Brihad Bhagavatamrita (commentary)

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

The Brihad-bhagavatamrita Verse 1.6.77, 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 1.6.77 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 1.6.77:

श्री-भगवान् उवाच—
भो विद्वद्-वर तत्रत्याखिलाभिप्राय-विद् भवान् ।
तेषाम् अभीष्टं किं तन् मे कथयत्व् अविलम्बितम् ॥ ७७ ॥

śrī-bhagavān uvāca
bho vidvad-vara tatratyākhilābhiprāya-vid bhavān |
teṣām abhīṣṭaṃ kiṃ tan me kathayatv avilambitam || 77 ||

Bhagavān Śrī Kṛṣṇa said: O best among the cultured, Śrī Uddhava. You know all the intentions of the vraja-vāsīs. What are the desires of those people? Please tell me at once.

Commentary: Dig-darśinī-ṭīkā with Bhāvānuvāda

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

“O Śrī Uddhava, you are the best among refined scholars.” The intent of this address is that you know all the desires of the vraja-vāsīs. Therefore, what is their desire? Please, tell Me immediately. Just as Śrī Devakī explained about the vraja-vāsīs, with the intent of giving what they desired to the vraja-vāsīs, Śrī Kṛṣṇa is asking this question to Śrī Uddhava. Giving anything else, the fulfillment of the desires of the vraja-vāsīs would not happen, so only by Śrī Kṛṣṇa’s going to Vraja would that happen. Bhagavān Himself also knew this. Nevertheless, only after hearing the reasonable words of His mantrī-pravara (prime minister), Śrī Uddhava, would it be correct to go to Vraja. “If I do like this then no one will be able to stop me.” With only this intention, He is asking this question. However, the question raised in śloka 68 arose only due to being overwhelmed with distress.

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