Gītā-mālā
(A Garland of Songs)

Chapter Three
Śoka Śātana (The Dispelling of Grief)

Śrī Gaurāṅga-līlā-caritra
(The Character and Activities of Lord Gaurāṅga’s Transcendental Pastimes)

Song 5
Manifestation of Symptoms of Separation by Bhaktavatsala (Lord Caitanya) due to the Death of His Dear Devotee

 

(1)
śrībāsa-bacana      śrabaṇa koriyā
sādhwī pati-brata-gaṇa
śoka parihari’      mṛta śiśu rākhi’
hari-rase dilo mana

Hearing these words of Śrīvāsa Paṇḍita, all those chaste and faithful ladies gave up their lamentation for the dead son, because Śrīvāsa had satisfied their minds by informing them of the transcendental mellows of Lord Hari.

(2)
śrībāsa takhana          ānande mātiyā
aṅgane ailo punaḥ
nāce gorā-sane      sakala pāsari’
gāya nanda-suta-guṇa

Then Śrīvāsa again came out into the courtyard and, overwhelmed with joy, resumed dancing with Lord Caitanya and loudly sang the glories of the Son of Nanda Mahārāja, completely forgetting about what had just happened.

(3)
cāri daṇḍa rātre         mārilo kumāra
aṅgane keho nā jāne
śrī-nāma-maṅgale         tṛtīya prahara
rajanī atīta gāne

The boy had expired only 1-1/2 hours after dark, but out in the courtyard no one had known anything due to the loud kīrtana. Then for 9 hours there was continuous chanting of the auspicious holy names. Thus the entire night had elapsed in this ecstatic singing.

 (4)
kīrtana bhaṅgile         kohe gaura-hari
āji keno pāi duḥkha
bujhi ei gṛhe       kichu amaṅgala
ghaṭiyā harilo sukha

Then the kīrtana stopped, and Lord Gaurahari said, “Why am I feeling some unhappiness today? I can understand that something inauspicious has happened in this house which has robbed Me of My bliss.”

(5)
tabe bhakta-jana         nibedana kore
śrībāsa-śiśura kathā
śuni’ gorā rāya          bole hāya hāya
marame pāinu byathā

Then the devotees related to the Lord the story of the death of Śrīvāsa’s son. Hearing this news, the Lord loudly exclaimed, “Oh no! What has happened? Now the core of My heart has become pierced with so much unbearable pain!”

(6)
keno nā kohile      āmāre takhana
bipada-sambada sabe
bhakatibinoda       bhakata-batsala
snehete mājilo tabe

 “Why didn’t you inform Me of this calamity when it had just happened?” Now, Bhaktivinoda has completely lost himself in the affection that he Lords shows to His own devotees.