Madhya-līlāChapter 23: Life's Ultimate Goal — Love of Godhead

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Madhya 23.29

na premā śravaṇādi-bhaktir api yogo 'tha vaiṣṇavo

jñānaḿ śubha-karma kiyad aho saj-jātir apy asti

hīnārthādhika-sādhake tvayi tathāpy acchedya-mūlā satī

he gopī-jana-vallabha vyathayate mad-āśaiva mām

SYNONYMS

na — not; premā — love of Godhead; śravaṇa-ādi — consisting of chanting, hearing and so on; bhaktiḥ — devotional service; api — also; — or; yogaḥ — the power of mystic yoga; atha — or; vaiṣṇavaḥ — befitting a devotee; jñānam — knowledge; — or; śubha-karma — pious activities; — or; kiyata little; ahoO my Lord; sat-jātiḥ — birth in a good family; api — even; asti — there is; — or; hīna-artha-adhika-sādhake — who bestows greater benedictions upon one who is fallen and possesses no good qualities; tvayi — unto You; tathā-api — still; acchedya-mūlā — whose root is uncuttable; satī — being; heO; gopī-jana-vallabha — most dear friend of the gopīs; vyathayate — gives pain; — alas; mat — my; āśā — hope; eva — certainly; māmto me.

TRANSLATION

"'O my Lord, I do not have any love for You, nor am I qualified for discharging devotional service by chanting and hearing. Nor do I possess the mystic power of a Vaiṣṇava, knowledge or pious activities. Nor do I belong to a very high-caste family. On the whole, I do not possess anything. Still, O beloved of the gopīs, because You bestow Your mercy on the most fallen, I have an unbreakable hope that is constantly in my heart. That hope is always giving me pain.'

PURPORT

This verse is found in the Bhakti-rasāmṛta-sindhu (1.3.35).

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