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 6
The Affectionate Inclination of Śrī Gaurahari Towards His Own Devotees

 

(1)
prabhura bacana          takhana śuniyā
śrībāsa loṭāñā bhūmi
bole śuno nātha          taba rasa-bhaṅga
sahite nā pāri āmi

Then, hearing these words of the Lord, Śrīvāsa Paṇḍita began rolling on the ground, crying out, “Please hear me, oh Lord! I am simply not able to tolerate any disturbance or interruption of the ecstatic mellows of Your kīrtana!”

(2)
ekaṭi tanaya        mariyāche nātha
tāhe mora kiba duḥkha
jadi saba mare      tomāre heriyā
tabu to’ pāibo sukha

“Only one of my sons has died, oh Lord, and has that really made me upset? Even if all of my sons die, then I will certainly get more than enough happiness by seeing You.”

(3)
taba nṛtya-bhaṅga        hoile āmāra
maraṇa hoite hari
tāi ku-sambāda      nā dilo tomāre
bipada āśaṅkā kori’

“I would certainly die on the spot if I were to interrupt Your dancing, oh Lord. That is why I did not inform You of this bad news. for I was dreading the calamity of disturbing Your ecstasy.”

(4)
ebe ājñā deho       mṛta suta lo’ye
satkāra koruna sabe
eteka śuniyā        gorā dwija-maṇi
kāndite lagilo tabe

“Lord, if You will kindly grant us Your permission now, then we shall all take the boy’s body and perform the proper funeral rites.” Hearing this much from the mouth of Śrīvāsa Paṇḍita, the jewel of the twice-born, Lord Gaurasundara, then broke down and began to weep piteously on the spot.

(5)
kemone e saba       chāḍiyā jāibo
paraṇa bikala hoya
se kathā śuniyā          bhakatibinoda
manete pāilo bhoya

Crying and crying, the Lord thought within Himself, “How could I possibly abandon such loving servitors and go elsewhere by taking sannyāsa? If I were to do so, my heart would certainly split.” Hearing this type of talk, Bhaktivinoda’s mind become somewhat fearful.