Vandana - Offering Obeisances
Song 1 - Patha-manjari raga
1. Obeisances, obeisances, obeisances to the saintly demigod Ganesa, who destroys all obstacles, who has a single tusk, who is stout, and who helps all auspicious projects. Glory, glory to Parvati’s son!
2. Folding my palms, I bow my head before Gauri and Siva. Falling at their feet, I serve them. They are the creators of the three worlds. They are the givers of devotion to Lord Vishnu. They are all the gods and goddesses.
3. I bow my head before Goddess Sarasvati. O goddess, please play on my tongue. Please give me many songs praising Lord Gaurahari, wonderful songs like nothing known in the three worlds.
4. With a voice choked with emotion, I beg: O spiritual masters, O demigods, please place no obstacles before me. I don’t want money. I am an unimportant person. I want only that no obstacles will stop this book.
5. I bow down before the devotees of Lord Vishnu, devotees who are very fortunate, devotees whose virtues purify the whole earth, devotees who are merciful to everyone, devotees who love everyone, devotees whose pastimes bring auspiciousness to the three worlds.
6. I am worthless. I don’t know right from left. I want to climb up and grab the sky. I am a blind man who wants to find a splendid jewel, even though I have no power to see even a mountain. What will become of me? I do not know.
7. There is but one hope. The Lord accepts any person, high or low, that sings His glories.He is merciful to everyone. To everyone He gives the shade of His feet. He does not worry whether the people are worthy to receive His mercy.
8. Please hear the glories of the Vaishnavas. Without any ulterior motive they are merciful to everyone. They live to benefit others. To others they give even their ornaments. Their hearts become happy when they do good to others.
9. Narahari Thakura is my life. I am his servant. His feet are my hope of hopes. Although I am fallen, I yearn to sing Lord Gaura’s glories. That is the hope of Locana dasa.
10. By the mercy of his feet I will be able to sing these songs. That is the hope in my heart. His two feet, which fulfill all desires, I always hold in my heart.
Song 2 - Kodara raga
11. Glory, glory to Lord Sri Krishna Caitanya and Lord Nityananda! Glory to Lord Advaitacandra! Glory to all the devotees of Lord Gaura!
12. Glory to Gadadhara and Narahari, who are the masters of my life. O masters, please be kind and cast an auspicious glance upon me.
13. Lord Gaura’s fair form is splendid like gold and filled with mercy. Falling down before the reddish soles of His cooling feet, I will sing His glories.
14. O devotees, let us sit down together and touch the coolness of Lord Gaura’s feet.
15. Let us bow down before Saci’s son, our Lord. O Lord, for even a single sesame seed’s worth of time, please give us Your glance of mercy.
16. Advaita Acarya Gosai is the crest jewel of all masters. By the mercy of His feet this world has become fortunate.
17. I bow down and sing: O Advaita, O master of Sita’s life, please be merciful. With folded palms I stand before You.
18. I bow down before the saintly avadhuta Lord Nityananda, who is Balarama Himself. He is not different from Lord Caitanya.
19. Falling down at his feet, I sing the glories of Gargacarya, who is Lord Gaura’s maternal grandfather. He is very proud of Lord Gaura’s virtues and glories.
20. I offer my respectful obeisances to Jagannatha Misra, who is Lord Visvambhara’s father. I offer my respectful obeisances to Saci Thakurani, who is the Lord’s mother.
21. I offer my respectful obeisances to Laksmi Thakurani, who is the Lord’s wife. She was bitten by the snake of separation from the Lord.
22. I offer my respectful obeisances to Mother Vishnupriya, who lives in Navadvipa. The reddish soles of Lord Gaura’s feet are the ornament she wears.
23. I offer my respectful obeisances to Pundarika Vidyanidhi. Lord Mahaprabhu happily called his name.
24. With a single heart I offer my respectful obeisances to Sri Pandita Gosai. I offer my respectful obeisances to the feet of Isvara Puri and Madhavendra Puri.
25. I offer my respectful obeisances to Govinda Gosai and to Vakresvara. They are like two wild bumblebees at the lotus flower of Lord Gaura’s feet.
26. Placing their feet on my head, I offer my respectful obeisances to Paramananda Puri, Vishnu Puri, and Gadadhara dasa.
27. I offer my respectful obeisances to Murari Gupta. To him I pray: If you place your mercy in my thoughts, I will earnestly and joyfully sing Lord Gauar’s glories
28. I offer my respectful obeisances to Srivasa Thakura and Haridasa Thakura. I yearn to attain the feet of Mukunda Datta and Vasudeva Datta.
