Brihad Bhagavatamrita (commentary)

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

The Brihad-bhagavatamrita Verse 2.4.258, 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 2.4.258 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 2.4.258:

तद्-दऋष्णानन्द-भरेण मोहितो दण्ड-प्रणामार्थम् इवापतं पुरः ।
ततश् च तेनार्थ-वरेण वाञ्चितो व्युत्थापितस् तत्-कृपया व्यलोकयम् ॥ २५८ ॥

tad-daṛṣṇānanda-bhareṇa mohito daṇḍa-praṇāmārtham ivāpataṃ puraḥ |
tataś ca tenārtha-vareṇa vāñcito vyutthāpitas tat-kṛpayā vyalokayam || 258 ||

tat–of Him; darśana–of the sight; ānanda-bhareṇa–because of the weight of bliss; mohitaḥ–swooned; daṇḍa–like a stick; praṇāmaartham–to offer homage by bowing; iva–as if; apatam–I fell; puraḥ–before; tataḥ–then; ca–also; tena–by Him; artha-vareṇa–from the valuable goal of life; vañcitaḥ–cheated; vyutthāpitaḥ–awoken; tatkṛpayā–by His mercy; vyalokayam–I saw.

Overcome with the bliss of seeing Him, I swooned and fell before Him as if offering prostrated obeisances. While unconscious, I lost that feeling of bliss. Nevertheless, by His mercy, my consciousness returned and I again had His darśana.

Commentary: Dig-darśinī-ṭīkā with Bhāvānuvāda

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

Śrī Gopa-kumāra says, “Due to the bliss generated by the Lord’s darśana, I fainted and fell on the ground as if offering prostrated obeisances unto Him. However, because I could not behold the Lord while I was in that totally unconscious state, it deprived me of the bliss I was feeling from His direct darśana.”

The Mathurā brāhmaṇa might question, “Although you were unable to see the Lord directly while unconscious, still you must have been experiencing the bliss of seeing Him within your heart. So why were you so insistent upon seeing the Lord directly?”

Gopa-kumāra replies, “Darśana of the Lord received externally with one’s eyes is the foremost among all the goals of human life (puruṣārthas). It is the desired goal, or ripened fruit, of the process of realizing the Lord within one’s heart. Far more mercy is required to see the Lord directly than within one’s heart. Later on, by the power of the Lord’s mercy, I regained consciousness and my eyes were again blessed by His darśana.”

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