Brihad Bhagavatamrita (commentary)

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

The Brihad-bhagavatamrita Verse 2.3.67, 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 2.3.67 contained in Chapter 3—Bhajana (loving service)—of Part two (prathama-khanda).

Sanskrit text, Unicode transliteration, Word-for-word and English translation of verse 2.3.67:

ज्ञात्वेमं शिव-लोकस्य विशेषां सर्वतोऽधिकम् ।
प्रमोदं परमं प्राप्तोऽप्य् अपूर्णं हृद् अलक्षयम् ॥ ६७ ॥

jñātvemaṃ śiva-lokasya viśeṣāṃ sarvato'dhikam |
pramodaṃ paramaṃ prāpto'py apūrṇaṃ hṛd alakṣayam || 67 ||

jñātvā–knowing; imam–this; śiva-lokasya–of Śivaloka; viśeṣam–special; sarvataḥ–than all; adhikam–better; pramodam–happiness; paramam–transcendental; prāptaḥ–attained; api–also; apūrṇam–incompleteness; hṛt–in the heart; alakṣayam–I felt.

I became most happy to learn that Śivaloka is more special and more glorious than all other abodes. Still, I felt my heart was not full.

Commentary: Dig-darśinī-ṭīkā with Bhāvānuvāda

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

Śrī Gopa-kumāra says, “Hearing the special glories of Śivaloka made me greatly happy, and I became keen to go there. But my eagerness to see the lotus feet of Śrī Madana-gopāla obstructed my happiness. I understood this because I was feeling troubled by an incompleteness, or underlying dissatisfaction, and also because I was unable to experience any special happiness.”

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