Moslem Mondal

Balura, Tarunipur, Nadia

The Lord is Tied at the Door of the Devotee! (Bhakter Daare Bandha Ache Sain)


The Lord is tied at the door of the devotee!
O daughter! Whether Hindu or Yavana! (1)
He does not care for your caste!

Immersed in pure devotion,
The disciple loyal bears his alms bag;
He has managed to capture the Black one of Braja (2),
After forfeiting all his wealth.
The Lord is tied at the door of the devotee!

Ramdas, the low caste (3), amidst the worldly,
Bears continuously the strength of his devotion;
The bell rings at the gates of heaven,
Hearing it the sadhu finds his abode.   
The Lord is tied at the door of the devotee!

The same moon lights up the whole world,
The same seed engenders all birth;
Lalan keeps struggling in vain—
To attain the infinite- the Lord of Lords.
The Lord is tied at the door of the devotee!


(1)  Yavana, as described in ancient Indian texts, is a term referring to the non-Aryan, usually the outsider. At the time when Lalan wrote the song, the term had become a common reference for Muslims. It would also later be used for Christians or the British.
(2)  The ‘Black One’ is a reference to Krishna. Braja or Vraj or Brijbhoomi is a cultural landscape around Mathura-Vrindavana in Uttar Pradesh, India associated with Krishna.
(3) The word in the song is ‘mochi’ (literally meaning ‘shoe-maker’) a term that was commonly applied to any one who belonged to the lower castes within a Brahminical social hierarchy.



Recorded February 25, 2015 at Townsend Road, Kolkata, WB

Directed by Aditi Sircar

Camera: Jesse Alk

Audio: Koustav Sinha

Camera Assistant: Rajib Kuila

Translated by Parjanya Sen

Edited by Rhonda Granger