Brihad Bhagavatamrita (commentary)

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

The Brihad-bhagavatamrita Verse 2.2.11, 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 2.2.11 contained in Chapter 2—Jnana (knowledge)—of Part two (prathama-khanda).

Sanskrit text, Unicode transliteration, Word-for-word and English translation of verse 2.2.11:

आरुह्य पक्षीन्द्रम् इतस् ततोऽसौ क्रीडन् विनिघ्नन्न् असुरान् मनोज्ञैः ।
लीला-वचोभी रमयन्न् अजस्रं देवान् निज-भ्रतृतयार्च्यते तैः ॥ ११ ॥

āruhya pakṣīndram itas tato'sau krīḍan vinighnann asurān manojñaiḥ |
līlā-vacobhī ramayann ajasraṃ devān nija-bhratṛtayārcyate taiḥ || 11 ||

āruhya–climbing; pakṣi-indram–upon Garuḍa, the king of birds; itaḥ tataḥ–here and there; asau–He; krīḍan–sporting; vinighnan–slaying; asurān–the demons; mano-jñaiḥ–enchanting to the mind; līlā–playful; vacobhiḥ–with words; ramayan–giving pleasure; ajasram–incessantly; devān–the demigods; nija–own; bhrātṛtayā–as a brother; arcyate–is worshiped; taiḥ–by them.

There, Bhagavān Śrī Upendra climbs on the back of Garuḍa, the lord of the birds, and enjoys pastimes of traveling here and there. He kills troublesome demons and, with enchanting activities and sweet words, He perpetually delights the demigods, who worship Him as their very own brother.

Commentary: Dig-darśinī-ṭīkā with Bhāvānuvāda

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

Now, Śrī Gopa-kumāra is relating the glorious and most astonishing pastime of Śrī Upendra. He says, “Śrī Upendra climbs on the back of Garuḍa and roams throughout the skies, annihilating the demons. He completely satisfies His darling brother Indra, as well as Varuṇa and other demigods, with charming words. With captivating, playful activities, He also delights all the demigods, who worship Him with loving devotion.”

These are the wonderful pastimes of Śrī Upendra that Gopa-kumāra heard. (Gopa-kumāra had already experienced the Lord’s pastimes in Śrī Jagannātha-kṣetra, but these pastimes of Śrī Vāmana-deva were even more extraordinary.) In this way, ever-greater glories of the Lord will be described.

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