mālī hañā vṛkṣa ha-ilāṅ ei ta' icchāte
sarva-prāṇīra upakāra haya vṛkṣa haite
mālī hañā—although I am the gardener; vṛkṣa ha-ilāṅ—I am also the tree; ei ta'-this is; icchāte—by My will; sarva-prāṇīra—of all living entities; upakāra—welfare; haya—there is; vṛkṣa—the tree; haite—from.
"Although I am acting as a gardener, I also want to be the tree, for thus I can bestow benefit upon all.
Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu is the most benevolent personality in human society because His only desire is to make people happy. His saṅkīrtana movement is especially meant for the purpose of making people happy. He wanted to become the tree Himself because a tree is supposed to be the most benevolent living entity. In the following verse, which is from Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (10.22.33), Kṛṣṇa Himself highly praised the existence of a tree.
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