Bhaktivinod Thakur has written this song “Bandhu Gan Sunoha Vacana”.The Official Name for this song is Sri Siksastaka Song 8. This song is taken from the book Gitavali. Bhaktivinoda Thakura says that a pure devotee is he who feels the agony of not finding Sri Krishna around him. The pain of wanting to be continuously associated with Govind hare is a sign of a true Vaishnava. He gives us happiness and pleasure. Our material happiness is temporary but the happiness which Krsna gives us is ever lasting.
bandhu-gan! sunoha vacana mor
bhavete vibhora, thakiye jakhon,
dekha deya citta-cor
vicaksana kori’, dekhite cahile,
punah nahi dekhi’, kandaye paran,
duhkhera nahi thake or
jagatera bandhu sei kabhu more loy satha
jatha tatha rakhu more amara sei prana-natha
darsana-ananda-dane, sukha deya mora prane,
bole more pranaya-vacan
punah adarsana diya, dagdha kore mora hiya,
prane mora mare prana-dhan
jahe ta’r sukha hoy, sei sukha mama
nija sukhe-duhkhe mor sarvada-i sama
bhakativinoda, samyoge, viyoge,
tahe jane pranesvara
ta’ra sukhe sukhi, sei prana-nath,
se kabhu na hoy para
(1) O my dear friends! Please hear my words. When the thief of my heart appears to me, I remain overwhelmed in pure ecstasy.
(2) When I scheme to see Him more closely, He suddenly becomes invisible. Thus losing sight of Him again, my soul weeps, and there is no limit to the unhappiness that I feel.
(3) Sometimes that friend of the universe takes me as one of His associates; but however He chooses to treat me, He is still the Lord of my life.
(4) By bestowing His blissful audience, He gives happiness to my soul, and He speaks words of love to me. But again by His absence He burns my heart, and He who is the treasure of my life gives distress to my soul.
(5) Whatever His happiness is, that is also my happiness. Therefore I do not care about my own happiness or distress-they are equal in all ways.
(6) In meeting or in separation, Bhaktivinoda knows only Krsna to be the Lord of his life and is made happy only by His happiness. He is the Lord of Bhaktivinoda's soul, and He will never be looked upon with indifference.