by Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyana Gosvāmī Mahārāja | 2005 | 440,179 words | ISBN-13: 9781935428329
The Brihad-bhagavatamrita Verse 2.1.43, 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 2.1.43 contained in Chapter 1—Vairagya (renunciation)—of Part two (prathama-khanda).
Sanskrit text, Unicode transliteration, Word-for-word and English translation of verse 2.1.43:
नाना-सङ्कल्प-वाक्यैश् च तद्-अनुस्थान-निष्ठताम् ।
दृष्ट्वा तत्रोदित-श्रद्धः प्रवृत्तः शिक्षितः स तैः ॥ ४३ ॥
nānā-saṅkalpa-vākyaiś ca tad-anusthāna-niṣṭhatām |
dṛṣṭvā tatrodita-śraddhaḥ pravṛttaḥ śikṣitaḥ sa taiḥ || 43 ||
nānā–many; saṅkalpa–solemn vows; vākyaiḥ–expressed; ca–also; tat-anuṣṭhāna–in the performance of their rituals; niṣṭhatām–strong faith; dṛṣṭvā–observing; tatra–there; udita–developed; śraddhaḥ–faith; pravṛttaḥ–began to execute; śikṣitaḥ–instructed; saḥ–that (brāhmaṇa); taiḥ–by them.
Observing the brāhmaṇas’ strong faith in their rituals, which they expressed in solemn vows, he also developed faith in those rituals. And after receiving instructions from them, he also began to perform the same rituals.
Commentary: Dig-darśinī-ṭīkā with Bhāvānuvāda
(By Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmī himself including a deep purport of that commentary)
Śrī Parīkṣit says, “He not only heard the brāhmaṇas words, but he also witnessed with his own eyes their devotion to those rituals. He thus engaged in those same activities with great faith. Seeing the brāhmaṇas’ observance of vows for ritual bathing in the Gaṅgā, by uttering verses beginning with gaṅgā, and observing their strong faith in those rituals, he also engaged in the same activities.”
Here Śrī Uttarā-devī may ask, “He was such a great fool, so how is it that he engaged in those activities?” In reply, Śrī Parīkṣit says, “He was educated by the brāhmaṇas residing on the shore of the Gaṅgā, and then he undertook the practice of those activities.” In other words, he developed faith in the scriptural injunctions that delineate those activities and became dedicated to them.