Kirtans and Bhajans

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Welcome to our Vaishnavas CARE Kirtan and Bhajan Page!

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In our first video below, ISKCON Founder-acarya His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada sings Sri Gurv-astakam, a prayer glorifying the transcendental qualities of the bona-fide spiritual master. The prayer is accompanied by a devotional slideshow featuring artwork and photos of Srila Prabhupada. An explanation of the prayer plus the lyrics and English translation are written below….

SRI GURVASTAKAM

The spiritual master is receiving benediction from the ocean of mercy. Just as a cloud pours water on a forest fire to extinguish it, so the spiritual master delivers the materially afflicted world by extinguishing the blazing fire of material existence. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master, who is an ocean of auspicious qualities.

thChanting the holy name, (Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare/Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare), dancing in ecstasy, singing, and playing musical instruments, the spiritual master is always gladdened by the images-1sańkīrtana movement of Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu. Because he is relishing the mellows of pure devotion within his mind, sometimes his hair stands on end, he feels quivering in his body, and tears flow from his eyes like waves. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master.

The spiritual master is always engaged in the temple worship of Srī Srī Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa. He also engages his disciples in such worship. They dress the Deities in beautiful clothes and ornaments, clean Their temple, and perform other similar worship of the Lord. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master.

The spiritual master is always offering Kṛṣṇa four kinds of delicious food [analyzed as that which is licked, chewed, drunk, and sucked]. When the spiritual master sees that the devotees are satisfied by eating bhagavat-prasāda, he is satisfied. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master.

The spiritual master is always eager to hear and chant about the unlimited conjugal pastimes of Rādhikā and Mādhava, and Their qualities, names, and forms. The spiritual master aspires to relish these at every moment. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master.

downloadThe spiritual master is very dear, because he is expert in assisting the gopīs, who at different times make different tasteful arrangements for the perfection of Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa’s conjugal loving affairs within the groves of Vṛndāvana. I offer my most humble obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master.

The spiritual master is to be honored as much as the Supreme Lord, because he is the most confidential servitor of the Lord. This is acknowledged in all revealed scriptures and followed by all authorities. Therefore I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master, who is a bona fide representative of Srī Hari [Kṛishna].

By the mercy of the spiritual master one receives the benediction of Kṛṣṇa. Without the grace of the spiritual master, one cannot make any images-1advancement. Therefore, I should always remember and praise the spiritual master. At least three times a day I should offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of my spiritual master.

One who, with great care and alteration, loudly recites this beautiful prayer to the spiritual master during the Brahma-muhurta (early morning hours) obtains direct service to Krishna, the Lord of Vrndavana, at the time of his death.

Sri Sri Gurvastakam (Lyrics and Translation)
Srila Vishvanatha Chakravarti Thakura, who appeared in the middle of the seventeenth century, is a great spiritual master in the Krsna conscious chain of gurus and disciples. He says, “One who, with great care and alteration, loudly recites this beautiful prayer to the spiritual master during the Brahma-muhurta obtains direct service to Krsna, the Lord of Vrndavana, at the time of his death.”

 

