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)
ore mana boli śuno tattwa-bibaraṇa
jāhāra bismṛti-janya jībera bandhana
O my heart, please listen. I will you of the Absolute Truth. Because they have forgotten Him, the conditioned souls are thrown into the prison of the material world.
tattwa eka adwitīya atulya apāra
sei tattwa para-brahma sarba sārāt sāra
The Absolute Truth is one. He has no rival. No one is His equal. He has no limit. The Absolute Truth is the Supreme Brahman. He is greater than all who are great.
sei tattwa śaktimāna sampūrṇa sundara
śakti śaktimāna eka bastu nirantara
The Absolute Truth is the master of all potencies. He is perfect and complete. He is handsome. The potency and the master of potencies are never different.
nitya-śakti nitya sarba-bilāsa-poṣoka
bilāsārtha bṛndābana baikuṇṭha goloka
His eternal potency nourishes all His eternal pastimes. For this purpose the Lord’s potency manifests the worlds of Vṛndāvana, Vaikuṇṭha, and Goloka.
bilāsārtha nāma dhāma guṇa parikara
deśa-kāla-pātra saba śakti anucara
For the sake of the Lord’s pastimes, the eternal potency manifests the Lord’s names, abodes, qualities, and associates, all different according to different times, places, and circumstances.
śaktira prabhāba āra prabhura vilāsa
para-brahma-sahe nitya ekātmā-prokāśa
The eternal potency thus manifests the Lord’s pastimes. The Supreme Brahman is identical with His potency.
ata eba brahma āge śakti kārja pare
je kore siddhānta sei mūrkha e soṁsāre
That Brahman is manifested first and His potency is manifested second is a conclusion held by the fools in this world.
pūrṇa-candra bolile kiraṇa-saha jāni
akiraṇa candra-sattā kabhu nāhi māni
I know the full moon always exists with its moonlight. I know the moon never exists without moonlight.
brahma āra brahma-śakti-saha parikara
sama-kāla nitya boli’ māni ataḥ para
Brahman is always accompanied by His potency. They are both eternal. This I know. This I say.
akhaṇḍa bilāsa-moya para-brahma jei
aprākṛta bṛndābane kṛṣṇacandra sei
The Supreme Brahman enjoys pastimes eternally. He is not material. In Vṛndāvana He is Kṛṣṇacandra.
sei se adwaya-tattwa parānandakāra
kṛpāya prakaṭa hoilo bhārate āmāra
The Supreme Brahman, the blissful Absolute Truth, mercifully appeared in our Bhārata-varṣa.
kṛṣṇa se parama-tattwa prakṛtira para
brajete bilāsa kṛṣṇa kore’ nirantara
Lord Kṛṣṇa is that Absolute Truth. He is above the world of matter. In the land of Vraja He manifested His eternal pastimes.
cid-dhāma-bhāskara kṛṣṇa taṅra jyotir-gata
ananta cit-kaṇa jība tiṣṭhe abirata
Lord Kṛṣṇa is the effulgent sun of the spiritual world. The limitless rays of light always emanating from Him are the individual spirit souls.
sei jība prema-dharmī kṛṣṇa-gata-prāṇa
sadā kṛṣṇākṛṣṭa bhakti-sudhā kore’ pāna
These souls love Kṛṣṇa. They have dedicated their lives to Him. Eternally they are attracted to Him. Eternally they drink the nectar of devotional service to Him.
nānā-bhāba-miśrita piyā dāsya-rasa
kṛṣṇera ananta-guṇe sadā thāke baśa
They drink the nectar of service to Lord Kṛṣṇa, a nectar mixed with different kinds of ecstatic love. They are overwhelmed by Lord Kṛṣṇa’s limitless transcendental qualities.
kṛṣṇa mātā kṛṣṇa pitā kṛṣṇa sakhā pati
ei saba bhinna-bhābe kṛṣṇa kore rati
Kṛṣṇa is their mother. Kṛṣṇa is their father. Kṛṣṇa is their friend or their husband. Kṛṣṇa manifests all these different kinds of loving relationships with them.
kṛṣṇa se puruṣa eka nitya bṛndābane
jība-gaṇa nārī-bṛnda rame kṛṣṇa-sane
In Vṛndāvana Kṛṣṇa is the one male eternally. The individual souls, who are all female, enjoy pastimes with Kṛṣṇa.
sei to’ ānanda-līlā jā’ra nāi anta
ata eba kṛṣṇa-līlā akhaṇḍa ananta
These blissful pastimes have no end. Therefore Lord Kṛṣṇa’s pastimes are unbroken and endless.
je saba jībera bhoga-bachā upajilo
puruṣa bhabete tā’ra joḍe prabeśilo
Any soul in whom the desire to enjoy apart from Kṛṣṇa takes birth will attain a male’s nature and enter the world of matter.
