Brihad Bhagavatamrita (commentary)

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

The Brihad-bhagavatamrita Verse 1.5.39, 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 1.5.39 contained in Chapter 5—Priya (the beloved devotees)—of Part one (prathama-khanda).

Sanskrit text, Unicode transliteration, Word-for-word and English translation of verse 1.5.39:

श्री-द्रौपदी च हरिणा स्वयम् एव राज-सूयादिषूत्सव-वरेष्व् अभिषिक्त-केशा ।
सम्बोध्यते प्रिय-सखीत्य् अवितात्रि-पुत्र-दुःशासनादि-भयतो हृत-सर्व-शोका ॥ ३९ ॥

śrī-draupadī ca hariṇā svayam eva rāja-sūyādiṣūtsava-vareṣv abhiṣikta-keśā |
sambodhyate priya-sakhīty avitātri-putra-duḥśāsanādi-bhayato hṛta-sarva-śokā || 39 ||

Śrī Kṛṣṇa at the festivity of the Rājasūya yajña personally sanctified the hair of Draupadī. He would address Draupadī as priya-sakhī, and Śrī Kṛṣṇa removed all her distress and protected her from the fear of Durvāsā and Duḥśāsana.

Commentary: Dig-darśinī-ṭīkā with Bhāvānuvāda

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

Śrī Kṛṣṇa, at the festivity of the Rājasūya yajña, personally bathed Draupadī by His own hands with the waterpot that was sanctified by mantras and sprinkled the water on her hair. Śrī Kṛṣṇa addresses her with “O priya-sakhī!” He also protected her from the curse of Durvāsā, the son of Atri Rṣī. The story of this is as follows:

Once while the Pāṇḍavas were completing their prescribed duration of forest exile in Kāmyavana, Mahārāja Śrī Yudhiṣṭhira invited Maharṣī Durvāsā with His sixty thousand disciples for a repast. However, their arrival became late to the Pāṇḍavas. At that time Śrī Yudhiṣṭhira Mahārāja had already partaken of his meal along with his brothers and wife Draupadī. According to the benediction bestowed by the Sungod, after the meal of Draupadī, after she washed her plate, then the meal would be finished; therefore, at that time all the foodstuffs had been finished. Śrī Kṛṣṇa protected them from the fear of lack of food. How? Śrī Kṛṣṇa personally appeared in the forest and ate a morsel of spinach leaf which was stuck to the inside of the food plate, and remarked, “I am satisfied.” As soon as He did so, the bellies of Maharṣī Durvāsā and his disciples became completely satiated, and due to this fear of being unable to eat any more, they quickly fled from that place. Fear had appeared because they would have been unable to partake of another meal, so the enjoyable items prepared by the Pāṇḍavas would be spoiled and the blame would fall entirely upon them.

In the midst of a filled assembly Draupadī’s cloth was being yanked off by Duḥśāsana. Just then Śrī Kṛṣṇa increased her cloth a millionfold. In this way, He protected Draupadī from the fear of Duḥśāsana also. Again in the Kurukṣetra war, by killing Duḥśāsana He took away all the distress of Draupadī from being dragged into the assembly.

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