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Upadesha Panchakam

A Sanskrit composition by Śrīla Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswāmī Mahārāj first published in his Rachanāmṛta.

Upadeśa Pañchakam

Five Instructions to The Mind

yadi re mānasa sajjana-saṅge
majjanam ichchhasi nāma-taraṅge
parihara duskṛta-durjaya-durgaṁ
tv aniśaṁ bhaja taṁ budha-saṁsargam [1]

O mind, if you desire to be immersed within the Name’s waves in the sādhus’ association, then leave the inescapable prison of sin (māyā) and constantly serve the sādhus.

tapta-hṛdaya-maru-vārida-charaṇaṁ
chechchhasi yadi kuru sat-pada-varaṇam
tyaktvā durjana-saṅga-vilāsaṁ
niravadhi rādhaya taṁ hari-dāsam [2]

If you desire the Lord’s feet, which are like rain-clouds in the desert of your scorched heart, then take shelter at the sādhus’ feet. Stop enjoying in the company of sinners and constantly serve the Lord’s servants.

durlabha-tanum iha labdhvā tūrṇaṁ
yo bhajati harim-akhila-rasa-pūrṇam
sarva-guṇair api muktis tasya
karatala-lagnā bāliśa paśya [3]

O fool, look! One who attains a rare human body and immediately serves the Lord, who is replete with all rasas, has all qualities and liberation in the palm of his hand.

dhana-jana-jīvana-deham anityaṁ
jñātvā mūḍha tvaktvāsaktim
śiva-śuka-nārada-vandita-charaṇaṁ
tvaritaṁ tvaṁ vraja mānasa śaraṇam [4]

O foolish mind, know wealth, family, life, and the body to be temporary. Abandon attachment to them and immediately take shelter of the Lord’s feet, which are worshipped by Śiva, Śuka, and Nārad.

viṣaya-bhujaṅgama-pāśaṁ chhitvā
nāma-rasāyana-magadaṁ pitvā
kuru hari-saṅkīrtanam anubandham
rūpānuga-jana-pūjana-chhandam [5]

Break out of the snake-trap of material existence, drink the elixir of the Name, and constantly engage in Hari-saṅkīrtan according to the desires of Śrī Rūpa’s worshippable followers.