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Bhajan: Sri Nama

Sri Nama
(from Gitavali)
Text One
gay gora madhur sware
hare krsna hare krsna krsna krsna hare hare
hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare
SYNONYMS
gay–sings; gora–Lord Gaurasundara; madhur sware–in a very sweet voice;  hare krsna hare krsna, krsna krsna hare hare hare rama hare rama, rama rama hare hare
TRANSLATION
Lord Gaurasundara sings in a very sweet voice, Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.
Text Two
grhe thako, vane thako, sada 'hari' bole' dako,
sukhe duhkhe bhulo na'ko, vadane hari-nam koro re
SYNONYMS
grhe thako–just live at home; vane thako–or live in the forest; sada–always; ‘hari'–the holy name of Hari; bole' dako–shout while chanting; sukhe duhkhe–in happiness or distress; bhulo na'ko–don't forget; vadane–with your lips; hari-nam–the holy names; koro re–oh please chant!
TRANSLATION
Whether you are a householder or a sannyasi, constantly chant "Hari! Hari!" Do not forget this chanting, whether you are in a happy condition or a distressful one. Just fill your lips with the hari-nama.
Text Three
maya-jale baddha ho 'ye, acho miche kaja lo 'ye,
ekhona cetana pe'ye, 'radha-madhav' nam bolo re
SYNONYMS
maya-jale–in the entangling network of maya; baddha ho'ye–you are bound up; acho–yours is; miche kaja–fruitless toil; lo'ye–accepting; ekhona–now; cetana pe'ye–obtaining full consciousness; ‘radha-madhav' nam–the names of Sri Sri Radha and Madhava; bolo re–so chant!
TRANSLATION
You are bound up in the network of maya and are forced to toil fruitlessly. Now you have obtained full consciousness in the human form of life, so chant the names of Radha-Madhava.
Text Four
jivana hoilo sesa, na bhajile hrsikesa
bhaktivinodopadesa, ekbar nam-rase mato re
SYNONYMS
jivana–your life; hoilo sesa–may end at any moment; na bhajile–you have not served; hrsikesa–the Lord of the senses; bhaktivinodopadesa–this advice of Bhaktivinoda Thakura; ekbar–just once; nam-rase–in the nectar of the holy name; mato–become intoxicated; re–oh!
TRANSLATION
Your life may end at any moment, and you have not served the Lord of the senses, Hrsikesa. Take this advice of Bhaktivinoda Thakura: "Just once, relish the nectar of the holy name!"
 
>>> Ref. VedaBase => SVA 2: Sri Nama (gay gora madhur sware)

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"The process is how to think of Krsna. Man-mana bhava mad-bhaktah. This is meditation. So this... By kirtana it becomes very easy. If you chant Hare Krsna maha-mantra twenty-four hours like Haridasa Thakura... That is not possible. So as much as possible... Tirtha-yasasa. Kirtana, this is also kirtana. We are talking about Krsna, reading about Krsna, reading Krsna's instruction in the Bhagavad-gita or reading Krsna's glories in the Srimad-Bhagavatam. They are all kirtana. It is not that simply when we sing with musical instruments, that is kirtana. No. Anything you talk about Krsna, that is kirtan."
~ from Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad Bhagavatam 3.28.18 on October 27, 1975 in Nairobi

Srila Prabhupada ~ " Simply our prayer should be, My dear Krishna, please remind me to always chant Your Holy Name, please do not put me into forgetfulness. You are sitting within me as Supersoul, so you can put me into forgetfulness or into remembering You. So please do not put me into forgetfulness. Please always remind me to chant, even You send me into the hell, it doesn't matter, just so long as I can always chant Hare Krishna..."

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