Mon Chalo Nija Niketane

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Mon Chalo Nija Niketane by Ayodhyanath Pakrashi
Hymns in The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna
One of the famous songs of Brahmo Samaj, which was sung by Swami Vivekananda when he first met Ramakrishna Paramahamsa in 1881. Original here.

Let us go back once more, O mind, to
our own abode!
Here in this foreign land of earth
Why should we wander aimlessly in
stranger’s guise?
These living beings round about, and
the five elements;
Are strangers to you, all of them; none
is your own.
Why do you thus forget yourself,
In love with strangers, O my mind?
Why do you thus forget your own?

Ascend the path of Truth, O mind!
Unflaggingly climb,
With Love as the lamp to light your
way.
As your provision for the journey, bring
with you
The virtues, carefully concealed; for, like
two highwaymen,
Greed and delusion wait to rob you of
your wealth.
And keep beside you constantly,
As guards to shelter you from harm,
Calmness of mind and self-control.

Companionship with holy men will be
for you
A welcome rest-house by the road;
There rest your weary limbs awhile,
asking your way,
If ever you should be in doubt, of him
who watches there.
If anything along the path should
frighten you,
Then loudly shout the name of the Lord;
For He is Ruler of that road,
And even Death must bow to Him.

This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.