Ar Keno Maya Jale


Ara Keno Maya Jale , hare govinda

Bhaktivinod Thakur has written this song “Ar Keno Maya Jale”. This song is taken from the book Gitavali (Section: Sreyo-Nirnaya Song 2). Bhaktivinoda Thakura says that why are we ensnared in Maya’s traps. It is full of miseries and misfortunes. Happiness in this world is temporary. The remedy for this is to serve the Lotus feet of Sri Krishna.

ār keno māyā-jāle poḍitecho, jīva-mīn
nāhi jāno baddha ho’ye ro’be tumi ciro-din

ati tuccha bhoga-āśe, bandī ho’ye māyā-pāśe
rohile vikṛta-bhāve daṇḍya jathā parādhīn

ekhona bhakati-bale, kṛṣṇa-prema-sindhu-jale
krīḍā kori’ anāyāse thāko tumi kṛṣṇaādhīna


1) O fish like soul, why have you fallen into the entangling nets of Maya? You have not understood that being bound up by those nets you will have to remain in this material world for a long, long time.

2) After becoming captive in Maya’s snare due to your desires for insignificant enjoyments, you remain transformed in a spiritually diseased condition, punishable just like a disobedient servant.

3) Now, by the power of devotional service, always remain subservient to Lord Krsna, swimming and frolicking freely in the nectarine ocean of Krsna-prema.

Listen: Ara Keno Maya Jale – Sung by HG Jai Sachinanadana Prabhu
Ara Keno Maya Jale – Sung by HG Sivarama Prabhu