 samsara-davanala-lidha-loka-
tranaya karunya-ghanaghanatwam
praptasya kalyana-gunarnavasya
vande guroh sri-charanaravindam
The spiritual master is receiving benediction from the ocean of mercy. Just as a cloud pours water on a forest fire to extinguish it, so the spiritual master delivers the materially afflicted world by extinguishing the blazing fire of material existence. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master, who is an ocean of auspicious qualities.
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samsara–(of) material existence; dava-anala–(by) the forest fire; lidha–afflicted; loka–the people; tranaya–to deliver; karunya–of mercy; ghanaghana-tvam–the quality of a cloud; praptasya–who has obtained; kalyana–auspicious; guna–(of) qualities; arnavasya–who is an ocean; vande–I offer obeisances; guroh–of my spiritual master; Sri–auspicious; carana-aravindam–unto the lotus feet.
mahapraboh kirtana-nritya-gita-
vaditra-madyan-manaso rasena
romancha-kampashru-taranga-bhajo
vande guroh sri-charanaravindam
Chanting the holy name, dancing in ecstasy, singing, and playing musical instruments, the spiritual master is always gladdened by the sankirtana movement of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Because he is relishing the mellows of pure devotion within his mind, sometimes his hair stands on end, he feels quivering in his body, and tears flow from his eyes like waves. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master.
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mahaprabhoh–of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu; kirtana–(by) chanting; nrtya–dancing; gita–singing; vaditra–playing musical instruments, madyat–gladdened; manasah–whose mind; rasena–due to the mellows of pure devotion; roma-anca– standing of the hair; kampa–quivering of the body; asru- taranga–torrents of tears; bhajah–who feels; vande–I offer my obeisances; guroh–of my spiritual master; sri-carana-aravindam–unto the lotus feet.
sri- vigraharadhana-nitya-nana
shringaira-tan-mandira-marjanadau
yuktasya bhaktamsh cha niyunjato pi
vande guroh sri-charanaravindam
The spiritual master is always engaged in the temple worship of Sri Sri Radha and Krsna. He also engages his disciples in such worship. They dress the Deities in beautiful clothes and ornaments, clean Their temple, and perform other similar worship of the Lord. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master.
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sri-vigraha–(of) the arca-vigraha (Deities); aradhana–the worship; nitya–daily; nana–(with) various; srngara–clothing and ornaments; tat–of the Lord; mandira–(of) the temple, marjana-adau–in the cleaning, etc.; yuktasya–who is engaged; bhaktan– his disciples; ca–and; niyunjatah–who engages; api–also; vande–I offer my obeisances; guroh–of my spiritual master, sri-carana-aravindam–unto the lotus feet.
chatur-vidha-sri-bhagavat-prasada-
swadv-anna-triptan hari-bhakta-sanghan
kritwaiva triptim bhajatah sadaiva
vande guroh sri-charanaravindam
The spiritual master is always offering Krsna four kinds of delicious food [analyzed as that which is licked, chewed, drunk, and sucked]. When the spiritual master sees that the devotees are satisfied by eating bhagavat-prasada, he is satisfied. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master.
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earth–four; vidha–kinds; Sri–holy; bhagavat-prasada–which have been offered to Krsna; svadu–palatable; anna–(by) foods; trptan–spiritually satisfied; hari–(of) Krsna; bhakta-sanghan– the devotees; krtva—having made; eva–thus; trptim– satisfaction; bhajatah–who feels; sada–always; eve–certainly; vande–I offer my obeisances; guroh–of my spiritual master, sri-carana-aravindam–unto the lotus feet.
sri-radhika-madhavayor apara-
madhurya-lila-guna-rupa-namnam
prati-kshanaswadana-lolupasya
vande guroh sri-charanaravindam
The spiritual master is always eager to hear and chant about the unlimited conjugal pastimes of Radhika and Madhava, and Their qualities, names, and forms. The spiritual master aspires to relish these at every moment. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master.
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sri-radhika–(of) Srimati Radharani; madhavayoh–of Lord Madhava (Krsna); apara–unlimited; madhurya–conjugal; lila– pastimes; guna–qualities; rupa–forms, namnam–of the holy names; prati-ksana–at every moment; asvadana–relishing; lolupasya–who aspires after; vande–I offer obeisances; guroh–of my spiritual master; sri-carana-aravindam–unto the lotus feet.
nikunja-yuno rati-keli-siddhyai
ya yalibhir yuktir apekshaniya
tatrati-dakshyad ati-vallabhasya
vande guroh sri-charanaravindam
The spiritual master is very dear, because he is expert in assisting the gopis, who at different times make different tasteful arrangements for the perfection of Radha and Krsna’s conjugal loving affairs within the groves of Vrndavana. I offer my most humble obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master.
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nikunja-yunah–of Radha and Krsna; rati– (of) conjugal love; keli–(of) pastimes; siddhyai–for the perfection; ya ya– whatever, alibhih–by the gopis; yuktih–arrangements; apeksanya–desirable; tatra–in that connection; ati-daksyat–because of being very expert; ati-vallabhasya–who is very dear; vande–I offer obeisances; guroh–of my spiritual master; sri-carana-aravindam–unto the lotus feet.
sakshad-dharitvena samasta-shastrair
uktas tatha bhavyata eva sadbhihi
kintu prabhor yah priya eva tasya
vande guroh sri-charanaravindam
The spiritual master is to be honored as much as the Supreme Lord, because he is the most confidential servitor of the Lord. This is acknowledged in all revealed scriptures and followed by all authorities. Therefore I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master, who is a bonafide representative of Sri Hari [Krsna].
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Saksat–directly; hari-tvena–with the quality of Hari; samasta– all; sastraih–by scriptures; uktah–acknowledged, tatha–thus; bhavyate–is considered; eva–also; sadbhih–by great saintly persons; kintu–however; prabhoh–to the Lord; yah–who; priyah– dear; eva–certainly; tasya–of him (the guru); vande–I offer obeisances; guroh–of my spiritual master; sri-carana-aravindam–unto the lotus feet.
yasya prasadad bhagavat-prasado
yasyaprasadan na gatih kuto ‘pi
dhyayan stuvams tasya yashas trisandhyam
vande guroh sri-charanaravindam
By the mercy of the spiritual master one receives the benediction of Krsna. Without the grace of the spiritual master, one cannot make any advancement. Therefore, I should always remember and praise the spiritual master. At least three times a day I should offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of my spiritual master.
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yasya–of whom (the spiritual master); prasadat–by the grace; bhagavat–(of) Krsna; prasadah–the mercy; yasya–of whom; aprasadat–without the grace; na–not; gatih–means of advancement ; kutah api–from anywhere; dhyayan–meditating upon; stuvan–praising; tasya–of him (the spiritual master); yasah–the glory; tri-sandhyam–three times a day (sunrise, noon, and sunset); vande–I offer obeisances; guroh–of my spiritual master; sri-carana-aravindam–unto the lotus feet.

