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Bhaja Govindam

nalini da lagatha jala mati tharalam
tadwajivita mathishaya
chapalam vidhi vyadhya bhimanagrastam
lokam shokahatam cha samastham

The water droplet on the lotus leaf is tremulous and unsteady. So too is life which is just as uncertain. Know the body to be in the claws of disease, which may swallow it at any moment. Life is ultimately nothing but worry, misery and grief.

samprapte sani, hite kale na hi na hi
rakshati dukrinkarane

At the time of death the rules of grammar, which you are trying to cram and master, will not be able to rescue you at all.

bhaja govindam, bhaja govindam
govindam bhaja mudhamate

Seek Govinda! Seek Govinda! Seek Govinda! Oh ignoramus!

suramandira taru, mula nivasah saiya
bhutalamajinam vasah
sarvaparigraha, bhoga tyaga kasya
sukham na karoti viragah

Who can disturb the peace and happiness of a man if he has the true spirit of renunciation and has controlled his desires, even if he be the poorest, sleeping only in the temple halls and choultries or under trees or on the bare ground and just with a deer skin to cover.

shri harer nam eva kevalam, shri harer nam, shri krishna
pavanam pavanebhyopi, jaya jaya shri harer nam

There is no alternative for spiritual progress other than the chanting of the holy name of Hari, Shri Krishna the holy name of Hari is all-purifying.

[Song includes excerpts from Moha Mudgara and the Brihad Naradiya Purana]

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from BHAKTI WITHOUT BORDERS, released May 12, 2015

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Madi Das Los Angeles, California

Born to an American mom and German dad, Madi Das grew up in the Vaishnava tradition of Bhakti Yoga. At age 7 he went to boarding school in India where he spent 8 years learning kirtan, becoming fluent in Hindi, and making lifelong friends. Now stateside, he works as an entertainment executive in Hollywood. In his debut album, Madi seeks to bridge his disparate worlds of Hindi and Hollywood. ... more

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