Brihad Bhagavatamrita (commentary)

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

The Brihad-bhagavatamrita Verse 1.7.97, 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 1.7.97 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 1.7.97:

अदृश्यमाने च मयि प्रदीप्त-वियोग-वह्नेर् विकलाः कदाचित् ।
मृता इवोन्माद-हताः कदाचिद् विचित्र-भावं मधुरं भजन्ते ॥ ९७ ॥

adṛśyamāne ca mayi pradīpta-viyoga-vahner vikalāḥ kadācit |
mṛtā ivonmāda-hatāḥ kadācid vicitra-bhāvaṃ madhuraṃ bhajante || 97 ||

Not having My darśana, sometimes they become restless by the blazing fire of separation. Sometimes they become almost lifeless and take refuge of the many sweet moods of multifaceted, maddened states.

Commentary: Dig-darśinī-ṭīkā with Bhāvānuvāda

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

If the question arises that, nonetheless, it is completely unreasonable to abandon them and reside here, because the defect of ingratitude shall arise by doing so; therefore, the two verses beginning with adṛśyamāne are the replies given to this.

“When they do have My darśana, the blazing fire arising from My separation is more sharply stressful than the actual blazing fire. On the other hand, the blazing fire of separation stresses them and sometimes they become nearly lifeless, namely, sometimes out of extreme bewilderment almost lifeless, exhibiting no external activities, and sometimes subordinated by sāttvika-bhāvas such as unmāda while performing multifaceted, ecstatic pastimes.” By its emphatic context, the word te indicates only the residents of Vraja.

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