Brihad Bhagavatamrita (commentary)

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

The Brihad-bhagavatamrita Verse 2.4.75, 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 2.4.75 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 2.4.75:

स्व-भक्त-वर्गस्य तद्-एक-चेतसः कदाचिद् आनन्द-विशेष-वृद्धये ।
प्रसार्य पादाम्बुज-युग्मम् आत्मनः समर्पनेणैव लसन्तम् अद्भुतम् ॥ ७५ ॥

sva-bhakta-vargasya tad-eka-cetasaḥ kadācid ānanda-viśeṣa-vṛddhaye |
prasārya pādāmbuja-yugmam ātmanaḥ samarpaneṇaiva lasantam adbhutam || 75 ||

sva–own; bhakta–of devotees; vargasya–of the group; tat–to Him; eka-cetasaḥ–whose hearts were exclusively devoted; kadācit–sometimes; ānanda–rapture; viśeṣa–special; vṛddhaye–to increase; prasārya–extending; pāda-ambuja-yugmam–two lotus feet; ātmanaḥ–Self; samarpaṇena–by offering; eva–indeed; lasantam–shining; adbhutam–astonishing.

Sometimes, desiring to increase the rapture of His unalloyed devotees, the Lord would extend His lotus feet as if offering them to His bhaktas. In this way, He exhibited His astonishing pastimes.

Commentary: Dig-darśinī-ṭīkā with Bhāvānuvāda

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

Śrī Gopa-kumāra says, “Sometimes, desiring to increase the bliss of His devotees, He would stretch His feet in a wonderful manner, as if He were offering His lotus feet to His devotees. In this way, He performed very enchanting acts. The lotus feet of the Lord are the wealth of the devotees. However, factually, it is not possible for the Lord to give up His lotus feet, and so He extended them as if He were offering them to the devotees.”

In Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (3.8.26), Śrī Brahmā states:

पुंसां स्व-कामाय विविक्त-मार्गैर् अभ्यर्चतां काम-दुघाङ्घ्रि-पद्मम्
प्रदर्शयन्तं कृपया नखेन्दु मयूख-भिन्नाङ्गुलि-चारु-पत्रम्

puṃsāṃ sva-kāmāya vivikta-mārgair abhyarcatāṃ kāma-dughāṅghri-padmam
pradarśayantaṃ kṛpayā nakhendu mayūkha-bhinnāṅguli-cāru-patram

In order to satisfy their cherished desires, Bhagavān mercifully shows His lotus feet, which are wish-fulfilling desire trees, to those devotees who worship Him by following the path of pure bhakti. The beautiful toes of the Lord resemble tender flowers and leaves, and His moon-like toenails are effulgent.

Gopa-kumāra continues, “To attain Bhagavān, some people execute the limbs of bhakti–hearing and so on–and thus worship His lotus feet, which fulfill all types of desires. The Lord shows mercy to such devotees and extends His lotus feet towards them. If someone performs devotional service to Śrī Bhagavān while nurturing the hope, ‘Will Bhagavān similarly extend His lotus feet towards me and gesture for me to serve Him?’ then Śrī Bhagavān displays pastimes in accordance with that devotee’s cherished desire.”

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