Kalyāṇa Kalpataru (The Desire Tree of Auspiciousness)
ore mana bhukti-mukti-spṛhā koro dūra
bhogera nāhiko śeṣa tāhe nāhi sukha-leśa
nirānanda tāhāte pracūra
O my heart, please throw far away all desires for sense pleasures and impersonal liberation. So-called sense pleasures have no end. They do not bring any real pleasure. They bring only sufferings.
indriya-tarpaṇa bai bhoge āra sukha kai
seo sukha abhāba-pūraṇa
je sukhete āche bhoya tā’ke sukha bolā noya
tā’ke duḥkha bole bija-jana
I say that in material sense pleasures the senses become appeased, but aside from that there is no real pleasure. That pleasure is only pacifying an itch. It is a fearful pleasure. The wise do not call this sense-appeasement pleasure. They call it by the word suffering”.
śāstre phala-śruti jata sei lobhe koto śata
mūḍha-jana bhoga prati dhāya
se saba kaitaba jāni’ chāriyā baiṣṇaba-jānī
mukhya-phala kṛṣṇa-rati pāya
How many hundreds of fools, hearing the scriptures’ descriptions, run after these sense pleasures? Knowing them to be only a trick, a wise Vaiṣṇava renounces them. He strives to attain love for Lord Kṛṣṇa, the most valuable of attainments.
mukti-bāchā duṣṭa ati naṣṭa kore’ śiṣṭa-mati
taha je chārite nare māyā nāhi chāre tā’re
tā’ra jatna nāhe phalabāna
The desire for impersonal liberation is very wicked. It destroys all good thoughts. The desire for impersonal liberation is the most devious of tricks. As long as one does not give up that desire, Māya‘ will not leave him alone. The impersonalist will struggle mightily, but he will never reach his goal.
ata eba spṛhā-dwoya chāri’ śodha e hṛdoya
nāhi rākho kāmera bāsanā
bhoga-mokha nāhi cāi śrī-kṛṣṇa-caraṇa pāi
binodera ei to’ sādhana
Therefore, O my heart, please renounce these two desires. Please do not keep these desires. I do not desire sense pleasures or impersonal liberation. I will attain Śrī Kṛṣṇa’s feet. To attain them Bhaktivinoda struggles.