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 10
The Lord Praises the Glories of His Devotees

 

(1)
śrībāse kohena prabhu tuṅhu mora dāsa
tuyā prīte bāndhā āmi jagate prokāśa

Then Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu began to speak to Śrīvāsa with very affectionate and sweet words. He said, “My dear Śrīvāsa, you are actually My very old servant. Indeed, I am staying in this world only due to your unalloyed love for me.”

(2)
bhakta-gaṇa senāpati śrībāsa paṇḍita
jagate ghuṣuka āji tomāra carita

“You, Śrīvāsa Paṇḍita, are factually the commander-in-chief of all of My devotees. Today your glorious character will be acclaimed throughout the three worlds.”

(3)
prapañca-kārā-rākhinī māyāra bandhana
tomāra nāhiko kabhu dekhuka jagaj-jana

“You are never subject to the imprisoning bondage of Māyā-devī, the proprietress of this prison-like material world. Indeed, this fact is attested to by all the people of the world.”

(4)
dhana jana deha geha āmāre arpiyā
āmāra sebāya sukhe ācho sukhi hana

“You have dedicated unto Me all of your wealth, followers, body and household paraphernalia, and thus you have become most joyful by being so nicely situated in My eternal service.”

(5)
mama līlā-puṣṭi lagi’ tomāra soṁsāra
śikhuka gṛhastha-jana tomāra ācāra

“The whole of your existence in this world is only for the purpose of nourishing My eternal pastimes. Thus your ideal behavior as a transcendental family man is exemplary for instructing all the materialistic householders.”

(6)
taba preme baddha āchi āmi nityānanda
ama duṅhe suta jāni’ bhuñjaha ānanda

 “Śrī Nityānanda Prabhu and I are so much obliged to you due to your pure love for Us. Indeed, We know that you enjoy great happiness by considering Us to be your very own sons.”

(7)
nitya-tattwa suta jāra anitya tanoya
āsakti nā kore sei sṛjane praloya

“We are truly your eternal sons, for We see that you are not at all attached to your temporary sons, who are all subject to the material conditions of creation and destruction.”

(8)
bhaktite tomāra ṛṇī āmi ciro-dina
taba sādhu-bhābe tumi khama mora ṛṇa

“Because of your pure devotion I am eternally indebted to you. And because of your saintly character you are also quite deserving of My indebtedness.”

(9)
śrībāsera pāya bhaktibinoda kujana
kākuti koriyā māge gaurāṅga-caraṇa

Hearing these loving words of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu, this rascal Bhaktivinoda now begs at the feet of Śrīvāsa Thakura in humble supplication to receive the lotus feet of Lord Gaurāṅga.