Gītā-mālā
(A Garland of Songs)

Chapter Five
Siddhi Lālasā
(Intense, Eager Longing for the Highest Spiritual Perfection)

Song 6
(The First Chance of Sevā)

(1)
nirjana kuṭīre śrī rādhā-caraṇa
smaraṇe
thākibā rata
śrī
rūpa mañjarī dhīre dhīre āsi
kahibe
amaya

1) In my solitary cottage, I will constantly remain absorbed in the remembrance of Śrī Rādhā’s lotus feet. By and by, I will see Śrī Rūpa Mañjarī slowly approaching. Coming up to me, she will then begin saying some very nice things to me.

(2)
bolibe o’ sakhi! ki koro basiya,
dekhaha
bahire asi
yugala
milana śobha nirūpama
hoibe
caraṇa

2) She will say, “Oh sakhī! My dear friend, what are you doing sitting here? Just come outside here and look – just see Who is coming! The Divine Couple will now perform Their splendors, unparalleled transcendental meeting, and today you will be one of the maidservants at Their lotus feet!”

(3)
svārasikī siddhi braja-gopī dhana
parama-cañcala
sati
yogīra
dheyana nirviśeṣa jñāna
na
pāya ekhane

3) The perfections of their personal mellows which are individually exhibited by each of the gopīs of Vraja are all the real treasures of Vṛndāvana, and these individual moods are intelligently fickle and chaste. The so-called meditations of the yogīs, or the impersonal speculations of the Brahmavādīs cannot get any foothold within the realm of such transcendental mellows as those which are naturally exhibited by the gopīs.

(4)
sākṣāt darśana madhyāhna līlāya
rādhā-pada-sevārthinī
yakhana
ye seva koroho yatane
śrī
rādhā-caraṇe dhāni

4) Seeing Them personally coming and performing Their midday pastimes there at Rādhā-kuṇḍa, I have become very much desirous to serve the lotus feet of Śrī Rādhā. And whenever I get the opportunity to render some small service, I will perform that service with the greatest care and attention, and I will thus become rich with the treasure of Her lotus feet.