bhū śakti svarūpiṇī viṣṇupriyā ṭhākurānī
nava vidha bhaktira āśraya
śrī miśra sanātana navadvīpa vāsasthāna
avatīrṇa tāhāra ālaya (1)
Śrī Viṣṇupriyā Ṭhākurānī is the embodiment of bhu–śakti and the shelter of the ninefold limbs of bhakti. She appeared in the home of her father, Śrī Miśra Sanātana, the priest of the king of Gauḍa-deśa, who eternally resides in Śrī Navadvīpa-dhāma.
campaka varaṇa jini navanīta tanu khāni
parā-vidyā aṅga vibhūṣaṇa
gaurasundara caraṇa kariyā ātma samarpaṇa
aṣṭa yāma smaraṇa kīrtana (2)
Śrī Viṣṇupriyā Devī is the complexion of a golden campaka flower. Her transcendental form is effulgent and soft like freshly churned butter, and her divine limbs are adorned with transcendental knowledge. She offered herself at the lotus feet of Śrī Gaurasundara, and is always engaged in chanting and remembering the eightfold daily pastimes of the Lord.
harināma avatāra nāma viśvambhara jāra
prema bhāsāila tri-bhuvana
se preme navadvipe antaraṅga rūpe seve
viṣṇupriyā bhaktera jīvana (3)
Śrī Viśvambhara, who is the incarnation of the Holy Name, flooded the three worlds with divine love. With that same prema, Viṣṇupriyā Devī is serving internally in Navadvīpa-dhāma, where she is the life and soul of the devotees.
gaurahari ātma-dhana śrī jīva raghunandana
kṛpā kari dile daraśana
śrī gaurāṅga virahiṇī cittera utkaṇṭha jāni
śrī gaura vigraha prakāśana (4)
Śrī Jīva Gosvāmī and Raghunandana Ṭhākura are the wealth of Śrī Gaurahari’s heart. That Gaurahari mercifully arranged for Viṣṇupriyā Devī to give Jīva Gosvāmī her darśana and blessings. Understanding the pain of separation Viṣṇupriyā Devī was experiencing, Śrī Gaurāṅga mercifully manifested Himself to her in Deity form.
śacīmātā śrī mālinī vasudhā śrī nārāyaṇī
jāhnavā sītā ṭhākurāṇī
tāhāra svarūpa jāni gītā bhāgavata āni
sevilena mahāprabhura vāṇī (5)
Śrī Viṣṇupriyā Devī revealed the transcendental form of Mahāprabhu through the Gītā and the Bhāgavatam, which is nondifferent from the Lord. She discussed these truths with Śacī Mātā, Śrī Mālinī Devī, Vasudhā Devī, Śrī Nārāyaṇī, Jāhnavā Ṭhākurānī, and Sītā Ṭhākurānī, and helped console them in their separation from their Lords. Śrī Viṣṇupriyā Devī thus served and spread the transcendental teachings of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu.
bhakta citta śrī caraṇa prem sampatti mahā-dhana
golokera vaibhava vilāsa
ṭhākur śrī bhaktivinoda āniyā vraja sampada
jagannātha āra gaura kiśora (6)
Śrī Viṣṇupriyā’s lotus feet are the wealth and great treasure in the hearts of the devotees. They expand the pastimes and opulence of Goloka. By Viṣṇupriyā Devī’s mercy, influence, and power of sādhana, the transcendental position and nature of Mahāprabhu’s eternal associates manifested in the hearts of the jīvas.
Śrī Jagannātha dāsa Bābājī Mahārāja, Śrī Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura, and Śrī Gaura Kiśora dāsa Bābājī Mahārāja brought this wealth of Vraja to this world. They revealed the glories of Śrī Viṣṇupriyā Devī and manifested Viṣṇupriyā Bhavan, the place where she worshiped Mahāprabhu’s Śrī Vigraha, Adhokṣaja Viṣṇu, and Śalagram, after the disappearance of Mahāprabhu and Śacī Mātā.
māyāpure yogapīṭhe mādhurya-maya antardvīpe
prema sevā kare nirantara
gaurapriyā viṣṇupriyā māyā-jāla hāthāiyā
nitya dhāme kāraṇa praveśa (7)
In the divine abode of sweetness, Śrī Māyāpura Yogapīṭha, or Antardvīpa, Viṣṇupriyā Devī is continuously performing prema–sevā. That Śrī Viṣṇupriyā Devī, who is very dear to Śrī Gaura, removes the net of māyā covering the conditioned souls and enables them to enter the eternal transcendental abode.
anyābhilāṣa kuṭīnāṭī māyādevīra paripāṭī
uddha bhaktira āvaraṇamaya
vraje aprākṛta bhāve viṣṇupriyā nitya seve
vipralambha-prema rasamaya (8)
Desires unrelated to pure bhakti (anyābhilāṣa), duplicity (kuṭīnāṭī), and so on, are all the workings of māyā-devī, which seemingly cover pure devotion, like clouds covering the sun, but in reality, the sun is never diminished in anyway, it is just hidden from view to those who are in ignorance. By Viṣṇupriyā Devī’s mercy, these coverings are removed and the jīva can perform genuine bhakti. With vipralambha-prema, Śrī Viṣṇupriyā Devī is eternally serving in the transcendental moods of Vraja. As this vipralambha-prema matures, it leads to meeting filled with the sweetest rasa.
