Shuddha bhakata charana renu

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Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur, the best amongst the gudiya vaishnavas in the recent times and well known as the seventh goswami, has very mercifully compiled numerous bhajans containing in them the essence of all the teachings of the previous acharyas in simple yet beautiful language. Everything from the very basics up to the highest and most confidential topics have been explained by Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur in his bhajans. In one such glorious bhajan, he has explained about all the activities that are conducive for Krishna bhajan. He is glorifying the dust of the lotus feet of the vaishnavas, ekadashi and other madhava tithis like Janmashthami, the pastime places of Gaurahari and other such activities which remind one of the Lord. Reflecting the wondrous devotional rapture of the Vaishnavas, he has glorified Shaka, or leafy vegetables, saying that he considers his life successful by eating Shaka, as it is a preparation which is very dear to Gaurahari and reminds one of him.

This glorious bhajan is sung by the vaishnavas on the auspicious occasion of Ekadashi as he is glorying Ekadashi tithi, also known as Madhava tithi, in this song by saying that these auspicious days are the mother of devotion to the lotus feet of Shyamsundar. One should therefore sing this bhajan with great devotion and try to imbibe the mood of this bhajan in one’s life. As by always only performing activities that remind one of Sri Krishna, one is sure to make rapid progress on the path of Bhakti. This auspicious bhajan written by Bhakti Vinod thakur, the great benefactor of all the sadhakas, is as follows,

śuddha-bhakata-caraṇa-reṇu,
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
kṛṣṇa-basati, basati 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.

 

gaur āmāra, je-saba sthāne,
koralo bhramaṇa rańge
se-saba sthāna, heribo āmi,
praṇayi-bhakata-sańge

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

 

mṛdańga-bādya, 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 gṛhe, bhajana dekhi,
gṛhete goloka bhāya
caraṇa-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 prāṇa,
mādhava-toṣaṇī 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, kṛṣṇa-bhajane,
anakūla pāya jāhā
prati-dibase, parama-sukhe,
swīkāra koroye tāhā

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