Brihad Bhagavatamrita (commentary)

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

The Brihad-bhagavatamrita Verse 2.4.246, 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 2.4.246 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 2.4.246:

सङ्कीर्तनं तस्य यथोदितं प्रभोः कुर्वन् गतस् तत्र निज-प्रियेश्वरम् ।
श्री-कृष्ण-चन्द्रं यदुभिर् वृतं चिरं दिदृक्षितं द्रक्ष्यसि तं मनोहरम् ॥ २४६ ॥

saṅkīrtanaṃ tasya yathoditaṃ prabhoḥ kurvan gatas tatra nija-priyeśvaram |
śrī-kṛṣṇa-candraṃ yadubhir vṛtaṃ ciraṃ didṛkṣitaṃ drakṣyasi taṃ manoharam || 246 ||

saṅkīrtanam–loud chanting; tasya–of Him; yathā–as; uditam–rising; prabhoḥ–of the Lord; kurvan–while performing; gataḥ–gone; tatra–there; nija-priya-īśvaram–your own dear Lord; śrī-kṛṣṇacandram–the moon of Śrī Kṛṣṇa; yadubhiḥ–by the Yadus; vṛtam–surrounded; ciram–for a long time; didṛkṣitam–desired to see; drakṣyasi–you will see; tam–Him; manaḥ-haram–mindenchanting.

Chanting the holy names of your Lord is the only way to reach Dvārakā. When you get there, you will finally receive what you have been anxiously awaiting for such a long, long time–darśana of your most attractive, beloved Śrī Kṛṣṇacandra, surrounded by the Yādavas.

Commentary: Dig-darśinī-ṭīkā with Bhāvānuvāda

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

“How will I reach that Dvārāvatī?” In reply, Śrī Nārada speaks this verse beginning with saṅkīrtanam. He says, “Arriving at Dvārāvatī, you will have darśana of your indescribably glorious Śrī Kṛṣṇa, who is surrounded by the Yādavas. You have been anxious to see Him for such a long time.”

Śrī Gopa-kumāra might say, “I have been waiting all this time only to see my worshipable Lord Śrī Madana-gopāla.” Śrī Nārada assures him, “Indeed, that Śrī Kṛṣṇa is your beloved Lord, your charming worshipable Deity, Bhagavān Śrī Madana-gopāla-deva, who fully captivates everyone’s heart.”

Śrī Gopa-kumāra might ask, “What is the quickest and easiest way to reach Dvārakā?” Śrī Nārada replies, “The saṅkīrtana of Śrī Kṛṣṇacandra’s name is the only means to get there. Therefore, as the scriptures enjoin, you should sweetly sing of His qualities, glorify Him in verse, call out His names loudly, and praise Him.”

Śrī Gopa-kumāra might wonder, “How will I know how to properly glorify Him?” Śrī Nārada tells him, “The glories of your Lord are never secret; they are celebrated in the scriptures.” In other words, Nārada is instructing, “Chant the holy names in a manner such that those glories manifest in your heart. Then there will be no need to follow the scriptural injunctions.”

Gopa-kumāra might question, “How can I happily receive darśana of my worshipable Deity if I transgress scriptural injunctions?” Śrī Nārada answers, “Do not think like this. The Lord forgives the innumerable offences of His servitors. Because Śrī Kṛṣṇa is so powerful, if one somehow chants His holy names, all one’s desires will be fulfilled.”

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