by Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyana Gosvāmī Mahārāja | 2005 | 440,179 words | ISBN-13: 9781935428329
The Brihad-bhagavatamrita Verse 1.4.100-104, 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 1.4.100-104 contained in Chapter 4—Bhakta (the devotee)—of Part one (prathama-khanda).
Sanskrit text, Unicode transliteration, Word-for-word and English translation of verse 1.4.100-104:
अथापि सहजाव्याज-करुणा-कोमलात्मनि ।
अवक्र-भाव-प्रकृतावार्य-धर्म-प्रदर्शके ॥ १०० ॥
एक-पत्नी-व्रत-धरे सदा विनय-वृद्धया ।
लज्जयावनत-श्रीमद्-वदनेऽधो-विलोकने ॥ १०१ ॥
महा-राजाधिराजे श्री-सीता-लक्ष्मण-सेविते ॥ १०२ ॥
भरत-ज्यायसि प्रेष्ठ-सुग्रीवे वानरेश्वरे ।
विभीषणाश्रिते चाप-पाणौ दशरथात्मजे ॥ १०३ ॥
कौशल्या-नन्दने श्रीमद्-रघुनाथ-स्वरूपिणि ।
स्वस्मिन्न् आत्यन्तिकी प्रीतिर् मम तेनैव वर्धिता ॥ १०४ ॥
athāpi sahajāvyāja-karuṇā-komalātmani |
avakra-bhāva-prakṛtāvārya-dharma-pradarśake || 100 ||
eka-patnī-vrata-dhare sadā vinaya-vṛddhayā |
lajjayāvanata-śrīmad-vadane'dho-vilokane || 101 ||
mahā-rājādhirāje śrī-sītā-lakṣmaṇa-sevite || 102 ||
bharata-jyāyasi preṣṭha-sugrīve vānareśvare |
vibhīṣaṇāśrite cāpa-pāṇau daśarathātmaje || 103 ||
kauśalyā-nandane śrīmad-raghunātha-svarūpiṇi |
svasminn ātyantikī prītir mama tenaiva vardhitā || 104 ||
Nevertheless, I have the topmost love in the son of Kausalyā, who is nondifferent from the son of Śrī Devakī. That same Devakī-nandana has increased my devotion in the lotus feet of Śrī Raghunātha, their natures being nondifferent. Therefore, I have the highest affection in the form of Śrī Raghupati. He is naturally soft-hearted due to causeless mercy, possesses a straight-forward nature, shows the path of ideal justice, accepts the vow of one wife, keeps His face always lowered due to polite shyness, always gazing downwards. He is pleasing to the world, the chief Deity of the city of Ayodhyā, the King of kings, who is served by Śrī Sītā and Lakṣmaṇa, the elder brother of Śrī Bharata, who has affection for the King of monkeys Sugrīva, as well as the Lord of monkeys like me, the shelter of Vibhīṣaṇa, one who carries the bow, the son of Daśaratha and Kausalyā.
Commentary: Dig-darśinī-ṭīkā with Bhāvānuvāda
(By Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmī himself including a deep purport of that commentary)
Although it is essential for us to visit the house of the Pāṇḍavas, still I have the utmost attachment in the beautiful form of Śrī Rāmacandra, who is non-different than Śrī Devakī-nandana, which has increased by Śrī Devaki-nandana Himself. Therefore Śrī Hanumān, according to His natural affection, is describing the specialities of Śrī Rāmacandra, through the seventeen uncommon adjectives such as sahaja. Sahaja means natural, free from crookedness, having a softheart due to non-deceptive mercy, rather, He is straight-forward and simple by nature.
Ārya means most worshipable. By His own example He is the initiator of ārya-dharma (civilized religious duties). Due to excessive humility, He has the most beautiful face, which is always lowered, whose eyesight does not glance here and there, is always focused downwards, whose nature pleases the entire world, namely, all living entities. Sugrīva is the most beloved friend of His, He is the Lord of the monkeys and refuge of Vibhīṣaṇa. I have the topmost affection in Śrī Raghunātha.