Brihad Bhagavatamrita (commentary)

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

The Brihad-bhagavatamrita Verse 1.7.154-155, 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 1.7.154-155 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 1.7.154-155:

मातर् गोप-किशोरं तं त्वं च रास-रसाम्बुधिम् ।
तत्-प्रेम-मोहिताभिः श्री-गोपीभिर् अभितो वृतम् ॥ १५४ ॥
अमूषां दास्यम् इच्छन्ती तादृश-प्रेम-भङ्गिभिः ।
नित्यं भजस्व तन्-नाम-संकीर्तन-परायणा ॥ १५५ ॥

mātar gopa-kiśoraṃ taṃ tvaṃ ca rāsa-rasāmbudhim |
tat-prema-mohitābhiḥ śrī-gopībhir abhito vṛtam || 154 ||
amūṣāṃ dāsyam icchantī tādṛśa-prema-bhaṅgibhiḥ |
nityaṃ bhajasva tan-nāma-saṃkīrtana-parāyaṇā || 155 ||

O mother, you should also do bhajana daily of Gopa-kiśora, that youthful cowherd boy who is enchanted by the prema of the gopīs, who is the ocean of nectar of rāsa-līlā, and who the gopīs all surround. You should also engage in nama-saṅkīrtana with loving devotion while desiring the service of the gopīs.

Commentary: Dig-darśinī-ṭīkā with Bhāvānuvāda

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

In this way, having finished his narration, Śrī Parīkṣit sums up the purport of the entire narration to his mother by the lines beginning with mātar: “O mother, you should also do bhajana with the desire of obtaining the servitorship of the gopīs. Namely, daily perform bhajana of Gopa-kiśora, the young cowherd boy, Śrī Kṛṣṇa who is embellished with glories by the flow of prema. How is that Gopa-kiśora? He is an ocean of nectarean pastimes such as rāsalīlā; namely, He is an ocean of nectarean rāga (divine attachment) in the pastimes of rasa. In addition, He is a steady shelter of the nectar of rasa or topmost bliss, thus enchanted by the gopīs’ love towards Gopa-kiśora. Therefore, perform bhajana of that Gopa-kumāra who the gopīs surround in the circle of the rāsa dance.”

If you say that I am the wife of His nephew, it would be against the customs of society to worship Him with the sentiment of the gopīs; therefore, he says do bhajana desiring to become the maidservant of the gopīs. What are the main characteristics of that bhajana? Anticipating this question, he says that you should engage in the nāma-saṅkīrtana of Gopa-kiśora, that is, do the saṅkīrtana of the names that belong to Gopa-kumāra, or do the saṅkīrtana of the name of Śrī Kṛṣṇa who is famous among those divine names. Here saṅkīrtana means to sing the glories of the names in a loud and sweet voice (with a sweet sentiment). In this way, nāma-kīrtana is the feature of this bhajana with prema and is the characteristic of that prema-sampatti too, or the wealth of prema.

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