Brihad Bhagavatamrita (commentary)

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

The Brihad-bhagavatamrita Verse 2.2.111, 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 2.2.111 contained in Chapter 2—Jnana (knowledge)—of Part two (prathama-khanda).

Sanskrit text, Unicode transliteration, Word-for-word and English translation of verse 2.2.111:

एको नारायणो वृत्तो विष्णु-रूपोऽपरोऽभवत् ।
अन्यो यज्ञेश-रूपोऽभूत् परो विविध-रूपवान् ॥ १११ ॥

eko nārāyaṇo vṛtto viṣṇu-rūpo'paro'bhavat |
anyo yajñeśa-rūpo'bhūt paro vividha-rūpavān || 111 ||

ekaḥ–one; nārāyaṇaḥ–of Nārāyaṇa; vṛttaḥ–took the form; viṣṇu–of Viṣṇu; rūpaḥ–the form; aparaḥ–another; abhavat–was; anyaḥ–another; yajña-īśa–of the Lord of sacrifices; rūpaḥ–the form; abhūt–became; paraḥ–another; vividha–many; rūpa-vān–having forms.

Sanaka, who is chief among the four Kumāras, assumed the form of Nārāyaṇa, another exhibited the form of Viṣṇu, another took the form of Yajñeśvara, and the last manifested the form of Nṛsiṃha and many different forms of Bhagavān.

Commentary: Dig-darśinī-ṭīkā with Bhāvānuvāda

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

In this verse beginning with eko, Śrī Gopakumāra describes the forms of Bhagavān he saw. He says, “Sanaka, the leader of the four sages, took the form of Śrī Nārāyaṇa. One brother manifested as the exalted Nara. Of the other two Kumāras, one took the form of Upendra, whom I had seen in heaven, and the other appeared as Yajñeśvara, who is worshiped in Maharloka. The forms they assumed were similar to those manifestations of Bhagavān. Gradually, they manifested various forms of the Lord such as Nṛsiṃha and Vāmana.”

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