(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 Nine
Birth in the House of a Devotee by Dint of One’s Great Fortune

bāndhilo māyā       je dina ho’te
aneka janma         labhinu āmi
phirinu māyā-ghore

The dead boy continued, “Thus I have been captured and bound by māyā. Due to being tied tightly by her ropes of ignorance and bewilderment, I have undergone many, many births since that time, simply wandering here and there in the ghastly darkness of māyā’s illusions.”

deba dānaba         mānaba paśu
pataṅga kīṭa ho’ye
swarge narake       bhū-tale phiri
anitya āśā lo’ye

“Sometime I become a demigod, sometimes a demon, and sometimes I get the body of a man, an animal, a bird or an insect. Sometimes I wander up to heaven, sometimes down to hell, and sometimes on earth, being carried away the whole time by innumerable materialistic hopes and aspirations.”

nā jāni kibā        sukṛti-bale
śrībāsa-suta hoinu
nadīyā-dhāme        caraṇa taba
daraśa-paraśa koinu

” I have no idea of what kind of wonderful pious credit I have earned to be born here in this life as the son of Śrī Śrīvāsa Paṇḍita within the holy abode of Navadvīpa. Thus I myself am amazed that I have had the great fortune of actually being able to see and touch Your lotus feet, oh Lord.”

sakala bāre         maraṇa-kāle
aneka duḥkha pāi
tuyā praśaṅge       parama sukhe
e bāra ca’le jāi

“Usually, whenever I have to die, I always experience great pain and distress upon leaving the particular body I happen to be in. But this time, I am only experiencing great happiness by discussing all these topics related to Your glories. However, my time is now up, so I must take Your leave.”

icchāya tora        janama jadi
ābāra hoya hori
caraṇe taba         prema-bhakati
thāke minati kori

“If it is Your desire that I should take another birth, oh Lord, I pray and humbly request Your Lordship to kindly allow me to be always situated in the transcendental loving service of Your divine lotus feet.”

jakhana śiśu        niraba bhelo
dekhiyā prabhura līlā
śrībāsa-goṣṭhi      tyajiyā śoka
ānanda-magaṇa bhela

Saying this, the boy then fell silent. Seeing this wonderful pastime of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, Śrīvāsa Paṇḍita’s whole family gave up all of their lamentation and became absorbed in great transcendental happiness.

gaura-carita        amṛta-dhārā
korite korite pāna
bhaktibinoda        śrībāse māge
jāya jena mora prāṇa

Thus the transcendental character and activities of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu are just like a continuous shower of ambrosia. Bhaktivinoda is thereby losing his vital life force simply begging Śrīvāsa Ṭhākura to allow him to drink more of this nectarean ambrosia.

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