Brihad Bhagavatamrita (commentary)

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

The Brihad-bhagavatamrita Verse 2.4.153, 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 2.4.153 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 2.4.153:

ये च लक्ष्मी-पतेर् अष्टाक्षरादि-मनु-तत्-पराः ।
ते हि सर्वे स्व-देहान्ते वैकुण्ठम् इमम् आश्रिताः ॥ १५३ ॥

ye ca lakṣmī-pater aṣṭākṣarādi-manu-tat-parāḥ |
te hi sarve sva-dehānte vaikuṇṭham imam āśritāḥ || 153 ||

ye–who; ca–also; lakṣmī–of the goddess of fortune; pateḥ–of the husband; aṣṭa-akṣara–eight-syllable; ādi–and so forth; manu–combination of mind-enchanting names of God; tat-parāḥ–dedicated to Him; te–they; hi–indeed; sarve–all; sva-deha–of their bodies; ante–at the end; vaikuṇṭham–Vaikuṇṭha; imam–this; āśritāḥ–taken shelter.

When those devotees who worship the husband of Lakṣmī with His eight-syllable mantra, or with any of His mantras, give up their present material bodies, without doubt they obtain the shelter of Vaikuṇṭha.

Commentary: Dig-darśinī-ṭīkā with Bhāvānuvāda

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

Śrī Nārada says, “The devotees who worship Śrī Lakṣmī-pati with His eight-syllable, five-syllable, twelve-syllable, or any other of His mantras obtain staunch loving devotion to one or more of His forms and thus arrive in Vaikuṇṭha.”

Śrī Parāśara states in Śrī Viṣṇu Purāṇa:

गत्वा गत्वा निवर्तन्ते चन्द्र-सूर्यादयो ग्रहाः
अद्यापि न निवर्तन्ते द्वादशाक्षर-चिन्तकाः

gatvā gatvā nivartante candra-sūryādayo grahāḥ
adyāpi na nivartante dvādaśākṣara-cintakāḥ

The planets, including the moon and the sun, undergo creation and destruction over and over again. However, those who meditate on the twelve-syllable mantra, having reached Vaikuṇṭha, have not returned to the material world, even till this day.

Here the term ‘twelve-syllable mantra’ implies all the mantras of Bhagavān in a generic sense. This means that every mantra of Bhagavān, such as the eight-syllable and five-syllable mantras that consist of the Lord’s names, can grant residence in Vaikuṇṭha. If the devotee develops unwavering faith in any particular worshipable Deity, considering Him the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and serves Him, then at the time of death he shall obtain shelter in Vaikuṇṭha. This has already been explained.

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