by Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyana Gosvāmī Mahārāja | 2005 | 440,179 words | ISBN-13: 9781935428329
The Brihad-bhagavatamrita Verse 2.2.169, 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 2.2.169 contained in Chapter 2—Jnana (knowledge)—of Part two (prathama-khanda).
Sanskrit text, Unicode transliteration, Word-for-word and English translation of verse 2.2.169:
श्री-भक्ति-शास्त्राण्य् ऊचुः— लब्ध-ब्रह्माधिकारेदं महा-गोप्यं निधेर् अपि ।
भवत्-सद्-गुण-सन्दोहैर् आख्यामो मुखरी-कृताः ॥ १६९ ॥
śrī-bhakti-śāstrāṇy ūcuḥ— labdha-brahmādhikāredaṃ mahā-gopyaṃ nidher api |
bhavat-sad-guṇa-sandohair ākhyāmo mukharī-kṛtāḥ || 169 ||
śrī-bhakti-śāstrāṇi ūcuḥ–the glorious scriptures of devotion said; labdha–having attained; brahma-adhikāra–the post of Brahmā; idam–this; mahā-gopyam–supreme confidentiality; nidheḥ–of this treasure; api–although; bhavat–your; sad-guṇa-sandohaiḥ–because of many pure qualities; ākhyāmaḥ–we are describing; mukharī-kṛtāḥ–extensively.
The devotional scriptures said: O you who have newly achieved the post of Brahmā, this truth is more secret than the most precious jewels. However, impelled by your virtues and worship of Bhagavān, we will personally reveal it to you.
Commentary: Dig-darśinī-ṭīkā with Bhāvānuvāda
(By Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmī himself including a deep purport of that commentary)
The personified bhakti-śāstras say, “O you, who are newly appointed to the post of Brahmā.” The implication of this address to Śrī Gopa-kumāra is, “Because you have qualified yourself for the position of Brahmā, you deserve to hear this confidential truth, which is more valuable than a great treasure (mahā-nidhi).” If the word nidhi is read as vidhi, then the meaning is, “This truth is so confidential that even Brahmā is not qualified to hear it.”
Gopa-kumāra might then object, “But I have merely attained the qualification of being Brahmā, so why are you revealing this secret to me?”
The bhakti-śāstras reply, “Although it may not be appropriate to divulge this confidential truth to you, we are overwhelmed and inspired by your outstanding qualities and eager attempts to worship Śrī Bhagavān. Therefore, we will personally reveal it to you.”