ha’ye viṣaye āveśa, pe’le, mana, yātanā aśeṣa
chāḍi’ rādhā-śyāme vraja-dhāme, bhugcho hethā nānā-kleśa
O mind! You have given unlimited trouble to yourself under the influence of material enjoyment. Rejecting Rādhā-Śyāma in Vraja-dhāma, you have come here to this world that is full of various miseries.
māyā-devīr kārāgāre, nijer karma-anusāre
bhūter vegāra khāṭ-te khāṭ-te jīvana karcha śeṣa
kari’ `āmi-āmār’, dehe ābāra, karcha jaḍa rāga-dveṣa
Caught within the prison house of Māyā Devī, and stalked by your own karma, your life ends after extreme toil and physical labour. Then again you will inhabit a body, thinking in terms of “I” and “mine,” feeling attraction or repulsion for material objects.
tumi śuddha cidānanda, kṛṣṇa-sevā tā’ra ānanda
pañca-bhūter hāte paḍe’ hāya, ācho ekaṭī meṣa
ekhana sādhu-saṅge, cit-prasaṅge, tomāra upāya avaśeṣa
You are pure conscious bliss, and true happiness is only found in kṛṣṇa-sevā. You have fallen into the clutches of the five gross elements. Alas! You are just like a sheep. Now the association of sādhus and spiritual discussions are your only means.
kanaka-kāminī-saṅga, chāḍi’ o bhāi miche raṅga,
grahaṇa kara bāula cāṅder śuddha upadeśa
tyaji’ lukocuri, bāula-giri, śuddha-rase kara praveśa
Give up the desire for women and wealth. O brother! All this is a useless drama. Take this pure advice of Cāṅda Bāula – give up your game of ‘hide and seek’* and your status of being a Bāula. Simply enter the flow of pure rasa.
* In the forest bowers, Kṛṣṇa plays hide and seek (lukocuri) with Rādhārāṇī and the other gopīs. Here, Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura is alluding to the Bāulas playing similar games with their female followers.