Translations of various devotional texts.
Gaudiya Vaishnava songs - verses and translations
Madhava - Sat, 23 Nov 2002 20:31:07 +0530
Here is a selection of lyrics for traditional Gaudiya Vaishnava songs to be sung during arati and before patha, translated by Advaitadas. There is a CD recording of them too, available from him.
Madhava - Sat, 23 Nov 2002 20:32:36 +0530
1) SRI GURU VANDANA (VAISNAVA DASA)
2) MANGALA ARATI GAURA KISORA
3) MANGALA ARATI YUGALA KISORA
4) SRI PANCA TATTVA VANDANA (SONG BEFORE CLASSES)
5) SRI RADHA-KRSNA VANDANA (SONG AFTER CLASSES)
SONGS FOR EVENING ARATI:
6) GAURA ARATI (VIRA BALLABHA DASA)
7) RADHA’S EVENING ARATI (JAYA JAYA RADHA-JI GO)
8) MADANA GOPALA’S EVENING ARATI
9) TULASI EVENING ARATI
Madhava - Sat, 23 Nov 2002 20:36:00 +0530
SRI-SRI GURU VANDANA
jaya jaya zrI guru, prema kalapa taru
adbhuta yAko prakAza
“All glories to zrI Guru, the wish-yielding tree of Love of God, whose manifestation is so astonishing.”
hiyA ageyAna, timira vara jJAna
sucandra kiraNe koru nAza
“With the nice moonbeams of his knowledge he destroyed the deep darkness of ignorance in my heart.”
iha locana Ananda dhAma
ayAcita eheno patita heri yo pahuG
yAci deyalo harinAma
“He is the abode of bliss for the eyes. Seeing this fallen soul, he gave me HarinAma, which is coveted by everyone, although I did not even ask for it.”
duragati agati, asata mati yo jana,
nAhi sukRti lava leza
“This person is hellbound and helpless, and my intelligence is totally corrupt. I do not even have a drop of pious merit.”
zrI vRndAvana, yugala bhajana dhana,
mohe korolo upadeza
“He instructed me in the treasure of the worship of the Divine Couple zrI-zrI RAdhA-KRSNa in zrI VRndAvana.”
niramala gaura, prema rasa siJcane,
pUralo saba mana Aza
“By showering me with the spotless prema rasa which is given by Lord GaurAGga, he fulfilled all my desires.”
so caraNAmbuje, rati nAhi hoyalo
royata vaiSNava dAsa
“VaiSNava DAsa weeps: I did not attain loving attachment to the lotus feet of my Gurudeva.”
Madhava - Sat, 23 Nov 2002 20:40:37 +0530
MANGALA ARATI GAURA KISORA
by Krishna Dasa
This is a popular Bengali song describing the auspicious ceremony of awakening the youthful Lord Caitanya (Gaura Kisora). It is often sung together with the next song, which is in the same mode and which describes the mangala arati of Radha and Krishna.
maGgala Aroti gaura kizora
maGgala nityAnanda jora hi jora
The auspicious ceremony of awakening the youthful Gaura (zrI Caitanya MahAprabhu) takes place along with the loud awakening of Lord NityAnanda.
mangala zrI advaita bhakata hi saGge
zrI Advaita AcArya is awoken along with His devotees.
maGgala gAota prema taraGga
Auspicious songs are sung, flowing on like waves of love of God.
mangala bAjata khola karatala
Auspicious drums and handcymbals resound.
maGgala hari dAsa nAcata bhAlo
The auspicious devotee Hari dAsa ThAkura dances beautifully.
mangala dhUpa dIpa loiyA svarUpa
zrI SvarUpa DAmodara GosvAmI takes auspicious incense and lamps.
mangala Aroti kore aparUpa
And he performs a wonderful mangala Arati ceremony.
maGgala gadAdhara heri pahuG hAsa
The auspicious GadAdhara PaNDit smiles when he sees the Lord.
mangala gAote dIna kRSNa dAsa
The fallen devotee KRSNa DAsa sings this auspicious song.
