by Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyana Gosvāmī Mahārāja | 2005 | 440,179 words | ISBN-13: 9781935428329
The Brihad-bhagavatamrita Verse 2.4.226, 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 2.4.226 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 2.4.226:
तत्-प्रसादेन भक्तानाम् अधीनो भगवान् भवेत् ।
इति स्वातन्त्र्य-हान्येव न तां दद्यान् महेश्वरः ॥ २२६ ॥
tat-prasādena bhaktānām adhīno bhagavān bhavet |
iti svātantrya-hānyeva na tāṃ dadyān maheśvaraḥ || 226 ||
tat-prasādena–by Bhakti-devī’s mercy; bhaktānām–to His devotees; adhīnaḥ–subordinate; bhagavān–the Lord; bhavet–can become; iti–thus; svātantrya–on His independence; hānyā–infringing; iva–as if; na–not; tām–that (pure devotion); dadyāt–is inclined to give; maheśvaraḥ–the Supreme Lord.
By the mercy of bhakti, Śrī Bhagavān, the Supreme Lord, becomes subordinate to His devotees. Coming under their control, He loses His independence. Therefore, He does not easily grant His pure loving service.
Commentary: Dig-darśinī-ṭīkā with Bhāvānuvāda
(By Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmī himself including a deep purport of that commentary)
Śrī Nārada wants to explain why Bhagavān does not grant devotional service easily. In six verses, beginning here with tat, he first explains the opinion of others (4.226), and then he gives his own opinion (4.227–231). He says, “By the mercy of prema-bhakti, Bhagavān comes under the control of His devotees, and so He does not easily grant bhakti-yoga to anyone. By nature, the Supreme Lord Parameśvara is never ever under anyone’s control. How then would He agree to surrender His independence and come under the control of His devotees?” (This is the opinion of others.)