Ekbar Bhavo Mane

 Shree Krishna Radha, Ekbar Bhavo Mane

Bhaktivinod Thakur has written this song “Ekbar Bhavo Mane”. The Official Name for this song is Sri Nagara Kirtana Sri Nama Song 3. This song is taken from the book Gitavali. Bhaktivinoda Thakura says that Sri Caitanya has said this material world will give only temporary limited happiness and lots of distress. We have so much ego in ourselves that we neglect our spiritual happiness. Our true happiness lies in taking the Holy names of Sri Krishna and serving at the Lotus feet of Shree Krishna

ekbār bhāvo mane,
āśā-baśe bhrami’ hethā pā’be ki sukha jīvane
ke tumi, kothāy chile, ki korite hethā ele,
kibā kāj kore’ gele, jā’be kothā śarīra-patane

keno sukha, duḥkha, bhoy, ahaḿtā-mamatā-moy,
tuccha jay-parājay, krodha-hiḿsā, dveṣa anya-jane
bhakativinoda koy, kori’ gorā-padāśroy,
cid-ānanda-rasa-moy hao rādhā-kṛṣṇa-nāma-gāne

(1) Consider this just once: While you wander in this world, under the control of material desires, what happiness will you achieve in this mundane life? Who are you? Where have you come from? How did you come here? What have you done? And where will you go at the time of death when your body drops?
(2) What is the use of so much worldly happiness, distress and fear, which arise from the false egotism of “I” and “mine”? And what is the use of insignificant victory and defeat, anger, violence, and envy toward other living beings? Bhaktivinoda says, “Just take shelter at the lotus feet of Lord Gaurasundara and sing the names of Radha and Krsna, and you will become saturated with the mellows of pure spiritual bliss.”