 

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Prayers to Tulasi Devi

Thank you to Kamala Radha Devi Dasi, Philadelphia Vaishnavas CARE Team Volunteer, for submitting this beautiful video with Prayers to Srimati Tulasi Devi. Please watch and listen to this video. Lyrics and translation to the Prayers to Tulasi Devi are below: 

vrindayai tulasi-devyai th-7
priyayai keshavasya cha

krishna-bhakti-prade devi
satya-vatyai namah namah

vrndayai–unto Vrnda; tulasi-devyai–unto Tulasl Devi; priyayai– who is dear; kesavasya–to Lord Kesava; ca-and; krsna-bhakti– devotional service to Lord Krsna, prade–who bestows; devi–O goddess; satya-vatyai–unto Satyavati; namah namah–repeated obeisances.

TRANSLATION

I offer my repeated obeisances unto Vrnda, Srimati Tulasi Devi, who is very dear to Lord Kesava. O goddess, you bestow devotional service to Lord Krsna and possess the highest truth.

Sri Tulasi-kirtana

namo namaha tulasi! krishna-preyasi
radha-krishna-seva pabo ei abhilashije tomara sharana loy, tara vanchha purna hoy
kripa kori’ koro tare brindavana-basimor ei abhilash, bilas kunje dio vas
nayane heribo sada jugala-rupa-rashiei nivedana dharo, sakhir anugata koro
seva-adhikara diye koro nija dasi

dina krishna-dase koy, ei jena mora hoy
sri-radha-govinda-preme sada jena bhasi

TRANSLATION

O Tulasi, beloved of Krsna, I bow before you again and again. My desire is to obtain the service of Sri Sri Radha-Krsna.

Whoever takes shelter of you has his wishes fulfilled. Bestowing your mercy on him, you make him a resident of Vrndavana.

