(A Garland of Songs)

Chapter One
Yāmuna Bhāvāvalī (The Ecstasies of  Yāmunācārya)




Song Twenty Six
Relative Position of the Master and the Servant

hari he
tumi jagatera pitā   tumi jagatera mātā
doyita tanoya hari tumi
tumi suhṛn mitra guru  tumi gati kalpa-taru
twadīya-sambandha-mātra āmi

 Oh my Lord Hari! You are the Father of the universe, You are the Mother of the universe, as well as the Lover and son of all beings. You are the most dearly beloved friend of the heart, the spiritual master of all, the ultimate refuge and the divine purpose-tree that fulfills everyone’s desires…

taba bhṛtya parijana   gati-prārthi akiñcana
prapanna tomāra śrī-caraṇe
taba sattwa taba dhana   tomāra pālita jana
āmāra mamatā taba jane

 …But my relationship with You is simply that of Your insignificant menial servant, Your humble attendant, always praying for Your shelter, surrendered at Your divine lotus feet. I am simply Your plaything, Your property, Your protected servant; my only identification is my personal attachment to being Your devotee.

e bhaktibinoda koya      ahantā-mamatā noya
sebāra sambandha dhori’       ahantā-mamatā kori’
tad-itare prākṛta bidhāne

 Bhaktivinoda says that there is no relationship of “I and mine” other than this true conception of being related to Kṛṣṇa as His eternal servant. Maintaining this position of eternal service, he thus accepts the real principle of “I and mine” which is the natural, unchangeable relationship with Kṛṣṇa and all His devotees. Anything besides that would just be material and temporary.

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