mahāprabhu śrī caitanya mahā mahā mahā vadanya
kṛpā kari varilena upāya
jāra darśana śravaṇe bhakti upajaya mane
ahaṁtā mamatā dūre jāya (9)
Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu is mahā mahā mahā vadanya, the most supremely munificent personality. He mercifully arranged a means by which one can accept the wealth of prema. By having darśana through hearing about Viṣṇupriyā Devī, bhakti awakens in the heart, and all of one’s false ego of I and mine pertaining to the material body (ahaṁtā–mamatā), goes far away.
mahāprabhur caraṇ cāḍi jaḍa ākarṣaṇa paḍi
na karila bhaktire varaṇa
se saba baddha jīve pāṭhāilo navadvīpe
viṣṇupriyār caraṇe śaraṇa (10)
Those who forsake the lotus feet of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu fall down and become attracted to the material energy, becoming unable to extoll the glories of devotion. Mahāprabhu sent all such baddha-jīvas to Navadvīpa-dhāma, to the shelter of the lotus feet of Śrī Viṣṇupriyā Devī.
anya saba mahājane pāṭhāile vṛndāvane
kariyā anugraha bhājan
avaseśe gauḍa deśe nityānanda mahā-āveśe
vitarila mahāprema dhana (11)
Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu sent many great mahājanas to Vṛndāvana and engaged them in bhajana under the shelter of Śrī Rūpa and Sanātana. He sent other jīvas and sādhakas to Śrī Nityānanda Prabhu, who was always deeply absorbed in gaura–prema, distributing the great wealth of transcendental love.
viṣṇupriyā nitya bhajan anudina hari smaraṇ
anna sahit karena sāṅkhya rāśi
mahāprabhur vigraha sevā nāhi pūje anya deva
ākarṣita haya sab viśvavāsī (12)
In Navadvīpa, Śrī Viṣṇupriyā continuously performs bhajana and smaraṇa. When she prepares to cook, she chants one mahāmantra for each grain of rice, washing the grains with her tears of divine love in separation. In this way, she served and worshiped Śrī Mahāprabhu’s Śrī Vigraha, and never worshiped any other personality. By this, she attracted the hearts of the residents of the entire world.
viṣaya viṣama viṣe divā niṣi vimariṣe
viśvavāsī haile viṣamaya
pañca tattva gaurahari navadvīpa avatārī
jīvera harila duḥkha bhaya (13)
Day and night absorption in poisonous sense gratification causes the living entities to become afflicted by material sorrow and distress. Life after life the jīvas suffer and burn as if from every pore because of their attachment to this poison of materialistic tastes and enjoyments. The Pañca Tattva, headed by Śrī Gaurahari, the fountainhead of all incarnations, appeared in Śrī Navadvīpa-dhāma and stole away the suffering and fear of the living entities.
advaita ācārya śrīvāsa nityānanda haridāsa
hṛdaya haila duḥkhamaya
kata dine gaurahari sannyāsera veśe dhari
jagata karila premamaya (14)
Seeing the suffering of the jīvas, Advaita Ācārya, Śrīvasa Paṇḍit, Nityānanda Prabhu, and Haridāsa Ṭhākura became distressed at heart. They thought, “How many days until Śrī Gaurahari will accept sannyāsa and flood the universe with prema!”
navadvīpa viṣṇupriyā māyā-mukta karāiyā
dāsya bhakti kare vitaraṇa
antaraṅga svarūpa śakti yogamāyā jāra khyāti
prema bhāsāila tribhuvana (15)
In Śrī Navadvīpa, Viṣṇupriyā Devī freed the jīvas of the bondage of māyā, by distributing to them divine servitorship of Mahāprabhu’s lotus feet. She is a manifestation of the internal potency of the Lord, known as Svarūpa Śakti and Yogamāyā. She drowned the three worlds with prema, transcendental love.
viṣṇupriyā avatāra harila pṛthvīra bhāra
jīvera dilena tattva jñāna
bhakta bhakti sevāmṛta jīvera jīvanāmṛta
divya śāstra divya śubha dhyāna (16)
Śrī Viṣṇupriyā Devī, the incarnation of bhu-śakti, removed the burden of the Earth, and bestowed tattva-jñāna, transcendental knowledge and relationship to the Lord. By immersing the jīvas in bhakti and enabling them to understand the glories of the bhaktas, Śrī Viṣṇupriyā Devī bestowed sevāmṛta, the immortal elixir of transcendental service, which is the true nectar of life, jīvanāmṛta. She thus granted entrance into the essential truths of the transcendental scriptures and the auspicious meditation upon the Absolute Truth.
ei hena śrī visnupriyār caraṇa āśraya chāḍiyā
kare jīva māyāte gamana
bhule jīva nitya dhana pāsarilā vṛndāvana
hārāilo premera ratana (17)
One who leaves the shelter of such a merciful personality as Śrī Viṣṇupriyā Devī rotates again and again in the cycle of birth and death in saṁsāra. Forgetting their eternal wealth and leaving Vṛndāvana, they lose the opportunity to gain the invaluable jewel of prema.