The path to divine love

“One whose wealth is Śrī Gaurāṅga’s feet knows the essence of devotion’s rasa. The heart of one who hears Śrī Gaurāṅga’s sweet Pastimes becomes pure.”

Srila Gurudev singing Gaurangera duti pada in the year 1989.

Srila Gurudev singing Gaurangera duti pada on Gaura Purnima day, 28 February 1991.

gaurāṅgera duṭi pada yāra dhana sampada
se jāne bhakati-rasa-sāra
gaurāṅgera madhura-līlā yāra karṇe praveśilā
hṛdaya nirmala bhela tāra [1]

One whose wealth is Śrī Gaurāṅga’s feet knows the essence of devotion’s rasa. The heart of one who hears Śrī Gaurāṅga’s sweet Pastimes becomes pure.

ye gaurāṅgera nāma laya tāra haya premodaya
tāre muñi yāi balihāri
gaurāṅga-guṇete jhure nitya-līlā tāre sphure
se jana bhakati-adhikārī [2]

One who chants Śrī Gaurāṅga’s Name develops divine love. To him, I say, “Bravo!” The eternal Pastimes are revealed to one who cries over Śrī Gaurāṅga’s qualities. Such a soul is qualified for devotion.

gaurāṅgera saṅgi-gaṇe nitya-siddha kari māne
se yāya vrajendra-suta-pāśa
śrī-gauḍa-maṇḍala-bhūmi yebā jāne chintāmaṇi
tāra haya vraja-bhūme vāsa [3]

One who considers Śrī Gaurāṅga’s associates to be eternally liberated reaches Kṛṣṇa. One who knows the holy land of Gauḍa to be made of wish-fulfilling (spiritual) gemstone resides in the land of Vraja.

gaura-prema-rasārṇave se taraṅge yebā ḍube
se rādhā-mādhava-antaraṅga
gṛhe vā vanete thāke ‘hā gaurāṅga’ bale ḍāke
narottama māge tāra saṅga [4]

One who swims in the waves of the nectarean ocean of divine love for Śrī Gaura is an intimate associate of Śrī Śrī Rādhā-Mādhava. Whether he lives in a house or in the forest, Narottam Dās begs for the association of one who calls, ‘O Gaurāṅga!’

(Śrīla Narottam Dās Ṭhākur)