California, USA — December 31st, 2012
This song, from Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur's Arunodaya-Kirtan (Songs Sung at Dawn), seems appropriate as the dawn of a new year approaches...
jiv jago, jiv jago, gauracanda bole
kota nidra jao maya-pisacira kole
Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu urgently calls: Wake up, sleeping souls! Wake up to your true identity. You are sleeping in the lap of the witch, Maya, captivated by the dreams spun by this Mistress of Illusion. Can't you see? Wake up!
bhajibo boliya ese samsara-bhitare
bhuliya rohile tumi avidyara bhare
Because you have forgotten your promise to worship Me, you now languish in this wheel of samsara, going round and around in its perpetual cycle of birth and death.
tomare loite ami hoinu avatara
ami vina bandhu ara ke ache tomara
I, Krishna, have incarnated as Mahaprabhu just to rescue you. Maya is not your friend; in this world of illusion, you have no friend but Me (and My agents).
enechi ausadhi maya nasibaro lagi'
hari-nama maha-mantra lao tumi magi'
I have come with the medicine to cure your malady, to completely remove your illusion. Please take this maha-mantra:
hare krsna hare krsna / krsna krsna hare hare
hare rama hare rama / rama rama hare hare,
I beseech you.
bhakativinoda prabhu-carane pariya
sei hari-nama-mantra loilo magiya
Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur says: "I fall at the lotus feet of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, after begging for, and receiving this maha-mantra from the Lord."
...and the great Wheel of Samsara imperceptibly, but inexorably, rotates another notch...
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