying,
You'll be coming here again.
Quoth I, when singing songs aplenty,
Night of gloom will be surpassed.

Many an age has transpired since then;
Many stars have detached from the heavens.
Many reddish leaves, matured they have fallen;
Your arrival, oh when will it happen?

Having promised, why do You renege?
Can't You hear the heart's distress?
Any reasoning or logic You present,
It won't manage to make me forget.

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Saturday, December 12, 2020

My love, my ambition

(1787)  Asha ghera sudha tumi

You are ambrosia, by ambition ringed;
Only in Your direction I am spying.
Yourself to achieve, with song to receive,
I've rehearsed melodies for eternity.

You are my Darling from ancient times of yore–
The One Who is worthy of sincerely praying for.
Please infuse form and color
Into the few songs I've sung.

There is no light without You–
In the world, there's nothing good.
Only You ignite love's torch;
This fact I've understood at heart's core.

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Friday, December 11, 2020

No matter how enthused

(1786)  Mana madhukare udvela kare

To the enthusiastic bee of psyche,
At my dwelling You were important, Dear.
But to proclaim greeting with offering welcoming,
In this humble abode, there was absolutely nothing.

How You would matter, I could not imagine;
With a light ray of hope, You would illumine.
With both hands You would take nectar from my bosom;
You would gaze with smiling face, full of affection.

Stone of philosophers, beyond expectation,
You were not impeded by simple rhetoric.
I heard not any footfall of Your arrival;
Brightening, You did come asudden.

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Thursday, December 10, 2020

If not for Thee...

(1785)  Katha kaye gele tumi kane kane

The words You went on saying privately...
In a heart bent by the weight of agony,
They animate with songs aplenty!

There had been not anyone grasping my pain;
No one had even time to hear the tale.
Nobody looked on with a heedful grace;
All walked away, unmindfully.

Silently, secretly, You were of consequence;
Filling mind with delight, to me You uttered:
"You are not at all solitary on this earth;
Heart to heart, I keep company."

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020

A perpetual pilgrim

(1784)  Raunin parii bale jai je ure cale

Flying on, the merry sprite keeps saying:
"With me won't you all accompany...
Where is my country, when is end of journey...
On these topics make no query."

From when have I opened eyes,
From then did I start to fly...
Ever on path of the flow of light,
Unremitting calls the Infinite.
So onward go ahead do I;
End of flight happened not at any time.

I realize everybody's agony,
The anguish of humanity.
One and all I would carry...
This enterprise is everlasting.

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With You as my charioteer

(1783)  Jhainjha jadi ase

When storms arise,
Give me the strength to fight;
If sloth arrives,
Infuse resolve inside the mind.

On just Your path I have walked,
Lest I be cloaked by the dark;
In sadness or in mental anguish,
Brighten with only Your color.

Upon splendor's journey,
Forward to proceed,
Diving into action with audacity,
Please shatter fear with blessing.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Joie de vivre

(1782)  Phul bale mor madhute thako

Flower says, "With my nectar You remain;
Honey mine is for Your sake."
Mind says, "In my bosom You remain,
At times of pain or comfort, ever and always."

You are my celestial splendor,
All refugees' one true shelter.
Only You are the speed of each movement,
In each age and epoch-making revolution.

Stream of water upon desert-passage,
Flow of light to gloomy darkness,
In a dry heart, ambrosial emission,
Outside of recognized or unfamiliar.

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Monday, December 7, 2020

Accounting for Him

(1781)  Tava bhalabasa kena ashru makha

Why is Your fondness lacquered with tears,
Hey Divine Being?
Why is Your visiting veiled in mystery?
Tell Your report please.

To science and philosophy You don't acquiesce;
What You want You don't say, on pleading or request.
You arrive to hold dear, and You simply cherish...
Oh my, such amazing sweetness!

To narcissism You give no indulgence;
You abolish far away perverse inclinations.
In artless love You reside, You dab loving kindness;
You fathom acute eagerness.

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Sunday, December 6, 2020

My Lord and Master

(1780)  Tomare bhuliya, thakite pari na

Forgetting Thee,
I can't keep on doing;
My enterprise is You only.
Forsaking its ray, the mote of light-beam,
Can it stay? Pray tell me.

In the water is a fish; in the winter is some snow;
My flow of motion is beneath just Your control.
I was and am inside of Thee; I'll be dissolved
When and if it be Your mercy.

Lord, what You wish to do, You get it done;
But this humble submission, please never ignore.
Hey Ruler of the Universe, unto Your exterior
You cannot send anybody.

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Friday, December 4, 2020

What motivates the Bumblebee?

(1779)  Tomake niye mor samsar

In a garden the bumblebee arrived, humming...
Oh I am that garden's blossom;
I take a peak.

Please tell, why did the bumblebee appear;
In my psyche nectar is overflowing.
With only that hope it comes near;
Hovers the bumblebee, watching and wanting.

Rays of sun and light of moon,
In my petals color they infused.
Mind got brightened by that hue;
With acumen, the bumblebee has moved.

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Thursday, December 3, 2020

All Creation's centerpiece

(1778)  Tomake niye mor samsar

With You my world is;
You are there, so I exist.
Master, absent You all is fruitless;
I have come to know the quintessence.

The series of waves that enter the mind
Amid mind, finally, they get combined.
Coming and going, desiring and finding,
I have arrayed around Thee.

Mid Creation's cycle, the radiant Centerpiece;
Luster of a million suns, just Yourself I perceive.
One without any second, You only do I revere;
Your song I have gone on singing.

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Delusions of grandeur

(1777)  Tomari ashise egiye jai

By only Your blessing I proceed,
Oh my Lord, having toed Your line.
To call my own there is nothing,
Even not the one whom I call "I".

Having been drunken with vanity,
Candidly I keep away from Thee.
But looking inside of me, I see
You have been encompassing.

One's own glory, one's own greatness,
On going to exaggerate their extent,
Only personal blemishes get enmeshed,
In both inner and outer realms.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

At end of life

(1776)  Sharada nishiithe niirave nibhrte

One night in autumn, in silence and in private,
With You acquaintance happened...
One night in autumn.
Yourself I had cherished;
I realized that You are full of love.

On lute-strings with their jangle,
Rose a puny heart intoxicated.
The Unseen One from the fountainhead of splendor,
He scattered rays of light throughout the world.

Waves of melody, ever they did glide
From the heart to the distant sky.
All binding of limitation fell aside;
I was suffused with You.

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