|Ādi-līlā||Chapter 9: The Desire Tree of Devotional Service|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Ādi 9.45
mālī hañā vṛkṣa ha-ilāń ei ta' icchāte
sarva-prāṇīra upakāra haya vṛkṣa haite
mālī hañā — although I am the gardener; vṛkṣa ha-ilāń — I am also the tree; ei ta' — this is; icchāte — by My will; sarva-prāṇīra — of all living entities; upakāra — welfare; haya — there is; vṛkṣa — the tree; haite — from.
"Although I am acting as a gardener, I also want to be the tree, for thus I can bestow benefit upon all.
Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu is the most benevolent personality in human society because His only desire is to make people happy. His sańkīrtana movement is especially meant for the purpose of making people happy. He wanted to become the tree Himself because a tree is said to be the most benevolent living entity. In the following verse, which is from Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (10.22.33), Kṛṣṇa Himself highly praises the existence of a tree.
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