Brihad Bhagavatamrita (commentary)

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

The Brihad-bhagavatamrita Verse 1.3.74, 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 1.3.74 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 1.3.74:

तस्माद् उपविश ब्रह्मन् रहस्यं परमं शनैः ।
कर्णे ते कथयाम्य् एकं परम-श्रद्धया शृणु ॥ ७४ ॥

tasmād upaviśa brahman rahasyaṃ paramaṃ śanaiḥ |
karṇe te kathayāmy ekaṃ parama-śraddhayā śṛṇu || 74 ||

Therefore, O brāhmaṇa, please sit down here. I am going to reveal something most condential to you. Please, listen with the utmost faith.

Commentary: Dig-darśinī-ṭīkā with Bhāvānuvāda

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

“Śrī Bhagavān had descended from Vaikuṇṭha to Dvārakā with Śrī Lakṣmī. Therefore, O brāhmaṇa, give up the desire to travel to Vaikuṇṭha and sit down here for awhile!” (Then Nārada speaks with great enthusiasm) “Then, I shall quickly go to the city of Dvārakā. What is the need to sit down here?” Thus, the verse containing rahasya is spoken to Nārada.

“I will reveal something very confidential to you, a most sacred thing. The purpose of discreetly revealing it is a matter of utmost confidence and not suitable to disclose in front of so many people, especially to Mahālakṣmī’s closest confidante, Śrī Pārvatī. By overhearing this most intimate secret, envy may arise in her, so caution is recommended here.”

Here, the import of telling this most confidential secret is that now, Śrī Mahādeva himself will present the case of Prahlāda Mahārāja even more than Mahālakṣmī, so that Śrī Pārvatī might not become jealous. With this hesitancy, he gradually begins to disclose this confidential topic.

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