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From: kalaivani retnavellu (
Date: Sun Feb 24 2002 - 11:38:14 PST

radhe krishna!
namo narayana

dear bhaagavatas,
having experienced surdas's poems once, lets return to them again...


Lord, your inscrutable maya
deludes my mind,
it fails to dwell on you
and I can't pray.

The company of sages
steadies it somewhat,
but as an elephant
after bathing
squirts mud on itself again,
my mind's calm
lasts only a moment
and then returns
to the world's unquiet.

Calling himself hermit-like
The greedy man
another's wealth,
as an acrobat
performing for money.

Says suradasa, my mind is fickle,
it does not stay on you, Lord,
impenetrable maya
balks my attempt.


maya has so possessed my mind
that it can no longer know
what's good for it, what's harmful;
and speeds to its destruction
as a moth to a flame.

My home's like an earthen lamp,
wealth its oil,
wife as cotton
and son as a furious fire.

Ignorant, out of tune,
I keep attached to these
as a parrot
on a lotus:
with no guru to guide me
I go round and round
tied to the peg of existence.

Says Suradasa, how can he
who chants the name of Krishna,
ever fall so low?

lottsa krishna premai
andal thiruvadigale sharanam
namo venkateshaya

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