māyā-kārja joḍa māyā nitya-śakti-chāya
kṛṣṇa-dāsī sei satya kāra-kartrī māyā
The world of matter is created by Māyā. Māya‘ is the shadow of the Lord’s eternal potency. She is Lord Kṛṣṇa’s maidservant. In truth she carries out Lord Kṛṣṇa’s commands.
sei māyā ādarśera samasta biśeṣa
loiyā gaṭhilo biśwa jāhe pūrṇa kleśa
This Māya‘ potency created the material world filled with sufferings.
jība jadi hoilena kṛṣṇa-bahirmukha
māyādevī tabe tā’ra jāchilena sukha
When a soul turns his face away from Lord Kṛṣṇa, Goddess Māyā offers her pleasures.
māyā-sukhe matta jība śrī-kṛṣṇa bhulilo
sei se abidyā-baśe asmitā janmilo
Intoxicated by Māyā’s pleasures, the soul forgets Lord Kṛṣṇa. In the grip of ignorance, he finds material false ego take birth within him.
asmitā hoite hoilo māyābhinibeśa
tāhā hoite joḍa-gata rāga āra dweṣa
From false ego comes rapt meditation on Māyā, and from that come material attraction and aversion.
ei rūpe jība karma-cakre prabeśiyā
uccābaca-gati-krame phirena bhramiyā
Entering the wheel of karma, the soul wanders through the high and low species of life.
kothā se baikuṇṭhānanda śrī-kṛṣṇa-bilāsa
kothā māyā-gata sukha duḥkha sarba-nāśa
What is the destructive calamity of Māyā’s pleasures and torments? What are Lord Kṛṣṇa’s pastimes, the bliss of Vaikuṇṭha, in comparison?
cit-tattwa hoiyā jībera māyābhiramaṇa
ati tuccha jugupsita ananta patana
Tasting Māyā’s pleasures, the spirit soul becomes degraded. His position becomes very horrible and lowly.
māyika dehera bhābābhābe dāsya kori’
para-tattwa jībera ki kaṣṭha āhā mori
Serving his material body, the soul forgets his spiritual identity. What a calamity!
bhramite bhramite jadi sādhu-saṅga hoya
punarāya gupta nitya-dharmera udoya
If, after wandering and wandering in the material world, the soul attains the association of devotees, his hidden eternal nature is again manifested.
sādhu-saṅge kṛṣṇa-kathā hoya ālocana
pūrba-bhāba udi’ kāṭe māyāra bandhana
In the association of devotees there is talk of Lord Kṛṣṇa. The soul’s original nature is again manifested. The bonds of Māyā are cut.
kṛṣṇa prati jība jabe korena īkhaṇa
vidya-rūpe māyā kore’ bandhana-chedana
When the soul finally sees Lord Kṛṣṇa, Māyā appears as transcendental knowledge and cuts the soul’s bonds.
māyika jagate bidyā nitya bṛndābana
jībera sādhana-janya kore’ bibhābana
To enlighten the conditioned souls, Māya‘ manifests within the material world the eternal realm of Vṛndāvana, which is transcendental knowledge personified.
sei bṛndābane jība bhābābiṣṭa ho’ye
nitya-sebā lābha kore’ caitanya-āśroye
Staying in Vṛndāvana, the soul is overcome with spiritual love. Taking shelter of Lord Caitanya, the soul attains eternal service to the Lord.
prakaṭita līlā āra goloka-bilāsa
eka tattwa bhinna noya dwibidhā prokāśa
The Lord’s pastimes in Goloka and His pastimes in the material world are identical. They are not different. They are merely manifest twice.
nitya-līlā nitya-dāsa-gaṇera niloya
e prakaṭa-līlā-baddha-jībera āśroya
The eternally liberated devotees participate in the eternal pastimes in Goloka. The conditioned souls participate in the pastimes in the material world.
ata eba bṛndābana jībera ābāsa
asāra-soṁsāre nitya-tattwera prokāśa
In this way eternal Vṛndāvana, the soul’s original home, is manifested within the horrible material world.
bṛndābana-līlā jība koroho āśroya
ātmā-gata rati-tattwa jahe nitya hoya
Taking shelter of the Lord’s Vṛndāvana pastimes, the soul eternally falls in love with Lord Kṛṣṇa.
joḍa-rati-khadyotera āloka adhama
ātmā-rati-sūrjodoye hoya upaśama
When the sun of the soul’s spiritual love for Lord Kṛṣṇa rises, the firefly light of love for material things becomes eclipsed.
joḍa-rati-gata jata śubhāśubha-karma
jībera sambandhe saba aupadhika dharma
Identifying with his external material body, the soul in the material world performs auspicious and inauspicious deeds.
