Ar Keno Maya Jale

Hare Krishna mantra, Ar Keno Maya Jale

Bhaktivinod Thakur has written this song “Ar Keno Maya Jale”. The Official Name for this song is Sreyo Nirnaya Song 2. This song is taken from the book Gitavali. Bhaktivinoda Thakura says that we are ensnared in material world. If we be submissive towards Krishna and engage ourselves in His devotional services then we can attain the love of godhead.

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.