Kalyāṇa Kalpataru (The Desire Tree of Auspiciousness)
mana, keno e saṁśoya
joḍa prati ghṛṇā kori’ bhajite premera hori
swarūpa lakhite koro bhoya
O my heart, you hate the material world. Why do you hesitate to worship Lord Kṛṣṇa with love? You are afraid to thinṇ of a form.
swarūpa korite dhyāna pache joḍa pāya sthāna
ei bhoye bhabā’ bhrama-moya
nirākāra nirajana sarba-byāpī sanātana
aswarūpa koricho niścoya
You thinṇ that if you meditate on a form you will remain entangled in the world of matter. Pushed by that fear, you meditate on the impersonal Brahman. You are certain the Supreme is formless, qualityless, all-pervading, eternal, and intangible.
abhāba-dharmera baśe swabhāba nā citta paśe
bhābera abhāba tahe hoya
tyaja ei tarka-pāśa parānanda-parakāśa
kṛṣṇacandra koroho āśroya
O my heart, in the grip of these illusions you do not understand the form of the Supreme Lord. What is true you thinṇ is an illusion. Please cut the ropes of false logic and take shelter of supremely blissful Lord Kṛṣṇacandra.
sac-cid-ānanda-moya kṛṣṇera swarūpa hoya
sarbatra sampūrṇa-rūpa ei eka aparūpa
sarba-byāpī brahme tāhā noya
Lord Kṛṣṇa’s form is eternal and full of knowledge and bliss. It is the abode of sweetness and bliss. These wonderful features are not present in the all-pervading impersonal Brahman
ata eva brahma tā’ra aṅga-kānti su-bistāra
brhat boliyā taṅre koya
brahma para-brahma jei śrī-kṛṣṇa-swarūpa sei
binodera jāhāte praṇoya
The impersonal Brahman is the effulgence emanating fro Lord Kṛṣṇa’s body. This I say. The words Brahman and Supreme Brahman refer to Lord Kṛṣṇa’s form. With that form Bhaktivinoda has fallen in love.
mana re, tumi boro sandigdha-antara
āsiyācho e soṁsāre baddha hoye joḍādhare
joḍāsakta ho’le nirantara
O my heart, you are very suspicious. You came to this world of birth and death. You were imprisoned in this world of matter. Now you are attached to dull material things.
bhuliyā swakīya dhāma sebi’ joḍa-gata kāma
joḍa bina nā dekho apara
tomāra tumitwa jini ācchādita ho’ye tini
lupta-prāya dehera bhitora
Forgetting your true home, you serve material desires. You see nothing but matter. Your true identity is covered, almost lost, hidden inside your body.
tumi to’ joḍiyā jāna sadā koritecho dhyāna
tahe sṛṣṭi koro’ carācara
e duḥkha kohibo kā’re nitya-pati parihari’
tuccha-tattwe korile nirbhara
You always think of material things. Your actions are all material. To whom will I tell my sufferings? Turning away from your eternal master, you take shelter of something worthless and pathetic.
nāhi dekho’ ātma-tattwa chāḍi dile śuddha-sattwa
ātma ho’te nile abasāra
ātma āche ki nā āche sandeha tomāra kāche
krame krame pāilo ādara
You don’t see the truth of the soul. You have turned from the pure truth. You are not interested in the soul. More and more you like to doubt, Does the soul exist, or not?”
ei rūpe krame krame paḍiyā joḍera bhrame
āpana āpani ho’le para
ebe kathā rākho mora nāho hao ātma-cora
sādhu-saṅga koro’ ataḥ para
In this way you gradually fell in the illusions of matter. You became different from what you really are. Please take my advice. Don’t be a thief who robs the soul. Associate with the Lord’s devotees.
baiṣṇabera kṛpā-bale sandeha jaibe ca’le
tumi punaḥ hoibe tomāra
pā’be bṛndābana-dhāma sebibe śrī-rādhā-śyāma
By the power of the Vaiṣṇavas’ mercy, you will conquer all doubts. Your soul will be yours again. You will go to the world of Vṛndāvana. Tears in your eyes and the hairs of your body erect with joy, you will serve Śrī Śrī Rādha and Kṛṣṇa.
bhaktibinodera dhana rādhā-kṛṣṇa-śrī-caraṇa
tāhe rati rahun– nirantara
Śrī Śrī Rādha and Kṛṣṇa’s graceful feet are the great treasure carefully kept by Bhaktivinoda. That treasure I will always love.