by Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyana Gosvāmī Mahārāja | 2005 | 440,179 words | ISBN-13: 9781935428329
The Brihad-bhagavatamrita Verse 2.1.179, 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 2.1.179 contained in Chapter 1—Vairagya (renunciation)—of Part two (prathama-khanda).
Sanskrit text, Unicode transliteration, Word-for-word and English translation of verse 2.1.179:
नान्यत् किम् अपि रोचेत जगन्नाथस्य दर्शनात् ।
पुराणतोऽस्य माहात्म्य-शुश्रुषापि निवर्तते ॥ १७९ ॥
nānyat kim api roceta jagannāthasya darśanāt |
purāṇato'sya māhātmya-śuśruṣāpi nivartate || 179 ||
na–not; anyat–other; kim api–anything; roceta–(my mind) could be pleased; jagannāthasya–of Śrī Jagannātha; darśanāt–other than the sight; purāṇataḥ–from the Purāṇas; asya–of His; māhātmya–glories; śuśrūṣā–the desire to hear; api–even; nivartate–desisted.
I never acquired a taste for anything other than gazing upon Śrī
Commentary: Dig-darśinī-ṭīkā with Bhāvānuvāda
(By Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmī himself including a deep purport of that commentary)
The brāhmaṇa might ask, “Does this mean that on your own you achieved your desired goal?”
Śrī Gopa-kumāra replies, “I had no taste for anything other than Śrī Jagannātha-deva’s darśana, not even for hearing His glories. Even though I had no taste for hearing the purports of the Brahma Purāṇa and other Purāṇas, I sometimes had a desire to hear from Puranic authorities inside the temple about glories of Śrī Jagannāthadeva that had never been heard before. Yet even though at times I had such a desire, my attachment to seeing the Lord’s lovely lotus face was so strong that it counteracted all such desires.”
This reveals that by hearing from the Purāṇas and so on inside the temple, there had been the opportunity to acquire knowledge about attaining the heavenly planets, etc. [but Gopa-kumāra did not take it].