Thursday, March 25, 2021

Dream or reality

(1879)  Marur mariicika sariye

Mirage of desert cast away,
On light's carriage, oh Who came?
All sad darkness erased,
With gentle touch Who made awake?

I did not think that You remember me
Or that my place is inside Thee.
Darkness-surrounded, I'd been sound asleep;
But You watched over with eyes sweetly smiling.

Like a desert was my life,
A sandstorm on my four sides.
Hey Peerless One, tender and green,
Profound awareness You did bring.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Never fear

(1878)  Megh asiya kaye gelo kane

The approaching cloud kept on whispering:
"When storm is come, don't you worry!
The cloud's source and storm's wellspring,
That is at the same place, don't you see?

"Though the sea was engrossed in reverie,
It lies covert inside waves billowy.
In just the one are two, and one is in the twain;
From this basic truth don't go astray.

"In Whose one hand is a skull fearsome,
In His second hand is a fount of ambrosia.
At the feet, liberation; in the hands, boon and courage;
Don't forget His confident assurance."

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

From phenomenon to Noumenon

(1877)  Aj mane pare balukabelay

Today I recall on sandy shore,
Having gone to gather shells,
Our sudden introduction,
Oh my Purely Psychic One.[1]
On ideation's ardor You had been adjacent;
And in that I had been absorbed.

I could not fathom that 'twas after ages many
I was seeing You, hey my Sweet Darling.
From the days of yore You had been surrounding me;
Then You've come sailing in, hey Avatar of Consciousness.

I go on forgetting the day, date, and moment;
Once again that sandy beach I have not spotted.
I have kept it adorned only in mem'ry-flashes,
Your touch, hey Avatar of Song.

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Monday, March 22, 2021

By sending me afar You draw me near

(1876)  Dharar bandhan diyechile

You had given worldly ties;
"On Earth you live," You'd informed.
"Along with you do I abide;
There won't be a thing to yen for.

"Ever with the day's light-beams
Will rise a frenzied work-stream.
When night is come with moon along,
Don't neglect also to sing a song."

Having forgotten You, on Earth I dwell;
Exactly this, isn't it Your intent?
With my work, with my song...
And You, You apply the pollen of love.

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Sunday, March 21, 2021

I have tried every way

(1875)  Tumi je path dekhaye diyecho, se pather kabhu nahi shes

The path that You've revealed,
That path never ends.
Coming from no beginning, it goes to infinity;
Limitless is Your realm.

Yourself I have sought in a flower garden;
Now I am searching within mind's pavilion.
To reach You many songs having sung,
In this life, song's faint echo lingers.

In which way will I attain You, please do say;
For ages upon ages I have moved about in vain.
Though You hide within mirror of the mind, grant embrace;
Inside of You only, let my psyche terminate.

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Saturday, March 20, 2021

The thrill of Him

(1874)  Sumanda vayu bay

Blows a wind slow and sweet;
Today for whose sake, do say, for whose sake.
With many hues billowing,
For Whom is my mind awake?

That Pilgrim has shaken the mind;
Every moment that Pilgrim excites.
Wishing Him near, finding Him in one's life,
In every psyche that's devoted is this desire.

That Pilgrim never craves a thing;
Not a thing just-for-show that Pilgrim receives.
He holds us dear, He rids the gloomy ebony;
Mind races toward Him only, giving up everything.

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Friday, March 19, 2021

Who made this flood within?

(1873)  Sarita bahiya jay

The river goes on flowing,
Due to Whom, please say on Whose account...
All obstacles get powdered down;
Who is the One keeps calling it?

Toward blossom, the bee goes racing,
Hoping for honey, neath canopy of madhavi...
To please it with a song sincere
On strings of inmost feelings.

Heart's Ruler, galvanizing,
Who is He, the Unknown One, making replete...
Propelling every entity
Unto love's rendezvous beyond understanding?

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Understanding is overrated

(1872)  Niil akashe tarar deshe

On blue sky in starry territory,
Which music comes a-floating,
Having blanketed the world and intoxicated psyche
With some unknown ecstasy from a remote sphere?

I don't have the wisdom of comprehension,
Though a hundred times I look upward...
Hey everyone's Beloved, I wonder,
With what hope do You go on singing?

Paired to the world is a beauty that is Yours;
Its depth my intellect does not discover...
Fruitless is all logic and reason;
In the end emerges only a speck of mercy.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Am I simply too puny?

