SARANAGATI (SURRENDER) | Sri Laghu-chandrika-bhasya
"O Lord! Let me take birth, even as a worm, in the home of those whose sole happiness is Your service. O Lord, never let me take birth, even as Brahma, among those who are averse to You."
kamadinam kati na katidha palita durnidesas
(Sri Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu: Paschima-vibhaga, 2.35)
"O Lord, I have obeyed the wicked dictates of lust, anger, and so on, for so long and in so many ways! Yet they have never taken pity upon me, and I have never felt shame or satisfaction! O Lord of the Yadus, now I have abandoned them and attained proper consciousness: I have surrendered unto You, the abode of fearlessness. Please engage me in Your service."
naitan manas tava kathasu vikuntha-natha
(Srimad Bhagavatam: 7.9.39)
* [The remaining Sanksrit verses in this section are accompanied by Bengali verse translations from Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur's Bhajana-rahasya. These Bengali verses have been translated into English prose:]
durita-dusita mana asadhu manasa
"My mind is sinful, polluted, and dishonest. It is controlled by lust, pleasure, lamentation, fear, and desire. How will I obtain loving attachment for discussions about You? O Krishna, how will I reflect upon Your Pastimes?"
jihvaikato 'chyuta vikarsati mavitrpta
(Srimad Bhagavatam: 7.9.40)
jihva tane rasa prati upastha kadarthe
"Like a householder pulled in different directions by each of his wives, my mind is pulled by the tongue towards tastes, by the genitals towards perversion, by the belly towards eating, by the skin towards a comfortable bed, by the ears towards discussions, by the nose towards fragrances, by the eyes towards sights, and by the senses of action towards their respective functions. Such is my predicament, O Nanda Nandan! How shall I remember Your Pastimes?"
tad astu me natha sa bhuri-bhago
(Srimad Bhagavatam: 10.14.30)
ei brahma-janmei va anya kona bhave
"In this birth as Brahma, or in another life born as an animal or bird by Your will, I desire only to remain in the association of Your devotees and to engage in various ways in the service of Your feet."
ko nv isa te pada-saroja-bhajam
(Srimad Bhagavatam: 3.4.15)
krsna, tava pada-padme bhakti achhe yanra
"O Krishna, which of the four ends (dharma, artha, kama, and moksa) remain unattainable for one who has devotion to Your lotus feet? Still, I desire only the service of Your feet; I have no need for any other end."
na kamaye natha tad apy aham kvachin
(Srimad Bhagavatam: 4.20.24)
yahate tomara pada-seva-sukha nai
"I never desire any benediction which does not grant the joy of service to Your feet. O Lord! Grant me ten thousand ears to hear the narrations of Your glories from the hearts of Your devotees."
na naka-prstham na cha paramesthyam
(Srimad Bhagavatam: 6.11.25)
svarga, paramesthi-sthana, sarvabhauma-pada
"O Ultimate Principle, I do not desire residence in the heavenly planets, the post of Brahma, dominion over the Earth, rule of the hellish planets, the powers produced by yoga practice, liberation from the material world, or any other such end, if I have to give up Your service. This is my sincere promise."
aham hare tava padaika-mula
(Srimad Bhagavatam: 6.11.24)
chhinu tava nitya-dasa, gale bandhi' maya-pasa,
"I was Your eternal servant but I became bound around the neck by the ropes of maya and suffered in various ways within this material world. Now again I am hoping that by becoming the servant of Your servants and serving You, I may attain some trace of devotion. O Lord of my heart, may my mind perpetually remember Your glories. May my tongue chant Your Name. May I obtain fulfilment by engaging my hands in Your service. I have offered my heart at Your feet."
Goptrtve Varan, Embracing the Lord's Guardianship
Visrambhatmika, Confidence in the Lord's Protection
Varjanatmika, Rejecting the Unfavourable
Anukulyatmika, Accepting the Favourable
Bhajana-Lalasa (Hankering for Service):
Siddha-Lalasa (Hankering for Fulfilment):
Vijnapti (Prayer of Heartfelt Hankering):
Sri Nama-Mahatmya (The Glories of the Name):
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