Kalyāṇa Kalpataru (The Desire Tree of Auspiciousness)
(The Soul’s Relationship with the Supreme Lord, His Activities in that Relationship, and the final Goal of Life)
jībana-samāpta-kāle koribo bhajana
ebe kori gṛha-sukha’
kakhona e kathā nāhi bole bija-jane
e deho patanonmukha
Because he knows this body’s collapse is always imminent, a wise person will never say, At the moment of my death I will worship the Lord. For now I will enjoy a householder’s happiness.”
āji bā śateka barṣe abaśya maraṇa
niścinta nā thāko bhāi
jata śīghra para bhajo śrī-kṛṣṇa-caraṇa
jībanera ṭhika nāi
Death must come, either now or in a hundred years. O my brothers, please don’t be so free of worries. At once worship Lord Kṛṣṇa’s feet. Nothing is certain in this life.
soṁsāra nirbāha kori’ ja’bo āmi bṛndābana
ṛṇa-troya śodhibāre koritechi su-jatana
First I will do a housholder’s duties. Later I will go to Vṛndāvana. For now I must work to become free of the three debts.
e āśāya nāhi prayojana
emona durāśā-baśe jā’bo prāṇa abaśeṣe
na hoile dīna-bandhu-caraṇa-sebana
You don’t need desires like those. In the grip of those desires, you will find your life come to an end. You will not have worship the feet of Lord Kṛṣṇa, the friend of the poor.
jadi su-maṅgala cāo sadā kṛṣṇa-nāma gāo
gṛhe thāko bane thāko ithe tarka akāraṇa
Stay at home, or stay in the forest, if you desire true auspiciousness, please always chant Lord Kṛṣṇa’s holy names. The excuses you gave are all useless.