by Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyana Gosvāmī Mahārāja | 2005 | 440,179 words | ISBN-13: 9781935428329
The Brihad-bhagavatamrita Verse 2.4.3, 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 2.4.3 contained in Chapter 4—Vaikuntha (the spiritual world)—of Part two (prathama-khanda).
Sanskrit text, Unicode transliteration, Word-for-word and English translation of verse 2.4.3:
भक्तिं नव-विधां सम्याग् ज्ञात्वेदं वनम् आगतः ।
अपश्यं सहसैवत्र श्रीमद्-गुरु-वरं निजम् ॥ ३ ॥
bhaktiṃ nava-vidhāṃ samyāg jñātvedaṃ vanam āgataḥ |
apaśyaṃ sahasaivatra śrīmad-guru-varaṃ nijam || 3 ||
bhaktim–of devotional service; nava-vidhām–the nine limbs; samyak–properly; jñātvā–having understood; idam–this; vanam–Vṛndāvana; āgataḥ–returned; apaśyam–I saw; sahasā–suddenly; eva–indeed; atra–here; śrīmad-guru-varam–glorious and exalted guru; nijam–my own.
Hearing those scriptural discourses, I came to properly understand the fundamental truth of the ninefold process of bhakti. Thereupon, I returned here to Śrī Vṛndāvana, where I unexpectedly had darśana of my gurudeva.
Commentary: Dig-darśinī-ṭīkā with Bhāvānuvāda
(By Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmī himself including a deep purport of that commentary)
Śrī Gopa-kumāra says, “After clearly understanding the established truth of the ninefold process of bhakti, I was able to discern activities that are favorable and sanctioned for the execution of bhakti, and those that are unfavorable and proscribed. I then returned to Śrī Vṛndāvana, at which time my gurudeva unexpectedly appeared before me here at Keśī-tīrtha, where I am now seated.”