nitya-dhama vrindavana yatha mora krishna-dhana
nitya-kala karena vilasa
chidanandamaya lata prema-kisalaya yatha
Krishna, who is my treasure, engages in His immortal pastimes in the eternal abode of Vrindavana, where there are blissful, spiritual creepers, branches of transcendental prema and blissful, spiritual kunjas.
sunirmala upasana kalindite vibhavana
yatha sada bhaktera hridaye
jivera ye uccha-bhava govardhana avirbhava
chare jiva gabhi-rupa haye
In Vrindavana, thoughts of the purest form of worship on the banks of the Yamuna always manifest in the hearts of the devotees. There, the highest mood appears within the living entities at Govardhana, and the jivas graze in the form of cows.
sakhi-bhava bhratri-bhava yatha sada nitya-bhava
ananda yahara matra anga
kama dvesha adi yata nahi yatha kona mata
prema-rupa rasa matra ranga
There, the eternal disposition of all is always one of friendship and brotherhood. There, bliss is the only element. There, lust, envy etc. do not exist. The mellows of prema are the only type of enjoyment.
dasya sakhya sumadhura vatsalyadi rasa-pura
vraja-dhama premera alaya
janma mrityu shodha roga nahi tatha kare bhoga
premamrita jivera ashraya
It is the abode of the rasas of servitorship, friendship, parental affection, and conjugal love. Vraja-dhama is the home of divine love. There, one does not encounter birth, death, suffering or illness. The nectar of prema is the shelter of such jivas.
abhautika atindriya sei desha krishna-priya
desha-kala atita sarvada
bhutamaya deha laye jadasakta chitta haye
keha na yaite pare tatha
That land is transcendental, beyond the material senses and very dear to Krishna. It is eternally beyond time and space. Those with a mundane form and whose consciousness is attached to temporal things can never enter there.
sei jiva bhagyavana paiyachhe susandhana
manomaya bhutamaya dehe kari’ parajaya
yaya sei ananda nilaye
Those jivas who have found shelter in the pleasure of Sri Guru and Krishna are supremely fortunate. They transcend both mental and physical bodies and reach that abode of bliss.
aprakrita deha pai vrajera nikata yai
sakhi-pada kariya ashraya
radha-krishna seva-sukha bhunji saba yaya duhkha
mahabhava paryanta udaya
Entering Vraja, they attain a divine body and take shelter at the feet of the sakhis. Delighting in the ecstasy of serving Radha-Krishna, they leave behind all types of misery and even experience the limits of maha-bhava.
ataeva bandhu-jana chala yai vrindavana
ati dura nahe sei desha
indriya samyama dhari’ antare pravesha kari’
samadhi labhibe avashesa
Therefore friends. let us journey to Vrindavana! That place is not so far. Control the mundane senses, enter within, and finally attain samadhi.
bhuta-bhava desha kala viramile kichhu-kala
atmara dahara vikashibe
sei bhumi vrindavana jana ohe sadhu-jana
yatha radha-govinda dekhibe
Material time and space will remain for a while, but the atma’s intimate connection with that land will manifest. O sadhus! Know that land of Vrindavana to be where you will behold Radha and Govinda.
tatha keli kutuhale pashibe yamuna jale
sakhi-saha radhika sevaya
radhika jivaneshvari krishna-priya sarveshvari
prema-vakya kahibe tomara
There, in the waters of the Yamuna you will happily sport with the sakhis that serve Sri Radhika. Radhika, the Mistress of all the jivas, the beloved of Sri Krishna, the Goddess of all, will speak words laden with prema to you.
(11) shunibe govinda vamshi jivera hridaya damshi
bhuvana mataya yara rabe
pulaka kadamba-tale tomaya anibe bale
dubaibe premera asabe
You will hear Govinda’s flute, which pierces the heart of the jivas and drives the world mad. The force of that sound will bring you under a blossoming kadamba tree and drown you in prema.
pashile yamuna jale prema-jvala aro jvale
dhadaphadi uthibe takhana
puline agata haye krishna-rupa nirakhiye
eka-bare habe achetana
Entering the waters of the Yamuna, the fire of prema will scorch you even more and your heart will beat rapidly. Coming back onto the river bank, you will see the form of Sri Krishna and lose all consciousness.
hena vrindavana dhama sarva-jiva abhirama
chhadi yei yaya anya sthana
tara sama murkha nai chinta kari’ dekha bhai
yadi pao premera sandhana
Sri Vrindavana-dhama enchants all living beings. Who will leave Vrindavana and go elsewhere? You will not find no greater fool as he. O brother! Please consider if you will discover prema elsewhere.
(14) kaminira saha-vasa galpa adi parihasa
madya kumbha alankara chaya
sakali duhkhera mula sukha bali tava bhula
ei bela bujhaha nishcaya
The desire for intimate association with women, gossip, joking, bottles of wine, ornaments etc. are all sources of distress and considering them to be happiness is a mistake on your part. At this time you should clearly understand this.
(15) dehe jvara praveshiya kanpaibe tava hiya
kaphe kantha paripurna habe
shunite na pabe kane nasika akshama ghrane
nirasta haiya chakshu rare
Fever will enter your body and make you tremble. Your throat will fill up with mucus. You will not be able to hear with your ears. Your nose will not be able to smell and your eyes will stop seeing.
priya bandhu yare jana se tomara habe ana
angaja karibe avahela
dvare pratihari praya rakhibe tomare haya
balakera habe tumi khela
Those whom you consider to be your dear friends will become indifferent to you, and your relatives will treat you with contempt. Alas! Like gatekeepers, they will stop you from entering their houses and their children will poke fun at you.
purva ye priyasi tava ebe ghrina kare saba
sura sukha nahi deya ara
ye asthi charviya sukha paibe se ebe duhkha
danta-hine ditechhe apara
All those that previously loved you will now detest you, and alcohol will cease to give any pleasure. The bone that you chew and delight in will now cause pain, as you will begin to lose your teeth.
alankara paridhane ara shobha nahi mane
ebe murti markata samana
kotha se darpana-raja kotha se tomaya saja
chinti’ kara vairagya vidhana
No longer will you seem more handsome by wearing different ornaments. Now, your body will look just like a monkey. Where is your big mirror? Where is your suit? Think upon this and cultivate detachment.
ataeva ei-kshane chala bhai vrindavane
nitya-sukha paibe tathaya
krishna-prema nitya-sukha kabhu nahi deya duhkha
acyuta padapi yate paya
Therefore brother, let us go to Vrindavana right now! You will discover eternal happiness there. The eternal happiness of krishna-prema never causes any misery. Through it, you will become imperishable.
tava aprakrita deha vrindavane pabe geha
jada-deha jadete rahibe
panchatva apanna hale deha rabe ei sthale
tumi vraja kabhu na chhadibe
You will attain a divine form and a residence in Vrindavana. Your material body will remain in this temporal world. When the five material elements of your body dissipate and you die, your body will remain here, but you will never leave Vraja.
(21) kahe kedaranatha datta ei vrindavana tattva
guru mora chaitanya gosai
tara dasa sanga hale jade chitta nahi chale
chaitanya ashraya kara bhai
Kedarnath Datta describes the reality of Sri Vrindavana. Sri Chaitanya Gosai is my guru. When you attain the association of His servitors, your consciousness will never deviate towards matter. O brother! Take shelter of Sri Chaitanya!
Written on July 18th, 1871 in Sri Puri-dhama.