Madhava - Sat, 23 Nov 2002 20:42:29 +0530
MANGALA AROTI YUGALA KISORA
by Syamananda Thakura
This song describes the auspicious ceremony of awakening RAdhA and KRSNa in VrindAvan’s love groves.
mangala aroti yugala kizora
jaya jaya koratahi sakhI-gaNa bhora
Their girlfriends (sakhIs) are praising the youthful Divine Couple during Their MaGgala Arati, singing jaya! jaya!
ratana pradIpa koru Talamala tora
A jeweled lamp is being swung around as an offering to RAdhA-KRSNa.
nirakhata mukha vidhu zyAma sugaura
The sakhIs behold the moonlike faces of bluish KRSNa and golden RAdhA.
lalitA vizAkhA sakhI preme agora (2x)
The girlfriends LalitA and VizAkhA are absorbed in feelings of love.
koroto niramanchan doJhe duhuG bhora (2x)
They are absorbed in worshipping both RAdhA and KRSNa (with this mangala Arati-ceremony).
zrI vRndAvana kuJja bhuvana ujora
The forestgrove in VRndAvan beautifies the whole world.
mUrati manohara yugala kizora
Along with the enchanting form of the divine youthful Couple RAdhA and KRSNa.
gAoete zuka pika nAcata mor (2x)
The parrots and the cuckoos sing and the peacocks dance in VRndAvan.
cAGda upekhi mukha nirakhe cakora (2x)
The Cakora-birds reject their beloved moon to stare at the beautiful faces of RAdhA and KRSNa.
bajata vividha yantra ghana ghora
Many kinds of musical instruments are being played busily.
zyAmAnanda Ananda bajaya jaya tora
zyAmAnanda blissfully plays them for the divine Couple.
Madhava - Sat, 23 Nov 2002 20:46:22 +0530
SRI PANCA TATTVA VANDANA
This is a Bengali song in praise of zrI Caitanya MahAprabhu and His eternal associates, sung before commencing lectures.
jaya jaya nityAnandAdvaita gaurAGga
Glory to Lord NityAnanda, zrI Advaita AcArya and Lord GaurAGga (Caitanya)!
nitAi gaurAGga! nitAi gaurAGga! (2x)
jaya jaya nityAnandAdvaita gaurAGga
jaya jaya yazodA nandana zacI suta gauracandra
Glory to the son of mother YazodA (KRSNa) who now appeared as the moonlike Gaura (Caitanya), the son of mother zacI.
jaya jaya rohiNI nandana balarAma nityAnanda
Glory to Lord NityAnanda, Who is actually Lord BalarAma, the son of mother RohiNI.
jaya jaya mahA viSNu avatAra zrI advaita candra
Glory to the moonlike zrI Advaita, who is an descension of MahA ViSNu.
jaya jaya gadAdhara zrIvAsAdi gaura bhakta vRnda
Glory to GadAdhara PaNDita, zrIvAsa PaNDita and the other devotees of Lord Gaura.
jaya jaya svarUp rUpa sanAtana rAy rAmAnanda
Glory to SvarUpa DAmodara GosvAmI, RUpa GosvAmI, SanAtana GosvAmI and zrI RAmAnanda RAya, Lord Caitanya’s foremost associates.
jaya jaya khaNDa-vAsI narahari murAri mukunda
Glory to the inhabitants of the town of KhaNDa (in Bengal) named Narahari, MurArI and Mukunda (see Caitanya CaritAmRta Adi-lIlA chapter 10, verses 78 and 79).
jaya jaya paJca putra saGge nAce rAy bhavAnanda
Glory to BhavAnanda RAy, who dances along with his five devotee-sons (see Caitanya CaritAmRta Adi lIlA chapter 10, verses 133 and 134).
jaya jaya tina putra saGge nAce sen zivAnanda
Glory to zivAnanda Sen, who dances along with his three sons (see Caitanya CaritAmRta Adi lIlA chapter 10, verse 62).
jaya jaya dvAdaza gopAla Adi cauSaThi mahanta
Glory to the twelve cowherdboy-associates of Lord NityAnanda (or BalarAma) and all the sixty-four great associates of Lord Caitanya.
ei bAr kRpA kori deho gaura caraNAravinda
This time please give me the lotus feet of Lord Gaura!
gaura caraNAravinda (2x)
jaya jaya nityAnandAdvaita gaurAGga
Glory to Lord NityAnanda, Advaita AcArya and Lord GaurAGga!
jaya jaya nityAnanda
zrI advaita gaurAGga (2x)
Madhava - Sat, 23 Nov 2002 20:52:59 +0530
SRI RADHA-KRISHNA VANDANA
This Bengali song, glorifying zrI-zrI-KRSNa and Their eternal associates, is sung after lectures.
jaya jaya rAdhe kRSNa! govinda!
