Yesterday we celebrated the disappearance day of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, a great spiritual master in the line, and of Srila Gadadhara Pandita, an intimate associate of Sri Caitanya, as well as the fourteenth anniversary of our devotee Giridhari Priya Dasa’s beloved Gaura-Nitai Deities, Sri Sri Nitai-Navadvipa-candra, at his home in Santa Barbara. As part of the program we sang Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura’s song Kabe Ha’be Bolo Se-dina Amar (“When Will That Day Be Mine?”), of which four verses especially struck me:
“When will that day be mine–when my offenses will end and the power of divine grace will infuse my heart with a taste for the pure holy name?
“Thinking myself lower than a blade of grass, bringing forbearance into my heart, respecting all, and freed from false pride–when will I taste the essence of the liquid nectar of the holy name?
“When will Lord Nityananda show me mercy and release me from the illusion of materialism? When will He give me the shade of His lotus feet and let me enter the marketplace of the holy name?
“When will compassion for all fallen souls awaken within this Bhaktivinoda, and when will he thus forget his own happiness and with a meek heart set out to propagate by humble entreaty the sacred order of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu?”
We pray that the Panca-tattva, the guru-parampara, and the holy name will bless us in their service.