(1871)  Ekante ese bale jao

Do come and tell privately
For what fault, distant You are keeping me.
Why do You not draw me near?

The sun is tugging planets and their moons
So that the stars go not far removed,
Fallen from these heavens huge.
Hence, ever toward there You do peer.

Ocean is enticing the waterway;
Earth invites the burning flame.
A peacock also calls out, fanning his tail
To the distant cloud; that too did You not see?

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A joy far beyond relief

(1870)  Ke go tumi ajana atithi ele

Unknown Visitor, Who are You that did come?
You came without caring if the day be auspicious.
Strewn on the path and making it fragrant, love,
It is dancing to rhythm and song.

Eager were the eyes for Your observation;
Afflicted heart was praying for Your touch.
Having passed a lengthy night without sleep,
In psyche's garden, withering was the flower garland.

I had thought You've gone and left behind;
This tiny I, have You kept it in mind?
You've stayed engaged in cosmic deeds;
But now I see that me You have remembered!

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Monday, March 15, 2021

Beyond conception

(1869)  Megher deshe elo ke se

In realm of clouds Who did come,
A stripe of fire blazing,
Blithely having engulfed
All facsimile.

By Your love's psychic attraction,
Those who had been hidden,
Arose at every corner,
Smiling and lonely.

Those who say You're beyond attribute,
Only they claim You became virtued.
With a great incarnation having come,
Commingled with a streak of beauty,
The binding trio[1] danced neath spell of thought,
At thought's abode undergoing training.

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Sunday, March 14, 2021

Please make me understand

(1868)  Tomay chilum bhule ami

Yourself I had been forgetting,
For how many lifetimes I know not,
Even just to count them, I cannot.
Why did You not rid the blunder;
Won't You say it in a whisper?

How much light of day has passed;
How much black of night has overcast?
How many suns, having sunk,
How many moonbeams did come?

Abiding Friend, You know everything;
And You entice everyone with lovestrings.
So why then, after taking me,
The making of diverting sports?

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Friday, March 12, 2021

My time is nigh

(1867)  Kalo jethay aloy meshe

Where ebony with light does meet,
On the far shore of seven seas,
Oh Friend, to me You'll grant embrace,
On that very same resplendent bank.

Twixt You and me the intimacy,
A love that's everlasting...
The vast ocean to give hindrance,
Never, no, never it can.

I was Yours, and still today I am;
I've discerned infatuation's lapse...
Life's pollen having scattered,
Please paint me crimson.

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And so it begins

(1866)  Ami bhalo basini tomare

For You I did not feel fondness;
Me, though, You have cherished.
I've extinguished the lamplight;
In the dark a light You've lit.

Your love, myself it's familiar with,
With my thousand flaws and demerits.
But You are forgiving me, keeping me with Thee,
Every hour, every minute.

Oh God, take me and make me Yours;
Inner and outer, with You make them full.
The sea's drop of water, can it ever be
Flung outside by the ocean?

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Thursday, March 11, 2021

My place in the universe

(1865)  Andhare diip jvele jai

In the dark a lamp-flame I keep lighting;
A lamp-flame I keep lighting.
The matchstick is Yours; the lantern is Yours also;
You are the ghee and wick; of me there is nothing.

For making the contact, a matchstick I am holding;
Oh Most Beloved, that too is a speck of mercy.
The "I" that is called mine, even though noticed nearby,
In hard times I find it not in company.

Lord from time out of mind and eternal Master,
You've been creating a teeming world to rule over;
Round me You are creating, and You are along always;
A song to the triumph of You only do I sing.

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My house was not in order

(1864)  Andhar tithite esechile

On a gloomy day You had appeared;
Why not in light You came?
Why visit on a night of grief?
My domicile was not arranged!

You'd said You'll come at the right time;
You'll be a guest at home of mine.
But prematurely You arrived;
The decoration got not made.

In the gold lamp was ghee and wick,
And in the censer was a resin aromatic.[1]
The alpana's rice-paste was pounded;
You allowed me not the time to paint.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Even in my final hours

(1863)  Jiivaner ei balukabelay

On this same sandy coastline of life,
Shells having gathered, the days go by.
Many they arise, and many they retire;
In my direction no one casts an eye.