All glories to RAdhA and KRSNa, who is also called Govinda.
rAdhe govinda ! rAdhe govinda!
e bAr doyA koro go rAdhe!
(This time by merciful to me, O RAdhe!)
rAdhe govinda! rAdhe govinda!
jaya jaya rAdhe kRSNa govinda!
jaya jaya zyAmasundar madan mohan vRndAvana candra
All glories to zyAmasundara, or beautiful and black KRSNa, Who enchants even Cupid (Madan Mohana) and Who shines like the moon in VRndAvana (VRndAvana Candra).
jaya jaya rAdhA ramaN rAs bihArI zrI gokulAnanda !
All glories to KRSNa, who is the lover of RAdhA (RAdhA RamaNa), the enjoyer of the RAsa dance (RAsa bihArI) and who gives joy to the area of Gokula (GokulAnanda).
jaya jaya rAdhA kAnta rAdhA vinoda zrI rAdhA govinda
All glories to KRSNa, who is the lover of RAdhA (RAdhA KAnta), who pleases RAdhA (RAdhA Vinoda) and glories to RAdhA and Govinda together!
jaya jaya rAsezvari vinodini bhAnukula candra
All glories to zrImatI RAdhArANI, who is the Queen of the RAsa-dance (RAsezvarI) who gives pleasure (VinodinI) and who rises like the moon in the family of king VRSabhAnu (BhAnukula Candra)!
jaya jaya lalitA vizAkhA Adi yoto sakhI vRnda
All glories to LalitA and VizAkhA and all the other girlfriends of RAdhA and KRSNa.
jaya jaya zrI rUpa maJjarI Adi maJjarI anaGga
All glories to zrI RUpa maJjarI and all the other maidservants of RAdhA and KRSNa, such as AnaGga MaJjarI, zrI RAdhA’s younger sister.
jaya jaya paurNamAsI kundalatA jaya bIra vRndA
All glories to PaurNamAsI, the incarnation of YogamAyA, who arranges for RAdhA and KRSNa’s secret meetings, KundalatA, KRSNa’s niece, and VIrA and VRndA, the expert messengers of RAdhA and KRSNa.
tomrA sabei mile doyA koro Ami ati manda
All of you please be merciful to me, I am a great wretch!
yeno Akul prANe DAkte pAri hA rAdhe govinda
So that I may cry out with anxious heart: “HA RAdhe Govinda!”
yeno nayan jala DhAlte pAri zrI rAdhA govinda
So that I may shed tears and exclaim ‘zrI RAdhe Govinda!’
AmAr divA nizi hiyAy jAgau zrI rAdhe govinda
“zrI RAdhe Govinda! Arise in my heart day and night!”
ei bAr kRpA kori deho yugal caraNAravinda
All of you, please give me the lotus feet of RAdhA and KRSNa.
yugal caraNAravinda (2x)
(The following line is only sung by the leader and is called a GIta BhUSan, an ornament to the song)
Ami Ar kichu cAi nA apAra karuNAmayi
I don’t want anything else, o limitlessly merciful One (RAdhA)!
Ami Ar kichu cAi nA o go rAdhe
I don’t want anything else, O RAdhA!
rAdhe govinda! rAdhe govinda !
jaya jaya rAdhe kRSNa govinda
jaya jaya rAdhe kRSNa
rAdhe kRSNa govinda (2x)
Madhava - Sat, 23 Nov 2002 20:53:44 +0530
SRI GAURA’S EVENING ARATI SONG
bhAli gorAcandera Aratiboni
bAje saGkIrtanera madhura rasa dhvani
“How beautiful is the evening-AratI of GorAcAnd! The saGkIrtana resounds sweetly and tastefully.”
zaGkha bAje, ghaNTA bAje, bAje karatAla
madhura mRdaGga bAje, zunite rasAla
“Conchshells resound, bells ring and karatAlas clang. Sweet mRdaGgas pound and all this sounds very tasteful.”
