Kalyāṇa Kalpataru (The Desire Tree of Auspiciousness)

Part One
Upadeśa (Teaching)

Song 10

Text 1

mana re, keno koro bidyāra gauraba
smṛti-śāstra byākaraṇa nānā-bhāṣā-ālocana
bṛddhi kore’ jaśera saurabha

O my heart, why do you worship material knowledge? Your learning in smṛti-śāstra, Sanskrit grammar, and various languages expands the sweet fragrance of your fame.

Text 2

kintu dekho cinta kori’ jadi nā bhajile hori
bidyā taba kebala rauraba
kṛṣṇa prati aurakti sei bīje janme bhakti
bidyā ho’te tāhā asambhaba

Look, please thinṇ about this: If you do not worship Lord Kṛṣṇa, then mere knowledge will turn your life into hell. Attraction to Kṛṣṇa is the seed that grows into devotional service. Mere knowledge cannot grow in that way.

Text 3

bidyāra mārjana tā’ra kabhu kabhu apakāra
jagatete kori anubhaba
je bidyāra ālocane kṛṣṇa-rati sphure mane
tāhāri ādara jāno’ saba

I have seen how hair-splitting academic knowledge harms the world. But knowledge that makes one attracted to Kṛṣṇa delights everyone.

Text 4

bhakti bādhā jāhā ho’te se bidyāra mastakete
padāghāta koro’ akaitaba
saraswatī kṛṣṇa-priyā kṛṣṇa-bhakti tā’ra hiyā
binodera sei se baibhaba

Please earnestly kick the head of material knowledge, which is only an obstacle to devotional service. Goddess Sarasvatī is herself very dear to Lord Kṛṣṇa. Devotion to Lord Kṛṣṇa always stays in her heart. Devotion to Lord Kṛṣṇa is the glory of Bhaktivinoda.