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Song Name: Ore Mana Karmer Kuhare Gelo Kal

Official Name: Upalabdhi: Anutapa-laksana-upalabdhi Song 3

Author: Bhaktivinoda Thakura

Book Name: Kalyana Kalpataru

Language: Bengali




ore mana, karmer kuhare gelo kal

svargadi sukher ase,porilam karma-phanse,

urnanabhi-sama karma-jal



upavasa-brata dhori',nana kaya-klesa kori',

bhasme ghrta daliya apar

marilam nija dose,jara-maraner phanse,

hoibare narinu uddhar



barnasrama-dharma yaji',nana deba-debi bhaji',

mada-garve katainu jibana

sthira na hoilo mana,na labhinu santi-dhana,

na bhyajinu sri-krsna-carana



dhik mor e jibane,dhik mor dhana-jane,

dhik mor barna-abhimana

dhik mor kula-mane,dhik sastra adhyayane,

hari-bhakti na pailo sthana



1) Oh my dear mind! What shall I say to you now? All my time has been spent inside the deep pit of fruitive activities. With high hopes of future happiness in the heavenly planets, I have fallen into the trap of fruitive actions and reaction, which is exactly like the entangling web of a spider.


2) Observing many different types of austere vows and fasting to achieve some future heavenly goal, I thus performed such useless physical labor for no real tangible result. This was just like pouring oblations of ghee onto dry ashes only. Now I am being strangled within the noose of karma, being destroyed by my own foolish nonsense. And the only result is that I have not been able to deliver myself from this predicament.


3) I conducted many sacrifices in honor of many different demigods and goddesses, as is recommended for householders in the varnasrama-dharma system. But by doing this I only became so puffed up that I wasted my whole life in such delirious pride. I never got any peace of mind by doing all this, for I completely missed out on the golden treasure of spiritual satisfaction. So much trouble I underwent because I never worshiped the beautiful lotus feet of Sri Krsna!


4) Therefore to hell with my whole life! To hell with all my wealth and followers! To hell with my caste-pride! To hell with all my so-called dignity of family prestige! To hell with my studies of the karma-khanda scriptures, for I have not become fixed up in pure devotion to Lord Hari!



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UPDATED: July 4, 2009