vividha kusuma phule gole vanamAlA
koto koTI candra jini vadana ujjvalA
“Around His neck Gora wears a garland of different kinds of forestflowers and His face shines brighter than millions of moons.”
brahmA Adi deva yAre karajoDa kore
sahasra vadane zire maNi chatra dhare
“BrahmA and other demigods stand there with folded hands and the thousand headed zeSa holds a jewelled umbrella over His head.”
ziva zuka nArada veda vicAre
nAhi parAtpara bhAva vibhore
“ziva, zuka and NArada are considering that nothing higher than this can be found in the Vedas, and thus they become absorbed in ecstasy.”
zrInivAsa haridAsa maGgala gAoye
narahari gadAdhara cAmara DhulAoye
“zrInivAsa and HaridAsa are singing auspicious songs while Narahari and GadAdhara are wielding yaktail fans.”
vIra vallabha dAsa zrI gaura caraNe Aza
jagabhari rahalo mahimA prakAza
“VIra-vallabha dAsa yearns for zrI Gaura’s lotus feet and the whole world is filled with the manifestation of His glories.”
Madhava - Mon, 25 Nov 2002 03:16:47 +0530
RADHAJI’S EVENING ARATI
A Bengali song also sung by Hindustani devotees in Vrindavana, (for instance in Seva Kunja) written by one Manohara Das
jaya jaya rAdhAjI go! zaraNa tohAri
All glories to the shelter of the lotus feet of RAdhA!
aichana Aroti jao bolihAri!
All glories to such an Arati-ceremony!
paTTa paTTAmbara ore nIla sArI
RAdhA wears a blue silken sARI and veil.
siGthi pore sindUra aruNa ujori
And She has splendid red powder on Her part (as worn by married girls in India).
beza banAyala priya sahacari
Her dear maidservants help Her in arranging Her dress.
ratana simhAsane baiThali gaurI
GaurI (golden-complexioned RAdhA) sits on a jeweled throne.
ratana jarita moni mAnikya moti
jhalamala AbharaNa prati aGga jyoti
Each of Her limbs is illuminated by glistening ornaments of jewels and pearls.
cuwa candana gandha dehi braja bAlA
The gopIs of Vraja are anointing Her body with fragrant sandalwood pulp.
vRSabhAnu rAj nandinI vadana ujAlA
The face of king VRSabhAnu’s daughter shines splendidly.
caudike sakhI-gaNa dehi koratAli
On all sides Her girlfriends are blissfully clapping their hands.
Aroti koratahi lalitA piyAri
RAdhA’s dear girlfriend LalitA performs the Arati-ceremony.
nava nava vrajavadhU maGgala gAoe
The young married girls of Vraja are singing auspicious songs.
priya narma sakhI-gaNa cAmara DhulAoe
And the best girlfriends of RAdhA fan Her with whisks.
rAdhA pAda paGkaja bhakatahi AzA
dAsa manohara koroto bharasA
Manohara DAs desires the service of RAdhA’s lotus feet.
Madhava - Mon, 25 Nov 2002 03:20:08 +0530
MADANA GOPALA’S EVENING-ARATI
harata sakala santApa janama ko
This Arati removes all material suffering.
miTata talapa jama kAla ki
And mitigates all pain of coming (birth) and death.
Arati kiye jai jai zrI madan gopAla ki
All glories to the Arati of zrI Madana GopAla (KRSNa, the Cupid-cowherdboy)!
go ghrita racita karpUra kA bAti
jhalakata kAJcana thAla ki
A camphor-wick with clarified butter is burning on a golden plate (and is offered to KRSNa during the ceremony).
candra koTi koTi bhAnu koTi chabi
mukha zobhA nanda dulAla ki
The face of Nanda’s son KRSNa is more beautiful and splendid than millions of moons and suns.
caraNa kamala pore nUpura bAje
His anklebells jingle on His lotus feet.
uDe dola vaijayanti mAla ki
And on His chest swings a garland of forest flowers.
mayUra mukuTa pitAmbara shohe
KRSNa wears a beautiful crown of peacock feathers and a yellow dhoti.
bAjata veNu rasAla ki
And He plays a delicious flute-song.
