by Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyana Gosvāmī Mahārāja | 2005 | 440,179 words | ISBN-13: 9781935428329
The Brihad-bhagavatamrita Verse 1.6.95-96, 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 1.6.95-96 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 1.6.95-96:
प्रस्तुतार्थं समाधायात्रत्यान् आश्वास्य बान्धवान् ।
एषोऽहम् आगत-प्राय इति जानीत मत्-प्रियाः ॥ ९५ ॥
एवम् आश्वासनं प्रेम-पत्रं प्रेषयितुं व्रजे ।
स्व-हस्तेनैव लिखितं तच् च गाढ-प्रतीतये ॥ ९६ ॥
prastutārthaṃ samādhāyātratyān āśvāsya bāndhavān |
eṣo'ham āgata-prāya iti jānīta mat-priyāḥ || 95 ||
evam āśvāsanaṃ prema-patraṃ preṣayituṃ vraje |
sva-hastenaiva likhitaṃ tac ca gāḍha-pratītaye || 96 ||
Having intense prema towards the vraja-vāsīs, Śrī Kṛṣṇa wrote an assuring, affectionate letter to send to Vraja by His own lotus hand, “My dear vraja-vāsīs! Please, consider that I have all but returned to Vraja, having finished the work that I began here, and having given assurance to my brothers and friends.”
Commentary: Dig-darśinī-ṭīkā with Bhāvānuvāda
(By Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmī himself including a deep purport of that commentary)
Why did Śrī Kṛṣṇa request to bring paper, pen and inkpot? The reason given is within these two verses beginning with prastutārtha. To send an affectionate letter (prema-patra) to Vraja, He requested a paper, pen and inkpot. To give strong assurance to the vraja-vāsīs, Śrī Kṛṣṇa wrote the letter to them with His own lotus hand. What did He write in the letter? “O prāṇa-priya vraja-vāsīs! (showing Śrī Kṛṣṇa’s great affection for them) By concluding the work that I have begun and pacifying the Yādavas who reside in Dvārakā, you may know that I have returned to Vraja.” In this mood, He wrote an affectionate letter giving assurance. On the other hand, to give assurety for their deep faith in Him, He wrote such a prema-patra, a letter of loving concern.