Brihad Bhagavatamrita (commentary)

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

The Brihad-bhagavatamrita Verse 1.4.26, 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 1.4.26 contained in Chapter 4—Bhakta (the devotee)—of Part one (prathama-khanda).

Sanskrit text, Unicode transliteration, Word-for-word and English translation of verse 1.4.26:

परमाकिञ्चन-श्रेष्ठ यदैव भगवान् ददौ ।
राज्यं मह्यं तदा ज्ञातं तत्-कृपाणुश् च नो मयि ॥ २६ ॥

paramākiñcana-śreṣṭha yadaiva bhagavān dadau |
rājyaṃ mahyaṃ tadā jñātaṃ tat-kṛpāṇuś ca no mayi || 26 ||

O best of divine renunciant devotees, Gurudeva, ever since Bhagavān awarded the kingdom to me, I could understand that it was not the slightest token of mercy.

Commentary: Dig-darśinī-ṭīkā with Bhāvānuvāda

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

“Thus it is not the slightest grace upon me, Prahlāda, but rather a disgrace, indicating a lack of mercy.” This he states through the means of three verses beginning with parama. Akiñcana means one who renounces all agreeable or likeable things. A paramahaṃsa is the most superior among the akiñcanas or those who possess absolutely nothing. “Therefore, O best of the possessionless devotees, Śrī Nārada, the import of address that you abandoned all desires for liberation, self-satisfaction (ātmarāmatā), and happiness from liberation is that you, Nārada, know the fault in hoarding such things as a kingdom. Since then, I understood that it is not the slightest mercy of Bhagavān towards me.”

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