My desire is that you will also grant me a residence in the pleasure groves of Sri Vrndavana-dhama. Thus, within my vision I will always behold the beautiful pastimes of Radha and Krsna.

I beg you to make me a follower of the cowherd damsels of Vraja. Please give me the privilege of devotional service and make me your own maidservant.

This very fallen and lowly servant of Krsna prays, ”May I always swim in the love of Sri Radha and Govinda.

Sri Tulasi Pradaksina Mantra

yani kani cha papani
brahma-hatyadikani cha
tani tani pranashyanti
pradakshinaha pade pade

yani kani–whatever; ca–and; papani–sins; brahma-hatya–killing of a brahmana; adikani–and so on; ca–also, tani tani–all of them; pranasyanti–are destroyed; pradaksinah–(by) the circumambulation (of Tulasi Devi); pade pade–at every step.

By the circumambulation of Srimati Tulasi Devi all the sins that one may have committed are destroyed at every step, even the sin of killing a brahmana.

Vrnda devi is a pure devotee of Lord Krsna and is responsible for setting up the wonderful pastimes of Radha and Krsna in Vrndavana. She exists as Tulasi to benefit the fallen conditioned souls by bestowing devotional service to Krsna.

 

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Vaishnava Thakura

(Prayers to the Departed Vaishnava) Beautifully sung by Gaura vani and Kindred Spirit. Very peaceful and healing…

 

Bhaktivinod Thakur has written this song ”Ohe Vaisnava Thakura”.  This song is sung on the Disappearance Day of Srila Prabhupada and the Great Acaryas in our Disciplic Succession. 
 
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ohe! vaishnava thakura, doyara sagara,
e dase koruna kori’
diya pada-chaya, sodho he amaya,
tomara carana dhori
 
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chaya bega domi’, chaya dosa sodhi’,
chaya guna deho’ dase
chaya sat-sańga, deho’ he amare,
bosechi sańgera ase
 
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ekaki amara, nahi paya bala,
hari-nama-sańkirtane
tumi krpa kori’, sraddha-bindu diya,
deho’ krsna-nama-dhane
 
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krsna se tomara, krsna dite paro,
tomara sakati ache
ami to’ kańgala, ‘krsna’ ‘krsna’ boli’,
dhai tava pache pache

 

TRANSLATION

1) O venerable Vaishnava. O ocean of mercy, be merciful unto your servant. Give me the shade of your lotus feet and purify me. I hold on to your lotus feet.

th-32) Teach me to control my six passions; rectify my six faults, bestow upon me the six qualities, and offer unto me the six kinds of holy association.*

3) I do not find the strength to carry on alone the sankirtana of the holy name of Hari. Please bless me by giving me just one drop of faith with which to obtain the great treasure of the holy name of Krsna.

4) Krsna is yours. You have the power to give Him to me. I am simply your servant running behind you shouting, “Krsna! Krsna!”

 

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Sri Guru Vandana  

by Naratoma Dasa Thakura

Please watch this beautiful video footage of Srila Prabhupada.

Lyrics and Translation follow…

Lyrics and Translation

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śrī-guru-caraṇa-padma, kevala-bhakati-sadma,
bando muñi sāvadhāna mate
jāhāra prasāde bhāi, e bhava toriyā jāi,
kṛṣṇa-prāpti hoy jāhā ha’te.

The lotus feet of our spiritual master are the only way by which we can attain pure devotional service. I bow to his lotus feet with great awe and download-1reverence. By his grace one can cross the ocean of material suffering and obtain the mercy of Krsna. The lotus feet of our spiritual master are the only way by which we can attain pure devotional service. I bow to his lotus feet with great awe and reverence. By his grace one can cross the ocean of material suffering and obtain the mercy of Krsna.

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guru-mukha-padma-vākya, cittete koribo aikya,
ār nā koriho mane āśā
śrī-guru-caraṇe rati, ei se uttama-gati,
je prasāde pūre sarva āśā.

