, Gaudiya Vaishnavism
Kabe Habe Bolo
(When, O When, Will That Day Be Mine?)
by Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura
kabe ha'be bolo se-dina amar
(amar) aparadha ghuci, suddha name ruci,
krpa-bale habe hrdoye sañcar
When, O when, will that day be mine? When will you give me
your blessings, erase all my offences and give my heart a
taste [ruci] for chanting the Holy Name
trnadhika hina, kabe nije mani',
sahisnuta-guna hrodyete ani'
sakale manada, apani amani,
hoye aswadibo nama-rasa-sar
When will I taste the essence of the Holy Name, feeling myself
to be lower than the grass, my heart filled with tolerance? When
will I give respect to all others and be free from desire
for respect from them?
dhana jana ara, kobita-sundari,
bolibo na-cahi deha-sukha-kari
janme-janme dao, ohe gaurahari!
ahaituki bhakti carane tomar
When will I cry out that I have no longer any desire
for wealth and followers, poetry and beautiful women,
all of which are meant just for bodily pleasure?
O Gaura Hari! Give me causeless devotional
service [bhakti] to your lotus feet,
birth after birth.
(kobe) korite sri-krsna-name uccarana
pulakita deho gadgada bacana
baibarnya-bepathu ha'be sanghatana,
nirantara netre ba'be asru-dhar
When will my body be covered with goose bumps and my voice
broken with emotion as I pronounce Krishna's name? When will my body change colour and
my eyes flow with endless tears as I chant?
kobe nabadwipe, suradhuni-tate
gaura-nityananda boli' niskapate
naciya gaiya, beraibo chute
batulera praya chariya bicar
When will I give up all thought of the world and society to run
like a madman along the banks of the Ganges in Navadvipa,
singing and danvcing and sincerely calling out the names of
Gaura and Nityananda?
kobe nityananda, more kori' doya,
charaibe mora visayera maya
diya more nija-caranera chaya,
namera hatete dibe adhikar
When will Nityananda Prabhu be merciful to me and deliver me from
the enchantment [maya] of the sense objects? When
will he give me the shade of his lotus feet and the right to
enter the market place [hama-hatta] of the Holy Name?
kinibo, lutibo, hari-nama-rasa,
nama-rase mati' hoibo vivasa
rasera rasika-carana parasa
koriya mojibo rase anibar
When will I buy, borrow or steal the ecstasies of the Holy Name?
When will I lose myself in the intoxication of the Holy Name?
When will I immerse myself in the nectar of the Holy Name after
grasping the feet of a saint who constantly relishes the flavours
[rasa] of devotion?
kabe jibe doya, hoibe udoya,
nija-sukha bhuli' sudina-hrdoya
bhaktivinoda, koriya binoya,
sri-ajña-tahala koribe pracar
When will I feel compassion for all living beings [jibas]?
When will I forget my own pleasure in genuine humility? And when will I,
Bhaktivinode, meekly go from door to door,
preaching your message of love?
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