29. I offer my respectful obeisances to Ramananda Raya, the abode of spiritual love. Eternally I offer my respectful obeisances to Jagadananda Pandita.
30. I offer my respectful obeisances to Rupa Gosvami, Sanatana Gosvami, and Svarupa Damodara Gosvami. Many times I offer my respectful obeisances to Raghava Pandita Gosvami.
31. I offer my respectful obeisances to Sri Rama, Sundarananda, Gauridasa, and all the other associates of Lord Nityananda.
32. I offer my respectful obeisances to Narahari Thakura, the spiritual master of my family. He is my worshipable deity. He is my protector in this world and the next.
33. I offer my respectful obeisances to Narahari Thakura. But for him I have no friend in this world. He is an ocean of Lord Gaura’s glories.
34. Falling to the ground, I fold my hands and offer my respectful obeisances to Govinda Ghosha, Madhava Ghosha, and Vasu Ghosha.
35. With a single heart I offer my respectful obeisances to Sri Vrindavana dasa Thakura, whose song Caitanya-bhagavata charms the worlds.
36. O my brothers, at every moment I bow down before and sing the glories of the Deity in Sri Raghunandana’s home.
37. As a boy Ragunandna would feed laddus to his Deity. Who dares think Raghunandana an ordinary person?
38. I offer my respectful obeisances to Rsghunandana’s father, Sri Mukunda dasa. His faith in the path of Lord Caitanya’s philosophy is pure and spotless.
39. Whether I know their names or not, I offer my respectful obeisances to all the devotees. They are the jewels I wear on my head.
40. I offer my respectful obeisances to the mahantas and their followers. I sing the glories of their feet.
41. In my heart I do not think one devotee is first and another is last. There is no reason I offered obeisances to some first and others later.
42. If by mistake I did not mention someone’s name, I offer my respectful obeisances to him a hundred times. In that way I will wash away my offense to him.
43. I offer my respectful obeisances to the devotees who live on the earth and the devotees who living in the worlds above. One by one, I bow down before the feet of every devotee.
44. Yearning to attain spiritual love for Him, everyone please sing the glories of Lord Gaura. With a happy heart this Locana dasa sings this son.
Song 3 - Varadi raga & Disa
Refrain: Dear friends, again and again I beg you. O great souls, I beg for your blessings, so I may be able to sing Lord Gaura’s glories.
45. How can I, a lowly person, a pile of ashes, understand the spiritual truth? How can I sing the glories of Lord Gaura’s virtues and pastimes?
46. Not understanding these truths, I will talk foolishly. Then I will be embarrassed before the great souls.
47. I am not qualified. I am a fool. Still, I yearn to taste the sweetness of Lord Gaura’s glories.
48. Sri Murari Gupta lived in Navadvipa. He always stayed near Lord Gauracandra.
49. Who has the power to describe his glories. The people in this world say he is Hanuman himself.
50. Jumping the ocean, he set Lanka afire. He carried Sita’s message and repeated it to Lord Rama.
51. Bringing the visalya-karani herb, he saved Lakshmana’s life. That same Hanuman became Murari Gupta and lived in Nadiya.
52. He knows all the Lord’s secrets. He is very wise and very devoted to Lord Gaura’s lotus feet.
53. H deescribed Lord Gaura’s loving pastimes from birth through childhood, from beginning to end
54. Damodara Pandita asked him to describe all these pastimes from beginning to end.
55. In this way Murari Gupta wrote a book in Sanskrit verse, a book that bears the title “Gauranga-carita” (the Pastimes of Lord Gauaranga), a book that came from Murari Gupta’s mouth as He conversed with Svarupa Damodara.
56. Hearing this book, I became very pleased. That is why I now write of Lord Gaura’s pastimes in these Bengali verses in the meter pancali.
57. I am not qualified. I make many mistakes. Still, please don’t rebuke me. Don’t become angry.
58. Who does not like to taste nectar when he sees it? I foolish child will wish to grasp the moon in the sky.
59. I yearn to speak of Lord Gaura’s glories. That is why I now need the Vaishnavas’ mercy.
60. I bow down before the Vaishnavas’ feet. My heart yearns to sing Lord Gaura’s glories.
61. Narahari Thakura is my lord and master. I humbly offer obeisances to him. I beg him: Please fulfill my desire.