, Gaudiya Vaishnavism
(A Humble Prayer)
by Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura
emona durmati, samsara bhitare
poriya achinu ami
taba nija-jana, kono mahajane
pathaiya dile tumi
O Lord! I was such an evil person and had fallen into the deepest depths
of material life. Then you were so kind that you sent me one of your
intimiate associates [= sri guru], a great authority on spiritual life.
daya kori' more, patita dekhiya
kohilo amare giya
ohe dina-jana, suno bhalo katha
ullasita habe hiya
This great person [a mahajana] saw how
fallen I was and took compassion on me. He said: "O unfortunate one! Listen
to me, I have some good news that will make your heart joyful."
tomare tarite, sri krsna-caitanya
toma heno kata, dina hina jane,
In order to deliver you, Sri Krishna Chaitanya
has descended to the city of Navadvipa. He has helped so many
unfortunate and fallen people like yourself cross over the ocean of material life.
vedera pratijña, rakhibara tare,
mahaprabhura name, nadiya mataya
sange bhai avadhuta
In order to fulfill the Vedic prophecy, he has appeared in a brahmana
family with a golden skin colour. Named Mahaprabhu,
he enlives the entire town of Navadvipa in the company of his older brother,
nanda suta jini, caitanya gosañi
nija-nama kori' dana
tailo jagat, tumi-o jaiya
He who is the son of Nanda Maharaja has now appeared as
Chaitanya Gosai, making a gift of his own
holy name. By so doing, he has delivered the universe. Now you
too should go to him and assure your own salvation.
se katha suniya, asiyachi, natha!
bhakativinoda, kandiya kandiya
Upon hearing this message, I came here to take shelter of your lotus feet,
O Master! Crying profusely, I, Bhaktivinoda, am
telling you the story of my life.
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