Gītāvalī (A Collection of Songs)

(Ascertainment of Spiritual Welfare) – Song 1

kṛṣṇa-bhakti vinā kabhu nāhi phalodoy

miche sab dharmādharma jīver upādhimoy

1) There is no profit in a life devoid of devotional service to Kṛṣṇa. Therefore all the so-called religiosity and irreligiosity of a living being who is bewildered by false worldly designations is simply useless.

yoga-yāga-tapo-dhyān, sannyāsādi brahma-jñān,

nānā-kānḍa-rūpe jīver bandhana-kāraṇa hoy

2) Mysticism, performance of Vedic sacrifices, severe austerities, meditation, renunciation of the world, and cultivating knowledge of the impersonal Brahman-although appearing in the forms of various spiritual paths-are all causes of the soul’s further bondage to this world.

vinoder vākya dharo, nānā kānḍa tyāg koro,

nirupādhi kṛṣṇa-preme hṛdoye deho āśroy

3) Please heed this advice of Bhaktivinoda: Give up all these various paths, and just keep pure love of Kṛṣṇa sheltered within your heart, for this alone is transcendental to all mundane designations.

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