Śrī Gaura Avatār is the best of all Avatārs. Why don’t you serve Him? O mind, you resided beside water, but did not quench your thirst.
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Srila Gurudev singing Avatara sara on Gaura Purnima day, 28 February 1991.
avatāra sāra gorā avatāra
kena nā bhajili tā̐re
kari’ nīre vāsa gela nā piyāsa
āpana karama phere 
Śrī Gaura Avatār is the best of all Avatārs. Why don’t you serve Him? O mind, you resided beside water, but did not quench your thirst. You returned to your selfishness.
kaṇṭakera taru sadāi sevili (mana)
amṛta pā’bāra āśe
prema-kalpataru śrī gaurāṅga āmāra
tāhāre bhavili viṣe 
O mind, desiring to drink nectar, you constantly chewed thorned wood (and mistook the blood in your mouth for nectar). My Lord Gaurāṅga is a wish-fulfilling tree of divine love, but you considered Him to be poison.
saurabhera āśe palāśa śuṅkili (mana)
nāsāte paśila kīṭa
‘ikṣu-daṇḍa’ bhāvi’ kāṭha chuṣili (mana)
kemane pāibi miṭha 
O mind, seeking a fragrance, you smelled the odourless palāśa flower, and insects entered your nose. O mind, considering it sugarcane, you sucked dry wood. How will you taste sweetness in this way?
‘hāra’ baliyā galāya parili (mana)
śamana kiṅkara sāpa
‘śītala’ baliyā āguna pohāli (mana)
pāili vajara-tāpa 
O mind, considering it a necklace, you wore death’s attendant serpent around your neck. O mind, considering it to be cooling, you embraced fire and received a scorching burn.
saṁsāra bhajili śrī-gaurāṅga bhulili
nā śunili sādhura kathā
iha-parakāla dukāla khoyāli (mana)
khāili āpana māthā 
You served your family (mundane ends), forgot Śrī Gaurāṅga, and never listened to the sādhus’ words. O mind, you wasted both this life and your next life. You depraved yourself.
(Śrīla Lochan Dās Ṭhākur)