By Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura
The night has come to an end and the light of dawn is entering. O jīva soul, arise and give up your sleep. Chant the holy names of Lord Hari, who is the giver of liberation; the enemy of the Mura demon; the supreme enjoyer; the all-attractive one; and the horse-headed incarnation, Hayagrīva.
nṛsiṁha vāmana, śrī-madhusūdana,
Lord Hari [Kṛṣṇa] incarnated as the half-man, half-lion, Nṛsiṁha. He appeared as a dwarf brāhmaṇa named Upendra and is the killer of the Madhu demon. He is the beloved son of the King of Vraja, Nanda Mahārāja, and is blackish in complexion. He is the slayer of the Pūtanā witch and s the destroyer of the demon Kaiṭabha. All glories to Lord Hari, who appeared as Lord Rāma, the son of King Daśaratha!
He is the darling of mother Yaśodā, the giver of pleasure to the cows, land, and spiritual senses, and the protector of the cows. He is the Lord of the Vṛndāvana forest, the gopīs’ beloved, the lover of Rādhikā, and the most beautiful personality in all the worlds.
brajera rākhāla, gopa-vṛnda-pāla,
As Rāmacandra He put an end to the demoniac King Rāvaṇa. As Kṛṣṇa, in His childhood He stole butter from the elder gopīs, and in His youth He stole the clothes of the younger gopīs while they bathed in the Yamunā. He is a cowherd boy of Vraja and the protector of the cowherd boys. He steals the hearts of all and always holds a flute.
navīna nīrada, rūpa manohara,
Lord Kṛṣṇa is worshiped by the best of yogīs, He is the son of Nanda, He removes all the fears of the inhabitants of Vraja, He is the color of a fresh rain cloud, and His form is enchanting. When He wanders about, playing His flute, He looks very charming.
He is the son of Yaśodā and the killer of King Kaṁsa, and He sports in the rāsa dance among the groves of Vraja. Kṛṣṇa engages in the rāsa dance beneath the kadamba trees, and He resides in the forest of Vṛndāvana.
He increases the ecstasy of His devotees. He is the reservoir of all love and is the transcendental Cupid who uses His flower arrows to increase the loving desires of the gopīs. He is the pleasure of the gopīs’ hearts and the abode of all wonderful qualities.
nāma-sudhā-rasa, gāo kṛṣṇa-jaśa
rākho vacana mana mora
Lord Kṛṣṇa is the life of the river Yamunā. He is always absorbed in amorous pastimes, and He is the moon for the cakora birds of the gopīs’ minds. O mind, obey these words of mine and sing the glories of Śrī Kṛṣṇa in the form of these holy names, which are full of nectarean mellows.