Brihad Bhagavatamrita (commentary)

by Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyana Gosvāmī Mahārāja | 2005 | 440,179 words | ISBN-13: 9781935428329

The Brihad-bhagavatamrita Verse 1.1.30-31, 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 1.1.30-31 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 1.1.30-31:

शालग्राम-शिला-रूपं कृष्णं स्वर्णासने शुभे ।
निवेश्य भक्त्या सम्पूज्य यथा-विधि मुदा भृतः ॥ ३० ॥
भोगाम्बरादि-सामग्रीम् अर्पयित्वाग्रतो हरेः ।
स्वयं नृत्यन् गीत-वाद्यादिभिश् चक्रे महोत्सवम् ॥ ३१ ॥

śālagrāma-śilā-rūpaṃ kṛṣṇaṃ svarṇāsane śubhe |
niveśya bhaktyā sampūjya yathā-vidhi mudā bhṛtaḥ || 30 ||
bhogāmbarādi-sāmagrīm arpayitvāgrato hareḥ |
svayaṃ nṛtyan gīta-vādyādibhiś cakre mahotsavam || 31 ||

In the middle of that vedī, or dais, on an extremely beautiful, golden siṃhāsana he established Śrī Kṛṣṇa in the form of Śrī Śālagrāma. Then, with a joyful heart, he performed proper arcanā with devotion to His Prabhu with various assembled upacāra such as food and dress. Thereafter, he personally danced continuously in front of Śrī Hari to the accompaniment of songs and musical instruments in grand festivity.

Commentary: Dig-darśinī-ṭīkā with Bhāvānuvāda

(By Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmī himself including a deep purport of that commentary)

Placing Śrī Kṛṣṇa according to the scriptural rules of propriety, he gave padya, footbath, arghya, a drink for greeting respectable persons and anna-vastra, foodstuffs and fresh dress. Along with various articles for offerings (first by śabda, divine sound, then followed by fragrant scents, flowers, incense and lamp), he performed his pūjā with deep devotion and personally danced before Śrī Hari to the accompaniment of song and musical instruments. Then he began to enact a grand festival.

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