Kabe Habe Bolo

by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura (Bengali, 19th century)

Kabe ha’be bolo se-dina amar
Aparadha ghuci, suddha name ruci
Krpa- bale ha’be hrdoye sancar
Trnadhika hina, kabe nije mani

Sahisnuta- guna hrdoyete ani
Sakale manada, apani amani
Ho’ ye aswadibo nama- rasa- sar
Dhana jana ara, kobita- sundari

Bolibo na cahi deho- sukha- kari
Janme- janme dao, ohe gaurahari
Ahaituki bhakti carane tomar
Korite sri-krsna- nama uccarana

Pulakita deho gadgada bacana
Baibarnya- bepathu ha’be sanghatana
Nirantara netre ba’be asru-dhar
Kabe navadvipe, suradhuni-tate

Gaura- nityananda boli niskapate
Naciya gaiya, bedaibo chute,
Batulera praya chadiya bicar


Kabe Habe Bolo/ translation


When will that day be mine ?
Please tell me-
When will my offenses end
And the power of divine grace
Infuse my heart with a taste
For the pure holy name?

When as I chant the divine name
Of Sri Krishna, will my body thrill
With ecstatic rapture, words choked
With emotion, streams of tears
Flowing from my eyes-

When will I dance and sing
Like a madman on the Ganges bank
In Navadvipa?
When will that day be mine?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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