Brihad Bhagavatamrita (commentary)

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

The Brihad-bhagavatamrita Verse 1.7.108, 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 1.7.108 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 1.7.108:

बाल्य-क्रीडा-कौतुकेनैव ते ते दैत्य-श्रेष्ठा मारिताः कालियोऽपि ।
दुष्टो निर्दम्याशु निःसारितोऽसौ पाणौ सव्येऽधारि गोवर्धनः सः ॥ १०८ ॥

bālya-krīḍā-kautukenaiva te te daitya-śreṣṭhā māritāḥ kāliyo'pi |
duṣṭo nirdamyāśu niḥsārito'sau pāṇau savye'dhāri govardhanaḥ saḥ || 108 ||

I killed many big demons in Vraja in playful childhood pastimes. I sent Kāliya far away from Vraja after subduing him and lifted Girirāja Govardhana by the left hand.

Commentary: Dig-darśinī-ṭīkā with Bhāvānuvāda

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

If the point of view arises again: “Could You have possibly suffered distress due to the labor of slaying those wicked demons in Vraja?” The reply is, “No, I did not receive even the slightest distress by killing all those demons, rather I killed all those great demons only in the playful acts of childhood (bālya-līlā). For example, I killed Pūtanā like a doll drawn to one’s bosom. The vast body of Pūtanā was as long as six krośa (twelve miles long) and hard as a rock. Therefore, this Pūtanā was the best of demons, especially having the personal svarūpa of a great demon (mahā-daitya) who could assume any form according to her will. She was not a demon like Śalva and others who achieved the status of a human.

“I completely subdued the fearsome, wicked Kāliya in My childhood pastimes, that is, I drove him away from the Yamunā hṛada by taking away all his possessions, administering corporal punishment and demolishing his hoods. Moreover, I lifted the huge and massive Girirāja Govardhana by My left hand. Actually, I performed all these activities in sporting childhood pastimes. What to speak of experiencing any kind of fear or distress in all these activities, instead I received great joy.”

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