Sevā Lālasā (Hankering for Service)

‘Sevā Lālasā’ (Hankering for Service) is a rare work by Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura, which was first published by Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura in Sajjana Toṣaṇī, Vol.21 Issues 3 and 5 in 1918, after the departure of the Ṭhākura. This esoteric song describes the desire of Bhaktivinoda in his mañjarī-svarūpa to serve Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī during the various times of the day. It is possible that the latter half of this text was missing or it was left unfinished since the narration ends abruptly at the afternoon pastimes (madhyāhna-līlā).

(translated by Sanātana Dāsa & Parameśvarī Devī Dāsī)

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