by Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyana Gosvāmī Mahārāja | 2005 | 440,179 words | ISBN-13: 9781935428329
The Brihad-bhagavatamrita Verse 2.3.133, 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 2.3.133 contained in Chapter 3—Bhajana (loving service)—of Part two (prathama-khanda).
Sanskrit text, Unicode transliteration, Word-for-word and English translation of verse 2.3.133:
निजेन्द्रिय-मनः-काय-चेष्ट-रूपं न विद्धि ताम् ।
नित्य-सत्य-घनानन्द-रूपा सा हि गुणातिगा ॥ १३३ ॥
nijendriya-manaḥ-kāya-ceṣṭa-rūpaṃ na viddhi tām |
nitya-satya-ghanānanda-rūpā sā hi guṇātigā || 133 ||
nija–own; indriya–senses; manaḥ–mind; kāya–body; ceṣṭā–activities; rūpām–form; na viddhi–do not consider; tam–that; nitya–eternal; satya–reality; ghana-ānanda–of intense bliss; rūpā–form; sā–that; hi–indeed; guṇa-atigā–beyond the binding influences of material nature: goodness, passion, and ignorance.
Specifically, do not think that bhakti is an endeavor of the dull senses, mind, and body. Being eternal reality and concentrated bliss, bhakti is beyond the modes of material nature and thus cannot be grasped by the material senses.
Commentary: Dig-darśinī-ṭīkā with Bhāvānuvāda
(By Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmī himself including a deep purport of that commentary)
From the statement spoken by the Vaikuṇṭha associates to Śrī Gopa-kumāra in verse 123, “bhaktim anutiṣṭha–You should practice bhakti,” it appears that devotional service is accomplished by human effort. Refuting this idea in two verses, beginning here with nija, the Vaikuṇṭha associates describe the intrinsic nature (svarūpa) of bhakti. They say, “Devotional service cannot be achieved by the endeavors of the material senses, mind, and body. In addition, the limbs of bhakti, such as hearing about the Lord (śravaṇa) and singing His names (kīrtana) are also not the objects (viṣayas) of one’s sense of hearing, sense of speech, and so on. In other words, śravaṇa appears as a function of the ears; kīrtana appears as a function of the tongue; smaraṇa as a function of the mind; and vandana (offering obeisances), intimate service, etc. appear as functions of the body. However in actuality, the material senses are unable to undertake all these spiritual activities. Understand these activities to be transcendental, beyond the material qualities.”
Gopa-kumāra might ask, “Then what is the nature of bhakti?”
They reply, “You should know pure devotional service to be the eternal truth and the essence of pure joy.”