(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 Two
Śrīvāsa Gives Solace to His Family Members

prabeśiyā antaḥ-pure          nārī-gaṇe śānta kore
śrībāsa āmiyā upadeśe
śuno pāgalinī-gaṇa       śoka koro akāraṇa
kibā duḥkha thāke kṛṣṇābeśe

Entering into the inner chamber, Śrīvāsa began to pacify all of the women there by giving them spiritual instructions that were as sweet as nectar. He said, “Look here, you crazy ladies, you all lament uselessly, for what kind of unhappiness can there possibly be in ecstatic love for Kṛṣṇa?”

kṛṣṇa nitya suta jāra        śoka kabhu nāhi tāra
anitya āsakti sarba-nāśa
asiyācho e soṁsāre       kṛṣṇa bhajībara tāre
nitya-tattwe koroho bilāsa

“Whoever has Kṛṣṇa for his eternal Son never has to lament for anything, although if one becomes attached to that which is temporary, then everything is lost. You have all come into this material world for the purpose of worshiping Kṛṣṇa, so now you should all becomes situated again in the eternal absolute truth.

e dehe jabata sthiti          koro kṛṣṇacandre rati
kṛṣṇa jāno dhana jana prāṇa
e-deho-anuga jata        bhāi bandhu pati suta
anitya sambanda boli’ mano

“As long as you are existing in this body, you should all cultivate love and attachment for Lord Kṛṣṇa, knowing Him to be your real wealth, real friend and your very life and soul. All of the followers of this body namely brothers, friends, husbands and sons should be accepted as being only temporary relationships.

kebā kāra pati suta      anitya-sambandha-kṛta
cāhile rākhite nāre tāre
karama-bipaka-phale      suta ho’ye baise kole
karma-khaya āra raite nāre

“Whoever wants to hold onto husbands or sons will not be able to keep them, for all these relationships are only temporary. Even if your son is sitting in your very lap, you still cannot protect him, for when his bad fruitive reactions fructify, then his present karma is finished, and he will not be able to remain here any longer.”

ithe sukha duḥkha māni’       adho-gati labhe prāṇī
kṛṣṇa-pada hoite paḍe dūre
śoka sambariyā ebe       nāmānanda māja’ sabe
bhakatibinoda-bāñchā pūre

“By accepting this type of temporary happiness and distress, many other living entities are now being degraded into lower species of life, falling far, far away from Kṛṣṇa’s lotus feet. Therefore, you should all give up your temporary lamentation right now, and just become absorbed in the bliss of the Lord’s holy names.” All of Bhaktivinoda’s desires are now being fulfilled by hearing Śrīvāsa speak such nice eternal truths.

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