Joy and sorrow expressed upon completing a commentary on Sri Chaitanya-charitamrta.

By Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur

chari-sata unatrimse    jyaisthe dina ekatrimse
    chaitanyabde, masa—trivikrama
sri-vraja-patane thaki’    ‘gaurahari’ bali’ daki’
    dayita-dasiya naradhama [1]
navadvipa mayapure    prabhu-grha-natidure
    anubhasya kaila samapana
sri-gaura-kisora-dasa    samprati kuliya vasa
    yara bhrtya—ei abhajana [2]

On the 31st day of Jyaistha during the month of Trivikram in the year 429 of the Chaitanya era (14 June 1915), residing in Sri Vraja Patan not far from the Lord’s home in Mayapur in Sri Nabadwip Dham, while  calling out, “Gaurahari” and serving his beloved, this fallen soul, the unfit servant of Sri Gaura Kisor Das who resides at present in Kulia, has completed this supporting commentary (Anubhasya on Sri Chaitanya-charitamrta).

aji ei sukha-dine    bhakati-vinoda vine
    sukha-varta janaba kahare ?
‘anubhasya’ suni’ yei    parama praphulla ha-i’
    uru-krpa vitarila more [3]

Today, on this joyful day, to whom shall I convey this joyful news without Sri Bhakti Vinod? He listened to this Anubhasya, was extremely pleased by it, and bestowed powerful grace upon me.

tahara karuna-katha    madhava-bhajana-pratha
    tulana nahika tribhuvane
tara sama anya keha    dhariya e nara-deha
    nahi dila krsna-prema-dhane [4]

There is no comparison within the three worlds to his merciful teachings of the practice of devotion to Krishna. No one has ever assumed a human form and distributed the wealth of divine love for Krishna like him.

sei prabhu-sakti pai’    ebe ‘anubhasya’ gai’
    ihate amara kichchhu nai
yavat jivana rabe    tavat smariba bhave
    nitya-kala sei pada chai [5]

Receiving power from him, my master, I now sing this Anubhasya, within which there is nothing of my own. As long as I live, I will remember him within my heart. I eternally aspire for his feet.

gadadhara-mitra-vara    sri-svarupa-damodara
    sada kala gaura-krsna yaje
jagatera dekhi’ klesa    dhariya bhiksuka-vesa
    aharahah  krsna-nama bhaje [6]

The dear friends Srila Gadadhar Pandit and Srila Svarup Damodar eternally worship Gaura Krishna. Seeing the suffering of the world, they assumed the form of mendicants and constantly chanted the Name of Krishna.

sri-gaura krpaya dui    mahima ki kaba mui
    aprakrta-parisada-katha
prakata ha-iya seve    krsna-gaurabhinna-deve
    aprakasya katha yatha tatha [7]

They (Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur and Srila Gaura Kisor Das Babaji Maharaj) are manifestations of Sri Gaura’s mercy. What can I say about their greatness? They are divine associates of the Lord (they are manifestations of Srila Gadadhar Pandit and Srila Svarup Damodar). They appeared and served Lord Krishna’s nondifferent form Sri Gaura. Such an expression should not to be spoken anywhere and everywhere.

sri-gauranga-nija-jana    bhakati-vinoda-gana
    aprakrta-bhave yara sthiti
‘anubhasya’ sayatane    patha kara bhakta-sane
    labha kara yugala-piriti [8]

O souls surrendered to Sri Gauranga! O followers of Sri Bhakti Vinod, who are situated in divine consciousness! Read carefully this Anubhasya with devotees and attain love for the Divine Couple.

Note

Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur completed his commentary on Sri Chaitanya-charitamrta less than one year after Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur departed from this world, and to conclude the commentary, he wrote this poem expressing his feeling of separation from Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur. Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj specially requested that this poem be recited on the disappearance day of Srila Saraswati Thakur. While describing the events that took place on that day (830104), he recounted: “Prabhupad had his Anubhasya on Chaitanya-charitamrta, and at the conclusion, he composed a poem in a very sweet and very lamenting temperament. I asked to read that poem of his and it was read.”

Reference

In Heart and Halo, Srila Sridhar Maharaj discusses this poem as follows:

“He has seen in Bhakti Vinod Thakur the fullest representation of the cult of Sri Gauranga. This realisation is expressed in his poem where he says that he saw Svarup Damodar Goswami in Gaura Kisor Das Babaji, and Sri Gadadhar Pandit in Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur.… In his poem at the conclusion of his Sri Chaitanya-charitamrta commentary, he has written: “Here, in Nabadwip Dham, the eternal Pastimes are going on continuously. Only those who have got that deep vision can perceive it.

gadadhara-mitra-vara    sri-svarupa-damodara
    sada kala gaura-krsna yaje
jagatera dekhi’ klesa    dhariya bhiksuka-vesa
    aharahah  krsna-nama bhaje

sri-gaura krpaya dui    mahima ki kaba mui
    aprakrta-parisada-katha
prakata ha-iya seve    krsna-gaurabhinna-deve
    aprakasya katha yatha tatha

“He says, ‘It is very difficult to perceive the sweet will of Sri Gauranga, but if we can lift ourselves to that level, we see that Svarup Damodar Goswami and Sri Gadadhar Pandit are always engaged in their service here in Nabadwip. Sometimes it is suppressed, and sometimes it is appearing on the surface. In that plane all is going on by the sweet will of Sri Gauranga without any restriction. But now I find that those two have appeared on the surface as Srila Gaura Kisor Das Babaji and Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur. I have seen it with my own eye of divine service, but this is not to be advertised, not to be given, publicity anywhere and everywhere. People will laugh at it. But this is my heartfelt conclusion.’ He has written this in his poem concluding Sri Chaitanya-charitamrta.”

Bhagavan Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur was the most influential proponent of the teachings of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in the 20th century. As a vehement spiritual revolutionary, he denounced all conventional religious dogmas, broke through society’s false notions of spirituality, and compelled all to appreciate the true path of divine love. For more information on Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur, please visit his biography page.

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