Songs of Sri Chaitanya

CHAITANYA AND THE VAISHNAVA POETS OF BENGAL.

STUDIES IN BENGALI POETRY OF THE FIFTEENTH AND SIXTEENTH CENTURIES.

BY JOHN BEAMES, J.C.S., M.R.A.S. &c.

Poems form     THE PADKALPATARU

   “One day coming and smiling, sitting in Adwaita’s house,

spake the son of Sachî, having Nityânand with him and Adwaita,

sitting in enjoyment, he planned a great festivity.

Hearing this, smiling with joy,

Sîtâ Thâkurânî coming spoke a sweet word:

hearing that with joyful mind the son of Sachî spoke

somewhat in regard to arranging the festival.

‘Listen, Thâkurânî Sîtâ, bring the Baishnabs here;

making pressing invitation to them: whoso can sing,

whoso can play, invite them separately, man by man.’

Thus Gora Rai speaking gave orders for an assembly:

‘Invite the Baishnabs! Bring out the cymbal and drum,

set out full pots painted with aloes and sandal-paste:

plant plantains, hang on them garlands of flowers,

for the Kîrtan place joyfully.

With garlands, sandal, and betelnut, ghee, honey, and curds

consecrate the drum at evening-tide.’

Hearing the lord’s word, in loving manner

she made accordingly various offerings with fragrant perfumes:

all cried Hari, Hari! thus they consecrate the drum;

Parameshwar Dâs floats in enjoyment.

- Sri Chaitanya

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