Bhajahu Re Mana
by Govinda Dasa Kaviraja
Bhajahu re mana sri-nanda-nandana
durlabha manava- janama sat- sange
taroho e bhava- sindhu re.
Sita atapa bata barisana
e dina jamini jagi re
biphale sevinu krpana durajana
capala sukha- laba lagi re
e dhana yaubana, putra parijana
ithe ki ache paratiti re
kamala- dala- jala, jivana talamala
bhajahu hari- pada niti re
sravana kirtana, smarana vandana,
pada- sevana, dasya re
pujana, sakhi- jana, atma nivedana
govinda- dasa- abhilasa re
(BHAJAHU RE MANA translation)
O mind, just worship the lotus feet of the son Nanda,
which make one fearless.
Having obtained this rare human birth,
cross over the ocean of worldly existence
through the association of saintly persons.
Both in the day and at night I remain sleepless,
suffering the pains of heat and cold, the wind and the rain
and uselessly serving wicked and miserly men
to win a momentâs flickering happiness.
What assurance of real happiness is there in all of one's wealth,
youthfulness, sons and family members?
This life is tottering like a drop of water on a lotus petal;
so always serve and worship the divine feet of Lord Hari.
Govinda Das longs to engage himself in the nine processes of bhakti;
namely hearing and chanting the glories of Lord Hari,
constantly remembering Him and offering prayers to Him,
serving His lotus feet, identifying himself as the Lordâs servant,
worshiping Him in the deity form, serving Him as a friend,
and completely offering the Lord one's very self.