Kalyāṇa Kalpataru (The Desire Tree of Auspiciousness)
śarīrera sukhe mana deho jalajali
e deho tomāra noya baraca e satru hoya
sarbadā ihāra bale rohiyācho bali
kintu nāhi jāno mana e śarīra acetana
po’re roya jībana-bilaye
O my heart, please cast a handful of water as a funeral oblation to honor the death of this material body’s pleasures. This material body is not your property. Indeed, when you try to attain your original spiritual body, this material body becomes your enemy. You still try to get power from this material body. O my heart, you don’t understand. When this life comes to an end, the material body will collapse and become unconscious.
dehera saundarya-bala nāhe ciro-dina
ata eba taha lo’ye nā thāko garbita ho’ye
toma’ prati ei anunoya
śuddha-jība siddha-dehe sadāi nabīna
jorī-bhūta deho-joga jībanera karma-bhoga
jībera patana joḍāśroya
This body’s handsomeness and strength will not last for many days. Therefore, you should not be proud. I place this information before you: In his original spiritual body, the pure soul is eternally young and new. However, when he comes in contact with a material body, the pure soul become stunned and bewildered. He falls into the material world, takes shelter of matter, and becomes subject to the laws of karma.
e parjanta e dehete jībera saṅgati
cakhu karṇa nāsa jihwā twag-ādira jaḍa-spṛhā
jībe lo’ye kore’ ṭānāṭāni
dekho dekho bhoyaṅkara jībera durgati
jība cāi kṛṣṇa bhaji deho joḍe jāya maji’
śeṣe jība pasare āpani
Staying in the material body, the soul is provided with material eyes, ears, nose, tongue, skin, and other things. The soul’s material desires are then directed to all these senses. Gathering around the soul, and saying, Look! Look!”, the senses try to drag him in different directions. In this way the soul’s condition is very fearful and unfortunate. He wants to worship Lord Kṛṣṇa, but because the soul in plunged in the material body, he eventually forgets his original spiritual nature.
āra keno jība joḍe koribe samara
joḍa deo bisarjana śuddha-jība-prabodhana
krame krame joḍa-satta ha’be abasara
siddha-deho anugata koro deho joḍāśrita
paramārtha nā hoibe bādha
Why must the soul struggle against matter? Renounce the world of matter. Awaken the pure spirit soul. Meditate on spirit. Gradually your confinement to the material world will come to an end. Identify with your original spiritual body. Then this material body will no longer be an obstacle to attaining the greatest treasure.