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 2.2.123: Sanskrit text

आशीर्भिर् वर्धयित्वा तान् स्नेहेनाघ्राय मूर्धसु
किञ्चित् समनुशिष्यासौ तं द्वीपं वेगतो ’गमत्

āśīrbhir vardhayitvā tān snehenāghrāya mūrdhasu
kiñcit samanuśiṣyāsau taṃ dvīpaṃ vegato ’gamat

asirbhir vardhayitva tan snehenaghraya murdhasu
kincit samanusisyasau tam dvipam vegato ’gamat

Word-by-word synonyms

āśīrbhiḥ—with blessings; vardhayitvā—encouraging; tān—them; snehena—with affection; āghrāya— smelling them; mūrdhasu—on the heads; kiñcit— something; samanuśiṣya—instructing; asau—he; tam—that; dvīpam—to the dvīpa; vegataḥ—quickly; agamat—went.

English translation

123. He increased the good fortune of the Kumāras by his blessings and affectionately smelled their heads. Then, after giving them some good instructions, he quickly went off to the dvīpa he was on his way to visit.

Commentary (Dig-darśinī)

Commentary: Unable to understand what Brahmā had told the four brothers, Gopa-kumāra only mentioned the conversation but did not describe the details. We can presume that Brahmā told Sanaka and his brothers something about the intimate aspects of devotional service to the Supreme Lord. The word anuśiṣya indicates that Brahmā repeated his instructions a few times to ensure that the Kumāras would assimilate them. Then he continued on to Puṣkara-dvīpa.