This traditional composition in the Nata Raga, sung to Shri Krishna in the early
afternoon, was written by the 16th century Ashta-Chhap poet-saint Govinda Swami. His
life was full of deep realizations, and his Brajabhasa words carry to us the essence of
The Beloved is found only through love.
Physical beauty, good virtues, fine character
and a noble home –
these possessions will never please God.
You could have a high birth,
good karmas, auspicious signs, and
have knowledge of the Vedas and Puranas…
Sings Govinda, “…But, my friend!
what is the point of reciting
like a parrot?”
Pritama Prita hi te paiye
Yadyapi rupa guna, shila su-gharata
ina baatana na rijhaiye
Sat kula janma, karma subha lakchana
Veda purana pardaiye
Govinda bina sneha suvaa lo
Rasanaa kahaju na chaiye