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Song Name: Vidyara Vilase Katainu Kala

Author: Bhaktivinoda Thakura

Book Name: Saranagati

Language: Bengali

 

LYRICS:

(1)

vidyāra vilāse–in the distractions of mundane learning; kāṭāinu kāla–I passed the time; parama sahase–with great confidence; āmi–I; tomāra caraṇa–Your lotus feet, O Lord; bhajinu–I did not worship; kabhu–ever; ekhona–but now; śaraṇa tumi–You are my only shelter.

 

(2)

poḍite poḍite–reading on and on; bharasā bāḍilo–my hope grew; jñāne– material knowledge; gati–life's true goal; habe–will be attained; māni' –I considered; se āśā–that hope; biphala–was fruitless; se jñāna–that knowledge; durbala–proved feeble; se jñāna–that knowledge; ajñāna jāni–I know now to be ignorance.

 

(3)

jaḍa-vidyā–mundane knowledge; jata–all; māyāra vaibhava–is the power of the illusory energy; tomāra bhajane–to Your service; bādhā–an impediment; moha janamiyā–bringing about infatuation; anitya saḿsāre–for this temporary world.; jīvake–to the eternal soul; karaye gādhā–it turns into an ass.

 

(4)

sei gādhā ho' ye–here is one such ass; saḿsārera bojhā–the burden of material existence; vahinu–I have carried on my back; aneka kāla–for a long time; bārdhakye–in my old age; ekhano–now; śaktira abhāve–for want of the power to enjoy; kichu nāhi–absolutely nothing; lāge bhālo– pleases me.

 

(5)

jīvana jātanā hoilo–life has become agony; ekhano–now; se vidyā–that knowledge; avidyā bhelo–has become ignorance; avidyāra jvālā–the burning pain of ignorance; ghaṭilo viṣama–has become intolerable; se vidyā–that knowledge; hoilo śelo–has become a pointed spear.

 

(6)

tomāra caraṇa–Your lotus feet; vinā–besides; kichu dhana–any treasure; saḿsāre–in this world; āche āra–there is none else; bhakativinoda– this Bhaktivinoda; jaḍa-vidyā chāḍi' –giving up all mundane knowledge; tuyā pada–Your lotus feet; kore sāra–makes the sum and substance of his life

 

UPDATED: June 15, 2009

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