by Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyana Gosvāmī Mahārāja | 2005 | 440,179 words | ISBN-13: 9781935428329
The Brihad-bhagavatamrita Verse 2.4.252, 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 2.4.252 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 2.4.252:
तैः सहाग्रे गतो वंशीम् आकर्षद्भिः करान् मम ।
नरान् अपश्यं वैकुण्ठ-पार्षदेभ्योऽपि सुन्दरान् ॥ २५२ ॥
taiḥ sahāgre gato vaṃśīm ākarṣadbhiḥ karān mama |
narān apaśyaṃ vaikuṇṭha-pārṣadebhyo'pi sundarān || 252 ||
taiḥ saha–by them; agre–in front; gataḥ–taken; vaṃśīm–the flute; ākarṣadbhiḥ–by the snatchers; karāt mama–from my hand; narān–men; apaśyam–I saw; vaikuṇṭha–of Vaikuṇṭha; pārṣadebhyaḥ–than the associates; api–even; sundarān–more handsome.
As soon as I came close, those monkeys snatched the flute from my hands. As I entered the city with them, I saw human beings who were even more beautiful than the eternal associates of Vaikuṇṭha.
Commentary: Dig-darśinī-ṭīkā with Bhāvānuvāda
(By Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmī himself including a deep purport of that commentary)
Now, he describes some of the characteristics of Ayodhyā. Śrī Gopa-kumāra says, “First, those monkeys grabbed my flute. They snatched it away either because the flute indicated I was different from them and, being devotees of Śrī Raghunāthajī, they were intolerant of a mood different from theirs, or because they considered it very attractive.
“While going ahead with those monkeys, I saw groups of Śrī Raghunāthajī’s associates who had human forms. What were those personal associates like? They were far more beautiful than the eternal associates of Śrī Vaikuṇṭha. The Vaikuṇṭha associates were fourhanded (caturbhuja), having attained the specific opulence known as sārūpya, having a form similar to Śrī Nārāyaṇa. All these Ayodhyā associates were two-handed because they had attained forms similar to Śrī Raghunāthajī and this made them look more beautiful than the Vaikuṇṭha associates.”