Brihad Bhagavatamrita (commentary)

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

The Brihad-bhagavatamrita Verse 1.3.62, 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 1.3.62 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 1.3.62:

परं भगवता साकं साक्षात्-क्रीडा-परम्पराः ।
सदानुभवितुं तैर् हि वैकुण्ठोऽपेक्ष्यते क्वचित् ॥ ६२ ॥

paraṃ bhagavatā sākaṃ sākṣāt-krīḍā-paramparāḥ |
sadānubhavituṃ tair hi vaikuṇṭho'pekṣyate kvacit || 62 ||

For this reason, to realize everything in this mortal world, devotees who directly meet Bhagavān solely to participate in His variegated pastimes, sometimes also have the desire to attain Vaikuṇṭha-loka.

Commentary: Dig-darśinī-ṭīkā with Bhāvānuvāda

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

Very well, why then did you glorify the residential Vaikuṇṭha devotees and Vaikuṇṭha-loka? In reply to this question the author remarks, “Although everything is possible to realize in this world, it is only with Śrī Lakṣmī-kānta involved directly in uninterrupted, mutual pastimes, or in order to experience such wonderful variegated bliss personally, do devotees sometimes desire to be able to attain Vaikuṇṭha.”

The reason being is that it can be easily obtained in Vaikuṇṭha-loka, but not so easily in other places. Furthermore, the secondary meaning of the word vaikuṇṭha is "no anxiety and restrictions," because without any obstacles, variegated pastimes appear easily. Moreover, in this material world at the time of cultivating bhakti, sometimes the vision of Bhagavān and His līlās appear in the hearts of devotees and then again disappear. However, at the time of disappearance, when the appearance of that rare prema comes into the heart of the devotee, that strong, exhilarating prema makes the hankering for direct darśana of Bhagavān extremely powerful, so they desire to attain Vaikuṇṭha-loka.

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