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Govinda hare Gopala hare, Hey Prabhu deena dayala hare

Devanagari script:

गोविन्द हरे गोपाल हरे | हे प्रभु दीन दयाल हरे


govinda hare gopāla hare, he prabhu dīna dayāla hare



govinda: A name for the youthful Krishna. Literally, the lord of the cows ("go").

hare: Variously interpreted. Can mean "hare" as the vocative form of Hari, a name of Vishnu (of whom Krishna is an avatar or incarnation); also sometimes "hare" is interpreted as a name of Radha.

gopāla: A name for the divine baby Krishna. Literally, shepherd of the cows ("go").

he: Pronounced "Hey," similar to "Hey" in english, for addressing someone.

prabhu: Lord (of male gender).

dīna dayāla: The compassionate one, savior of the poor ("daya" is compassion).

"Your lips are sweet, Your speech is sweet, Your face is sweet, Your smile is sweet, Your heart is sweet, Your gait is sweet. In fact, O Lord, everything about You is filled with sweetness."  ~ Madhurashtakam

"You're the sweet butter thief named baby Gopala,
the lover of Radha and the killer of Kamsa.
To you, dark blue just like the ocean,
I offer my devotion through all of my emotions."  ~ MC Yogi

"Every repetition of the name is a seed. And you do the best you can – which is why sincerity, humility, honesty, as well as courage and energy are important. Because, we don't know who we are, we don't know what we're doing, we don't know where we're going. We are hoping, we have the faith, because our teachers have told us that through this practice, we will uncover that presence in our own hearts. That's the only thing that matters. That's why we should be doing it."  ~ Krishna Das