Kalyāṇa Kalpataru (The Desire Tree of Auspiciousness)

Part Three
Uccwāsa (Ecstasy)

Chapter Four

Ucchwāsa-kīrtana (Ecstatic Chanting)

Section F0ur – Līlā-kīrtana (Singing the Glories of the Lord’s Pastimes)

Song 2

[Dhānaśī-rāga]

Text 1

jamunā-puline kadamba-kānane
ki herinu sakhī āja
śyāma baṁśī-dhārī maṇi-macopari
kore’ līlā rāsa-rāja

O my friend, what did I see today in a kadamba grove by the Yamunā’s bank? I saw the dark king of the rāsa dance playing the flute and enjoying pastimes in a jewel courtyard.

Text 2

kṛṣṇa-keli sudhā-prasrabana
aṣṭa-dalopari śrī-rādhā śrī-hari
aṣṭa-sakhī parijana

Standing on an eight-petal lotus with Śrī Rādha and Her eight gopī friends, Lord Kṛṣṇa enjoyed pastimes that were streams of nectar.

Text 3

su-gīta nartane saba sakhī-gaṇe
tuṣiche jugala-dhana
kṛṣṇa-līlā heri’ prakṛti-sundarī
bistāriche śobhā bane

With singing, music, and dancing, the gopīs pleased the great treasure that is the divine couple. I saw Kṛṣṇa’s pastimes and I saw His beautiful beloved fill the forest with splendor.

Text 4

ghare nā jāibo bane prabeśibo
o līlā-rasera tore
tyaji’ kūla-lāja bhaja braja-rāja
binoda minati kore’

I will not return home. I will enter the forest to taste the nectar of these pastimes. Leaving behind my family and my shyness, I will worship Vraja’s king. That is Bhaktivinoda’s prayer.