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Krishna Gives, Krishna Takes

Śrīvās Ṭhākur pacifies his wife and relatives with the wisdom of a surrendered soul.

This post is a continuation of Śoka-śātanaThe Remedy for Grief, by Śrīla Bhakti Vinod Ṭhākur.

Śoka-śātana

The Remedy for Grief

Part 2

Song 3

dhana jana deha geha kṛṣṇe samarpaṇa
kariyāchha śuddha-chitte karaha smaraṇa [1]

[Śrīvās Ṭhākur says to his wife and relatives:] “You have offered your wealth, companions, body, and home to Kṛṣṇa. With a pure heart, remember this.

tabe kena mama suta bali’ kara duḥkha
kṛṣṇa nila nija-jana tāhe tāra sukha [2]

“Why do you grieve, ‘O my son’? Kṛṣṇa has taken someone who is His own for His satisfaction.

kṛṣṇa-ichchhā-mate saba ghaṭāya ghaṭanā
tāhe sukha-duḥkha-jñāna avidyā-kalpanā [3]

“Everything happens according to Kṛṣṇa’s will. Conceptions of happiness and sadness based on such events are products of ignorance.

yāhā ichchhā kare kṛṣṇa tāi jāna bhāla
tyajiyā āpana ichchhā ghuchāo jañjāla [4]

“Know whatever Kṛṣṇa wills to be good and end your suffering by giving up your independent desires.

deya kṛṣṇa neya kṛṣṇa pāle kṛṣṇa sabe
rākhe kṛṣṇa māre kṛṣṇa ichchhā kare jabe [5]

“Kṛṣṇa gives, and Kṛṣṇa takes. Kṛṣṇa cares for all. Kṛṣṇa protects and Kṛṣṇa kills when He so desires.

kṛṣṇa-ichchhā-viparīta ye kare vāsanā
tāra ichchhā nāhi phale se pāya yātanā [6]

“The desires of those who want what is contrary to Kṛṣṇa’s will do not bear fruit. Such persons simply suffer.

tyajiyā sakala śoka śuna kṛṣṇa-nāma
parama ānanda pābe pūrṇa habe kāma [7]

“Give up all your grief and listen to Kṛṣṇa’s Name. You will find the greatest joy, and all your desires will be fulfilled.”

bhakati-vinoda māge śrīvāsa-charaṇe
ātma-nivedana-śakti jīvane maraṇe [8]

At the feet of Śrīvās, Bhakti Vinod begs for the strength to surrender himself in life and in death.

Song 4

sabu meli’ bālaka-bhāga vichāri’
chhoḍabi moha śoka chitta-vikārī [1]

“All of you get together, consider the fortune of this boy, and give up the delusion and grief that are disturbing your hearts.

chaudda-bhuvana-pati nanda-kumārā
śachī-nandana bhela nadīyā-avatārā [2]

“The Lord of the fourteen worlds, the son of Nanda, has descended in Nadia as the son of Śachī.

sohi gokula-chā̐da aṅgane mora
nācha-i bhakta-saha ānanda-vibhora [3]

“He, the moon of Gokula, dances in ecstasy in our courtyard with the devotees.

śunata nāma-gāna bālaka mora
chhoḍala deha hari-prīti-vibhora [4]

“While listening to the chanting of the Name, our son left his body, overcome with love for the Lord.

aichhana bhāga yaba bhai hāmārā
tabahu̐ ha̐u bhava-sāgara-pārā [5]

“If I can attain such fortune, then I will be able to cross over the ocean of material existence.

tu̐hu sabu vichhari ehi vichārā
kā̐he karabi śoka chitta-vikārā [6]

“You all should consider his fortune. Why do you engage in this grief that disturbs your hearts?

sthira nahi haobi yadi upadeśe
vañchita haobi rase avaśeṣe [7] paśibu̐ hāma sura-taṭinī-māhe
bhakati-vinoda pramāda dekhe tāhe [8]

“If you are not pacified by my advice, then ultimately you will be deprived of the Name’s joy, and I will submerge myself in the Ganges.” Bhakti Vinod observes such hysteria.

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