Gurudeva! Kripa-Bindu Diya
Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura
kripa-bindu diya, kara ei dase,
trinapeksha ati hina
sakala sahane, bala diya kara,
nija-mane spriha-hina (1)
Gurudeva! Give me a drop of mercy - make this servant more humble than a blade of grass. Give me the strength to tolerate all eventualities. Let me not hanker for my own honor and fame.
sakale sammana, karite shakati,
deha natha! yathayatha
tabe ta’ gaiba, harinama sukhe,
aparadha ha’be hata (2)
Give me the power to honor all living entities according to what they are due (and all Vaishnavas as befitting their platform). Then I will be able to chant the holy names blissfully, and all my offenses will be vanquished!
kabe hena kripa, labhiya e jana,
kritartha haibe natha!
shakti-buddhi-hina, ami ati dina,
kara more atma-satha (3)
O my master! When will I be benedicted with your mercy and finally be successful in my life? I am so fallen that I have no strength or intelligence. Kindly take my soul and make me like you.
yogyata-vicare, kichu nahi pai,
tomara karuna sara
karuna na haile, kadiya kadiya,
prana na rakhiba ara (4)
If I examine myself, I find no good qualities; Your mercy is the essence of my existence. If you are not merciful, then bitterly weeping I will no longer maintain my life.