by Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyana Gosvāmī Mahārāja | 2005 | 440,179 words | ISBN-13: 9781935428329
The Brihad-bhagavatamrita Verse 1.7.82, 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 1.7.82 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 1.7.82:
या भर्तृ-पुत्रादि विहाय सर्वं लोक-द्वयार्थान् अनपेक्ष्यमाणाः ।
रासादिभिस् तादृश-विभ्रमैस् तद्-रीत्याऽभजंस् तत्र तम् एनम् आर्ताः ॥ ८२ ॥
yā bhartṛ-putrādi vihāya sarvaṃ loka-dvayārthān anapekṣyamāṇāḥ |
rāsādibhis tādṛśa-vibhramais tad-rītyā'bhajaṃs tatra tam enam ārtāḥ || 82 ||
Śrī Rukmiṇī spoke as follows: These gopīs abandoned all ways and means of achieving mundane pleasures and those related to the next world, renouncing such relatives as husband and sons, serving Śrī Kṛṣṇa in the most confidential manner, overwhelmed by prema, although ensuing pleasant sports such as the rāsa-līlā in Śrī Vṛndāvana.
Commentary: Dig-darśinī-ṭīkā with Bhāvānuvāda
(By Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmī himself including a deep purport of that commentary)
Those gopīs gave up their husbands, sons and so forth, to serve in Śrī Vṛndāvana through ensuing pastimes such as the delightful sports of the rāsa-līlā; namely, they served Śrī Kṛṣṇa in the most confidential manner through such indescribably, unique pleasures while overwhelmed by prema—the glories of these gopīs are indescribable. Rather, those pastimes are so sublimely confidential that they are unfit for revelation here, in other words, they served Śrī Kṛṣṇa through the most sacred process while overwhelmed by prema.
Here, the purport of su-gopya riti (most confidential rite) is that the gopīs served Śrī Kṛṣṇa with great eagerness and through the special way of madhura-riti, a sentiment of sweetness resembling the paramour mood of a vyabhicāriṇī strī, a woman engaging in extramarital affairs (upapati-bhāva).
Śrī Bhagavān also roamed throughout the groves of that Śrī Vṛndāvana decorated with such attire befitting a hero, and frantic with such thirst, accepted their service. Therefore, that unique love of Bhagavān towards the gopīs is certainly more than befitting. Their glories are far greater than our glories, and how so? They affectionately served Śrī Kṛṣṇa, completely free from any dependence on practices for achieving mundane goals (laukika) or goals pertaining to the next world (para-laukika).