Brihad Bhagavatamrita (commentary)

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

The Brihad-bhagavatamrita Verse 2.3.86-87, 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 2.3.86-87 contained in Chapter 3—Bhajana (loving service)—of Part two (prathama-khanda).

Sanskrit text, Unicode transliteration, Word-for-word and English translation of verse 2.3.86-87:

पश्येमेऽप्य् अपरे यान्ति ब्रह्मणोऽधिकृतेऽल्पके ।
ब्रह्माण्डे चतुरास्यस्य तथामि दूरतः परे ॥ ८६ ॥
अमी चाष्ट-मुखस्यैतद् द्वि-गुणे यान्ति वेगतः ।
अमी तु षोडशास्यास्य ब्रह्माण्डे द्वि-गुणे तथा ॥ ८७ ॥

paśyeme'py apare yānti brahmaṇo'dhikṛte'lpake |
brahmāṇḍe caturāsyasya tathāmi dūrataḥ pare || 86 ||
amī cāṣṭa-mukhasyaitad dvi-guṇe yānti vegataḥ |
amī tu ṣoḍaśāsyāsya brahmāṇḍe dvi-guṇe tathā || 87 ||

paśya–look; ime–they; api–and; apare–others; yānti–are going; brahmaṇaḥ–of Brahmā; adhikṛte–ruled; alpake–small; brahmāṇḍe–in the universe; catuḥ-āsyasya–of four heads; tathā–still; amī–they; dūrataḥ–far away; pare–others; amī–they; ca–also; aṣṭa-mukhasya–with eight heads; etat–that; dvi-guṇe–twice as big; yānti–they go; vegataḥ–speedily; amī–they; tu–indeed; ṣoḍaśaāsyasya–of sixteen heads; brahmāṇḍe–in the universe; dvi-guṇe–twice as big; tataḥ–similarly.

Look! Some of them are going to the small universe that is ruled by the four-headed Brahmā. Look over there. Others are going further and further away to the bigger universes, which are ruled by the Brahmās who have many more heads. This eight-headed Brahmā is twice as big as the four-headed Brahmā, and his universe is also double in size. The sixteen-headed Brahmā is twice the size of the eight-headed Brahmā and his universe is also double the size.

Commentary: Dig-darśinī-ṭīkā with Bhāvānuvāda

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

Śrī Gaṇeśa reveals the uncommon glories and exalted position of the Vaikuṇṭha associates in two verses, beginning here with paśya. He says, “Look here! These associates are going to the very small brahmāṇḍa ruled by the four-headed Brahmā. This brahmāṇḍa is very limited in comparison to the others. And just look further! Other associates are entering brahmāṇḍas that are double the size of the small one and are one billion yojanas [eight billion miles] in diameter. There are many other pārṣadas also, quickly entering progressively bigger brahmāṇḍas further and further away that are ruled by bigger Brahmās. The eight-headed Brahmā is bigger than the four-headed Brahmā and his brahmāṇḍa is also twice as big.” In this way, Gaṇeśa begins to show the Brahmās further and further away, who had more and more heads.

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