Song Name: Keno Hare Krsna Nam

Author: Bhaktivinoda Thakura

(refrain) keno hare kṛṣṇa nām hari bole

mano prāṇ kāṅde nā

(1)

pakhi nā jāni kon aparādhe

mukhe hare kṛṣṇa nām bolo nā

(2)

baner pakhi re dhare rāklām hṛdoy mandire

madhu mākhā ei hari nām

pakhi re śikhaile śikhe

(3)

pakhi sakal nām bolte paro

keno hare kṛṣṇa nām bolo na

keno hare kṛṣṇa nām hari bole mano prāṇ kāṅde nā

(4)

chalo pakhi rūper deśe jāi

je deśete maner mānuś āsā jāoyā nāi

(5)

pakhi re tor maraṇa kālete

carabi vāser dolāte

ore cār janete kandhe kore

loye jābe smaśan ghāṭete

(6)

ore o tor mukhe āguna jihve tule

ki korobi tāi bolo nā

TRANSLATION

Refrain: Oh, why does my heart not weep from chanting the holy names Hare Krsna?

1) The bird of my heart does not know what past sinful activities it has committed to cause this inability to chant Hare Krsna properly.

2) O forest bird! I have kept something for you very carefully within the cottage of my heart – the holy name of Hari, which is overflowing with pure sweet honey. O bird, you could learn the chanting of this name if you were taught.

3) A bird is easily able to speak all names; why then does this bird of my heart refuse to chant Hare Krsna? Oh, why does my heart not weep from chanting the holy names Hare Krsna?

4) O bird! Come, let us go to the spiritual world, the land of true and everlasting beauty. It is the place where the imaginary man of my mind will never again come and go on the revolving cycle of birth and death.

5) O bird! At the time of death, your body will simply be placed upon a funeral stretcher, lifted on the shoulders of four persons and carried to the cremation grounds.

6) Alas! The cremation fire will enter your mouth and then totally consume your tongue. There will be nothing you can do to save yourself, for at that time it is too late – you will be unable to speak anymore.

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