Brihad Bhagavatamrita (commentary)

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

The Brihad-bhagavatamrita Verse 2.3.8, 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 2.3.8 contained in Chapter 3—Bhajana (loving service)—of Part two (prathama-khanda).

Sanskrit text, Unicode transliteration, Word-for-word and English translation of verse 2.3.8:

अहं च तद्-वियोगार्तं मनो विष्टभ्य यत्नतः ।
यथादेशं स्व-मन्त्रं तं प्रवृत्तो जाप्तुम् अदरात् ॥ ८ ॥

ahaṃ ca tad-viyogārtaṃ mano viṣṭabhya yatnataḥ |
yathādeśaṃ sva-mantraṃ taṃ pravṛtto jāptum adarāt || 8 ||

aham–I; ca–and; tat-viyoga–in separation from him; ārtam–afflicted; manaḥ–heart; viṣṭabhya–composing; yatnataḥ–with effort; yathā–as; ādeśam–I had been instructed; sva-mantram–my mantra; tam–that; pravṛttaḥ–engaged; japtum–to chant; ādarāt–with respect.

Although, in my separation from Śrī Gurudeva, my mind was distressed, I managed to compose myself with great effort. Then I began to respectfully chant my mantra just as instructed.

Commentary: Dig-darśinī-ṭīkā with Bhāvānuvāda

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

Śrī Gopa-kumāra says, “My mind was distressed by separation from Śrī Gurudeva, but nevertheless, I composed myself with great effort and began to chant the mantra according to his order, following his instructions on the process of japa (solitary chanting). Although one can naturally achieve liberation by chanting the mantra of the Lord just a few times, in order to achieve happiness quickly, I began to chant following the correct procedure explained by Gurudeva.”

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