by Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyana Gosvāmī Mahārāja | 2005 | 440,179 words | ISBN-13: 9781935428329
The Brihad-bhagavatamrita Verse 2.3.125, 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 2.3.125 contained in Chapter 3—Bhajana (loving service)—of Part two (prathama-khanda).
Sanskrit text, Unicode transliteration, Word-for-word and English translation of verse 2.3.125:
तेषां नव-प्रकाराणाम् एकेनैव सुसिध्यति ।
सर्व-साधन-वर्येण वैकुण्ठः साध्य-सत्तमः ॥ १२५ ॥
teṣāṃ nava-prakārāṇām ekenaiva susidhyati |
sarva-sādhana-varyeṇa vaikuṇṭhaḥ sādhya-sattamaḥ || 125 ||
teṣām–of them; nava-prakārāṇām–of the nine kinds; ekena–by one; eva–only; su-sidhyati–one attains complete perfection; sarvasādhana-varyeṇa–because of this best of all practices; vaikuṇṭhaḥ–Vaikuṇṭha; sādhya-sat-tamaḥ–the highest objective.
Bhakti is the best of all means of spiritual attainment. Therefore, the abode of Vaikuṇṭha, which is the best of all the goals of human life, can be obtained by simply following any one of the nine processes of bhakti.
Commentary: Dig-darśinī-ṭīkā with Bhāvānuvāda
(By Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmī himself including a deep purport of that commentary)
The Vaikuṇṭha associates reply by speaking three verses, beginning here with teṣām. They say, “Following any one aspect of the nine processes of bhakti can bring one happily to Vaikuṇṭha. The reason is that every single form of navadhā-bhakti is superior to all other spiritual practices, such as the quest for knowledge (jñāna) and the path of action (karma). And every form of navadhābhakti bestows a goal that is superior to goals such as liberation (mukti) and sense enjoyment (bhukti). Although it has been ascertained that practices such as jñāna and karma result in liberation and sense enjoyment, respectively, great personalities reject them, considering those results to be insignificant. The reason is that the quality of the result depends on the quality of the practice to attain it, and the best practice will yield the best result.”
दिक्षा-मात्रेण कृष्णस्य नरा मोक्षं लभन्ति वै
किं पुनर् ये सदा भक्त्या पूजयन्त्य् अच्युतं नराः
dikṣā-mātreṇa kṛṣṇasya narā mokṣaṃ labhanti vai
kiṃ punar ye sadā bhaktyā pūjayanty acyutaṃ narāḥ
शाठ्येनपि नरा नित्यं ये स्मरन्ति जनार्दनम्
ते’पि यान्ति तनुं त्यक्त्वा विष्णु-लोकम् अनामयम्
śāṭhyenapi narā nityaṃ ye smaranti janārdanam
te’pi yānti tanuṃ tyaktvā viṣṇu-lokam anāmayam