Brihad Bhagavatamrita (commentary)

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

The Brihad-bhagavatamrita Verse 2.4.61, 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 2.4.61 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 2.4.61:

अथ तैः पार्षदैः स्निग्धैर् असाधारण-लक्षणम् ।
प्रभोर् विज्ञापितोऽहं च सिक्षितः स्तवनादिकम् ॥ ६१ ॥

atha taiḥ pārṣadaiḥ snigdhair asādhāraṇa-lakṣaṇam |
prabhor vijñāpito'haṃ ca sikṣitaḥ stavanādikam || 61 ||

atha–then; taiḥ–by them; pārṣadaiḥ–by the Lord’s associates; snigdhaiḥ–affectionate; asādhāraṇa–unique; lakṣaṇam–symptoms; prabhoḥ–of the Lord; vijñāpitaḥ–described; aham–I; ca–and; śikṣitaḥ–taught; stavana-ādikam–prayers and so forth.

Those Vaikuṇṭha associates were very affectionate to me. They described the extraordinary signs that are unique to the Lord and also taught me the prayers to offer Him.

Commentary: Dig-darśinī-ṭīkā with Bhāvānuvāda

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

Śrī Gopa-kumāra says, “The eternal associates escorting me saw my condition. Therefore, they described the Lord’s uncommon signs, such as the Śrīvatsa[4], the curl of white hair signifying the goddess of fortune, on His chest. They also taught me how to offer prayers and so on. They did this out of affection for me.”

The word ādi, indicates that they gave various instructions to Gopa-kumāra, which Gopa-kumāra describes: “After I have bowed down before the Lord, I should glance at the tips of His lotus feet. Then I should stand at a distance, not moving at all. I should conceal all transformations of bliss that arise from having His darśana. And I should always stand with joined palms while before Him.”

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