by Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyana Gosvāmī Mahārāja | 2005 | 440,179 words | ISBN-13: 9781935428329
The Brihad-bhagavatamrita Verse 2.1.41, 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 2.1.41 contained in Chapter 1—Vairagya (renunciation)—of Part two (prathama-khanda).
Sanskrit text, Unicode transliteration, Word-for-word and English translation of verse 2.1.41:
विप्रान् गङ्गा-तटेऽपश्यत् सर्व-विद्या-विशारदान् ।
स्व-धर्माचार-निरतान् प्रायशो गृहिणो बहून् ॥ ४१ ॥
viprān gaṅgā-taṭe'paśyat sarva-vidyā-viśāradān |
sva-dharmācāra-niratān prāyaśo gṛhiṇo bahūn || 41 ||
viprān–the brāhmaṇas; gaṅgā–of the Gaṅgā; taṭe–on the banks; apaśyat–he observed; sarva-vidyā–in various branches of knowledge; viśāradān–expert; sva-dharma-ācāra–in executing their religious duties; niratān–engaged; prāyaśaḥ–mostly; gṛhiṇaḥ–householders; bahūn–many.
There on the banks of the Gaṅgā, he met many brāhmaṇas, mostly householders, who were expert in various branches of knowledge and engaged in executing their religious duties.
Commentary: Dig-darśinī-ṭīkā with Bhāvānuvāda
(By Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmī himself including a deep purport of that commentary)
अङ्गानि वेदाश् चत्वारो मीमांसा न्याय-विस्तरः
धर्म-शास्त्रं पुराणं च विद्या ह्य् एताश् चतुर्दश
aṅgāni vedāś catvāro mīmāṃsā nyāya-vistaraḥ
dharma-śāstraṃ purāṇaṃ ca vidyā hy etāś caturdaśa
The four Vedas, their six supplements (ṣaḍ-aṅga), mīmāṃsā (the systematic study of the meaning of the Vedas), nyāya (logic), dharma-śāstras (scriptures delineating religious principles), and the Purāṇas (Vedic history) comprise the fourteen divisions of knowledge.
Śrī Parīkṣit says, “The brāhmaṇas strictly adhered to following their individual occupational and religious duties, known as dharma, and they were generally family men, or gṛhasthas.”