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Song Name: Bahu Janma Bhagya Base

Official Name: Rupanuga Bhajana Darpana Songs 1 (Invocation) and 2

Author: Bhaktivinoda Thakura

Book Name: Gitamala

Language: Bengali



Song 1:

śrī-guru śrī-gauracandra  vṛndābane juba-dwandwa


vandiyā praphulla mane  e bhaktivinoda bhaṇe



Song 2:


bahu-janma-bhāgya-baśe  cinmoya madhura rase

spṛhā janme jībera hiyāya

sei spṛhā lobha hoya  braja-dhāme jība loya

rūpānuga-bhajane mātāya



bhajana-prakāra jata  sakalera sāra mata

śikhāilo śrī-rūpa gosāņi

se bhajana jāniyā  kṛṣṇa bhajibāre giyā

tuccha kāje jībana kāṭāi



bujhibāre se bhajana  bahu jatna akiņcana

biracilo bhajana-darapaṇa

braje rādhā-kṛṣṇa-sebā  korite utsuka jebā

sukhe teńha koruṇa śrabaṇa



lobhete janama pāi   ati śīghra bāḍi' jāi

śraddhā rati tabe hoya prīti

sahaja bhajana rati  nāhi cāya śikhā-mati

tabu śikhā prathamika-rīti



putra-sneha jananīra  sahaja hṛdoye sthira

dūṣita hṛdoye śikhā cāi

kṛṣṇa-prema sei rūpa  nitya-siddha aparūpa

baddha-jībe aprakaṭa bhāi



sei to' sahaja rati    pāiyāche apagati

śikhānuśīlana jadi pāya

se rati jāgiyā uṭhe   jībera bandhana chuṭe

brajānanda tāhāre nācāya



Song 1:

1) Glorifying the lotus feet of Sri Guru, Sri Gauracandra, the Youthful Couple of Vrndavan as well as of all the residents of Vraja, with a cheerful mind this Bhaktivinoda will now narrate the description of the mirror which reflects the worship of those who strictly follow in the footsteps of Srila Rupa Gosvami.


Song 2:

1) By the influence of extremely good fortune accrued for many, many births, the desire awakens within the heart of a fortunate soul to taste the sweetness of eternal transcendental mellows. Then, a strong inclination toward such a desire forcibly brings that soul to Sri Vrndavana-dhama, where he becomes absorbed in the worship of Lord Krsna which strictly follows the process outlined by Srila Rupa Gosvami.


2) Srila Rupa Gosvami has so kindly given us his valuable opinion and taught the essential techniques for properly worshiping the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Whoever tries to worship Krsna without being aware of these methods will simply waste his entire life in useless labor.


3) Just for the sake of those who really want to understand this worship, I have taken great care to humbly present this mirror of bhajana, although I am insignificant. If any of you are actually serious and enthusiastic to render eternal service to Sri Sri Radha-Krsna in the transcendental realm of Vraja, then I request you now to please hear this narration with great happiness.


4) If one has intense greed and selfish eagerness for this process, presented herein, then gradually his faith, then taste, and then full attachment in love will all increase very, very quickly. One who has attained this platform of worship in his own natural love and attachment has no need at all to bother with scriptural rules and regulations, although in the primary, beginning stage such practices are mandatory.


5) Brothers, it is just like the affection of a mother for her son, which is naturally fixed in her heart. She is inclined to care for her son by instinct. But if someone else cares for the same child, they may not be as attentive as the mother, so they might sometimes need to be reminded of their duty. So love for Krsna is just like that. It is natural and wonderful for the nitya-siddha souls, whereas it is completely unmanifested and beyond the range of the nitya-baddha souls who are outside the purview of devotion.


6) However, if one cultivates these spiritual instructions, then the flow of his natural attachment and affection for the Lord is released. And when this attachment reawakens and grows, then all the material bondage which entraps the soul becomes severed, and this natural spiritual attachment will make him dance in the transcendental ecstastic bliss of Vraja consciousness.


Remarks/ Extra Information:

This is originally the starting invocation verse for the Fourth Chapter of the Gitamala, which including the full song, has 29 subsequent songs.


UPDATED: June 24, 2009