Brihad Bhagavatamrita (commentary)

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

The Brihad-bhagavatamrita Verse 1.5.85, 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 1.5.85 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 1.5.85:

अतस् तद्-दर्शन-त्यक्ताः सम्पदः परिहृत्य वै ।
आपदः प्रार्थितास् तस्मिन् मया तद्-दर्शनापिकाः ॥ ८५ ॥

atas tad-darśana-tyaktāḥ sampadaḥ parihṛtya vai |
āpadaḥ prārthitās tasmin mayā tad-darśanāpikāḥ || 85 ||

Thus have I become deprived of His darśana! Having abandoned the desire of any prosperity without His darśana, I prayed for only those calamities which grant His darśana.

Commentary: Dig-darśinī-ṭīkā with Bhāvānuvāda

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

I understood that there is no happiness in obtaining royal opulence because due to this prosperity we have become devoid of Śrī Kṛṣṇa’s darśana. With this purpose the atas line has been narrated. “Having given up the desire of wealth without His darśana, I prayed for the calamities that grant His darśana.”

Just as Śrī Kuntīdevī says (Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam or Bhāgavata Purāṇa 1.8.5):

विपदः सन्तु ताः शश्वत् तत्र तत्र जगद्-गुरो
भवतो दर्शनं यत् स्याद् अपुनर् भव-दर्शनम्

vipadaḥ santu tāḥ śaśvat tatra tatra jagad-guro
bhavato darśanaṃ yat syād apunar bhava-darśanam

“O Jagad-guru, I pray unto You that we should repeatedly encounter these calamities, because only when these calamities come, we shall get Your darśana. When one receives Your darśana a living entity does not have to suffer the pangs and throes of birth and death.”

The purport is that by receiving Your darśana one does not have to again experience the distress of material existence. By receiving Your darśana, the cessation of birth and death, or liberation, also becomes insignificant. Just as when one catches sight of the massive ocean then a lake seems trivial. Similarly, the happiness of liberation (mokṣa) seems comparatively insignificant to the ecstasy arising from the darśana of Bhagavān.

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