Brihad Bhagavatamrita (commentary)

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

The Brihad-bhagavatamrita Verse 2.4.32-33, 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 2.4.32-33 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 2.4.32-33:

भूषा-भूषण-सर्वाङ्गा निज-प्रभु-वरोचिताः ।
प्रणमन्तः स्तवन्तश् च कुर्वाणाश् चित्रम् ईहितम् ॥ ३२ ॥
वितन्वतो महा-लीला-कौतुकं चक्रवर्तिवत् ।
लक्ष्मी-पतेर् भगवतश् चरणाब्ज-दिदृक्षवः ॥ ३३ ॥

bhūṣā-bhūṣaṇa-sarvāṅgā nija-prabhu-varocitāḥ |
praṇamantaḥ stavantaś ca kurvāṇāś citram īhitam || 32 ||
vitanvato mahā-līlā-kautukaṃ cakravartivat |
lakṣmī-pater bhagavataś caraṇābja-didṛkṣavaḥ || 33 ||

bhūṣa–of the ornaments; bhūṣaṇa–the ornaments; sarva–all; aṅgāḥ–limbs; nija–their own; prabhu-vara–for the exalted Lord; ucitāḥ–appropriate; praṇamantaḥ–bowing down; stuvantaḥ–offering prayers; ca–also; kurvāṇāḥ–performing; citram–astonishing; īhitam–activity; vitanvataḥ–expanding; mahā-līlā-kautukam–a festival of great pastimes; cakravarti-vat–like an emperor; lakṣmī-pateḥ–of the husband of the goddess of fortune; bhagavataḥ–of the Lord; caraṇa–feet; abja–lotus; didṛkṣavaḥ–eager to see.

All their limbs were actually decorating the ornaments they were wearing, and thus, they were fit to serve their Master. They were offering obeisances to the Lord, glorifying Him with choice prayers and hymns, and performing many other activities to please Him. The Lord of Lakṣmī, like a sovereign emperor, was expanding the festival of His great pastimes, and His associates were eager to receive darśana of His lotus feet.

Commentary: Dig-darśinī-ṭīkā with Bhāvānuvāda

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

Śrī Gopa-kumāra says, “All the limbs of those eternal associates were like decorations to their own ornaments. Thus, they were all fit to serve their Lord, Śrī Vaikuṇṭheśvara.” Although beauty (saundarya) and other fine qualities are not mentioned here, it is to be understood that they possessed them.

“They were increasing the happiness of service to the Lord by performing many varieties of wonderful activities, such as dancing and singing. The reason for this blissful service was that the Lord was enacting the great pastime of being the sovereign emperor of the universe. That is to say, He had given His servitors food, drink, appropriate accommodation, and everything else they needed, according to their qualification. In turn, He was accepting their personal service and, in this way, expanded these special pastimes that astonish the heart. Therefore, those associates who were entering the gates had great desire to receive darśana, the divine vision, of His lotus feet.

“The reason for manifesting such pastimes is that Bhagavān is Lakṣmīpati, Lord of the goddess of fortune, and only such pastimes manifest His complete opulence and Godhood (bhagavattā). It is befitting that His servants are as devoted to Him as He is affectionate to them. Therefore, the servants’ hearts were agitated by the excitement of seeing their Lord, and their ecstasies maddened them.”

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