by Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmī | 552,965 words
The Brihad Bhagavatamrita by Sanatana Gosvami is a consummate rendering in Sanskrit verse of Vaishnava devotional spirituality as inspired by Krishna-Caitanya, or simply Caitanya (1486–1533). This is the English translation including the original Sanskrit text, roman transliteration (IAST), a word-by-by-word glossary and a commentary. The full ti...
Verse 1.2.30: Sanskrit text
परमेष्ठि-सुत-श्रेष्ठ किन्तु स्व-पितरं हरेः
अनुग्रह-पदं विद्धि लक्ष्मी-कान्त-सुतो हि सः
parameṣṭhi-suta-śreṣṭha kintu sva-pitaraṃ hareḥ
anugraha-padaṃ viddhi lakṣmī-kānta-suto hi saḥ
paramesthi-suta-srestha kintu sva-pitaram hareh
anugraha-padam viddhi laksmi-kanta-suto hi sah
parame-sthi—of the head of the universe, Brahmā; suta-śreṣṭha—O best son; kintu—but; sva-pitaram— your father; hareḥ—of Lord Hari; anugraha—of the favor; padam—the recipient; viddhi—please know; lakṣmī-kānta—of Lord Viṣṇu, the husband of Lakṣmī; sutaḥ—the son; hi—indeed; saḥ—he.
The four Kumāras, headed by Sanaka, are senior to Nārada by age, as are several other sons of Brahmā, but Nārada is superior by virtue of his pure devotion to Lord Lakṣmī-kānta. But even better than the best son is the father, born not from Mother Lakṣmī’s womb but directly from the navel of the Supreme Person.