Kalyāṇa Kalpataru (The Desire Tree of Auspiciousness)
mana re, keno āra barṇa abhimāna
marile pātakī ho’ye jamadūte jā’be lo’ye
nā koribe jātira sammāna
O my heart, why are you proud of my caste? When a sinner dies, the yamadūtas carry him away. They don’t respect his noble birth.
jadi bhālo karma koro’ swarga-bhoga ataḥ para
tā’te bipra cāṇḍāla samāna
narake-o dui jane daṇḍa pā’be eka sane
janmāntare samana bidhāna
If they do good deeds, the brāhmaṇa and the outcaste alike go to Svargaloka. If they act badly, the brāhmaṇa and the outcaste alike are punished in hell. The same rules govern the future births of the brāhmaṇa and the outcaste.
tabe keno abhimāna lo’ye tuccha barṇa-māna
maraṇa abadhi jā’ra māna
ucca barṇa-pada dhori’ barṇāntare ghṛṇā kori’
narakera nā koro’ sandhāna
Why are you proud? Pride of caste is petty. If till the moment of death you remain proud of your high caste and contemptuous of other castes, you will only beg to be sent to hell.
sāmājika māna lo’ye thāko bhāi bipra ho’ye
baiṣṇabe nā koro apamāna
ādara byāpāri ho’ye bibada jāhāja lo’ye
kabhu nāhi kore’ buddhimāna
O my brother, you may live as a brāhmaṇa and accept the honors others offer. Still, do not dishonor any Vaiṣṇava. A petty merchant is naturally respectful to a great merchant who owns many ships. He will not pick a fight, if he is intelligent
tabe jadi kṛṣṇa-bhakti sādha’ tumi jathā-śakti
sonāya sohāga pā’be sthāna
sārthaka hoibe sūtra sarba-lābha ihā-mūtra
binoda koribe stuti-gāna
If you serve Lord Kṛṣṇa as far as you are able, you will attain a great treasure. Your efforts will meet success. You will attain everything in this life and the next. Bhaktivinoda will sing your glories.