Brihad Bhagavatamrita (commentary)

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

The Brihad-bhagavatamrita Verse 1.3.63, 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 1.3.63 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 1.3.63:

अतो हि सर्वे तत्रत्या मयोक्ताः सर्वतोऽधिकाः ।
दया-विशेष-विषयाः कृष्णस्य परम-प्रियाः ॥ ६३ ॥

ato hi sarve tatratyā mayoktāḥ sarvato'dhikāḥ |
dayā-viśeṣa-viṣayāḥ kṛṣṇasya parama-priyāḥ || 63 ||

Thus I have described the glories of the residents of Vaikuṇṭha as the most marvelous of all. Actually, they are recipients of Śrī Kṛṣṇa’s special mercy and are most dear to Śrī Kṛṣṇa.

Commentary: Dig-darśinī-ṭīkā with Bhāvānuvāda

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

Thus I have sung the glories of the devotees of Vaikuṇṭha. They are liberated souls like us and are more superior devotees of Śrī Bhagavān than those who do not attain Vaikuṇṭha.

He explains the principal reason for beginning with special mercy (dayā-viśeṣa). The reason is that being most dear to Śrī Kṛṣṇa, that is, being recipients of Śrī Kṛṣṇa’s special mercy, are most dear to him.

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