Kirtana songs to be sung at dawn (from Gitavali)
udilo aruna puraba-bhage,
dwija-mani gora amani jage,
bhakata-samuha loiya sathe,
'tathai tathai' bajalo khol,
ghana ghana tahe jhajera rol,
preme dhala dhala sonara anga,
carane nupura baje
mukunda madhava yadava hari,
bolena bolo re vadana bhori',
miche nida-base gelo re rati,
emana durlabha manava-deho,
paiya Ki koro bhava na keho,
ebe na bhajile yasoda-suta,
carame poribe laje
udita tapana hoile asta,
dina gelo boli' hoibe byasta,
tabe keno ebe alasa hoy,
na bhaja hrdoya-raje
jivana anitya janaha sar,
tahe nana-vidha vipada-bhar,
namasraya kori'jatane tumi,
thakaha apana kaje
jagate asi' e madhura nam,
krsna-nama-sudha koriya pan,
nama bina kichu nahiko aro,
1) When the rising sun appeared in
the East, the jewel of the twice-born, Lord Gaurasundara, awakened, and, taking
His devotees with Him, He went all over the countryside towns and villages
2) and played the mrdanga, and the
cymbals chimed in time. Lord Gauranga's shimmering golden features danced, and
His foot bells jingled.
3) All the devotees chanted the
names Mukunda, Madhava, Yadava and Hari, their mouths being filled with the
vibrations. They would announce to the still sleeping people, "You spend
your nights uselessly sleeping and your days decorating your bodies!
4) You have achieved such a rare
human body, but you do not care for this gift. You remain not serving the
darling of Yasoda and slowly Fe]l through your last moments to death.
5) With every rising and setting
of the sun, a day passes and is lost. Then, why do you remain idle and not
serve the Lord of the heart?
6) This temporary life is full of
various miseries. Take shelter of the holy name as your only business.
7) To penetrate the darkness of
ignorance and bless everyone's heart, the holy name has risen like the shining
8) Drink the pure nectar of the holy name.
There is nothing but the name to be had in the fourteen worlds. It has filled
the soul of Sri Bhaktivinoda Thakura.