Kalyāṇa Kalpataru (The Desire Tree of Auspiciousness)
ore mana bāribāra āśā keno koro
pārthiba unnati jata śeṣe abanati tata
śānta hao mora bākya dharo
O my heart, why do your desires increase more and more? A king may stand in a high place, but in the end he will be thrown down. Please be peaceful and consider my words.
āśāra iyattā nāi āśā-patha sadā bhāi
nairāśya-kaṇṭake ruddha āche
bāro’ jata āśā tata āśā nāhi hoya hata
āśā nāhi nityānitya bāche
Material desires have no end. O my brother, anyone who walks on the path of desires will be stung by the thorns of disappointment. Desires only increase. They do not perish.
eka rājya āja pāo anya rājya kā’la cāo
sarba-rājya koro’ jadi lābha
tabu āśā nahe śeṣa indra-pada abaśeṣa
chāri’ ca’be brahmāra prabhāba
If today you get a kingdom, tomorrow you will desire another kingdom. Then you will desire all kingdoms. Those desires will never end. Eventually you will desire Indra’s post. At the end you will desire Brahmā’s post.
brahmatwa chāriyā bhāi śiba-pada kise pāi
e cintā ha’be abirata
śibatwa labhiyā nara brahma-samya tad-antara
āśā kore śaṅkarānugata
O my brother, then you will become rapt in thinking, How can I leave this post of Brahmā and attain the post of Śiva? When you attain the post of Śiva, you will become a follower of Śaṅkarācārya. Then you will desire to become like the impersonal Brahman.
ata eba āśā-pāśa jāhe hoya sarba-nāśa
hṛdoya hoite rākho dūre
akicana-bhāba lo’ye caitanya-caraṇāśroye
bāsa koro’ sadā śāntipure
When you are caught in the trap of desires, all is lost. Keep desires far from your heart. Living in poverty, stay in Śāntipura and always take shelter of Lord Caitanya’s feet.