Brihad Bhagavatamrita (commentary)

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

The Brihad-bhagavatamrita Verse 2.4.243, 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 2.4.243 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 2.4.243:

सीता-पते श्री-रघुनाथ लक्ष्मण-ज्येष्ठ प्रभो श्री-हनूमत्-प्रियेश्वर ।
इत्य्-आदिकं कीर्तय वेद-शास्त्रतः ख्यातं स्मरंस् तद्-गुण-रूप-वैभवम् ॥ २४३ ॥

sītā-pate śrī-raghunātha lakṣmaṇa-jyeṣṭha prabho śrī-hanūmat-priyeśvara |
ity-ādikaṃ kīrtaya veda-śāstrataḥ khyātaṃ smaraṃs tad-guṇa-rūpa-vaibhavam || 243 ||

sītā-pate–O Lord of Sītā; śrī-raghunātha–O Lord of the Raghus; lakṣmaṇa-jyeṣṭha–O elder brother of Lakṣmaṇa; prabho–O Lord; śrī-hanumat-priya–beloved of Hanumān; īśvara–O Lord; iti–thus; ādikam–and so forth; kīrtaya–sing loudly; veda-śāstrataḥ–from the Vedic scriptures; khyātam–described; smaran–remembering; tat–His; guṇa–qualities; rūpa–form; vaibhavam–and opulences.

You should perform nāma-kīrtana, singing loudly, “O Sītāpati! O Raghunātha! O elder brother of Lakṣmaṇa! O Lord! O beloved master of Hanumān!” In this way, you should remember Śrī Raghunāthajī’s renowned form, qualities, pastimes, and so on, which are mentioned in the Vedic scriptures.

Commentary: Dig-darśinī-ṭīkā with Bhāvānuvāda

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

Instructing Śrī Gopa-kumāra, Śrī Nārada speaks this verse beginning with sītā-pate. He says, “Names such as Śrī Hanumat-priya-īśvara are the Lord’s sambodhana names (names used to address someone).” The word ādi also refers to names such as Śrī Kauśalyā-nandana (son of Kauśalyā), Dāśarathi (descendent of Daśaratha), Bharat-agraja (elder brother of Bharata), and Sugrīvasakhā (friend of Sugrīva), etc. “You should perform kīrtana of all these names that are sambodhana.

“What more should you do? You should also remember or contemplate within your mind Śrī Raghuvīra’s renowned qualities such as His modesty and humility; His beauty; His dark-colored complexion, greenish like durvā grass; His magnificent activities like wielding a bow; His majesty; and His glories.”

Gopa-kumāra might ask, “What is the nature of Śrī Raghuvīra’s opulences and deeds?” Śrī Nārada replies, “They are celebrated in the

Vedas, Purāṇas, and other scriptures. Therefore, you already know these.”

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