(A Garland of Songs)

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


bahu-janma-bhāgya-baśe  cinmoya madhura rase
spṛhā janme jībera hiyāya
sei spṛhā lobha hoya  braja-dhāme jība loya
rūpānuga-bhajane mātāya

By the influence of extremely good fortune accrued for many, many births, the desire awakens within the heart of a fortunate soul to taste the sweetness of eternal transcendental mellows. Then, a strong inclination toward such a desire forcibly brings that soul to Śrī Vṛndāvana-dhāma, where he becomes absorbed in the worship of Lord Kṛṣṇa which strictly follows the process outlined by Śrīla Rūpa Goswāmī.

bhajana-prakāra jata sakalera sāra mata
śikhāilo śrī-rūpa gosāñi
se bhajana nā jāniyā kṛṣṇa bhajibāre giyā
tuccha kāje jībana kāṭāi

Śrīla Rūpa Goswāmī has so kindly given us his valuable opinion and taught the essential techniques for properly worshiping the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Whoever tries to worship Kṛṣṇa without being aware of these methods will simply waste his entire life in useless labor.

bujhibāre se bhajana  bahu jatna akiñcana
biracilo bhajana-darapaṇa
braje rādhā-kṛṣṇa-sebā  korite utsuka jebā
sukhe teṅha koruṇa śrabaṇa

 Just for the sake of those who really want to understand this worship, I have taken great care to humbly present this mirror of bhajana, although I am insignificant. If any of you are actually serious and enthusiastic to render eternal service to Śrī Śrī Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa in the transcendental realm of Vraja, then I request you now to please hear this narration with great happiness.

lobhete janama pāi   ati śīghra bāḍi’ jāi
śraddhā rati tabe hoya prīti
sahaja bhajana rati  nāhi cāya śikhā-mati
tabu śikhā prathamika-rīti

 If one has intense greed and selfish eagerness for this process, presented herein, then gradually his faith, then taste, and then full attachment in love will all increase very, very quickly. One who has attained this platform of worship in his own natural love and attachment has no need at all to bother with scriptural rules and regulations, although in the primary, beginning stage such practices are mandatory.

putra-sneha jananīra  sahaja hṛdoye sthira
dūṣita hṛdoye śikhā cāi
kṛṣṇa-prema sei rūpa  nitya-siddha aparūpa
baddha-jībe aprakaṭa bhāi

Brothers, it is just like the affection of a mother for her son, which is naturally fixed in her heart. She is inclined to care for her son by instinct. But if someone else cares for the same child, they may not be as attentive as the mother, so they might sometimes need to be reminded of their duty. So love for Kṛṣṇa is just like that. It is natural and wonderful for the nitya-siddha souls, whereas it is completely unmanifested and beyond the range of the nitya-baddha souls who are outside the purview of devotion.

sei to’ sahaja rati    pāiyāche apagati
śikhānuśīlana jadi pāya
se rati jāgiyā uṭhe   jībera bandhana chuṭe
brajānanda tāhāre nācāya

However, if one cultivates these spiritual instructions, then the flow of his natural attachment and affection for the Lord is released. And when this attachment reawakens and grows, then all the material bondage which entraps the soul becomes severed, and this natural spiritual attachment will make him dance in the transcendental ecstastic bliss of Vraja consciousness.

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