(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 Three
Statement about Dedication of the Soul Surrender to Kṛṣṇa

dhana jana deha geha kṛṣṇe samarpaṇa

koriyācho śuddha-citte koroho smaraṇa

 “Offering all of your wealth, relatives, body and entire household unto Kṛṣṇa in dedication, just remember Him always with a purified heart.”

tabe keno mama suta boli’ koro duḥkha
kṛṣṇa nilo nija-jana tāhe tāra sukha

“So then why are you exclaiming, `my son, my son!’ in great sadness? Kṛṣṇa has simply taken His own devotee, just to suit His own happiness.

kṛṣṇa-icchā-mate saba ghaṭaya ghaṭanā
tāhe sukha-duḥkha-jñāna abidyā-kalpanā

“Kṛṣṇa is causing all things to take place just according to His own sweet will. In light of that, all your ideas of happiness and distress are simply ignorant mental concoctions.

jāhā icchā kore kṛṣṇa tāi jāno bhāla
tyajiyā āpana icchā ghucāo jañjāla

“Whatever Kṛṣṇa’s desire is, you must accept only that as actually good. Renouncing all of your separate personal desires, relieve yourselves of this unnecessary botheration.”

deya kṛṣṇa neya kṛṣṇa pāle kṛṣṇa sabe
rākhe kṛṣṇa māre kṛṣṇa icchā kore jabe

“Kṛṣṇa gives you everything, Kṛṣṇa takes everything away, Kṛṣṇa maintains everyone or kills everyone whenever He likes, according to His own sweet will.

kṛṣṇa-icchā biparīta je kore bāsanā
tāra icchā nāhi phale se pāya jātanā

“If someone maintains some desire that is contrary to Kṛṣṇa’s desire, then her wish does not become fruitful. Indeed, she only gets trouble and anguish.”

tyajiyā sakala śoka śuno kṛṣṇa-nāma
parama ānanda pabe pūrṇa habe kāma

“Therefore, rejecting all of your lamentation, just listen to the chanting of Kṛṣṇa’s holy name which is going on now out in the courtyard. From this you will get the topmost transcendental bliss, and all of your desires will be fulfilled.”

bhakatibinoda māge śrībāsa-caraṇe
ātma-nibedana-śakti jībane maraṇe

Thus Bhaktivinoda begs at Śrīvāsa Paṇḍita’s lotus feet for the power to completely surrender his soul to Kṛṣṇa in life or in death.

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