Prarthana Dainyamayi 5: Prayer to Yogamaya (Durga Devi)

Kathyayini, painting by Mahaveer Swami

By Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura

āmāra samāna hīna nāhi e soṁsāre
asthira ha’yechi poḍi’ bhaba pārābāre

In this world no one is fallen like me. Drowning in the ocean of birth and death, I am very anxious.

kuladebī jogamāyā more kṛpā kori’
ābaraṇa sambaribe kabe biśwodarī

O Goddess Yogamāyā, O the mother of the worlds, when will you be merciful to me and remove this veil of illusions?

śunechi āgame bede mahimā tomāra
śrī-kṛṣṇa-bimukhe bāndhi karāo soṁsāra

In the Vedas and Agamas I have heard your glories. The souls who have turned away from Lord Kṛṣṇa you imprison in the world of birth and death.

śrī-kṛṣṇa-sāmmukhya jā’ra bhāgya-krame hoya
tā’re mukti diyā koro’ aśoka abhoya

To the fortunate souls who try to turn toward Lord Kṛṣṇa you give liberation. You free them from fear and grief.

e dāse janani kori’ akaitaba doyā
bṛndābane deha’ sthāna tumi jogamāyā

O mother, please be merciful to this servant. Please don’t cheat him. O Yogamāyā, please give him a place in Vṛndāvana.

tomāke laṅghiyā kothā jībe kṛṣṇa pāya
kṛṣṇa-rasa prakaṭilo tomāra kṛpāya

How can a person who neglects you find Lord Kṛṣṇa? It is by your mercy that the nectar of Lord Kṛṣṇa is openly visible.

tumi kṛṣṇa-sahacarī jagata-jananī
tumi dekhāile more kṛṣṇa-cintāmaṇi

You are Lord Kṛṣṇa’s companion. You are the mother of the worlds. You showed me the cintāmaṇi jewel that is Lord Kṛṣṇa.

niṣkapaṭa ho’ye mātā cāo mora pāne
baiṣṇaba biśwāsa bṛddhi ha’ka prati-khaṇe

O mother, I sincerely desire that my faith in the Vaiṣṇavas will grow moment after moment.

baiṣṇaba-caraṇa binā bhaba-parābāra
bhakatibinoda nāre hoibāre pāra

Without taking shelter of the Vaiṣṇavas’ feet, Bhaktivinoda has no power to cross to the farther shore of the ocean of birth and death.


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  1. Pranama for all, I was struck by the fact that Yoga Maya has only two arms in its left hands and the right ones are empty, could you please share with us if it has any particular meaning, as well as other elements as birds, lion, crown, cloud…? Thank you very much. =)

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