1.Je ka ranjale ganjale
Know him to be a true man who takes to his bosom those who
are in distress. Know that God resides in the heart of such
a one. His heart is saturated with gentleness through and
through. He receives as his only those who are forsaken.
He bestows on his man servants and maid servants the same
affection he shows to his children. Tukaram says: What need
is there to describe him further? He is the very incarnation
2.Papachi vasana nako davoo dola
O God, let me not be witness to desire for sin, better
make me blind; let me not hear ill of anyone, better make
me deaf; let not a sinful word escape my lips, better
make me dumb; let me not lust after another's wife, better
that I disappear from this earth. Tuka says: I am tired
of everything worldly, Thee alone I like, O Gopal.
3. Pavitra te kul paawan to desh jethe Hariche daas janma
Blessed is that family and that country where servants
of God take birth. God becomes their work and their religion.
The three worlds become holy through them. Tell me who
have become purified through pride of birth? The Puranas
have testified like bards without reserve that those called
untouchables have attained salvation through devotion
to God. Tuladhar, the Vaishya, Gora, the potter, Rohidas,
a tanner, Kabir, a Momin, Latif, a Muslim, Sena, a barber,
and Vishnudas, Kanhopatra, Dadu, a carder, all become
one at the feet of God in the company of hymn singers.
Chokhamela and Banka, both Mahars by birth, became one
with God. Oh, how great was the devotion of Jani the servant
girl of Namdev! Pandharinath (God)
dined with her. Meral Janak's family no one knows, yet
who can do justice to his greatness? For the servant of
God there is no caste, no varna, so say the Vedic sages.
Tuka says: I cannot count the degraded
4. Jethe jato tethe tu maajha saangaati
Wherever I go, Thou art my companion. Having taken me
by the hand Thou movest me. I go alone depending solely
on Thee. Thou bearest too my burdens. If I am likely to
say anything foolish, Thou makest it right. Thou hast
removed my bashfulness and madest me self-confident, O
Lord. All the people have become my guards, relatives
and bosom friends. Tuka says: I now conduct myself without
any care. I have attained divine peace within and without.
5.Na kalataa kaay
When one does not know, what is one to do so as to have
devotion to Thy sacred feet? When will it so happen that
Thou wilt come and settle in my heart? O God, when wilt
Thou so ordain that I may meditate on Thee with a true
heart? Remove Thou my untruth and, O Truth, come and dwell
Thou in my heart. Tuka says: O Panduranga, do Thou protect
by Thy power sinners like me.
6. Muktipang naahi vishnuchiyadaasaa
To the servants of Vishnu there is no yearning even for
salvation; they do not want to know what the wheel of
birth and death is like.; Govind sits steadily settled
in their hearts; for them the beginning and the end are
the same. They make over happiness and misery to God and
themselves remain untouched by them, the auspicious songs
sing of them; their strength and their intellect are dedicated
to benevolent uses; their hearts contain gentleness; they
are full of mercy even like God; they know no distinction
between theirs and others'. Tuka says: They are even like
unto God and Vaikuntha is where they live.
7. Kaay vaanu aata
How now shall I describe (the praises of the good); my
speech is not enough (for the purpose). I therefore put
my head at their feet.The magnet leaves its greatness
and does not know that it may not touch iron. Even so
good men's powers are for the benefit of the world. They
afflict the body for the service of others. Mercy towards
all is the stock-in-trade of the good. They have no attachment
for their own bodies. Tuka says: Others' happiness is
their happiness; nectar drops from their lips.
8.Naahi santpan milat haati
Saintliness is not to be purchased in shops nor is it
to be had for wandering nor in cupboards nor in deserts
nor in forests. It is not obtainable for a heap of riches.
It is not in the heavens above nor in the entrails of
the earth below. Tuka says: It is a life's bargain and
if you will not give your life to possess it better be
9.Bhakt aise jaana je dehi udaas
He is a devotee who is indifferent about body, who has
killed all desire, whose one object in life is (to find)
Narayana, whom wealth or company or even parents will
not distract, for whom whether in front or behind there
is only God in difficulty, who will not allow any difficulty
to cross his purpose. Tuka says: Truth guides such men
in all their doings.
10. Ved anant bolilaa
The essence of the endless Vedas is this: Seek the shelter
of God and repeat His name with all thy heart. The result
of the cogitations of all the Shastras is also the same;
Tuka says: The burden of the eighteen Puranas is also
11. Aanik dusre naahi maj aata
This heart of mine is determined that for me now there
is nothing else; I meditate on Panduranga, I think of
Panduranga, I see Panduranga whether awake or dreaming.
All the organs are so attuned that I have no other desire
left. Tuka says: My eyes have recognized that image standing
on that brick transfixed in meditation unmoved by anything.
12.Na milo khavaya na vadho santan
What though I get nothing to eat and have no progeny?
It is enough for me that Narayana's grace descends upon
me. My speech gives me that advice and says likewise to
the other people -Let the body suffer, let adversity befall
one, enough that Narayana is enthroned in my heart. Tuka
says: All the above things are fleeting;my welfare consists
in always remembering Gopal.
13. Maharasi shive kope to Brahman navhe
He who becomes enraged at the touch of a Mahar is no Brahmin.
There is no penance for him even by giving his life. There
is the taint of untouchability in him who will not touch
a Chandal. Tuka says: A man becomes what he is continually
14. Punya parupkaar paap te par pidaa
Merit consists in doing good to others, sin in doing harm
to others. There is no other pair comparable to this.
Truth is the only religion (or freedom); untruth is bondage,
there is no secret like this. God's name on one's lips
is itself salvation, disregard (of the name) know to be
perdition. Companionship of the good is the only heaven,
indifference is hell. Tuka says: It is thus clear what
is good and what is injurious, let people choose what
15. Shevatchi vinanawani
This is my last prayer, O saintly people listen to it:
O God, do not forget me; now what more need I say, Your
holy feet know everything. Tuka says: I prostrate myself
before Your feet, let the shadow of Your grace descend
16. Hechi daan de ga devaa
O God, grant only this boon. I may never forget Thee;
and I shall prize it dearly. I desire neither salvation
nor riches nor prosperity; give me always company of the
good. Tuka says: On that condition Thou mayest send me
to the earth again and again.