Brihad Bhagavatamrita (commentary)

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

The Brihad-bhagavatamrita Verse 2.3.62, 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 2.3.62 contained in Chapter 3—Bhajana (loving service)—of Part two (prathama-khanda).

Sanskrit text, Unicode transliteration, Word-for-word and English translation of verse 2.3.62:

श्रीमन्-मदन-गोपालान् निज-प्राणेष्ट-दैवतात् ।
अभिन्नः श्री-महेशोऽयम् उत तद्-भाव-वर्धनः ॥ ६२ ॥

śrīman-madana-gopālān nija-prāṇeṣṭa-daivatāt |
abhinnaḥ śrī-maheśo'yam uta tad-bhāva-vardhanaḥ || 62 ||

śrīmat-madana-gopālāt–the beautiful enchanting cowherd; nijaprāṇa–who is dearer than my own life; iṣṭa-daivatāt–from the worshipable Lord of my life; abhinnaḥ–nondifferent; śrī-mahā-īśaḥ–the great Lord (Śiva); ayam–he; uta–indeed; tat-bhāva–the loving devotional service for Him (Madana-gopāla); vardhanaḥ–inspires.

Then I could understand that this Śrī Maheśvara is nondifferent from Śrī Madana-gopāla, the worshipable Deity of my very life, and he alone causes all devotees to increase their devotion to the Lord.

Commentary: Dig-darśinī-ṭīkā with Bhāvānuvāda

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

Śrī Gopa-kumāra says, “This truth manifested in my heart: Śrī Maheśvara is nondifferent from my iṣṭa-devatā Śrī Madana-gopāla, who is more dear to me than life. Thus it is right to love Śrī Maheśvara also. In addition, by worshiping Śrī Maheśvara, I will worship Madana-gopāla. Significantly, since Śrī Mahādeva increases the devotees’ love for Śrī Madana-gopāla, one can obtain love for Śrī Madana-gopāla by devotion to Śrī Mahādeva.”

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