Brihad Bhagavatamrita (commentary)

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

The Brihad-bhagavatamrita Verse 2.4.190, 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 2.4.190 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 2.4.190:

विचित्र-लीला-विभवस्य तस्य समुद्र-कोटि-गहनाशयस्य ।
विचित्र-तत्-तद्-रुचि-दान-लीला-विभूतिम् उत्तार्कयितुं प्रभुः कः ॥ १९० ॥

vicitra-līlā-vibhavasya tasya samudra-koṭi-gahanāśayasya |
vicitra-tat-tad-ruci-dāna-līlā-vibhūtim uttārkayituṃ prabhuḥ kaḥ || 190 ||

vicitra-līlā–astonishing pastimes; vibhavasya–greatness; tasya–His; samudra-koṭī–as millions of oceans; gahana–deep; āśayasya–of His heart; vicitra–amazing; tat-tat-ruci–of respective tastes; dāna–endowing; līlā–of pastimes; vibhūtim–the opulence; uttarkayitum–to comprehend through logic; prabhuḥ–capable; kaḥ–who.

Śrī Kṛṣṇa’s pastimes expand with ever-new variety. His heart is as deep as millions of oceans. By logic no one can understand the purpose for which He has placed different tastes in the hearts of His devotees and expanded the opulence of His pastimes accordingly.

Commentary: Dig-darśinī-ṭīkā with Bhāvānuvāda

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

Śrī Gopa-kumāra may raise the doubt, “The Supreme Lord, the source of all knowledge and the originator of actions, is known as Hṛṣīkeśa, the controller of the senses. So why does He not equally inspire all devotees to have a taste for the topmost worship?”

In answer, Śrī Nārada speaks this verse beginning with vicitra. He says, “Śrī Kṛṣṇa wants to taste wonderful, variegated nectarean rasas. Therefore, He has placed a variety of extraordinary desires in the hearts of the devotees, endowing them with special moods. Significantly, because the heart of the Lord is unfathomably deep like millions of oceans, no one can ascertain the opulence of His pastimes by means of reason and logic.

Bhagavān has bestowed a vast variety of tastes among His devotees. The reason is that by constantly expanding His pastimes in ever-new ways, He gets the opportunity to relish all these sweet flavors. Otherwise, it would not be possible to taste such sweetness. In this way, as the Lord expands the opulence of His manifold pastimes, His devotees experience His grace according to their respective tastes. Considering their respective moods to be topmost, and tasting the mellows related to those moods, they are fully satisfied.”

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