by Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyana Gosvāmī Mahārāja | 2005 | 440,179 words | ISBN-13: 9781935428329
The Brihad-bhagavatamrita Verse 2.4.259, 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 2.4.259 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 2.4.259:
मां तत्र हित्वा निज-सेवयाहृतः प्लुत्यैकया श्री-हनूमान् गतोऽन्तिकम् ।
सीतानुरूपा रमते प्रिया प्रभोः सव्येऽस्य पार्श्वेऽनुज-लक्ष्मणोऽन्यतः ॥ २५९ ॥
māṃ tatra hitvā nija-sevayāhṛtaḥ plutyaikayā śrī-hanūmān gato'ntikam |
sītānurūpā ramate priyā prabhoḥ savye'sya pārśve'nuja-lakṣmaṇo'nyataḥ || 259 ||
mām–me; tatra–there; hitvā–gave up; nija-sevayā–by service; āhṛtaḥ–taken; plutyā–by a leap; ekayā–one; śrī-hanumān–Śrī Hanumān; gataḥ–gone; antikam–nearby; sītā–Sītā; anurūpā–counterpart; ramate–enjoys; priyā–the beloved; prabhoḥ–of the Lord; savye–on the left; asya–of Him; pārśve–at the side; anu-ja–younger brother; lakṣmaṇaḥ–Lakṣmaṇa; anyataḥ–on the other side.
Śrī Hanumānjī, being attached to his service, left me in that condition and returned to the Lord in just one leap. I saw that Lord Rāma’s beloved Śrī Sītā-devī, His perfect counterpart, was seated on His left side, and His younger brother Lakṣmaṇa sat with some other eternal associates on His right.
Commentary: Dig-darśinī-ṭīkā with Bhāvānuvāda
(By Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmī himself including a deep purport of that commentary)
In three verses, beginning here with mām, Śrī Gopa-kumāra describes what he saw upon regaining consciousness. He says, “Śrī Hanumān was standing right next to me, pacifying me. Then suddenly he left me, and due to his nature as a monkey, he took one leap and reached his Lord.”
One might ask, “Why did he abandon you like that?” Gopa-kumāra answers, “He left me, being attracted by his natural, eternal service. Because service alone was his sole source of bliss, it was as if service itself attracted him and brought him near the Lord.”
“My eyes were benedicted with another wonderful vision. Although darśana of Lord Rāma is naturally blissful, seeing Him with Śrī Jānakīdevī (Sītā-devī) sitting on His left, Śrī Lakṣmaṇa on His right, and His best servant Śrī Hanumān rendering service in front of Him was especially magnificent and gave me great happiness. There is no comparison to how the Lord was showering His most intimate associates with His matchless affection. His beloved consort and perfect match, Śrī Jānakī-devī, even more beautiful than Śrī Lakṣmīdevī, was decorating the Lord’s left side and was serving Him by offering tāmbūla. His younger brother, Śrī Lakṣmaṇa, graced His right side. Receiving such a charmingly beautiful darśana, I was submerged in an ocean of bliss.”