(chorus) Aroti kiya jai jai zrI madan gopAla ki
All glories to the Arati of zrI Madana GopAla.
sundara lola kapolanI kiye chabi
How beautifully His earrings dangle on His glossy cheeks!
nirakhata madana gopAla ki
So we behold Madana GopAla.
sura-nara-muni-gaNa koratAi Aroti
The demigods, human beings and the sages perform the Aroti-ceremony.
bhakata vatsala pratipAla ki
To the protector and benefactor of the devotees (KRSNa).
bAje ghaNTA tAla mridanga jhAGjari
The hand-cymbals and drums are playing.
aJjali kusuma gulAla ki
And handfuls of flowers and colored powder are thrown at KRSNa.
hu hu boli boli raghunAtha dAsa gosvAmI
Out of love, RaghunAtha DAs GosvAmI cries out ‘hu hu!’
mohana gokula lAla ki (2x)
O enchanting boy of Gokula!
(chorus) Aroti kiye jai jai zrI madan gopAla ki
madana gopAla jay jay jazodA dulAla ki
Glories to Madana GopAla, the son of YazodA!
yazodA dulAla jay jaya nanda dulAla ki
Glories to the son of YazodA and Nanda!
nanda dulAla jay jay giridhArI lAla ki
Glories to the son of Nanda, the lifter of Govardhana Hill!
giridhAri lAla jay jay govinda gopAla ki
All glories to GiridhArI, Govinda, GopAla!
govinda gopAla jaya jay gaura gopAla ki
Glory to Govinda GopAla (KRSNa) and Gaura GopAla (Lord Caitanya, the golden cowherd)
gaura gopAla jaya jaya zacIra dulAla ki
Glory to Gaura GopAla, the son of mother zacI!
zacIra dulAla jaya jaya nitAi dayAla ki
Glory to the son of mother zacI and the merciful NitAi (Lord NityAnanda).
nitAi dayAla sItA advaita dayAla ki
Glory to the merciful NitAi, SItA (the consort of Advaita AcArya) and Advaita AcArya.
advaita dayAla jaya jaya gadAdhara dayAla ki
Glory to the merciful Advaita Prabhu and the merciful GadAdhara Pandit.
gadAdhara dayAla jaya jaya zrIvAsAdi lAla ki
Glory to the merciful GadAdhara Pandit, zrIvAsa Pandit and all the other devotees of Lord Caitanya!
(chorus) Aroti kiya jaya jaya
zrI madan gopAla ki (2x)
Madhava - Mon, 25 Nov 2002 03:21:36 +0530
SRI TULASI EVENING ARATI
namo namo tulasI mahArANI
vRnde ji mahArANi namo namo
“Obeisances to you again and again, TulasI MahArANi, VRnde ji MahArANi!”
namo re namo re meya namo nArAyaNI
(kRSNa bhakti pradAyinI) namo namo
“O NArAyaNI (consort of NArAyaNa), O bestower of KRSNa-devotion! Obeisances to you again and again.”
jAko daraze, paraze agha nAzI
mahimA veda purANe vAkhAni
“The Vedas and PurANas proclaim your glories, saying that you destroy the sins of whoever sees you or touches you.”
jAko patra, maJjarI komala,
zrIpati caraNa kamala lapaTANI
rAdhA pati carana kamala lapaTANi
“Your leaves and tender budding flowers entwine the lotus feet of zrIpati or the Lord of RAdhA.
dhanya tulasi, pUraNa tapa kiye
zAlagrAma ki mahA pATarANI
“Blessed you are, Tulasi, for by completing your penance you have become the great Queen of zAlagrAma.”
dhUpa dIpa, naivedya Aroti
phulana kiye barakhA barakhAni
“You delight those who offer you incense, lamps, food or Arati and shower them with your grace.”
chAppAnna bhoga, chatriza byanjana,
binA tulasI prabhu eka nAhi mAni
“The Lord will not accept any of the 56 offerings with 36 types of vegetables offered to Him if there are no TulasI leaves on them.”
ziva sanakAdi, aura brahmAdiko
Dhurata phirata mahA muni jJAnI
“ziva, Sanaka, BrahmA and all other greatly wise sages circumambulate you.”
candra sakhI meyA, tero jazo gAowe
bhakati dAna dijiye mahArANI
Candra SakhI is singing your glories. O MahArANi! Please bestow devotion upon me!”