Gitavali, Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur
durlabha manava-janma labhiya samsare
I have got a very rare human life in this world, but I have not worshipped Lord Krishna. Whom can I tell of my misery?
'samsara' 'samsara' kari' michhe gela kala
Time has passed as I have been busy in my material life, and I have got nothing—only became burdened.
kisera samsara ei chhayabaji praya
What sort of world is this? It is like a play of shadows. While I affectionately take it as my own, my days pass by in vain.
e deha patana ha'le ki rabe amara?
When this body drops dead, what will remain ‘mine'? Upon death neither my sons nor my family will give me any satisfaction.
gardabhera mata ami kari parisrama
I toil laboriously like an ass. For whom am I doing this? Still my illusion has not been dispelled.
dina yaya michha kaje, nisa nidra-vase
My days are passed in useless work and nights are wasted on sleeping. It never occurs to me that there is death sitting next to me.
bhala manda khai, heri, pari, chinta-hina
I eat luxuriously, look around, and dress carelessly, never considering that one day I will leave this body.
Constant thoughts of my body, home, wife, and so on, arise in my heart and spoil my intelligence.
haya, haya! nahi bhavi—anitya e saba
Alas! Alas! I never considered that all of these things are temporary. When my soul departs, where will all these opulences remain?
smasane sarira mama padiya rahibe
My body will be laid to rest at the crematorium. There birds and insects will enjoy it.
kukkura srgala saba anandita ha'ye
Dogs and jackals will happily have a festival with my body.
ye dehera ei gati, tara anugata
This is the fate of my body, its effects, material wealth, and all of my companions.
ataeva maya-moha chhadi buddhimana
So, intelligent souls! Abandon Maya's illusion and search for the eternal truth: devotion to Krsna.
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