Bhuliya Tomare

Bhuliya Tomare
Forgetting You
(from Saranagati)


bhuliya tomare, samsare asiya,
peye nana-vidha byatha
tomara carane, asiyachi ami,
bolibo duhkehera katha


janani jathare, chilama jakhona,
bishama bandhana-pase
eka-bara prabhu! dekha diya more,
vancile e dina dase


takhona bhavinu, janama paiya,
koribo bhajana tava
janama hoilo, padi’ maya-jale,
na hoilo jnana-lava


adarera chele, sva-janera kole,
hasiya katanu kala
janaka janani-snehete bhuliya,
samsara lagilo bhalo


krame dina dina, balaka hoiya,
bhelinu balaka-saha
ara kichu dine, jnana upajilo,
patha podi ahar-ahah


vidyara gaurave, bhrami’ dese dese,
dhana uparjana kori
sva-jana palana, kori eka-mane,
bhulinu tomare, hari!


bardhakye ekhona, bhakativinoda,
kandiya katara ati
na bhajiya tore, dina britha gelo,
ekhona ki have gati?


(1) O Lord, forgetting You and coming to this material world, I have experienced a host of sins and sorrows.
Now I approach Your lotus feet and submit my tale of woe.

(2) While I was bound up tightly in the unbearable confines of my mother’s womb, O Lord, You once
revealed Yourself before me. After appearing briefly, You abandoned this poor servant of Yours.

(3) At that moment I thought, “After my birth this time, I will surely worship You with undivided attention.”
But alas, after taking birth I fell into the entangling network of worldly illusions; thus I possessed not even a
drop of true knowledge.

(4) As a dear son fondled in the laps of attentive relatives, I passed my time smiling and laughing. The affection
of my father and mother helped me forget You still more, and I began to think that the material world was a
very nice place.

(5) Day by day I gradually grew into a young boy and began playing with other boys. Soon my powers
of understanding emerged, so I diligently studied my school lessons every day.

(6) Proud of my accomplished education, I later traveled from place to place and earned much wealth.
Thereby maintaining my family with undivided attention, I forgot You, O Lord Hari!

(7) Now in old age, this Bhaktivinoda very sadly weeps as death approaches. I failed to worship You, O Lord,
and instead passed my days in vain. What will be my fate now?

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