Brihad Bhagavatamrita (commentary)

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

The Brihad-bhagavatamrita Verse 2.4.192, 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 2.4.192 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 2.4.192:

न सच्-चिद्-आनन्द-घनात्मनां हि स्वल्पेऽपि सौख्ये बहु-सौख्य-बुद्धिः ।
संसारिकाणाम् इव नापि तुच्छ-सुखानुभूतिर् यतिनाम् इव स्यात् ॥ १९२ ॥

na sac-cid-ānanda-ghanātmanāṃ hi svalpe'pi saukhye bahu-saukhya-buddhiḥ |
saṃsārikāṇām iva nāpi tuccha-sukhānubhūtir yatinām iva syāt || 192 ||

na–not; sat-cit-ānanda–who experience eternality, cognizance, and bliss; ghana–intense; ātmanām–for those persons; hi–certainly; su-alpe–very insignificant; api–even; saukhye–in happiness; bahu–great; saukhya–of happiness; buddhiḥ–concept; sāṃsārikāṇām–for those attached to mundane existence; iva–like; na–not; api–also; tuccha–trifling; sukha–of happiness; anubhūtiḥ–experience; yatinām–of renunciants; iva–like; syāt–it may be.

Worldly sense enjoyers regard their insignificant material happiness to be complete, and hosts of sannyāsīs find full satisfaction in the paltry happiness of liberation through knowledge of the self, but pure devotees, who are endowed with the nature of sac-cid-ānanda, do not regard such trifling happiness as anything great.

Commentary: Dig-darśinī-ṭīkā with Bhāvānuvāda

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

Śrī Gopa-kumāra might raise the following doubt, “One considers small pleasures to be total happiness only by the influence of ignorance.”

In answer to this, Śrī Nārada speaks this verse beginning with na. He says, “Hedonists regard the paltry happiness of sense enjoyment as all-in-all, but devotees do not consider such trifling happiness to be complete. Sannyāsīs, hoping to experience the insignificant happiness of liberation through the cultivation of knowledge of the self (ātma-jñāna), are hardly ever successful in directly experiencing even that. Both types of persons–the mundane materialist and the impersonalist sannyāsī–are unable to realize the nature of the soul, which is transcendental, an embodiment of eternity, knowledge, and bliss, and thus they regard their petty pleasures as ultimate. Once one attains knowledge of one’s true self, all ignorance is certainly dispelled. Because devotees of the Lord are themselves utterly full of bliss, there is no question of their being attracted by any lesser enjoyment.”

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