Brihad Bhagavatamrita (commentary)

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

The Brihad-bhagavatamrita Verse 2.1.38, 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 2.1.38 contained in Chapter 1—Vairagya (renunciation)—of Part two (prathama-khanda).

Sanskrit text, Unicode transliteration, Word-for-word and English translation of verse 2.1.38:

देव्य्-आदेशेन तं मन्त्रं विविक्ते सततं जपन् ।
धनेच्छया निवृत्तोऽभूल् लेभे च हृदि निर्वृतिम् ॥ ३८ ॥

devy-ādeśena taṃ mantraṃ vivikte satataṃ japan |
dhanecchayā nivṛtto'bhūl lebhe ca hṛdi nirvṛtim || 38 ||

devī–of the goddess; ādeśena–by the instruction; tam mantram–that mantra; vivikte–in a solitary place; satatam–constantly; japan–chanting; dhana–for wealth; icchāyā–to the desire; nivṛttaḥ–indifferent; abhūt–he became; lebhe–he attained; ca–also; hṛdi–in his heart; nirvṛtim–satisfaction.

On Devī’s instruction, the brāhmaṇa became absorbed in recitation of the mantra. As he constantly chanted this mantra in a solitary place, his desire for wealth vanished and he became peaceful within.

Commentary: Dig-darśinī-ṭīkā with Bhāvānuvāda

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

Śrī Parīkṣit says, “The brāhmaṇa received the mantra in his dream, but because he was extremely ignorant, he thought the dream was an illusion, and so he did not immediately engage in the process of japa, or chanting the mantra. For this reason, Devī came to him again in a dream and ordered him to chant the mantra.”

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