Brihad Bhagavatamrita

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

Word-by-word synonyms

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.

English translation

30. But you should know, O best son of Brahmā, that your own father is the true recipient of the favor of Lord Hari. He is directly the son of Lord Viṣṇu, the husband of Lakṣmī.

Commentary (Dig-darśinī)

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.