(A Garland of Songs)

Chapter One
Yāmuna Bhāvāvalī (The Ecstasies of  Yāmunācārya)


Song Six
The Lord’s Qualities

hari he
tomāra gambhīra mana  nāhi bujhe anya jana
sei mana anusāri saba
jagata-udbhāba-sthiti   pralaya-soḿsāra-gati
mukti ādi śaktira baibhaba

 Oh, my Lord Hari! Your mind is extremely grave, and Your deep intentions cannot be understood by any other person, although all living beings are unconsciously following Your mind. The opulences of Your magnificent potencies produce the creation, maintenance and ultimate destruction of the material worlds, as well as provide for liberation from these temporary abodes.

e saba baidika līlā  icchā-mātra prokāśilā
jībera bāsanā anusāre
tomāte bimukha ho’ye   mājila abidyā lo’ye
sei jība karma-pārābāre

  These pastimes of creation, maintenance and destruction are all described in the Vedic scripture. And You have manifested it all according to Your own sweet will, in order to fulfill the materialistic desires of certain souls. When they become averse to You, they then become drowned in the darkest ignorance within the ocean of fruitive actions and reactions.

punaḥ jadi bhakti kori’   bhaje bhakta-sańga dhori’
tabe pāya tomāra caraṇa
antarańga-līlā-rase      bhase māyā nā paraśe
bhaktibinodera phire mana

  However, if one again revives his devotional service to You, and worships You in the association of Your devotees, then he can attain Your lotus feet. Thus Bhaktivinoda’s mind has been changed back onto the path towards You by floating in the mellows of Your confidential pastimes, which māyāis not able to touch.

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