Brihad Bhagavatamrita (commentary)
by Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyana Gosvāmī Mahārāja | 2005 | 440,179 words | ISBN-13: 9781935428329
The Brihad-bhagavatamrita Verse 1.6.56, 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 1.6.56 contained in Chapter 6—Priyatama (the most beloved devotees)—of Part one (prathama-khanda).
Sanskrit text, Unicode transliteration, Word-for-word and English translation of verse 1.6.56:
किम् अपि किम् अपि कुर्वन् जाग्रद् अप्य् आत्म-चित्ते शयित इव विधत्ते तादृशं तादृशं च ।
वयम् इह किल भार्या नामतो वस्तुतः स्युः पशुप-युवति-दास्योऽप्य् अस्मद् अस्य प्रियास् ताः ॥ ५६ ॥
kim api kim api kurvan jāgrad apy ātma-citte śayita iva vidhatte tādṛśaṃ tādṛśaṃ ca |
vayam iha kila bhāryā nāmato vastutaḥ syuḥ paśupa-yuvati-dāsyo'py asmad asya priyās tāḥ || 56 ||
Even in a wakened condition, while keeping some matter in the mind, He acts as if He is sleeping. We are wives of the Lord in name only; in fact, even the maidservants of those Vraja damsels are more dear to the Lord than us.
Commentary: Dig-darśinī-ṭīkā with Bhāvānuvāda
(By Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmī himself including a deep purport of that commentary)
The Lord, even in a wakeful condition, while meditating on certain things within the mind, acts as if asleep and performs the very same activities. In other words, He calls out the names of the cows in His sleeping condition and similarly, in the wakeful state, He does the same thing.
Here, to indicate repetitive actions, twice the word tādṛśaṃ (such as) has been written. To indicate nondifferent states of dreaming and waking, there is repetition. In other words, “in both wakeful and dreaming state, he repeatedly behaves in such a way. We are wives in name only, in fact, the maidservants of the beautiful cowherd damsels of Vraja of Śrī Nanda Mahārāja are more dear to Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa than us.”