Bhaktivinod Thakur has written this song ”Dana Pratigraha Mitho”. The Official Name for this song is ” Bhajana Lalasa Song 4″. This song is taken from the book Saranagati. Bhaktivinoda Thakura says that by constantly associating with the devotees of Lord Krishna we can progress in devotional services. Associating with materialistic and keeping a company of women will hinder our devotional services to Gopal.
dana, pratigraha, mitho gupta-katha,
sangera laksana, ei chaya hoya,
ihate bhaktira prana
tattva na bujhiye, jsane va ajsane,
asate e saba kori’
bhakti harainu, saḿsari hoinu,
sudure rohile hari
krsna-bhakta-jane, ei sanga-laksane,
adara koribo jabe
bhakti-maha-devi, amara hrdoya-
asane bosibe tabe
yosit-sangi-jana, krsnaabhakta ara,
tava bhakta-jana- sanga anuksana,
kabe va hoibe hari!
(1) O Lord Hari, to offer a gift and receive one in return, to give and receive spiritual food, to reveal one’s confidential thoughts and make confidential inquiries — these are the six characteristics of loving association, and in them is found the very soul of devotion.
(2) I have failed to understand the Absolute Truth, and by practicing these six activities with nondevotees, either knowingly or unknowingly, I have lost all devotion. Thus I have become a materialist. For me, You, O Lord, remain afar.
(3) The day I cherish these activities of intimate association with the devotees of Sri Krsna, that day the great goddess of devotion will ascend the throne of my heart.
(4) When will I give up the company of those who are addicted to women and those who are not devoted to You? When will I get the constant association of Your devotees, O Lord?