My only wish is to have my consciousness purified by the words emanating from his lotus mouth. Attachment to his lotus feet is the perfection that fulfills all desires.

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cakṣu-dān dilo jei, janme janme prabhu sei,
divya jñān hṛde prokāśito
prema-bhakti jāhā hoite, avidyā vināśa jāte,
vede gāy jāhāra carito.

He opens my darkened eyes and fills my heart with transcendental knowledge. He is my Lord birth after birth. From him ecstatic prema images-2emanates; by him ignorance is destroyed. The Vedic scriptures sing of his character.

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śrī-guru karuṇā-sindhu, adhama janāra bandhu,
lokanāth lokera jīvana
hā hā prabhu koro doyā, deho more pada-chāyā,
ebe jaśa ghuṣuk tribhuvana.

Our spiritual master is the ocean of mercy, the friend of the poor, and the lord and master of the devotees. O Lokanatha Goswami! O master! Be merciful unto me. Give me the shade of your lotus feet. Your fame is spread all over the three worlds.

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vaiṣṇava caraṇa reṇu, bhūṣaṇa koriyā tanu,
yāhā hoite anubhava hoy
mārjana hoy bhajana, sādhu sańge anukṣaṇa,
ajñāna avidyā parājaya.

downloadBy making the dust of the Vaisnavas’ feet the ornament of my body, ecstatic love comes. Washing the Vaisnavas’ lotus feet is my method of worship. By always associating with the Vaisnavas, I shall overcome the darkness of ignorance.

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jaya sanātana rūpa, prema bhakti rasa kūpa
yugala ujjvalamaya tanu
yāhāra prasāde loka, pāsarilo sab śoka,
prakaṭa kalapa taru janu.

O Srila Sanatana Gosvami and Srila Rupa Gosvami, who are two deep wells of the nectar of pure love, two personifications of the splendid nectar of the Divine Couple, and two desire trees by whose mercy the entire world is free from suffering, all glories to you!
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prema bhakti rīti yoto, nija granthe suvekata
likhiyāchen dui mahāśaya
yāhāra śravaṇa hoite, premānande bhāse cite,
yugala madhura rasāśrayaIn.

You are a reservoir of the sweet nectar of the Divine Couple. Hearing about you brings bliss to the heart.

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yugala kiśora prema, lakṣa bāṇa yeno hema images-4
heno dhana prakāśilo yārā
jaya rūpa sanātana, deho more prema dhana
se ratana more gole hārā.

You are fabulously wealthy, possessing ecstatic love for the youthful Divine Couple, a love more precious than gold purified in ten thousand flames. O Rupa and Sanatana Gosvami, all glories to you! I beg you, please give me in charity some of these jewel necklaces.

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bhāgavata śāstra marma, nava vidhā bhakti dharma,
sadāi koribo susevana
anya devāśraya nāi, tomāre kohilo bhāi,
ei bhakti parama bhajana.

imagesI shall eternally engage in the nine-fold process of devotional service, which is the essential message of Srimad-Bhagavatam, and I shall not worship the demigods. O brother, I say to you: Devotional service is the most exalted kind of worship.

 

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sādhu śāstra guru vākya, hṛdoye koriyā aikya,
satata bhāsibo prema mājhe
karmī jñānī bhakti hīna, ihāke koribo bhina,
narottama ei tattva gāje.

Making the words of the guru, sadhus and sastras one with my heart, I constantly float and swim in the ocean of pure love. I am different from the karmis and jnanis, who have no devotion for Krsna. Narottama speaks the truth.

 

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Please watch the following kirtan with His Grace Madhava Prabhu leading 

with traditional instruments and an excellent violin player.

This was filmed at the ISKCON Chowpatty temple.

Very inspiring! 

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This is an exceptionally inspiring kirtan led by HH Sacinandana Swami at Kirtan Mela in 2011. 

