Brihad Bhagavatamrita (commentary)

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

The Brihad-bhagavatamrita Verse 1.3.33, 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 1.3.33 contained in Chapter 3—Prapancatita (beyond the Material Plane)—of Part one (prathama-khanda).

Sanskrit text, Unicode transliteration, Word-for-word and English translation of verse 1.3.33:

कृष्णस्य भगिनीवैषा स्नेह-पात्रं सदाम्बिका ।
अत एव भवान् आत्मारामोऽप्य् एताम् अपेक्षते ॥ ३३ ॥

kṛṣṇasya bhaginīvaiṣā sneha-pātraṃ sadāmbikā |
ata eva bhavān ātmārāmo'py etām apekṣate || 33 ||

Śrī Ambikā-devī is like a sister and constant recipient of Śrī Kṛṣṇa’s affection. So, despite being self-satisfied, you cared for her.

Commentary: Dig-darśinī-ṭīkā with Bhāvānuvāda

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

Śrī Ambikā-devī (Śrī Parvatī) is addressed like a sister of Śrī Kṛṣṇa (bhaginī), suggesting a nondifference from Yogamāyā who appeared in the same womb of Śrī Yaśodā. However, by using the indeclinable vaisā (iva, like) affirms that she is unlikely to be the twin sister of Śrī Kṛṣṇa. Rather, she is the recipient of Śrī Kṛṣṇa’s affection similar to the love shown to Subhadrā (Arjuna’s Queen Consort of Dvārakā). Therefore, despite your being self-satisfied (ātmārāma), you displayed affection for Ambikā-devī.

The importance of saying ātmārāma is that being an avatāra of Bhagavān, you enjoy bliss within your own svarūpa, possessing the same constitutional nature as Bhagavān. Or else, you are the primary personality in the ecstasy of Bhagavān—this is the implication.

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