Brihad Bhagavatamrita (commentary)

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

The Brihad-bhagavatamrita Verse 1.3.50, 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 1.3.50 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 1.3.50:

यस्मिन् महा-मुदाश्रान्तं प्रभोः संकीर्तनादिभिः ।
विचित्राम् अन्तरा भक्तिं नास्त्य् अन्यत् प्रेम-वाहिनीम् ॥ ५० ॥

yasmin mahā-mudāśrāntaṃ prabhoḥ saṃkīrtanādibhiḥ |
vicitrām antarā bhaktiṃ nāsty anyat prema-vāhinīm || 50 ||

Vaikuṇṭha-loka, submerged in the unending flow of ecstatic bhakti, is the carrier of nectarean prema in the form of nāmasaṅkīrtana. Nothing else is known there.

Commentary: Dig-darśinī-ṭīkā with Bhāvānuvāda

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

In this verse the characteristics of Śrī Kṛṣṇa’s mercy and activities are shown. Vaikuṇṭha-loka is a constant source of transcendental bliss, a festive joy of nāma-saṅkīrtana continuously. Hence, the word ādi in saṅkīrtanādi suggests ceremonial songs, dancing, worshipping and other activities. Moreover, innumerable bhajanas resound with the sole activity of nāma-saṅkīrtana, so prominent that it culminates in a milieu of congregational chanting everywhere. Rather, all the activities there are full of the transcendental mellows of bhakti-rasa. The import is that the characteristic behavior of prema for Śrī Hari is like an unending flow from the fathomless, expansive ocean, with the main current of nāma-saṅkīrtana carrying the nectar of prema everywhere.

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