Śuddha-bhakata
Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura

śuddha-bhakata-carana-renu, bhajana-anukūla
bhakata-sevā, parama-siddhi, prema-latikāra mūla

The dust of the lotus feet of pure devotees, enthusiastic devotional service, and service to the pure devotees of the highest order are the roots of the creeper of devotion.

mādhava-tithi, bhakti-jananī, jetane pālana kori
krsna-vasati, vasati boli', parama ādare bori

The holy days like Ekadasi and Janmastami are the mother of devotion for those devotees who respect them. Let the holy places of Krsna's pastimes be my places of worship, and bless me.

gaura āmāra, je-saba sthāne, koralo bhramana rańge
se-saba sthāna, heribo āmi, pranayi-bhakata-sańge

May I always visit all the holy places associated with the lila of Lord Caitanya and His devotees.

mrdańga-vādya, śunite mana, abasara sadā jāce
gaura-bihita, kīrtana śuni', ānande hṛdoya nāce

When I hear the sound of the mrdanga in my heart I always desire to join in kirtana; and when I hear the bonafide songs describing Lord Caitanya's pastimes, my heart dances in ecstasy.

jugala-mūrti, dekhiyā mora, parama-ānanda hoya
prasāda-sebā korite hoya, sakala prapañca jaya

Whenever I see the transcendental sri-vigrahas of Radha-Krsna I am in bliss, for by taking Their Lordships' prasada we can conquer over the material elements.

je-dina grhe, bhajana dekhi, grhete goloka bhāya
carana-sīdhu, dekhiyā gańgā, sukha sā sīmā pāya

One day while performing devotional practices, I saw my house transformed into Goloka Vrndavana. When I take the caranamrta of the Deity, I see the holy Ganges waters that come from the feet of Lord Visnu, and my bliss knows no bounds.

tulasī dekhi', jurāya prāna, mādhava-tosanī jāni'
gaura-priya, śāka-sevane, jīvana sārthaka māni

By seeing the tulasi tree my heart feels joy and Lord Madhava (Krsna) is also satisfied. When I eat the prasada favored by Lord Caitanya it is a new life's experience. (Lord Caitanya was very fond of a green vegetable preparation called sak, and there is another song in this book that tells of the amazing effects of this type of prasada.)

bhakativinoda, krsna-bhajane, anakūla pāya jāhā
prati-divase, parama-sukhe, svīkāra koroye tāhā

Bhaktivinoda concludes by saying: "Whosoever attains the stage of enthusiasm for these devotional practices will be supremely blissful wherever he may be."

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