by Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyana Gosvāmī Mahārāja | 2005 | 440,179 words | ISBN-13: 9781935428329
The Brihad-bhagavatamrita Verse 1.7.7-9, 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 1.7.7-9 contained in Chapter 7—Purna (pinnacle of excellent devotees)—of Part one (prathama-khanda).
Sanskrit text, Unicode transliteration, Word-for-word and English translation of verse 1.7.7-9:
यच् छ्री-वृन्दावनं मध्ये रैवताद्रि-समुद्रयोः ।
श्रीमन्-नन्द-यशोदादि-प्रतिमालंकृतान्तरम् ॥ ७ ॥
गो-यूथैस् तादृशैर् युक्तं रचितं विश्वकर्मणा ।
राजते माथुरं साक्षाद् वृन्दावनम् इवागतम् ॥ ८ ॥
तत्रेमं साग्रजं यत्नाद् यथावस्थं शनैर् नय ।
केवलं यातु तत्रैषा रोहिण्य् अन्यो न कश्चन ॥ ९ ॥
yac chrī-vṛndāvanaṃ madhye raivatādri-samudrayoḥ |
śrīman-nanda-yaśodādi-pratimālaṃkṛtāntaram || 7 ||
go-yūthais tādṛśair yuktaṃ racitaṃ viśvakarmaṇā |
rājate māthuraṃ sākṣād vṛndāvanam ivāgatam || 8 ||
tatremaṃ sāgrajaṃ yatnād yathāvasthaṃ śanair naya |
kevalaṃ yātu tatraiṣā rohiṇy anyo na kaścana || 9 ||
Śrī Brahmā said: Between the ocean and the Raivataka mountain, Viśvakarma created another place called Vṛndāvana, adorned with the pratimās of Śrī Nanda, Śrī Yaśodā and the cowherds. It is present just like the actual Śrī Vṛndāvana within Mathurā-maṇḍala.
Commentary: Dig-darśinī-ṭīkā with Bhāvānuvāda
(By Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmī himself including a deep purport of that commentary)
In between the salt ocean and the Raivataka Mountain, there is a place named Śrī Vṛndāvana. Carefully bring Bhagavān Śrī Kṛṣṇa along with His elder brother Śrī Balarāma in that same swooning condition to that very place.
What is the nature of that place? Beautiful pratimās, worshipful replicas of Śrī Nanda Mahārāja, Śrīmatī Yaśodā-devī and others adorn that place. The word ādi (others) indicates beautifully adorned with other images like Śrīmatī Rādhikā and the other gopīs, in addition to the images of Śrīdāma and the sakhās, the cowherd boyfriends. That place is just like Śrī Vṛndāvana within Mathurā maṇḍala and maintained by Bhagavān. How did this happen? Viśvakarma created it, so it has become possible. In this way, the worshipful replicas appear exactly like Śrī Nanda and others; this is the implication.
Therefore, this place seems like Śrī Vṛndāvana within Śrī Mathurā maṇḍala. In a similar way, created replicas of the cowherds, deer, birds, trees and so forth are there, that is, they look just like actual deer, birds and so forth—this is the idea. Only the highly clever Śrīmatī Rohiṇī-devī should go to that newly constructed Vṛndāvana because she resided in Vraja before. Therefore, she fully knows the ways and customs of Vraja. No other person should go there.