Monday, May 2, 2016

Self-Counsel (ātma-upadeśa): A Translation of a Passage from the Nama Ghosa



ātma-upadeśa

he jihbā sadā tora, madhurese mātra pria
jāna tañi rasara sāraka .
āna teji nirantare, karioka mātra pāna
nārāaa nāma amtaka .. 89

he jihbā tañi sadā, āhmāta nirddaa bhaili
kene nobolasa rāma bāī .
sasāra sāgare io, harise sudṛḍha nāwa
jāni hari bulio kalyāī .. 90

he kara sadā tora, śabada mātrase pria
tañi śabda madhura jānasa .
koi amtatodhika, parama madhura śabda
śuna sadā kṛṣṇa nāma yaśa .. 91

he mana tora kāma, sakalpa bikalpa dharmma
teji michā kāmanā [byāpāra] sakala .
sadāe sakalpa mātra, kario suhda mana
kṛṣṇanāma parama magala .. 92

śunio hdaa hera, brahmāṇḍa bhitare yata
bastu āche toka nojoaa .
tāka teji kṛṣṇanāma, akaa amta piā
santoaka labhio hdaa .. 93

śunioka buddhi tora, kewale niścaa dharmma
teji sawe bināśī biaa .
sadā śuddha sumagala, akaa kṛṣṇara nāma
tāke mātra kario niścaa .. 94

śuna hera ahakāra, nicinta āpuna māra
michā ahammamaka tejio .
parama īśbara kṛṣṇa, huoka tāhāna dāsa
sādhusage kṛṣṇaka bhajio .. 95

śunioka citta hera, parama rahasya bāī
tumi śuddha jñānara ālaa .
kṛṣṇa nitya śuddha buddha, parama īśbara dewa
nachāibā tāhāna āśraa .. 96

kṛṣṇa nija iṣṭadewa, ātmā priatama guru
suhda sodara bandhujana .
kṛṣṇe mora mati gati, kṛṣṇata bhakati rati
kṛṣṇapāwe nimajoka mana .. 97


Self-Counsel (
ātma-upadeśa)

O tongue! Only the sweet is dear to you always;
you are the connoisseur of taste (
rasa).
Forsaking other things, please do only the drinking
of the nectar of the ‘Narayana’ name. 89

O tongue! Always you have become cruel to me;
for what reason do you not utter the word ‘Rama?’
In this
samsara-ocean, only ‘Hari’ is the well-secured boat.
Knowing, utter ‘Hari,’ beneficial lady! 90

O ear! Always, only sound is dear to you;
you are the discerner of sweet sound.
A billion times sweeter then nectar, the supremely sweet sound;
listen always to Krsna’s name and glory. 91

O mind! Yours is the duty of thinking and considering alternatives.
Forsaking all other false affairs,
you always think only on, beloved mind,
the supremely beneficial name, ‘Krsna.’ 92

Hey heart, listen! All things that are within the perimeter of this universe;
all these are not enough for you.
Forsaking those, drinking the inexhaustible nectar of Krsna’s names,
you obtain satisfaction, heart! 93

Please listen, intellect! Yours is solely the duty of resolving.
Forsaking all destructible sense-objects;
the pure, very auspicious, indestructible name of ‘Krsna’—
on that, only, you resolve always. 94

Hey ego, listen! Do not plot your own downfall;
you forsake all your false egotism.
Supreme Lord is Krsna—you become His servant;
do pure devotion to Krsna in pure devotees’ company. 95

Please listen, O conscience! I say this supremely secret word.
You are the abode of unstained knowledge.
Only Krsna is forever-existing (nitya), pure (suddha) and wise (buddha). He is the Supreme Lord and controlling entity.
Do not ever leave His shelter. 96

Krsna is my own deity, my most beloved self, my teacher.
He is my kinsman, my brother and bosom friend.
Let, towards only Krsna, my intellect move; let, in Krsna, fond attachment develop in my mind;
let, into Krsna’s feet, my mind sink. 97

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