The host requested a Bengali Bhajan. Amala Kirtan sang “Bhaja Hure Mana” — one of my own favorite bhajans.
Click below for lyrics and translation.
Song Name: Bhaja Hu Re Mana
Official Name: None
Author: Govinda Das Kaviraja
Book Name: None
bhajahū re mana śrī-nanda-nandana
taroho e bhava-sindhu re
śīta ātapa bāta bariṣaṇa
e dina jāminī jāgi re
biphale sevinu kṛpaṇa durajana
capala sukha-laba lāgi‘ re
e dhana, yaubana, putra, parijana
ithe ki āche
bhajahū hari-pada nīti re
1) O mind just worship the
lotus feet of the son of Nanda, which make one
fearless. Having obtained this rare human birth, cross over
this ocean of worldly existence through the association of saintly persons.
2) Both in the day and at
night I remain sleepless, suffering the pains of the heat and cold, the wind
and the rain. For a fraction of flickering happiness I have uselessly served
wicked and miserly men.
3) What assurance of real
happiness is there in all of one’s wealth, youthfulness, sons, and family
members? This life is tottering like a drop of water on a lotus petal;
therefore you should always serve and worship the divine feet of Lord Hari.
4) It is the desire and
great longing of Govinda Dasa
to engage himself in the nine processes of bhakti,
namely hearing the glories of Lord Hari and chanting
those glories, constantly remembering Him and offering prayers to Him, serving
the Lord’s lotus feet, serving the Supreme Lord as a servant, worshiping Him
with flowers and incense and so forth, serving Him as a friend, and completely
offering the Lord one’s very self.
Remarks/ Extra Information:
song is to be sung in Raga Bhairavi in Tintal.