Kalyāṇa Kalpataru (The Desire Tree of Auspiciousness)

Part One
Upadeśa (Teaching)

Song 18

Text 1

ki āra bolibo tore mana
mukhe bolo prema prema bastutaḥ tyajiyā hema
śūnya-grantha acale bandhana

What more will I tell you, O my heart? With your mouth you say, spiritual love”, spiritual love”, but the truth is your purse is empty and you have refused a gift of gold.

Text 2

abhyāsiyā aśru-pāta lampha jhampha akasmāta
mūrccha-prāya thākaho paḍiyā
e loka bañcite raṅga pracāriyā asat-saṅga
kāminī-kañcana labha giyā

On cue you weep, jump about, and fall unconscious. With this play-acting you cheat the people. You preach the philosophy of scoundrels. You chase after women and gold.

Text 3

premera sādhana-bhakti tā’te noila anurakti
śuddha prema kemone milibe
daśa-aparādhā tyaji’ nirantara nāma bhaji’
kṛpā ha’le su-prema pāibe

You are not attracted to sādhana-bhakti (the practice of devotional service), which is the way tom attain prema (pure spiritual love). Then how will you ever attain that pure prema? Turning from the ten offenses, always worship the holy name. When you attain the holy name’s mercy, you will attain wonderful prema.

Text 4

na mānile su-bhajana sādhu-saṅge saṅkīrtana
na korile nirjane smaraṇa
na uṭhiyā bṛkhopari ṭānāṭāni phala dhori’
duṣṭa-phala korile arjana

You don’t like to worship the Lord or chant in saṅkīrtana with the devotees. You don’t meditate on the Lord in a secluded place. Not climbing the tree’s branches, you want to gather the fruits by shaking the tree. You will get only the fruits that are bad.

Text 5

akaitaba kṛṣṇa-prema jena su-bimala hema
sei phala nṛ-loke durlabha
kaitabe bāñcana-mātra hao āge jogya-pātra
tabe prema hoibe sulabha

True love for Kṛṣṇa is like very pure gold. In the world of human beings it is very rare. What you are doing is only cheating. First become qualified, and then you will very easily attain love for Kṛṣṇa.

Text 6

kāme preme dekho bhāi lakaṇete bheda nāi
tabu kāma prema nāhi hoya
tumi to’ barile kāma mithyā tāhe prema nāma
āropile kise śubha hoya

O my brother, look. The outward symptoms of material lust (kāma) and spiritual love (prema) are not different. What you mistakenly call spiritual love (prema) is actually material lust (kāma). When you make a mistake like that how can you attain true auspiciousness?