by Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyana Gosvāmī Mahārāja | 2005 | 440,179 words | ISBN-13: 9781935428329
The Brihad-bhagavatamrita Verse 2.3.42, 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 2.3.42 contained in Chapter 3—Bhajana (loving service)—of Part two (prathama-khanda).
Sanskrit text, Unicode transliteration, Word-for-word and English translation of verse 2.3.42:
इत्थम् आनन्द-सन्दोहम् अनुविन्दन् निमग्न-धीः ।
आत्माराम इवाभूवं पूर्ण-काम इवाथवा ॥ ४२ ॥
ittham ānanda-sandoham anuvindan nimagna-dhīḥ |
ātmārāma ivābhūvaṃ pūrṇa-kāma ivāthavā || 42 ||
ittham–thus; ānanda-sandoham–immense bliss; anuvindan–feeling; nimagna–submerged; dhīḥ–my mind; ātma-ārāmaḥ–self-satisfied; iva–as if; abhūvam–I became; pūrṇa-kāmaḥ–one whose desires are fulfilled; iva–as if; atha vā–or.
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 inundated by the [above-mentioned] ocean of bliss, and therefore, at that time, I also became like one whose internal and external desires have been fulfilled (ātmārāma and pūrṇa-kāma).” The word iva, meaning ‘like,’ refutes the idea that Gopa-kumāra had actually obtained the stage of self-satisfaction. When one attains this stage, he does not have the propensity to want to see the Lord directly. Gopa-kumāra, on the other hand, says, “I had a powerful inclination to see the Lord.”