Ami Aparadhi Jana

Hare Krishna Mantra, Ami Aparadhi Jana

Bhaktivinod Thakur has written this song“Ami Aparadhi Jana”. The official name of this song is Yamuna Bhavavali Song 17. This song is taken from the book Gitamala. Bhaktivinoda Thakura says that we all are offenders of Sri Krishna and have committed sins staying in this material world. There is no shelter and guidance in this afflicted place. Whoever takes shelter of Govinda Hare’s is always protected by Him.
hari he
ami aparadhi jana sada dandya durlakhana
sahasra sahasra dose dosi
bhima-bhabarnabodare patita bisama ghore
gati-hina gati-abhilasi
hari taba pada-dwoye sarane loinu bhoye
krpa kori' koro atma-satha
tomara pratijna ei sarana loibe jei
tumi ta'ra rakha-karta natha
pratijnate kori' bhara o madhaba praneswara
sarana loilo ei dasa
e bhaktibinoda gaya  tomara se ranga-paya
deho dase sebaya bilasa
(1) Oh my Lord Hari! I have been a great offender to You, and thus I am just quite fit to receive punishment for all of my misdeeds. I am sinister and ill-fated, and I am guilty of committing thousands upon thousands of sins. I have somehow fallen into the very belly of the terribly deep, dark, fearsome and horrible ocean of material existence, and I have no shelter at all in this hellish place. Therefore I am greatly desirous of finding some way to get salvation from this dreadful predicament.
(2) Hari! Thus I have taken refuge at Your two lotus feet out of intense fear, Please be kind to me and make me Your own property. Your promise is that for whoever takes full shelter of You, then You will become his protector and maintainer, Oh Lord.
(3) Completely relaying on Your promise, this servant has now taken full shelter of You as his last hope, oh Madhava! Oh Lord of my life! Bhaktivinoda sings this prayer to You now just to be eternally fixed up in the service of Your two reddish lotus feet.