Sri Guru (Sri-Guru-vandana)
by Narottama dasa Thakura
(Bengali, 16th century)
Sri-guru-carana-padma, kevala bhaktati-sadma,
Vando mui savadhana mate
Yahara prasade bhai, e bhava toriya yai,
Krsna-prapti haya yaha haite
Guru-mukha-padma-vakya, cittete koriya aikya ar na koriho mane asa
Cakhu-dan dilo yei, janme janme prabhu sei
Divya-jnana hrde prokasito
Prema-bhakti yaha hoite, avidya vinasa yate,
Vede gaya yahara carito
Sri-guru karuna-sindhu, adhama janara bandhu,
Lokanatha lokera jivana
Ha ha prabhu koro doya, deho more pada-chaya,
Ebe yasa ghusuk tribhuvana
Sri Guru/ translation
The lotus feet of our spiritual master are the abode of pure devotional service.
It is by his grace that we can cross over this material existence and attain Krsna.
It is by his mercy that divine knowledge is revealed within our hearts,
bestowing pure love for Krsna and destroying ignorance.
His mercy fulfills all desires for spiritual perfection.
The Vedic scriptures sing of his character.
O spiritual master, ocean of mercy and friend of the fallen,
please be merciful unto us.
Give us the shade of your lotus feet.
May your glories now be proclaimed throughout the three worlds.