Brihad Bhagavatamrita (commentary)

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

The Brihad-bhagavatamrita Verse 2.1.99, 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 2.1.99 contained in Chapter 1—Vairagya (renunciation)—of Part two (prathama-khanda).

Sanskrit text, Unicode transliteration, Word-for-word and English translation of verse 2.1.99:

यच् च देव्य्-अज्ञया किञ्चिद् अनुतिष्ठामि नित्यशः ।
तस्यापि किं फलं तच् च कतमत् कर्म वेद्मि न ॥ ९९ ॥

yac ca devy-ajñayā kiñcid anutiṣṭhāmi nityaśaḥ |
tasyāpi kiṃ phalaṃ tac ca katamat karma vedmi na || 99 ||

yat–what; ca–and; devī–of the goddess; ājñayā–by the order; kiñcit–somewhat; anutiṣṭhāmi–I engage under guidance; nityaśaḥ–daily; tasya–of that; api–also; kim–what?; phalam–result; tat–that; ca–and; katamat–of which kind?; karma–action; vedmi–I know; na–not.

“What is the nature of the religious practice that I engage in everyday as ordered by the goddess? What is its result? I do not even know the answers to these questions.

Commentary: Dig-darśinī-ṭīkā with Bhāvānuvāda

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

Śrī Gopa-kumāra may question, “Then why do you chant your mantra?” In reply, the brāhmaṇa speaks this verse beginning with yat ca. He says, “The process of chanting the mantra is quick and easy in comparison to the elaborate endeavors prescribed for householders, renunciants, and fruitive workers. I especially chant this mantra out of respect for Devī’s order, even though I have no knowledge about its fundamental reality (tattva-jñāna). What is the goal of the activity known as japa (quiet chanting)? I do not even know which path among those of dharma (religion), jñāna (knowledge), bhakti (devotion), etc. will benefit me. Therefore, although I am chanting, because I lack faith in the process, it seems I am not really chanting.”

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