Srila Prabhupada on Srimad Bhagavatam, 1.1.5

BY: SUN STAFF


Apr 21, 2011 — CANADA (SUN) — A serial exploration of Srila Prabhupada's preaching on Srimad Bhagavatam.

Because Srila Prabhupada gave only one lecture on Srimad Bhagavatam 1.1.4, in which he addressed both 1.1.4 and 1.1.5, we will also present the two slokas in tandem. Following is SB 1.1.5 sloka and purport from Srila Prabhupada's original Srimad Bhagwatam, with a side-by-side comparison of the sloka and translation as it appeared in the Bhagwatam and the first BBT Bhagavatam edition.

In tomorrow's segment, we will look at the essential points Srila Prabhupada presented in his lecture, how they correlate to the translation, and what other citations were made in the lecture.

Following is Text 5 of the First Chapter, First Canto of Srimad Bhagavatam, with the sloka from Bhagwatam on the left, and from Bhagavatam (without diacritics) on the right:


Ta ekada tu munayah pratar huta agnayah
Satkritam sutam asinam prapachhu idam adarat

ta ekada tu munayah
pratar huta-hutagnayah
sat-krtam sutam asinam
papracchur idam adarat


Here is the original Bhagwatam text for SB 1.1.5:


SRIMAD BHAGWATAM
FIRST CANTO
FIRST CHAPTER
TEXT NO. 5


Ta ekada tu munayah pratar huta agnayah
Satkritam sutam asinam prapachhu idam adarat

    ENGLISH SYNONYMS

    Ta —the sages, Ekada —one day, tu —but, Munayah —sages, pratar —morning, huta —burning, agnaya —fire, satkritam —due respects, Sutam —Sri Suta Goswami, asinam —seated on, prapachhu —made querries, idam —on this (as follows), adarat —with due regards.

    TRANSLATION

    So one day the great sages after finishing the morning duties by burning the sacrificial fire and offering respectful seat to Srila Suta Goswami made enquiries about the following with great regards.

    PURPORT

    Morning time is the best and the most suitable occasion for holding holy service and here are the indications for such spiritual association. The great sages offered to speaker of Bhagwat a respectful elevated seat for comfortable accomodation. Such seat is called the Vyasa Asana or the seat of Sri Vyasadeva. Sri Vyasadeva is the original spiritual preceptor for all men. And all other preceptors are considered to be His representative. Representative means one who can exactly present the view point of Sri Vyasadeva. Sri Vyasadeva impregnated the message of Bhagwatam unto Srila Suka Deva Goswami and Sri Suta Goswami heard it from him (Sri Suka Deva Goswami). All bonafied representatives of Sri Vyasdeva in the right chain of disciplic succession are to be understood as Goswamins because such Goswamins restrain all the senses from being deviated from the path of previous Acharyas. The Goswamins do not deliver lectures on Bhagwat capriciously but they execute the service most carefully with regard for his predicessor who delivered the spiritual message unbroken.

    The listeners of the Bhagwat from such bonafide representative of Sri Vyasdeva may put questions to the speaker for eliciting the clear meaning but it must not be done in challenging spirit but must be submitted with great regard for the speaker and the subject matter. That is the way recommended in the Bhagwat Geeta. One must learn the transcendental subject by submissive aural reception and that also from the right sources. And thus the sages asked the speaker with great respect.

    Bhaktivedanta Book Trust


As seen below, there are a number of differences between the original Bhagwatam translation (left) and the later BBT version (right):


So one day the great sages after finishing the morning duties by burning the sacrificial fire and offering respectful seat to Srila Suta Goswami made enquiries about the following with great regards.

One day, after finishing their morning duties by burning a sacrificial fire and offering a seat of esteem to Srila Suta Goswami, the great sages made inquiries, with great respect, about the following matters.



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