Gītā-mālā
(A Garland of Songs)

Chapter Four
Śrī Śrī Rūpānuga-bhajana-darpaṇa
(A Mirror Reflecting the Worship Which Follows Śrīla Rūpa Goswāmī)

Song 28

(1)
rasa-tattwa nitya jaiche   braja-tattwa nitya taiche
līlā-rasa eka kori’ jñāna
kṛṣṇa je sākhāt rasa   sakala-i kṛṣṇera baśa
beda bhāgabate kore gāna

 1) One should make himself aware that all the fundamental eternal truths concerning rasa, Vraja, and Kṛṣṇa’s pastimes are one and the same principle of līlā-rasa. And Kṛṣṇa Himself is directly the personification of this rasa. All things are completely under His control, as confirmed throughout the Vedas and the Śrīmad Bhāgavatam.

(2)
śrī-kṛṣṇa parama tattwa   tāra līlā śuddha sattwa
māyā jāra dūra-sthita dāsī
jība prati kṛpā kori’   līlā prokāśilo hori
jībera maṅgala abhilāṣī

 2) Śrī Kṛṣṇa is the Supreme Truth, and all His pastimes are of the nature of transcendental pure goodness. Māyā is situated at a distance as His humble maidservant. Just to show His causeless mercy to all the conditioned souls, the Lord manifests His transcendental pastimes before their very eyes within the mundane world. This just shows how much He desires their welfare.

(3)
brahmā śeṣe śiba jāra   anweśiyā bāra bāra
tattwa bujhibāre nāhi pāre
brahmera āśroya jini   paramātmāra aṁśī tini
swayaḿ bhagabān boli’ jā’re

 3) Kṛṣṇa is Himself the only Supreme Personality of Godhead. Even Lord Brahmā, Lord Anantadeva and Lord Śiva are trying to find Him out again and again, but still they are not able to understand Him fully. The vast Brahman effulgence emanates from Him only, and the all-cognizant Supersoul is only His tiny fractional portion.

(4)
sei kṛṣṇa doyāmoya  mūla-tattwa sarbāśroya
ananta-līlāra eka khani
nirbiśeṣa līlā bhore   brahmatā prokāśa kore
swīya aṅga kānti guṇa-maṇi

 4) This Lord Kṛṣṇa is full of all good qualities. He is most merciful, He is the basic root of all truths, and all things in the material and spiritual worlds rest in Him alone. He even manifests His own bodily effulgence as the impersonal Brahman to have some impersonal pastimes. Thus He is just like a gold-mine of unlimited līlās.

(5)
aṁśa paramātmā ho’ye   baddha-jība-gaṇa lo’ye
karma-cakre līlā kore kota
deba-loke deba-saha  upendrādi ho’ye teha
deba-līlā kore kota śata

 5) His līlās are everywhere. Becoming His own partial plenary portion as the Supersoul, He performs many līlās by taking all the conditioned souls for a ride on the revolving wheel of fruitive action and reaction. Appearing in the higher planetary system in incarnations such as Vāmanadeva, He performs many more līlās along with the demigods.

(6)
parabyome nārāyaṇa   ho’ye pāle dāsa-jana
deba-deba rāja rājeśwara
sei kṛṣṇa sarbāśroya   braje nara-paricoya
nara-līlā korilo bistāra

6) In the spiritual sky on the Vaikuṇṭha planets, He becomes Lord Nārāyaṇa and maintains hosts of servants there as the God of all Gods and the King of all Kings. This selfsame Lord Kṛṣṇa, the refuge and abode of all beings and all creations, in spite of such incredible spiritual and material opulences, likes most of all to appear just like an ordinary human being in Vraja, and so He remains happy by expanding so many human-like līlās.