Brihad Bhagavatamrita (commentary)

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

The Brihad-bhagavatamrita Verse 1.4.69, 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 1.4.69 contained in Chapter 4—Bhakta (the devotee)—of Part one (prathama-khanda).

Sanskrit text, Unicode transliteration, Word-for-word and English translation of verse 1.4.69:

श्री-परीक्षिद् उवाच—
ततो हनूमान् प्रभुपाद-पद्म-कृपा-विशेष-श्रवणेन्धनेन ।
प्रदीपितादो विरहाग्नि-तप्तो रुदन् शुचार्तो मुनिनाह सान्त्वितः ॥ ६९ ॥

śrī-parīkṣid uvāca
tato hanūmān prabhupāda-padma-kṛpā-viśeṣa-śravaṇendhanena |
pradīpitādo virahāgni-tapto rudan śucārto munināha sāntvitaḥ || 69 ||

Mahārāja Parīkṣit said: Afterwards, Śrī Hanumān, hearing about the mercy of the lotus feet of his Bhagavān Rāmacandra in separation, became anxious and began to weep. In other words, by adding dry grass fire becomes inflamed; similarly, by adding the fuel of Bhagavān Rāmacandra’s great mercy, his fire of separation became inflamed. Thereafter, being consoled by Śrī Nārada and relieved from his sorrow, he began to speak.

Commentary: Dig-darśinī-ṭīkā with Bhāvānuvāda

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

The special mercy of the divine lotus feet Bhagavān is only his sevā or service. Therefore, the fire of his separation became inflamed by the dry wood of hearing about the nature of service, that is, Śrī Hanumān began to weep, aggrieved by the fire of separation from the lotus feet of Bhagavān.

Previously, Śrī Hanumān remained scorched only in fiery separation from his Prabhu. Now, on the top of that, after hearing about the mercy of the Lord in the form of loving service, as dry bits of wood came in contact with fire, his fire of separation flared up even more. Excessively pained by the sorrow, he began to weep. Thereafter, hearing the sweet words of the topmost sage, his sorrow was somewhat reduced and again he began to speak.

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