caitanya-candrera līlā samudra apāra
bujhite śakati nāhi ei kathā sāra
No one has the power to know everything about the shoreless ocean of Lord Caitanyacandra’s pastimes. That is the essence of this book.
śāstrera agamya tattwa śrī-kṛṣṇa āmāra
tāṅra līlā anta bujhe śakati kāhāra
My Śrī Kṛṣṇa is the Supreme Truth. Even the scriptures cannot approach Him. Who has the power to know the limit of His pastimes?
tabe mūrkha-jana keno śāstra bicāriyā
gaura-līlā nāhi māne anta nā pāiyā
Why do the fools study the scriptures? They will never understand the limit of Lord Caitanya’s pastimes.
anantera anta āche kona śāstra gāya
śāstrādhīna kṛṣṇa iha śuni’ hāsi pāya
What scripture can find the limit of the limitless? Hearing the words, Kṛṣṇa is ruled by the scriptures, I smile and laugh.
kṛṣṇa hoibena gorā iccha ho’lo tāṅra
sa-baikuṇṭha nabadwīpe hoila abatāra
By His own wish, dark Lord Kṛṣṇa has now become fair. Bringing His spiritual world, He descended to Navadvīpa.
jakhona āsena kṛṣṇa jība uddhārite
saṅge saba sahacara āse pṛthivīte
When He desires to deliver the conditioned souls, Lord Kṛṣṇa comes with His associates to the earth.
gorā abatāre tāṅra śrī-jaya-bijoya
nabadwīpe śatru-bhābe hoilo udoya
When Lord Caitanya descended to Navadvīpa, Śrī Jaya and Vijaya came and became His enemies.
pūrbe pūrbe abatāre asura āchilo
śāstre bole paṇḍita hoiyā janamilo
Many times in the past they had descended to this world as demons. Now they tooṇ birth as paṇḍitas learned in the scriptures.
smṛti-tarka-śāstre bole bairī prakāśiyā
gorācandra saha raṇa korilo mātiyā
Speaking from the Smṛti and Tarka śāstras, they became Lord Caitanya enemies. They struggled against Him.
ata eba nabadwīpa-bāsī jata jana
śrī-caitanya-līlā-puṣṭi kore anukhaṇa
Moment after moment all the people of Navadvīpa made Lord Kṛṣṇa’s pastimes sweeter and sweeter.
ekhona je brahma-kule caitanyera ari
tā’ke jāni caitanyera līlā puṣṭikārī
I know that these enemies of the Lord, enemies born in a brāhmaṇa family, made Lord Caitanya’s pastimes sweeter and more glorious.
śrī-caitanya-anucara śatru-mitra jata
sakalera śrī-caraṇe hoilāma nata
I bow down before the feet of all Lord Caitanya’s associates, friends or enemies.
tomāra koroho kṛpā e dāsera prati
caitanya su-dṛḍha koro binodera mati
Please be merciful to this servant. Please make Bhaktivinoda’s heart deeply devoted to Lord Caitanya.