The lotus feet of Sri Rupa Manjari are my wealth, my bhajan (service), my puja (worship), the wealth of my life, and whatever ornaments I may have. Her lotus feet are the very life of my life.
The lotus feet of Sri Rupa Manjari are the mine of all rasas, they are the fulfilment of life, they are the dharma (prescribed religion) of the Vedas. Her lotus feet are my vows, my penance, my mantra, my japa. They are the ultimate purpose of life.
Whatever favourable there is in the rules and regulations, may it have its fulfilment in attaining her lotus feet. I want to see it with my own two eyes. The ecstatic beauty of this Rupa is such that my very life force is nourished by her moon-like self.
The snake of absence of your sight is burning me with its poison, day after day my whole being is in feverish agony. O Rupa! Please be merciful to me, give me shelter at your lotus feet. Narottam is praying for your shelter.
Commentary by Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj:
Sei mora sampada—my wealth is there in her feet.
Sei mora bhajana-pujana—my worship and service is also in her.
Sei mora prana-dhana, sei mora abharana—the very wealth and gist of my life is there; and the ornaments of my life, if any there may be, that is within her grace.Sei mora jivanera jivana—indeed, the very life of my life, if there is anything, that is also her. I am for her pleasure.
Sei mora vanchha-siddhi—and if I am to expect any other fulfilment in life, that is also there in her feet.
Sei mora vedera dharama—if any duty is recommended by the Vedas for me, I would like that such duty be at her feet.
Sei vrata, sei tapa—if at all there is any desired accumulation from any penance or observance of vows, that is also to be found there.
Sei mora mantra-japa—the continuous repetition of a mantra in japa all ends there: all things have only one end in my case, and that is that they all meet in different phases in the feet of Rupa Manjari. If she is satisfied then the variegated nature of all sorts of my devotional practices are satisfied.
Sei mora dharama-karama—and any of my conceptions of duty or activity of any phases or form all have one end and meet in one point: the holy feet of Rupa Manjari.
Nirakhiba e dui nayane—and it will be so very intense and concrete as if I can see it with these eyes. It will not be vague, abstract, or imagination, but I want the most concrete realisation by the grace of the Absolute Manager."
Se rupa-madhuri-rasi, prana-kuvalaya-sasi—what sort of high class beauty is there in her holy feet! I want to jump. Let my heart be a lotus. There are two classes of lotus: the white lotus came from the sun and the red from the moon. The kuvalaya is a mixture of the two. The lustre of her body will feed me day and night as the life of my life which is compared to a kuvalaya. The kuvalaya is fed and nourished by the lustre of the moon, and her holy feet are the moon, and my very vitality is likened to the lotus. May the lustre of her beauty maintain and nourish my heart of hearts.
Praphullita habe nisi-dine—and the lotus of my heart will grow by that ray, and dance.
Garale jarala dehi—this is just like the poison of a cobra which produces pain within my heart. I have been bitten by a snake, and what is that snake? It is that I am not getting any direct contact with you, Your Grace. The serpent's poison has captured my heart and I am going to die.
Chiro-dina tapita jivana—and this is not a sudden thing, but from the beginning I have been suffering this sort of pain of separation from such a beautiful and hopeful life of fulfilment.
Ha ha rupa kara daya, deha more pada-chhaya, narottama la-ila sarana—but I have now reached the extreme position and for the last time I am begging for your favour; otherwise I am going to be finished.
This was composed by Narottama Thakur in praise of Srila Rupa Goswami. In this way he has given us light of the higher quarter of bhajan life. This sampradaya is named as the Rupanuga sampradaya, and our Guru-parampara and all these things are adjusted according to that. He wrote many songs and they are of very substantive firmament, very ecstatic, and of deep faith.
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