(A Garland of Songs)
Yāmuna Bhāvāvalī (The Ecstasies of Yāmunācārya)
Song Twenty One
Surrender Transcends Bodily Designation
strī-puruṣa-deha-gata barṇa-ādi dharma jata
tāhe punaḥ deha-gata bheda
sattwa-rajas-tamo-guṇa āśroyeche bheda punaḥ
ei-rūpa sahasra prabheda
Oh my Lord! I know that all bodily distinctions between female and male, as well as the divisions of the varṇāśrama system namely brāhmaṇa, kṣatriya, vaiśya, śūdra, brahmacārī, gṛhastha, vānaprastha and sannyāsa are all simply materialistic distinctions based on bodily consciousness. All these fall under the jurisdiction of the modes of goodness, passion and ignorance, and thus all these bodily discriminations multiply into thousands of different complicated classifications.
jekhona śarīra thāki jekhona abasthā rākhi
se saba ekhona taba pāya
saṁpilāma prāṇeśwara mama boli’ ataḥ para|
āra kichu nā rohilo dāya
Whatever type of body I happen to live in, and whatever circumstantial position surrounds this particular body, I now offer all these things unto Your lotus feet, oh Lord of my life! From now on, I am no longer responsible for anything related to my very existence.
tumi prabhu rākho mora saba taba adhikāra
āchi āmi tomāra kiṅkora
e bhaktibinoda bole taba dāsya-kautūhole
thāki jena sadā-sebā-pora
Therfore, please protect and maintain me, oh Lord, for I am but Your eternal humble servant. Bhaktivinoda is just informing You that I am living always absorbed in the curious amusement of the transcendental loving service attitude.