by Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyana Gosvāmī Mahārāja | 2005 | 440,179 words | ISBN-13: 9781935428329
The Brihad-bhagavatamrita Verse 2.3.161, 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 2.3.161 contained in Chapter 3—Bhajana (loving service)—of Part two (prathama-khanda).
Sanskrit text, Unicode transliteration, Word-for-word and English translation of verse 2.3.161:
विचित्र-रुचि-लोकानां क्रमात् सर्वेषु नामसु ।
प्रियता-सम्भवात् तानि सर्वाणि स्युः प्रियाणि हि ॥ १६१ ॥
vicitra-ruci-lokānāṃ kramāt sarveṣu nāmasu |
priyatā-sambhavāt tāni sarvāṇi syuḥ priyāṇi hi || 161 ||
vicitra–various; ruci–tastes; lokānām–people have; kramāt–gradually; sarveṣu–in all; nāmasu–names; priyatā–of love; sambhavāt–from the appearance; tāni–they; sarvāṇi–all; syuḥ–they may become; priyāṇi–dear; hi–indeed.
People who are of different tastes first develop loving attachment for only one name among the many names of Bhagavān, but gradually they begin to cherish all His names.
Commentary: Dig-darśinī-ṭīkā with Bhāvānuvāda
(By Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmī himself including a deep purport of that commentary)
Śrī Gopa-kumāra might question, “It may be that some people like some names of Śrī Bhagavān, but are not attracted to other names. Even so, are not all of the names of the Lord worthy of being served?”
The Vaikuṇṭha pārṣadas reply, “People, who have variegated tastes, first develop a liking for one name, and then gradually they develop attraction for all the names. In other words, due to diversity in taste, some have affinity for one name, some for two or three names, and some for many. In this way, gradually, taste for all the names arises. This is the definite conclusion.”