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The Nectar of the Lord’s Pastimes

Śrīla Bhakti Vinod Ṭhākur concludes his remedy for grief.

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

Śoka-śātana

The Remedy for Grief

Part 6

Song 12

mṛta śiśu laye tabe bhakata-vatsala
bhakata-saṅgete gāya śrī-nāma-maṅgala [1]

The Lord, affectionate to His devotees, then picked up the dead child and began chanting the Name in the company of the devotees.

gāite gāite gelā jāhnavīra tīre
bālake satkāra kaila jāhnavīra nīre [2]

As He chanted, He came to the bank of the Gaṅgā and performed the child’s funeral with water from the Gaṅgā.

jāhnavī balena, mama saubhāgya apāra
saphala haila vrata chhila ye āmāra [3]

Gaṅgā Devī said, “My good fortune is unlimited. The vows I observed have now born fruit.”

mṛta śiśu dena gorā jāhnavīra jale
uthali’ jāhnavī devī śiśu laya kole [4]

Gorā put the dead child in the waters of the Gaṅgā, and Gaṅgā Devī surged forward and took the child in her arms.

uthaliyā sparśe gorā-charaṇa-kamala
śiśu-kole preme devī haya ṭalamala [5]

She then surged further forward and touched Gorā’s lotus feet. With the child in her arms, the goddess overflowed with love.

jāhnavīra bhāva dekhi’ yata bhakta-gaṇa
śrī-nāma-maṅgala-dhvani kare anukṣaṇa [6]

Seeing Gaṅgā Devī’s love, all the devotees repeatedly chanted the Name.

svarga haite deve kare puṣpa-variṣaṇa
vimāna saṅkula tabe chhāila gagana [7]

From heaven, the demigods showered flowers as the sky filled with their airplanes.

ei-rūpe nānā bhāve haiyā magana
satkāra kariyā snāna kaila sarva-jana [8]

In this way, absorbed in various emotions, the funeral was completed, and everyone bathed.

parama ānande sabe gela nija ghare
bhakati-vinoda maje gorā-bhāva-bhare [9]

With great joy, everyone then went to their homes. Bhakti Vinod rejoices with love for Gorā.

Song 13

nadīyā-nagare gorā-charita amṛta
piyā śoka bhaya chhāḍa sthira kara chita [1]

Drink the nectar of Gorā’s Pastimes in the town of Nadia, give up your grief and fear, and steady your heart.

anitya saṁsāra bhāi kṛṣṇa mātra sāra
gorā-śikṣā-mate kṛṣṇa bhaja anivāra [2]

The material world is impermanent brother. Kṛṣṇa is the be-all and end-all, so constantly serve Kṛṣṇa according to Gorā’s teachings.

gorāra charaṇa dhari’ yei bhāgyavān
vraje rādhā-kṛṣṇa bhaje, sei mora prāṇa [3]

Fortunate souls who clasp Gorā’s feet and serve Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa in Vraja are my life.

rādhā-kṛṣṇa gorāchā̐da na’de vṛndāvana
ei mātra kara sāra pābe nitya dhana [4]

Accept Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa, Gorāchā̐d, Nadia, and Vṛndāvan as your be-all and end-all, and you will attain the eternal wealth.

vidyā-buddhi hīna dīna akiñchana chhāra
karma-jñāna-śūnya āmi śūnya-sadāchāra [5]

I have neither education nor intelligence. I am fallen, poor, and worthless. I have neither piety, nor renunciation, nor proper conduct.

śrī-guru-vaiṣṇava more dilena upādhi
bhakti-hīne upādhi haila ebe vyādhi [6]

Śrī Guru and the Vaiṣṇavas have given me a designation (‘Bhakti Vinod’), but because I have no devotion, this designation has now become an affliction.

yatana kariyā sei vyādhi nivāraṇe
śaraṇa lainu āmi vaiṣṇava-charaṇe [7]

To alleviate this affliction, I have carefully taken shelter at the feet of the Vaiṣṇavas.

vaiṣṇavera pada-raja mastake dhariyā
e ‘śoka-śātana’ gāya bhakti-vinodiyā [8]

Taking the dust of the feet of the Vaiṣṇavas on my head, Bhakti Vinod sings this Śoka-śātana (remedy for grief).

Śoka-śātana: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5.