joḍa-rati hoite loka-bhoga abirata
joḍa-rati aiśwarjera sadā anugata
From the love of material things material pleasures come. Love for material things follows material opulences.
joḍa-rati joḍa-deha prabhu-sama bhāya
māyika biṣaya-sukhe jībake nācāya
Become like his two masters, material love and the material body make the soul dance in the arena of Māyā’s sense pleasures.
kabhe tā’re lo’ye jāya brahmaloka jathā
kabhu tā’ra śikhā deya jogaiśwarja-kathā
Sometimes these two masters take the soul to Brahmaloka. Sometimes they teach him about the glories of mystic yoga.
jogaiśwarja bhogaiśwarja sakhali sabhoya
bṛndābane ātmā-rati jībera abhoya
The opulences of yoga and the opulences of sense pleasures ultimately place the soul in a fearful position. Only when he lives in Vṛndāvana and falls in love with the Supreme Lord does the soul attain fearlessness.
śrī-kṛṣṇa-bimukha-jana aiśwarjera āśe
māyika joḍiyā sukhe baddha māyā-pāśe
Souls who have turned their faces away from Lord Kṛṣṇa, and who yearn for material opulences, are bound by Māyā’s ropes of material pleasures.
akicana ātmā-rata kṛṣṇa-rati-sāra
jāni’ bhukti-mukti-āśā kore’ parihāra
But when he is no longer ineterested in material things, when he is attracted to spiritual things, and when he falls in love with Lord Kṛṣṇa, the soul, now situated in true knowledge, rejects all desires for sense pleasure or impersonal liberation.
soṁsāre jībana-jātrā anāyāse kori’
nitya-dehe nitya-sebe ātmā-prada hori
Then the journey of life in this world goes very pleasantly and easily. At the end Lord Kṛṣṇa gives the soul an eternal body and eternal devotional service.
barṇa-mada bala-mada rūpa-mada jata
bisarjana diyā bhakti-pathe hana rata
Renouncing pride of caste, strength, and handsomeness, the soul thus walks on the path of devotional service.
āśramādi bidhānete rāga-dweṣa hīna
eka-mātra kṛṣṇa-bhakti jāni’ samicīna
Then the soul has neither attraction nor aversion for the different āśramas or other arrangements of this world. He knows devotional service to Lord Kṛṣṇa is the only right path.
sādhu-gaṇa-saṅge sadā hari-līlā-rase
japana korena kāla nitya-dharma-baśe
Rapt in performing his eternal duties, the soul passes his time in the association of the devotees and always chanting the nectar of Lord Kṛṣṇa’s pastimes.
jībana-jātrāra janya baidika-bidhāna
rāga-dweṣa bisarjiyā korena sammāna
Renouncing attachment and aversion, he honors the Vedic injunctions in the journey of his life.
sāmānya baidika dharma artha-phala-prada
artha hoite kāma-labha mūḍhera sampada
However, the Vedic injunctions meant for the people in general show how to attain material wealth and, after that, how to attain material sense pleasures. These two attainments are the opulences of fools.
sei dharma sei artha sei kāma jata
swīkāra korena dina-jāpanera mata
Accepting these Vedic injunctions, many souls pass their days intoxicated by material wealth and material sense pleasures.
tāhāte jībana-jātrā korena nirbāha
jībanera artha kṛṣṇa-bhaktira prabāha
In this way the people pass the journey of their lives. However, the true wealth of this life is the activities of devotional service to Lord Kṛṣṇa.
ata eba liṅga-hīna sadā sādhu-jana
dwandwātīta ho’ye korena śrī-kṛṣṇa-bhajana
Therefore, rejecting everything else, and free from the dualities of this world, the devotees always worship Lord Kṛṣṇa.
jānera prayāse kāla nā kori’ jāpana
bhakti-bale nitya-jñāna korena sādhana
The devotees do not struggle to attain knowledge. By the power of devotional service they attain knowledge of the eternal.
jathā tathā bāsa kori’ je se bastra pori’
su-labdha-bhojana-dwārā deha rākha kori’
They wear clothing is easily attained, and maintain the body with food that is easily attained,
kṛṣṇa-bhakta kṛṣṇa-sebā-ānande matiyā
sadā kṛṣṇa-prema-rase phirena gahiyā
Wild with the bliss of serving Lord Kṛṣṇa, the Kṛṣṇa-devotees always swim in the nectar of love for Lord Kṛṣṇa.
nabadwīpe śrī-caitanya-prabhu abatāra
bhakatibinoda gāya kṛpāya tāṅhāra
By the mercy of Śrī Caitanya Prabhu, who descended to this world in Navadvīpa, Bhaktivinoda sings this song.