Many a red sun, it appeared and then vanished;
Many a smiling moon got lost in the darkness.
Many stars, having smiled, falling they departed;
I go on watching at a secluded site.

You had said You'll come again:
Taking me, You will cross the ocean.
Frequently, I keep counting days and moments,
Looking out for Your late arrival.

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Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Correcting course

(1862)  Tomari nam niye dilum bhasiye

Taking only Your name I did set afloat,
The tiny boat of my existence.
You are my life's essence,
Like a ray of light in darkness.

Thinking of myself, time I've been wasting;
Looking out for me, all things I am doing...
But You are everything, only now that I'm knowing;
Pardon the offense, committed in ignorance.

From today, it is You I would choose;
Yourself on my eyelids I would hold onto,
Pleasing You through action, with a dance tune
Matchless in both cadence and its mode of music.

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Sunday, March 7, 2021

On my way to the Supreme

(1861)  Kiser ashay kon se neshay

With what expectation, under which intoxication,
This world had You created?
With scent and touch, form and flavor,
You'd been filling it up.

Oh Divine Tailor without peer,
Every creature's Most Dear,
All my hopes and hankerings,
Upon mind You alone had conferred.

Oh the One with shape and properties unique,
With a sweet ideation fit to receive,
My wholehearted love, do take it please
On both banks of thought's river.

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My Lord of Dream

(1860)  Kal svapna dekhechi ami

Yesterday a dream have I viewed;
In it You'd appeared,
You'd appeared at my dwelling.
With a luminous splendor You,
You did bedazzle me.

While in dream, close-by You came;
Awake, remote You went away...
Why are there in this conscious state
These worldly ties of blind affinity?

All pain on forgetting Thee
And the great joy upon Your receipt...
What's the reason for this cosmic game
You go on making, oh the Heart-Thief?

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Saturday, March 6, 2021

Your humble servant

(1859)  Bhalabasa diye man kere niye

Love given and mind snatched,
Myself You did beggar.
On charming feet, in sweet sonance,
You came near with a gently smiling visage.

Of Your cosmic game, there's no start or finish;
Through probing and deliberation I don't find a limit.
Sometimes You make me laugh, sometimes You make me cry,
And sometimes You make me float away on vast blue sky.

Hey the Unflagging Charioteer, Your wagon-wheels
Affording courage by my never being lonely,
With me You abide in hard times and prosperity;
Per Your direction, the universe proceeds.

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Friday, March 5, 2021

Such a mystery

(1858)  Eso manete eso

Enter the mind, please do come!
Why remain so far-distant,
If You are enamored?

Because of You I continue working;
On Your mention eyes fill with tears.
Love's current in a hundred streams,
You just watch it run and smile from a distance.

My time of day is for Your sake;
At night for You I stay awake.
Incessantly I beg for grace,
But nonetheless You rise at a distance.

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Thursday, March 4, 2021

The golden magnolia

(1857)  Kanak canpa kanak canpa

Kanak champak, golden magnolia,
In Whose mental garden had you unfolded?
In Whose psyche had you been hidden?

The big tree, straight and lofty, having filled,
Blossoming in layers you'd ascended.
At Whose lotus feet, blessing to collect,
Night and day, a sweet scent you lavish.

More than gold unalloyed, a joy to the mind,
With pollen scented like a bloom of paradise...
The Clothier Divine, Who is He that sent you?
Yourself Who had prized?

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Let me not be distracted

(1856)  Jadi nayane na dekhi tava priya chavi

Should I fail to see Your precious portrait before eyes,
Please appear inside the mind.
If Your touch on world I do not find,
Then sail upon the joy of life.

My going and coming, crying and laughing,
To You ajangle are my love-feelings.
Not a thing remains unknown to Thee;
Ignoring flaws, smile sweetly.

Hey the Great Ocean, amid Your kindness,
This my drop, its days go by.
If I go on moving, having forgotten You,
Then Your own molecule, please hold it dear.

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Monday, March 1, 2021

To Thee I sing

(1855)  Gan gai tumi shono

I sing, You please listen;
Ever since my birth a tune I am practicing;
Know that it's to sing to You.

Summer has come with a scorching heat;
And rainy season has brought water-streams;
Autumn was with dew dropping down like tears...
No fault of mine was there.

Came prewinter with night struck by frost,
And winter with extreme snow-fall;
Then spring arrived, and she allowed outpouring
Of a song along with feelings.

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