Brihad Bhagavatamrita (commentary)

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

The Brihad-bhagavatamrita Verse 2.1.54, 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 2.1.54 contained in Chapter 1—Vairagya (renunciation)—of Part two (prathama-khanda).

Sanskrit text, Unicode transliteration, Word-for-word and English translation of verse 2.1.54:

सोत्कण्ठो मथुरां गन्तुं मुहुस् तां कीर्तयंस् ततः ।
स तद्-देश-दिशं गच्छन् प्रयागं प्राप वर्त्मनि ॥ ५४ ॥

sotkaṇṭho mathurāṃ gantuṃ muhus tāṃ kīrtayaṃs tataḥ |
sa tad-deśa-diśaṃ gacchan prayāgaṃ prāpa vartmani || 54 ||

sa-utkaṇṭhaḥ–with eagerness; mathurām–Mathurā; gantum–to go; muhuḥ–repeatedly; tam–that (word ‘Mathurā’); kīrtayan–singing; tataḥ–then; saḥ–he; tat-deśa–of that country; diśam–in the direction; gacchan–going; prayāgam–at Prayāga; prāpa–reached; vartmani–on the road.

Hearing this, the brāhmaṇa became very eager to go to Mathurā. Repeatedly singing “Mathurā, Mathurā,” he walked in that direction. On the way, he came to Prayāga.

Commentary: Dig-darśinī-ṭīkā with Bhāvānuvāda

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

Śrī Parīkṣit says, “Upon hearing the words of Devī and Mahādeva, the brāhmaṇa developed an eagerness to go to Mathurā. While repeatedly performing kīrtana of the name, singing ‘Mathurā, Mathurā,’ he began to walk towards Mathurā from Kāśī.” Mathurā is the kingdom of King Śūrasena and is situated west of Kāśī.

Traveling in this way towards Mathurā, he came to Prayāga.

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