Brihad Bhagavatamrita (commentary)

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

The Brihad-bhagavatamrita Verse 2.2.223-224, 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 2.2.223-224 contained in Chapter 2—Jnana (knowledge)—of Part two (prathama-khanda).

Sanskrit text, Unicode transliteration, Word-for-word and English translation of verse 2.2.223-224:

भवांस् तु यदि मोक्षस्य तुच्छत्वानुभवेन हि ।
विशुद्ध-भगवद्-भक्ति-निष्ठा-सम्पत्तिम् इच्छति ॥ २२३ ॥
तदा निजं महा-मन्त्रं तम् एव भजतां परम् ।
अत्रापीदं महा-गूढं शृणोतु हृदयाङ्गमम् ॥ २२४ ॥

bhavāṃs tu yadi mokṣasya tucchatvānubhavena hi |
viśuddha-bhagavad-bhakti-niṣṭhā-sampattim icchati || 223 ||
tadā nijaṃ mahā-mantraṃ tam eva bhajatāṃ param |
atrāpīdaṃ mahā-gūḍhaṃ śṛṇotu hṛdayāṅgamam || 224 ||

bhavān–you; tu–indeed; yadi–if; mokṣasya–of liberation; tucchatva–the insignificant nature; anubhavena–by experiencing; hi–indeed; viśuddha–fully pure; bhagavat-bhakti–in devotion to the all-opulent Lord; niṣṭhā–of firm faith; sampattim–the opulence; icchati–you desire; tadā–then; nijam–own; mahā-mantram–great transcendental sound vibration; tam–that; eva–indeed; bhajatām–just worship; param–hereafter; atra–here; api–also; idam–this; mahā–very; gūḍham–confidential; śṛṇotu–you should hear; hṛdayam-gamam–captivating, that which touches the heart.

(O Gopa-kumāra!) If you realize the insignificance of liberation and desire the wealth of firm faith in supremely pure devotion to Bhagavān, then simply chant your mahā-mantra with great loving affection. Hear this most confidential secret and hold it in your heart:

Commentary: Dig-darśinī-ṭīkā with Bhāvānuvāda

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

The personified bhakti-śāstras say, “Thus, many fortunate people have abandoned liberation, realizing it to be worthless and insignificant, and have become devoted to pure devotional service of the Lord, or śuddha-bhakti. If you also experience the insignificance of liberation and desire to achieve firm faith in devotion to Bhagavān (bhagavad-bhakti), which is characterized by pure love–or in other words, if you desire the ultimate limit of unalloyed devotion and the treasure of divine love (prema)–then simply chant the transcendental mantra (mahā-mantra) that you worship. This great mantra has been received through exalted persons and it can fulfill all your desires.

“The purport of this is that although the conduct and instructions of great personalities are always authoritative, unless one has personal experience, he can neither thoroughly realize the truth they are imparting, nor can he develop the fixed determination required to abandon his attachment to inferior objects, nor can he develop firm faith in prema-bhakti with single-minded focus. Therefore, to receive that experience, you should go to the abode of liberation and chant your mantra with faith. By doing this, your mantra will be perfected.

“Now, to realize the truth about liberation, you should hold this captivating and supremely confidential secret in your heart. Even though this truth is related to liberation, it will not be unpleasant for someone like you who is devoted to bhakti.”

Let's grow together!

I humbly request your help to keep doing what I do best: provide the world with unbiased sources, definitions and images. Your donation direclty influences the quality and quantity of knowledge, wisdom and spiritual insight the world is exposed to.

Let's make the world a better place together!

Like what you read? Consider supporting this website: