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By Published On: September 16, 2022Tags: 6.5 min read

The following Bengali poem, in glorification of Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda, was composed by Śrīla Śrīdhara Deva Gosvāmī Mahārāja prior to his acceptance of sannyāsa, and first published in the Dainika Nadīya Prakaśa on Sunday, 11th June, 1927. This poem was translated into English by Sanātana Dāsa and edited by Swami B.V. Giri.

(1)
yakhana yakhana dharmera glāni
adharama-abhi udglāna haya
sādhu pavitrāṇa duṣkṛti vināśa
dharama sthāpane ei he udaya

“Whenever and wherever there is a decline in dharma, and a predominant rise of adharma—at that time I descend Myself. To deliver the pious and to annihilate the miscreants, as well as to re-establish the principles of religion, I Myself appear.”

(2)
(ei) śrī gītā kathitā,  bhagavatī vāṇī
saphala kariyā udita āji
śrī gauḍa gagane,  āveśāvatāra
vitariyā nava kiraṇa rāji

 These words, uttered by the Lord in Bhagavad-gītā, have been fulfilled today. On the horizon of Gauḍa-deśa an empowered avatāra has appeared, distributing new rays of light everywhere.”

(3)
mugdha jagata,  cakita nayaṇe
bhātiche nīrava bhakati he
dekhe nāi kabhu,  śune nāi kabhu
bhakata vatsala e rūpa he

 The entire world is enchanted and awe-struck. Such devotional sentiments and lustre have rendered all speechless. One who is so compassionate to the devotees has never been seen nor heard of before.”

(4)
āni purātana,  sanātana dhana
vitaraṇa tār e nava caṅde
kabe ke kareche, jivera lāgiyā
kāhāra erūpa parāṇa kāṅde

Bringing a wealth which is ancient and eternal, that personality, who is like a new moon, distributes it to one and all. Who has ever given such benefit to the jīvas? Whose heart has ever cried out in pity like this?”

(5)
ā-caṇḍāle diyā,  preme adhikāra
mahāprabhura mahāvadānya līlā
khāuyā parā bhāva,  vahana kariya
bhajana kāraṇa e kona khelā

 Just as in Mahāprabhu’s most magnanimous pastimes, he gives even the caṇḍalas the qualification to receive love divine. It is simply his pastime to taste the highest ecstasy and carry that everywhere for the purpose of bhajana”.

(6)
nitya yukta kare,  yoga mokṣa sadā
āmi e tādera vahana kari
pratijñā gītāya,  dhareche ākāra
kāhāra dayāya āhā re mari

 “’I provide for those who are eternally engaged on the path of yoga and liberation.’ That promise in the Gītā has now taken shape. Who else is as merciful? I faint to even think of it!”

(7)
āpane ācari,  sakala aṅga
hāte dhari sabe śikhāche āja
pāṣaṇḍa dalane,  ajeya teja
dhāṅdhiyā nayana karicha virājata

He personally practices all the aṅgas of bhakti and today he holds hands with all those that he teaches. He defeats the atheists with his invincible power, dazzling the eyes of all.”

(8)
pāche bhaviṣyate,  tava anugate
kona kāle keha kare ākramaṇa
(tāi) kari ākarṣaṇa,  śakra āstra-gaṇa
kariteche ebe saba nirasana

 “Lest in future anyone attacks your surrendered servants at any time, you will attract all the mighty weapons of their enemies and render them ineffective.”

(9)
adūre se dina,  nikhila bhuvana
añjali pūrita kusumakare
kṛtañja hṛdaye,  rājīvacaṇa
karibe pūjana bhakata bhave

That day is not far off, when the entire world will offer you prayers with handfuls of flowers. With a grateful heart, they will fold their hands and offer worship to your lotus feet in a mood of devotion.”

(10)
phalgu tyāgī jārā,  sādhu bale tārā
jagate vidita chila tatadina
rūpa-anugata, se yukta vairāgya
tāra dhvajā tumi karile ujjīna

For so long now, the world has known only pseudo-renunciates and those that call themselves sādhus. But the followers of Śrī Rūpa have come to propound yukta-vairāgya and you have come to fly their flag.”

(11)
bhajana sopāna,  daiva-varṇāśrama
śāstra-vidhi mata sthāpana karile
smarta jaḍa-vāda,  kari nirasana
ati-martya tava līlā prakāśale

 You have come to establish daivi-varṇāśrama, which is a stepping-stone towards bhajana, and the process of following the scriptural injunctions. Rejecting materialistic smartavāda, you manifest your supramundane pastimes.”

