Brihad Bhagavatamrita (commentary)

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

The Brihad-bhagavatamrita Verse 2.3.185, 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 2.3.185 contained in Chapter 3—Bhajana (loving service)—of Part two (prathama-khanda).

Sanskrit text, Unicode transliteration, Word-for-word and English translation of verse 2.3.185:

तन् मानयन् शिवस्याज्ञाम् इतो निःसर सत्वरम् ।
कृष्ण-प्रियतमं श्रीमन्-मथुरां त्वं नमाम ताम् ॥ १८५ ॥

tan mānayan śivasyājñām ito niḥsara satvaram |
kṛṣṇa-priyatamaṃ śrīman-mathurāṃ tvaṃ namāma tām || 185 ||

tat–that; mānayan–respecting; śivasya–of Śiva; ājñām–the instruction; itaḥ–from here; niḥsara–leave; sa-tvaram–swiftly; kṛṣṇapriya-tamām–most dear to Śrī Kṛṣṇa; śrīmat–beautiful; mathurām–to Mathurā; tvām–you; namāma–we bow down; tām–to that.

Therefore, now, as we have instructed and Śrī Śiva has ordered, quickly leave this abode of liberation and go to Śrī Mathurāpurī, which is most dear to Śrī Kṛṣṇa. We offer our praṇāma to that Mathurā.

Commentary: Dig-darśinī-ṭīkā with Bhāvānuvāda

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

In this way, having finished their beneficial instructions to Śrī Gopa-kumāra, the Vaikuṇṭha pārṣadas indicate the purpose of their visit in this verse beginning with tan mānayan. They say, “Therefore, according to the line of reasoning that we have conveyed, please immediately depart from this abode of liberation and go to Śrī Mathurā-dhāma. For Śrī Śiva’s pleasure, you should respect his order: ‘This abode is an obstacle to bhakti. Quickly abandon it.’”

Śrī Gopa-kumāra might argue, “I have reached this very distant abode of liberation only after great difficulty, so why should I quickly go to Mathurā?”

The Vaikuṇṭha associates reply, “Being most dear to Śrī Kṛṣṇa, Śrī Mathurā-purī very quickly bestows all types of perfections.”

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