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Bhajan: Anadi Karama Phale

Anadi Karama Phale
"The Reactions of Beginningless Karma"
(from Gitavali)

Text One
anadi' karama-phale, padi' bhavarnara jale,
taribare na dekhi upaya
ei visaya-halahale, diva-nisi hiya jvale,
mana kabhu sukha nahi paya
I have fallen into the ocean of material existence as a result of my selfish activities, which are without beginning, and I see no means of deliverance from this great ocean of nescience. Day and night my heart burns from the poison of these worldly activities, and on account of this my mind never finds any satisfaction or happiness.
Text Two
asa-pasa-sata-sata, klesa deya avirata,
pravrtti-urmira tahe khela
kama-krodha-adi chaya, batapade deya bhaya,
avasana hoilo asi' bela
Hundreds and thousands of desires, like nooses around my neck, constantly give me misery and trouble. In that great ocean of nescience play the waves of materialistic tendency. In this world there are many thieves and rogues, of whom six are prominent; lust, anger, greed, illusion, and madness. They are causing me great fear, and in this way my life is coming to an end.
Text Three
jnana-karma-thaga dui, more pratariya loi,
avasese phele sindhu-jale
e heno samaye, bandhu, tumi krsna krpa-sindhu,
krpa kori' tolo more bale
The two highway robbers, mental speculation and fruitive activity, have cheated me and misled me, and finally they are throwing me into the ocean of misery. At such a time as this, my dear Krsna, You are the only friend, and You are the ocean of mercy and compassion. I have no strength to get out of this ocean of nescience, so I pray to Your lotus feet that You will be kind and by Your strength uplift me from this ocean of suffering.
Text Four
patita-kinkare dhari', pada-padma-dhuli kari',
deho bhaktivinoda asraya
ami tava nitya-dasa, bhuliya mayara pasa,
baddha ho'ye achi dayamaya
Accept this fallen servant and fix me as a particle of dust on Your lotus feet. Kindly give me shelter to this Bhaktivinoda. O most merciful Lord, actually I am Your eternal servant, but having forgotten this I have become bound up in the network of maya.
Purport to Anadi Karama Phale

by His Divine Grace
 A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Anadi karama-phale padi' bhavarnava-jale taribare na dekhi upaya. This is a song sung by Bhaktivinoda Thakura depicting the conditioned soul. Bhaktivinoda Thakura is presenting himself as one of the ordinary human beings, saying "Due to my past fruitive activities, I have now fallen into this ocean of nescience, and I do not find any means of coming out of this great ocean." Ei visaya-halahale: "It is just like an ocean of poison." If one takes some pungent food, it burns the heart. Similarly, although we are trying to be happy by sense enjoyment, actually our situation is becoming just the opposite, and the effort is causing our hearts to burn. And diva-nisi hiya jvale: "That burning sensation is going on day and night, twenty-four hours a day." Mana kabhu sukha nahi paya: "And on account of this my mind is not at all satisfied." Asa-pasa-sata-sata klesa deya avirata: "I am always making hundreds and thousands of plans to become happy, but actually all of these plans give me pain, twenty-four hours a day." Pravrtti-urmira tahe khela: "My position is exactly like one who is being dashed again and again by the waves of the ocean." Kama-krodha-adi chaya, batapade deya bhaya: "Besides that, there are so many thieves and rogues. Especially they are six in number-namely lust, anger, greed, envy, illusion, and madness. They are always present, and I am afraid of them. "Avasana hoilo asi' bela: "In this way my life is becoming advanced, or in other words I am coming to the point of the end of my life." Jnana-karma-thaga dui, more pratariya loi: "Although this is my position, still, two kinds of activities are cheating me, namely mental speculation and fruitive activities." (Thaga means "cheater.") And avasese phele sindhu-jale: "After misleading me, they bring me to the seashore and push me down within the sea." E heno samaye bandhu, tumi krsna krpa-sindhu: "Under the circumstances, my dear Krsna, you are my only friend, and You are an ocean of mercy." Krpa kori' tolo more bale: "I have no strength to get out of this ocean of nescience, so I pray unto Your lotus feet that by Your strength You kindly pick me up." Patita-kinkare dhari' pada-padma-dhuli kari': "After all, I am Your eternal servant. Somehow or other I have fallen into this ocean, so kindly pick me up and fix me as one of the particles of dust at Your lotus feet." Deho bhaktivinoda asraya: Bhaktivinoda Thakura entreats, "Kindly give me shelter at Your lotus feet." Ami tava nitya-dasa: "I am Your eternal servant." Bhuliya mayara pasa: "Somehow or other I forgot You, and I have now fallen into the network of maya." Baddha ho'ye achi dayamaya: "My dear Lord, I have become entangled in this way. Kindly save me."
>>> Ref. VedaBase => SVA 2: Purport to Anadi Karama Phale


"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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