In honour of the upcoming appearance day festival for Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, we are presenting a poem he wrote in his early years in which he expresses the ideal he cherished within his heart throughout his life. Accompanying the poem is a verbal explanation by Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj. Lines two, three, and five from this poem are engraved on the Temple of Love and Affection.
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
[audio:http://www.gaudiyadarshan.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/101027-Nabadwip-Explanation-of-Chaoya.mp3|titles=101027 Nabadwip Explanation of Chaoya]
Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj
Originally published in Sri Gaudiya Darshan
Volume 1, Issue 3, Sunday, 17 October 1955
chāi nā ha’te ei jagatera
chāi nā ha’te mukti-pathera
navīna nyāsī-vara 
I do not desire to be an autonomous king of this world. I do not desire to be an exalted young renunciant on the path of liberation.
nāi vā gelām purī, gayā, kāśī, badarīnārā’ṇa
nāi vā elām ghuri’
kona janme pāire hote
sakala āśā-i miṭbe re bhāi
pāi yadi ai vara 
I did not go to Puri, Gaya, Kashi, or Badarinath. I did not turn and come back. If in some lifetime I am able to be a Vaiṣṇava’s servant, then all of my desires will be fulfilled. O brothers! If I attain such a benediction.
chāi nā pete mukti hāte
—bhuktire ke māge
pāire lāge 
I do not want to attain liberation in hand—who prays for mundane enjoyment if they can attain the feet of a servitor of Gaurahari’s feet?
brahmā ese chhale indra tāhāra rājadhānī deya
tāo phirāi hele,
āra ki debe lakṣmī-nārā’ṇa?
—tāo hṛde nāi jāge 
If Brahmā comes to me with a ploy or Indra offers me his capital, I turn such things away. And what will Lakṣmī-Nārāyaṇ give me? No desire for that arises in my heart either.
āmi chāi re śudhu śachī-sutera
Oh! I desire only loving attachment to the feet of Śachī Suta’s servant.