ei-mata sevakera priti cahi prabhu-paya
prabhu chadaileha, pada chadana na yaya
ei-mata—like this; sevakera—of the servitor; priti—love; cahi—is wanted; prabhu-paya—unto the lotus feet of the Lord; prabhu chadaileha—even though the Lord causes separation; pada—the lotus feet of the Lord; chadana na yaya—cannot be given up.
" 'The servitor must have love and affection for the lotus feet of the Lord exactly like this. Even if the Lord wants separation, a devotee cannot abandon the shelter of His lotus feet.
The word prabhu, or master, indicates that the Lord is to be continuously served by His devotee. The original prabhu is the Lord, Sri Krsna. Nonetheless, there are many devotees attached to Lord Ramacandra, and Murari Gupta is a vivid example of such unalloyed devotion. He never agreed to give up Lord Ramacandra's worship, not even upon Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's request. Such is the chastity of devotional service, as stated in the Antya-lila of Caitanya-caritamrta (4.46-47):
sei bhakta dhanya, ye na chade prabhura carana
sei prabhu dhanya, ye na chade nija-jana
durdaive sevaka yadi yaya anya sthane
sei thakura dhanya tare cule dhari' ane
In a firm relationship with the Lord, the devotee does not give up the Lord's service under any circumstance. As far as the Lord Himself is concerned, if the devotee chooses to leave, the Lord brings him back again, dragging him by the hair.
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