Tava Pada Pankajini

Tava Pada Pankajini, Bhaktivinod Thakur

Bhaktivinod Thakur has written this songTava Pada Pankajini. The official name of this song isYamuna Bhavavali Song 12. This song is taken from the book Gitamala. Bhaktivinoda Thakura says that Sri Krishna’s feet is like drinking the nectar of devotional service. Only those who are lucky can get this opportunity. Once we get this sweet taste then all other tastes are of no importance and value. Once we get Krsna’s mercy then we need not go back to material world.
hari he
taba pada-pańkajini jibamrta-sancarini
ati-bhagye jiba taha paya
se amrta pana kori' mugdha hoya taha hori
ara taha chadite na caya
nibista hoiya taya anya sthane nahi jaya
anya rasa tuccha kori' mane
madhu-purna-padma-sthita madhubrata kadacita
nahi caya ikhu-danda-pane
e bhaktibinoda kabe se pańkaja-sthita ha'be
nahi ja'be soḿsarabhimukhe
bhakta-krpa bhakti-bala ei duiti su-sambala
paile se sthiti ghate sukhe
(1) Oh my Lord Hari! Your lotus feet distribute the nectar of eternal devotional service to the surrender souls, and only by dint of the greatest good fortune can any soul drink such nectar. By drinking this rare ambrosia they become attracted and captivated, and by being completely absorbed in this transcendental honey of devotion, they will never want to abandon drinking it.
(2) Being deeply engrossed in this jivamrta, they will never ever go anywhere else, for they will then consider all other tastes to be simply insignificant and verily nauseating. It is just like when a bee is fully satisfied, tasting the sweet honey within the whorl of a lotus flower, then he won't even consider the inferior sweetness of sugarcane juice.
(3) Bhaktivinoda now says that when I become situated at those lotus-like feet, then I will never again go towards the material world. And I will happily attain a place at those lotus feet only due to two most auspicious things… the causeless mercy of the devotee and the power of devotion.