by Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyana Gosvāmī Mahārāja | 2005 | 440,179 words | ISBN-13: 9781935428329
The Brihad-bhagavatamrita Verse 2.2.160, 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 2.2.160 contained in Chapter 2—Jnana (knowledge)—of Part two (prathama-khanda).
Sanskrit text, Unicode transliteration, Word-for-word and English translation of verse 2.2.160:
कैश्चिद् उक्तं स-गाम्भीर्यं पुराणैर् आगमैर् अपि ।
जन्यते भगवद्-भक्त्या सुखं ज्ञानं सुदुर्घटम् ॥ १६० ॥
kaiścid uktaṃ sa-gāmbhīryaṃ purāṇair āgamair api |
janyate bhagavad-bhaktyā sukhaṃ jñānaṃ sudurghaṭam || 160 ||
kaiścit–by certain; uktam–it was said; sa-gāmbhīryam–with gravity; purāṇaiḥ–Purāṇas; āgamaiḥ–Āgamas; api–also; janyate–is generated; bhagavat-bhaktyā–through devotion to the all-opulent Lord; sukham–easily; jñānam–through knowledge; su-durghaṭam–very difficult to attain.
Some of the Purāṇas and Āgamas gravely said that although it is true that one can attain liberation through knowledge, that knowledge is exceedingly difficult to obtain. However that same knowledge may be attained simply by practicing bhagavad-bhakti, devotional service to the Supreme Lord. By no other means is it so easily acheived.
Commentary: Dig-darśinī-ṭīkā with Bhāvānuvāda
(By Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmī himself including a deep purport of that commentary)
Śrī Gopa-kumāra says, “Those Purāṇas, Āgamas, and Pañcarātras who were expert in establishing the superiority of loving service to the Lord solemnly spoke, saying ‘It is true that one can attain liberation by knowledge, or jñāna, but that knowledge is practically impossible to attain. Still, although such knowledge is extremely difficult to attain, by the potency of devotion to the Supreme Lord, it is easily realized. No other means can so easily yield that knowledge.’”