by Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyana Gosvāmī Mahārāja | 2005 | 440,179 words | ISBN-13: 9781935428329
The Brihad-bhagavatamrita Verse 1.1.26-29, English translation, including commentary (Dig-darshini-tika): an important Vaishnava text dealing with the importance of devotional service. The Brihad-bhagavatamrita, although an indepent Sanskrit work, covers the essential teachings of the Shrimad Bhagavatam (Bhagavata-purana). This is verse 1.1.26-29 contained in Chapter 1—Bhauma (the earthly plane)—of Part one (prathama-khanda).
Sanskrit text, Unicode transliteration, Word-for-word and English translation of verse 1.1.26-29:
मातस् तदानीं तत्रैव विप्र-वर्यः समागतः ।
दशाश्वमेधिके तीर्थे भगवद्-भक्ति-तत्परः ॥ २६ ॥
सेवितो’शेष-सम्पद्भिश् तद्-देशास्याधिकार-वान् ।
वृतः परिजनैर् विप्र-भोजनार्थं कृतोद्यमः ॥ २७ ॥
विचित्रोत्कृष्ट-वस्तूनि स निष्पाद्य महा-मनाः ।
आवश्यकं समाप्यादौ संस्कृत्य महतीं स्थलीम् ॥ २८ ॥
सत्वरं चत्वरं तत्र मध्ये निर्माय सुन्दरम् ।
उपालिप्य स्व-हस्तेन वितानान्य् उदतानयत् ॥ २९ ॥
mātas tadānīṃ tatraiva vipra-varyaḥ samāgataḥ |
daśāśvamedhike tīrthe bhagavad-bhakti-tatparaḥ || 26 ||
sevito’śeṣa-sampadbhiś tad-deśāsyādhikāra-vān |
vṛtaḥ parijanair vipra-bhojanārthaṃ kṛtodyamaḥ || 27 ||
vicitrotkṛṣṭa-vastūni sa niṣpādya mahā-manāḥ |
āvaśyakaṃ samāpyādau saṃskṛtya mahatīṃ sthalīm || 28 ||
satvaraṃ catvaraṃ tatra madhye nirmāya sundaram |
upālipya sva-hastena vitānāny udatānayat || 29 ||
O Mother, at that time in Prayāga at Daśāśvamedha ghāt, one highclass brāhmaṇa who was intent on devotional service of Bhagavān who was also a ruler of that region and possessing fabulous wealth arrived there with his associates, wishing to feed the brāhmaṇas.
That magnanimous, first-class brāhmaṇa prepared various kinds of excellent tasty items. First of all, he performed his daily duties such as his morning bath. Thereafter, in the middle of a large open courtyard he prepared one beautiful vedī or dais. Then, by his own hands, using a broom, he sanctified the place by smearing it with cow dung, and to protect it from the sunshine, he covered it with a small canopy.
Commentary: Dig-darśinī-ṭīkā with Bhāvānuvāda
(By Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmī himself including a deep purport of that commentary)
At that time at the Daśāśvamedha ghāta at Prayāga dhāma one exalted vipra or learned brāhmaṇa came. Abundant wealth, money, followers and splendid foodstuffs surrounded him. The well-to-do vipra prepared the excellent arrangement of edible ingredients and observed his necessary daily duties like his morning bath. Following his purificatory rituals, he made one big square area with his own hands, extensively sweeping and sanctifying it with pure ingredients like cow-dung. He then erected one extremely beautiful vedī or raised dais. There, he gave one lofty canopy to protect it from the heat of the sun.