Pray for association of great souls

Sri Caitanya Candramritam

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Srila Prabodhananda Sarasvati Prabhupād

so ‘py ascaryamayah prabhur nayanayor yam nabhavad gocaro
yan nasvadi hareh padambuja-rasas tad yad gatam tad gatam
etavan mama tavad astu jagatim ye ‘nye ‘py alankurvate
sri-caitanya-pade nikhata-manasas tair yat prasangotsavah

 
TRANSLATION

Because the wonderful Lord never came before my eyes, and because I never tasted the transcendental nectar of service to His lotus feet, I simply pray to attain the jubilant festival of the association of those great souls now decorating this world whose hearts are fixed at Lord Caitanya’s lotus feet.

Holding straw between my teeth

Srila Prabodhananda Saraswati Thakur:

“Holding straw between my teeth, I fall at your feet, and with hundreds of supplications, I say, “Dear sirs, throw away everything and devote yourself to the feet of Sri Chaitanyachandra.’”

 

Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur’s Bengali translation and commentary on this verse rendered into English:

The tridandi-goswami’s method to preach devotion to Gaura: having abandoned all dharmas (sarva-dharma parityaga), devotion to Gaura’s feet is our one and only duty —

dante nidhaya trnakam padayor nipatya
krtva cha kaku-satam etad aham bravimi
he sadhavah sakalam eva vihaya durat
chaitanya-chandra-charane kurutanuragam
(Sri Chaitanya-chandramrta: 90)

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