Kalyāṇa Kalpataru (The Desire Tree of Auspiciousness)

Part One
Upadeśa (Teaching)

Song 12

Text 1

mana re dhana-mada nitānta asāra
dhana jana bitta jata e dehera anugata
deho gele se sakala chāra

O my heart, you passion for wealth is foolish. Wealth and servants only follow the body. When the body goes, all your wealth will turn into ashes.

Text 2

bidyāra jateka ceṣṭā cikitsaka upadeṣṭā
keho deho rākhibāre nāre
ajapā hoile śeṣa deha-mātra abaśeṣa
jība nāhi thākena ādhāre

Even the most learned physician cannot protect the body. When the breath leaves, and the body is breathless, the soul will not stay in that empty shell.

Text 3

dhane jadi prāṇa dita dhani rājā nā marita
dharāmara hoito rābaṇa
dhane nāhi rākhe deho deho gele nāhe keho
ata eba ki koribe dhana

If wealth gave eternal life, then wealthy kings would never die. Rāvaṇa thought he had become immortal, At the end wealth will not save the body. When death comes, no one can stop it. Therefore, what is the use of your wealth?

Text 4

jadi thāke bahu dhana nije ho’be akicana
baiṣṇabera koro upakāra
jībe doyā anukhaṇa rādhā-kṛṣṇa-arādhana
koro sadā ho’ye sadācāra

If you have great wealth, don’t keep it. Use it to help the Vaiṣṇavas. Be kind to everyone always, always worship Śrī Śrī Rādhā, and always be saintly.