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Song Name: Nadiya Nagare Gora Carita Amrta

Official Name: Soka Satana Song 13

Author: Bhaktivinoda Thakura

Book Name: Gitamala

Language: Bengali




nadīyā-nagare gorā-carita amṛta

piyā śoka bhoya chāḍo sthira koro cita



anitya soḿsāra bhāi kṛṣṇa mātra sāra

gorā-śikhā mate kṛṣṇa bhaja anibāra



gorāra caraṇa dhori' jei bhāgyabān

braje rādhā-kṛṣṇa bhaje sei mora prāṇa



rādhā-kṛṣṇa gorācanda na'de bṛndābana

ei mātra koro sāra pā'be nitya dhana



bidyā-buddhi hīna dīna akińcana chāra

karma-jńāna-śūnya āmi śūnya-sad-ācāra



śrī-guru baiṣṇaba more dilena upādhi

bhakti-hīne upādhi hoilo ebe byādhi



jatana koriyā sei byadhi nibaraṇe

śaraṇa loinu āmi baiṣṇaba-caraṇe



baiṣṇabera pada-raja mastake dhoriyā

e śoka-satana gāya bhaktibinodiyā



1) The activities and behavior of Lord Gaurasundara within the villages around Nadia District are just like sweet ambrosial nectar. By drinking this nectar, just give up all of your material lamentations and fears, and make your heart become thus fixed up.


2) Within this temporary material world, my friends, the only substantial essence of Absolute truth is Lord Krsna. Therefore, kindly take heed of Lord Caitanya's advice, and just worship Krsna constantly.


3) Whoever understands this and thereby firmly grabs hold of Lord Caitanya's lotus feet is most fortunate. And if he worships Sri Sri Radha-Krsna in Vrndavana, then I will accept him as my very life soul.


4) Their Lordships Sri Sri Radha-Krsna are none other than the selfsame Lord Gauracandra, and Sri Navadvipa-dhama is that very same Vrndavana-dhama. If you consider this as the only essential point, then you will rightfully receive some eternal treasures.


5) Actually I am completely devoid of any real knowledge or good intelligence. Indeed, I am most lowly, insignificant and contemptible. I am also certainly without the slightest trace of good karma or philosophical understanding, and I am completely bereft of any proper virtuous behavior.


6) All the assembled Vaisnavas, who I consider to be just like my spiritual master, have given me this title of Bhaktivinoda, but because I am actually totally devoid of any trace of devotion, this title has simply become like a painful disease for me.


7) Taking great care to check the spreading of this disease, I have taken refuge at the lotus feet of all the Vaisnavas.


8) Taking the dust of the lotus feet of all the Vaisnavas upon my head, this lowly Bhaktivinoda thus sings this story called soka-satana, (The Dispelling of Grief).*



* This story of Soka Satana (Dispelling of Grief) dealt with 12 previous songs in the Gitamala about the details of Srivasa Pandita’s son’s departure.


UPDATED: July 4, 2009