Excerpts from the Nama-Ghosa: Sarana

Sarana means Taking Refuge in the Lord. In this section of the Nām Ghosā, Madhavadeva takes Refuge in Lord Krishna.

Mai durācāra		kevale tomāra
	aparādhi Nārāyana /
Kshamiyoka Hari	loiyo dāsa kari
	pasilo herā sarana // [183]

The evil-doer that I am, O Nārāyana,
I am wholly guilty unto Thee.
O Hari, pardon me, take me as Thy servant.
Lo, I have entered into Thy Shelter (sarana).[183]

He Krishna Svāmi	tayu pade āmi
	kevala sarana cāo /
karā anugraha	māyāra nigraha
	tevese Prabhu erāo // [184]

O Master Krishna, I seek only Refuge (sarana) at Thy Feet.
O Master! Do this favor. Only then shall I be free
From māyā’s disfavor. [184]

Note: ‘anugraha’=favor; ‘nigraha’=disfavor; hindrance; severe treatment;

He Yadupati	mai mudha mati
	najāno sevā tomāra /
kevala tomāra	carana pankaje
	sarana karilo sāra // [185]

O Yadupati! Blunt-witted and stupid as I am,
I know not service unto Thee.
I only make protection (sarana) at Thy Lotus-Feet the chief thing. [185]

Purusa Uttama	Parama Purusa  
	parama ānanda Svāmi /
tayu pāda-padma	makaranda āse
	sarana pasilo āmi //[186]

Thou the best Purusa, the Supreme Purusa
And Master of Supreme Joy.
I seek refuge (sarana) in Thee for the nectarine juice
Of Thy Lotus Feet. [186]

Prabhu Bhagavanta	Ananta Isvara
	prapanna jana tārana /
tumi priyatama	parama devatā
	jāniyā loilo sarana // [187]

Lord Bhagavanta! Infinite Isvara!
Savior of men seeking refuge (sarana) in Thee!
Thou art my dearest, the highest deity;
Knowing this, I take Thy refuge. [187]