 

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The following is Madhava Prabhu leading kirtan — Radhadesh Mellows 2019

 

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Sri Nrisimha Pranama (Prayers to Lord Nrsimhadeva for Protection)

Sung by His Holiness Krishna Kshetra Maharaja

Krsna Dvaipayana Vyasa has written this song “namas te narasimhaya”. The official name of this song is Sri Nrisimha Pranama. This song is taken from the book Nrsimha Purana. Devotees of Lord Krishna pray to Lord Nrsimhadeva (the half man/half lion incarnation of Lord Krishna) for protection from all fear.. Lyrics and Translation follow below…

Lyrics and Translation:

namas te narasimhaya
prahladahlada-dayine
hiranyakasipor vakshahsila-
tanka-nakhalaye

ito nrisimhah parato nrisimho
yato yato yami tato nrisimhah
bahir nrisimho hridaye nrisimho
nrisimham adim saranam prapadye

thLord Nrisimha is here and also there. Wherever I go Lord Nrisimha is there. He is in the heart and is outside as well. I surrender to Lord Nrisimha, the origin of all things and the supreme refuge.

Prayer to Lord Nrisimha
by Jayadeva Gosvami

tava kara-kamala-vare nakham adbhuta-sringam
dalita-hiranyakasipu-tanu-bhringam
kesava dhrita-narahari-rupa jaya jagadisa hare

O Kesava! O Lord of the universe! O Lord Hari, who have assumed the form of half-man, half-lion! All glories to You! Just as one can easily crush a wasp between one’s fingernails, so in the same way the body of the wasplike demon Hiranyakasipu has been ripped apart by the wonderful pointed nails on Your beautiful lotus hands.

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Prayers from the Brahma Samhita

Sung by Her Grace Yamuna Devi Dasi

Lyrics and English Translation are below.

 

Lyrics:

Govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami

Venum kvanantam aravinda-dalayataksam Barhavatamsam asitambuda-sundarangam

Kandarpa-koti-kamaniya-visesa-sobham

Govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami

Angani yasya sakalendriya-vrtti-manti Pasyanti panti kalyanti ciram jaganti

Ananda-cinmaya-sad-ujjvala-vigrahasya

Govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami 

 

Translation:

thI worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, who is adept in playing on His flute, with blooming eyes like lotus petals, His head decked with peacock feathers, the figure of beauty tinged with the hue of blue clouds,

His unique loveliness charming millions of cupids. I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, whose transcendental form is full of bliss, truth, substantiality and is thus full of the most dazzling splendor.

Each of the limbs of that transcendental figure possesses in Himself, the full-fledged functions of all the organs, and eternally sees, maintains and manifests the infinite universes, both spiritual and mundane.

 

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NITAI PADA KAMALA
by Narottama Dasa Thakura.

Lyrics and English Translation Below…

A Bhakti art devotional slideshow featuring artwork images of The Supreme Personality of Godhead th-1Lord Sri Nityananda, the incarnation of Lord Sri Balarama, Who appeared as an associate of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, The Supreme Personality Of Godhead, Krishna Himself, Who as the Yuga Avatara, Inaugurated the Sri Krsna Sankirtan Movement, which propagates the chanting of The Hare Krishna Maha-mantra as the prescribed method of God Realization in this present age of Kali yuga. This video is set to the Bengali song “Nitai Pada Kamala” – “Nityananda Nistha Song 1; Mana Siksa composed by The Vaisnava Acharya Srila Narottama Dasa Thakura and performed by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.The lyrics and English translation follow…

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nitāi-pada-kamala, koṭi-candra-suśītala
je chāyāy jagata jurāy
heno nitāi bine bhāi, rādhā-kṛṣṇa pāite nāi
dṛḍha kori’ dharo nitāir pāy

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se sambandha nāhi jā’r, bṛthā janma gelo tā’r
sei paśu boro durācār
nitāi nā bolilo mukhe, majilo saḿsāra-sukhe
vidyā-kule ki koribe tār

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ahańkāre matta hoiyā, nitāi-pada pāsariyā
asatyere satya kori māni
nitāiyer koruṇā habe, braje rādhā-kṛṣṇa pābe
dharo nitāi-caraṇa du’khāni

