Brihad Bhagavatamrita (commentary)

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

The Brihad-bhagavatamrita Verse 2.1.63, 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 2.1.63 contained in Chapter 1—Vairagya (renunciation)—of Part two (prathama-khanda).

Sanskrit text, Unicode transliteration, Word-for-word and English translation of verse 2.1.63:

श्री-नृसिंह-तनुं केचिद् रघुनाथं तथापरे ।
एके गोपालम् इत्य् एवं नाना-रूपं द्विजोत्तम ॥ ६३ ॥

śrī-nṛsiṃha-tanuṃ kecid raghunāthaṃ tathāpare |
eke gopālam ity evaṃ nānā-rūpaṃ dvijottama || 63 ||

śrī-nṛsimha-tanum–the form of Śrī Nṛsimha-deva; kecit–some persons; raghunātham–Śrī Rāma, Lord of the Raghu dynasty; tathā–then; apare–others; eke–some; gopālam–Śrī Gopāla-deva; iti–thus; evam–in this way; nānā–various; rūpam–forms; dvijauttama–O best of the twice-born.

O best of the twice-born! Some of us are worshiping the Lord as Śrī Nṛsiṃha-deva, others as Śrī Raghunāthajī Rāma, and others as Śrī Gopāla-deva. In this way, we worship various manifestations of Śrī Viṣṇu.

Commentary: Dig-darśinī-ṭīkā with Bhāvānuvāda

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

There are different types of mantras, and the ultimate object of worship, or upāsya-tattva, has many different forms that correspond to those mantras. To explain this, the Vaiṣṇavas speak this verse beginning with śrī-nṛsiṃha. They say, “Śrī Viṣṇu’s fourarmed forms are innumerable. We worship all such manifestations of Śrī Viṣṇu, such as Śrī Nṛsiṃha, Śrī Rāma, Śrī Gopāla, Matsya (the fish incarnation), Kūrma (the tortoise incarnation), Varāha (the boar incarnation), and Vāmana (the dwarf incarnation).”


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