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Song Name: Namo Namah Tulasi Krsna Preyasi (I)

Official Name: Tulasi Kirtana

Author: Krsna Dasa

Book Name: None

Language: Bengali

 

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LYRICS:

(introductory verse)

vṛndāyai tulasī-devyai priyāyai keśavasya ca
viṣṇu-bhakti-prade devī satya vatyai namo namaḥ

 

(1)
namo namaḥ tulasī kṛṣṇa-preyasi namo namaḥ
rādhā-kṛṣṇa-sevā pābo ei abilāṣī

 

(2)
ye tomāra śaraṇa loy, tara vāñchā pūrṇa hoy
kṛpā kori' koro tāre vṛndāvana-vāsi

 

(3)
mora ei abhilāṣa, vilāsa kuñje dio vāsa
nayana heribo sadā yugala-rūpa-rāśi

 

(4)
ei nivedana dhara, sakhīra anugata koro
sevā-adhikāra diye koro nīja dāsī

 

(5)
dīna kṛṣṇa-dāse koy, ei yena mora hoy
śrī-rādhā-govinda-preme sadā yena bhāsi

 

(6)*

yāni kāni ca pāpāni brahma-hatyādikāni ca

tāni tāni praṇaśyanti pradakṣiṇaḥ pade pade

 

WORD FOR WORD TRANSLATION: Namo Namah Tulasi Krsna Preyasi (I)

 

TRANSLATION

Introductory verse: I offer my repeated obeisances unto Vrnda, Srimati Tulasi Devi, who is very dear to Lord Kesava. O goddess, you bestow devotional service to Lord Visnu and possess the highest truth.

 

1) O Tulasi, beloved of Krsna, I bow before you again and again. My desire is to obtain the service of Sri Sri Radha-Krsna.

 

2) Whoever takes shelter of you has his wishes fulfilled. Bestowing your mercy on him, you make him a resident of Vrndavana.

 

3) My desire is that you will also grant me a residence in the pleasure groves of Sri Vrndavana-dhama. Thus, within my vision I will always behold the beautiful pastimes of Radha and Krsna.

 

4) I beg you to make me a follower of the cowherd damsels of Vraja. Please give me the privilege of devotional service and make me your own maidservant.

 

5) Dina Duhkhi Krsnadasa prays, ''May I always swim in the love of Sri Radha and Govinda.

 

6)* By the circumambulation of Srimati Tulasi Devi all the sins that one may have committed are destroyed at every step, even the sin of killing a brahmana.

 

REMARKS/EXTRA INFORMATION:

Verse 6 and the introductory verse are not part of the original song. During the performing of the tulasi kirtana, this song is flagged by the introductory verse in the beginning and end of the song, which offering obeisances to Tulasi-devi. At the end of the fifth verse (the end of the original song), the sixth verse is sung when circumambulating Tulasi-Devi.

 

The introductory prayer’s third line is originally ‘viṣṇu bhakti’, although it is commonly chanted as ‘kṛṣṇa bhakti.’

 

MUSICAL NOTATION:

     Namo Namah Tulasi Krsna Preyasi (I)

 

UPDATED: September 20, 2016