Brihad Bhagavatamrita (commentary)

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

The Brihad-bhagavatamrita Verse 2.3.155, 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 2.3.155 contained in Chapter 3—Bhajana (loving service)—of Part two (prathama-khanda).

Sanskrit text, Unicode transliteration, Word-for-word and English translation of verse 2.3.155:

यथा ज्वर-रुज्-आर्तानां शीतलामृत-पाथसः ।
मनः पानाद् अपि त्रुट्येत् तृद्-वैकुल्यं सुखं भवेत् ॥ १५५ ॥

yathā jvara-ruj-ārtānāṃ śītalāmṛta-pāthasaḥ |
manaḥ pānād api truṭyet tṛd-vaikulyaṃ sukhaṃ bhavet || 155 ||

yathā–as; jvara–of fever; rujā–with disease; ārtānām–of those afflicted; śītala–cool; amṛta–nectarean; pāthasaḥ–water; manaḥ–in the mind; pānāt–by drinking; api–also; truṭyet–can break (the fever); tṛṭ–of thirst; vaikulyam–disturbance; sukham–happiness; bhavet–it can be.

For instance, a person suffering from fever gets relief from his thirst and experiences happiness merely by imagining himself drinking cool, ambrosial water. Similarly, the performer of saṅkīrtana also receives happiness and peace from glorifying his cherished object.

Commentary: Dig-darśinī-ṭīkā with Bhāvānuvāda

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

Here in this verse beginning with yathā, the Vaikuṇṭha pārṣadas present an example to clarify the topic under discussion. They say, “The thirst and agitation of a person suffering from fever is alleviated by his imagining that he is drinking cool, ambrosial water, and thus he obtains happiness. Similarly, one who performs saṅkīrtana also obtains happiness and peace from chanting the glories of his cherished object.”

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