Nemai Das Baul

Bandhnabagram, Kasba, Birbhum

Let the tears flow at the thought of Krishna (KrishnaKaatha Bhebe Bhebe Phel re Ankhijol)

Let the tears flow at the thought of Krishna –
O my mind mynah, speak a few words of Krishna,
O mynah, speak some words of Hari!

Let the tears flow at the thought of Krishna,
Speak a few words of Krishna, o mynah, say the name of Hari.

Arisen from the dust, my mind, to the dust you must return:
The manure for the grain in the mud will be your abode.
Say the name of Krishna, o mynah, say the name of Hari.

However much money or houses one has – they remain as foreign land
In the last days, the only resource shall be Hari’s name.
Say the name of Krishna, o mynah, speak a few words of Hari.

To go to the limits of this world, take Radha-Krishna’s name
Haradhon Das Baul says, do not dissemble any more!
Speak a few words of Krishna, o mynah, say the name of Hari.

Let the tears flow at the thought of Krishna
Say the name of Krishna, o mynah, say the name of Hari.


Recorded in February 2008 in Santiniketan, WB

Similar to ‘An owlet I tend to’, the song imagines the devotee’s ideal state of mind through the metaphor of the ‘mynah’, a bird renowned for its powers of memory and faithful repetition. The song makes light of worldly attachments and possessions, compared to ‘foreign land’ that one has to eventually quit, with the body becoming mixed with the soil. Similar to many Bhakti traditions, devotion is imagined subjectively with a lot of emphasis on individual affect (‘let the tears flow’, etc.)

Translator/Transcriber: Aniruddha Dutta

Directed by Aditi Sircar
Camera: Shubhankar Bhar, Ashesh

Sound: Dhiman Karmakar, Sudipto Mukherjee

Edit: Rhonda Granger

Production Coordinator: Kartick Das Baul