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nitāiyer caraṇa satya, tāhāra sevaka nitya
nitāi-pada sadā koro āśa
narottama boro dukhī, nitāi more koro sukhī
rākho rāńgā-caraṇera pāśa

TRANSLATION:

images1) The lotus feet of Lord Nityananda are a shelter where one will get the soothing moonlight not only of one, but of millions of moons. If the world wants to have real peace, it should take shelter of Lord Nityananda. Unless one takes shelter under the shade of the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda, it will be very difficult for him to approach Radha-Krsna. If one actually wants to enter into the dancing party of Radha-Krsna, he must firmly catch hold of the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda.

2) Anyone who has not established his relationship with Nityananda Prabhu is understood to have spoiled his valuable human birth. Such a human being is actually an uncontrollable animal. Because he never uttered the holy name of Nityananda, he has become merged into so-called material happiness. What can his useless education and family tradition do to help him?

3) Being maddened after false prestige and identification with the body, one is thinking, oh, what is Nityananda? What can He do for me? I images-2don’t care. The result is that he is accepting something false to be truth. If you actually want to approach the association of Radha-Krsna, you must first achieve the mercy of Lord Nityananda. When He is merciful toward you, then you will be able to approach Radha-Krsna. Therefore you should firmly grasp the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda

4) The lotus feet of Nityananda are not illusion; they are a fact. One who engages in the transcendental loving service of Nityananda is also transcendental. Always try to catch the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda. This Narottama dasa is very unhappy, therefore I am praying to Lord Nityananda to make me happy. My dear Lord, please keep me close to Your lotus feet.

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Classic Hare Krsna Kirtan Sung by His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada. Footage is from the early days of the International Society for Krsna consciousness (ISKCON) (1960’s -1970’s). 

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The following is a collection of inspiring bhajans sung

by His Grace Kripamoya Das from England. Please listen…

Song #1: “Manasa Deho Geho Jo Kichu Mor” Composed by Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur.  This song is taken from the book Sarangati. Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura says that whatever birth one may take one should be associated with devotees of Lord Krishna because with the association of devotees one can attain “Krishna Prema“or love for Lord Krishna.

Lyrics:  
 
(1)
manasa, deho, geho, jo kichu mor
arpilu tuwa pade, nanda-kisor!
 
(2)
sampade vipade, jivane-marane
day mama gela, tuwa o-pada barane
 
(3)
marobi rakhobi-jo iccha tohara
nitya-dasa prati tuwa adhikara
 
(4)
janmaobi moe iccha jadi tor
bhakta-grhe jani janma hau mor
 
(5)
kita-janma hau jatha tuwa das
bahir-mukha brahma janme nahi as
 
(6)
bhukti-mukti-sprha vihina je bhakta
labhaite tako sańga anurakta
 
(7)
janaka, janani, dayita, tanay
prabhu, guru, pati-tuhu sarva-moy
 
(8)
bhakativinoda kohe, suno kana!
radha-natha! tuhu hamara parana
Translation: 
 
(1) Mind, body, and family, whatever may be mine, I have surrendered at Your lotus feet, O youthful son of Nanda!
 
(2) In good fortune or in bad, in life or at death, all my difficulties have disappeared by choosing those feet of Yours as my only shelter.
 
(3) Slay me or protect me as You wish, for You are the master of Your eternal servant.
 
(4) If it is Your will that I be born again, then may it be in the home of Your devotee.
 
(5) May I be born again even as a worm, so long as I may remain Your devotee. I have no desire to be born as a Brahma averse to You.
 
(6) I yearn for the company of that devotee who is completely devoid of all desire for worldly enjoyment or liberation.
 
(7) Father, mother, lover, son, Lord, preceptor, and husband; You are everything to me.
 
(8) Thakura Bhaktivinoda says, “O Kana, please hear me! O Lord of Radha, You are my life and soul!”
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