(12)
bhoga, yoga tyāga,  ādi yata patha
māyāra chalanā kevala se saba
śuddhā bhakati,  jīvātmāra vṛtti
sthāpile se mata projvita kaitava

The various paths of exploitation, the process of yoga, austerities etc. are all simply Māyā’s tricks. Pure bhakti is the occupational duty of the jīvātma. Establishing this principle, you discard all sorts of deception.”

 (13)
śrī-mūrti śrī-nāma,  śrī-grantha vyākhyāna
bhogera tāṇḍava esara dvāre
vyepe chila deśa,  kari huṅhuṅkāre
hānile vraja tāhāra śire

 In the name of Deity worship, the Holy Name, and scriptural explanations, everyone was engaged in a suicidal dance of material enjoyment. The country was in a total state of self-deception. But by your loud roaring, you struck its very head with a thunderbolt.” 

(14)
vyabhicāra bharā,  e dharā dhāme
kona loka hote āsiyācha he
sakali śodhiyā,  karicha nūtana
sakalei bhāṅgiyā gaḍīcha he

 From which planet have you come from to appear in this degraded world, which is full of corruption and immorality? Purifying and correcting everything, you are making them anew. By breaking everything, you are rebuilding it again.”

(15)
nāhi jāni kona, sukṛtira bale
peyechi smaraṇa u caraṇatale
kāmanā ekhana, he dīna śaraṇa
pada chāḍā yena nāhi kona kale

 I do not know by the power of which type of sukṛti I am able to remember him and take shelter at his feet. O shelter of the poor, my only desire now is that I may never be separated from your lotus feet.”

(16)
kṣanerkera kleśa, yāthā kare nāśa
kata śuni tāra yaśa-gāthā gāna
anādi kālera, āśru muchāiyā
ditecha jīvera nityānanda sthāna

He eradicates momentary tribulations and I hear so many songs singing his glories. By wiping away the tears accumulated from time immemorial, he is giving the living entities the position of eternal happiness.”

(17)
ye dāna ditecha, ki bujhiva morā
āvṛta nayana avidyāra bale
mahimā tomāra, jāne muktakula
tava yaśogana goloka-maṇḍale

 How can we understand the charity that you are distributing, when our eyes are covered by the power of ignorance? Your glories are known by liberated souls and songs praising you are sung in the realm of Goloka.”

 (18)
devatā-rāñjita, u pada kamale
reṇurūpe sthāna māge e dāsa
yogyatā vicāre, se guṇatu nāi
tava ahaitukī krpā mātra āśa

This servant asks for the position of a speck of dust at your lotus feet, which are worshipped by the Devas. When I consider my eligibility, I find that I do not even have any redeeming qualities. My only hope is your causeless mercy.” 

(19)
ei bhikṣā āra, śrī caraṇe māgi
pūrāve vāsanā viśvāsa mora
sadā niṣkapa†e,  guru-gaura-sevā
karyā tāhāte thāki yena bhora

This is what I beg and request at your holy feet, as it is my firm belief that my desire will be fulfilled – may I always remain absorbed in serving Śrī Guru and Śrī Gaura without duplicity.”

(20)
sadācāra yuta,   brāhmaṇa paṇḍita
ghare janamiyā chila abhimāna
eke dekhe hāya,  tulanā nā haya
āsamān-jāman bheda vidyamāna

I was proud of possessing proper conduct and being born in the home of a brāhmaṇa scholar. Now I see there is no comparison. There is no comparison and they exist poles apart from each other.”

(21)
vaṁśa vidyā dhana, rūpa abhimāna
kariyā haraṇa deha ei vara
jīvane maraṇe,  u caraṇa vine
nāhi jāne dāsa rāmendra-sundara

 Kindly bless me by removing my pride in having a noble birth, knowledge, wealth or beauty. In life or death, this servant, Rāmendra-sundara knows nothing except your lotus feet.”

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Śrīla Bhakti Rakṣaka Śrīdhara Deva Gosvāmī appeared in this world in the village of Hapaniya, West Bengal, in 1895 within a high class Bhaṭṭācārya brāhmaṇa family. After studying philosophy at Krishnanath College in Berhampore, he met his guru, Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura, and accepted initiation from him in 1926 and sannyāsa in 1930. In 1942 he founded the Śrī Caitanya Sārasvata Maṭha and remained there till his departure in 1988. He was recognised by his godbrothers for his dispassionate nature and common sense, as well as for his superlative Sanskrit compositions and profound philosophical insights.
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