Composed by Sri Sri Sankardev
O Sarangapani save me I am a dimwit None I can see but Your feet That can prevent hell, O Lord Close on my heels are Death and Disease How long will the body take to decease I am a sinner, my end is getting near Yet I’ve no thought of Your feet Look, day by day is shriveling my body By agonies and afflictions smitten At the end Kamalapati is my haven Me Sankara pray at Your feet
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Translated by Nirendra Nath Thakuria
Sri Sri Sankardev (1449-1568) was a 15-16th Century Indian Saint-Scholar, social and religious reformer, poet, playwright and musician of Assam. Borgeet or Songs Celestial is a tradition of raga and tala based Assamese song developed by Sri Sri Sankardev and Sri Sri Madhavdev, another Indian Saint-Scholar, poet of Assam.
Nirendra Nath Thakuria, retired Associate Professor of English, is a translator.
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