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Song Name: Yamihe Kamiha Saranam

Official Name: Song 13

Author: Jayadeva Goswami

Book Name: Gita Govinda

Language: Sanskrit

 

LYRICS:

(Refrain)

yāmihe kamiha śaraṇaḿ sakhī-jana-vacana-vańcitā

 

(1)

kathita-samaye'pi harir ahaha na yayau vanam

mama viphalam idam amala-rūpam api yauvanam

 

(2)

yad-anugamanāya niśi gahanam api śilitam 

tena mama hṛdayam idam asama-śara-kīlitam 

 

(3)

mama maraṇam eva varam iti vitatha-ketanā 

kim iha viṣahāmi virahānalam acetanā 

 

(4)

mām ahaha vidhurayati madhura-madhu-yāminī 

kāpi harim anubhavati kṛta-sukṛta-kāminī 

 

(5)

ahaha kalayāmi valayādi-maṇi-bhūṣaṇam

hari-viraha-dahana-vahanena bahu-dūṣaṇam 

 

(6)

kusuma-sukumāra-tanum atanu-śara-līlayā 

srag api hṛdi hanti mām ativiṣama-śilayā 

 

(7)

aham iha nivasāmi na-gaṇita-vana-vetasā

smarati madhusūdano mām api na cetasā 

 

(8)

hari-caraṇa-śaraṇa-jayadeva-kavi-bhāratī

vasatu hṛdi yuvatir iva komala-kalāvatī 

 

TRANSLATION

(Refrain) Unto Whom should I surrender to? I have been misled by the sakhis false assurances.

 

1) Hari did not come as He promised My form and figure have become ruined is a waste.

 

2) Seeking the Lord’s shelter, I fled from home in the night to enter this dark forest. Finally upon meeting up with Him, I feel that Cupid’s arrows are shot.

 

3) O what is the use of My life? How can I remain calm in the pangs of separation? O, surely death would be more appropriate!

 

4) This lovely spring night is torturing me, which associate has fortune to get Krsna?

 

5) Oh Krsna! I am nicely dressed in wonderful garments to please you, yet the burning separation is giving Me pain, only!

 

6) This flower garland resting over my hearts stings body, like the arrows of the cruel hunter!

 

7) Tolerating the scratching, thorny thickets of this betasi flower garland, for some reason, My beloved Lord Madhusudana has completely forgotten about Me!

 

8) The poet Jayadeva, who surrenders at Krsna’s lotus feet, says: “Let this song embrace your heart like a soft, gopi who gives loving pleasure and service to the Lord.”

 

REMARKS/EXTRA INFORMATION:

This song is popularized by M. Balamurali Krishna rendering this song in Ragam Natabhairavi (Raga Asavari) in Talam Khanda Chapu.

 

UPDATED: July 4, 2009