Beautiful Kirtan

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Kulgachia Gram, Howrah District
6 May 2018, part 17


We want saranagati (surrender). Always read the Saranagati kirtans—there are very beautiful kirtans in this book by Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur. I can remember one kirtan now, it is the most beautiful kirtan:

sarvasva tomara, charane sapiya,
padechhi tomara ghare
tumi ta' thakura, tomara kukkura,
baliya janaha more [1]

"I have offered everything at Your feet and taken shelter in Your home. You are my Master; please consider me Your dog."

badhiya nikate, amare palibe,
rahiba tomara dvare
pratipa-janere, asite na diba,
rakhiba gadera pare [2]

"Tie me up nearby and maintain me. I will remain at Your doorstep. I will not allow any inimical persons to enter; I will keep them on the far side of Your moat."

"Tie me to your door, keep me near you." You know how faithful a dog is. "When your enemy comes (somebody who is not a devotee of Krishna), I will bark and chase them away, and if your own men come, I will affectionately see to them and give them a seat."

tava nija-jana, prasada seviya,
uchchhista rakhibe yaha
amara bhojana, parama-anande,
prati-dina habe taha [3]

"Whatever remnants Your devotees leave behind after honouring Your prasad I will eat every day with great joy."

And when we go to distribute prasad, we look how much paneer or sweets we give because we are afraid nothing will be left for us. This is not service to devotees. It is said here, "With great joy, I will take whatever remnants your devotees leave after honouring your prasad."

basiya suiya, tomara charana
chintiba satata ami
nachite nachite, nikate yaiba,
yakhana dakibe tumi [4]

"While sitting up or lying down, I will always think of Your feet. I will come to You whenever You call me, dancing all the way."

"I will come to you dancing when you call me." It is such a beautiful kirtan...


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One More Year Passed
As one more years draws to its end, His Divine Grace muses on the value and meaning of life, quoting several Vaishnav songs: 'Life is shaky—it is here now, and then it is gone. Serve the Lord's feet!'


Ki-rupe paiba seva
'It is not possible to conquer maya by engaging in maya. I see no other way to get relief except for the mercy of sadhus.'
কিরূপে পাইব সেবা

Atma, the soul, is covered by Maya with the illusory environment, but through good
association the soul can become open, can become clean, nirmal.