Sri Brhad-Bhagavatamrta

BY: SUN STAFF


Jun 26, CANADA (SUN) — By Srila Sanatana Goswami, translated by Sriman Kusakratha dasa.

Part One, Chapter One

Bhauma (The Earth)

Text 1

jayati nija-padabja-prema-danavatirno
vividha-madhurimabdhih ko 'pi kaisora-gandhih
gata-parama-dasantam yasya caitanya-rupad
anubhava-padam aptam prema gopishu nityam

Glory to He who is a great ocean of many sweetnesses, who is scented with the fragrance of youth, and who, in the form of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, descended (to this world) to give pure love for His own lotus feet and to personally taste the perfect eternal love felt by the gopis.

Text 2

sri-radhika-prabhritayo nitaram jayanti
gopyo nitanta-bhagavat-priyata-prasiddhah
yasam harau parama-sauhrida-madhurinam
nirvaktum ishad api jatu na ko 'pi saktah

Glory to the gopis headed by Srimati Radharani, who are famous as the beloveds of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and the sweetness of whose intimate friendship with Lord Hari no one will ever have the slightest power to describe.

Text 3

sva-dayita-nija-bhavam yo vibhavya sva-bhavat
su-madhuram avatirno bhakta-rupena lobhat
jayati kanaka-dhama krishna-caitanya-nama
harir iha yati-veshah sri-saci-sunur eshah

Glory to Lord Hari who, seeing the very sweet love His dear devotees bear for Him, eagerly descended (to this world) in the form of a devotee, who is now splendid as gold, who is dressed as a sannyasi, who is the son of Srimati Saci-devi, and who bears the name Sri Krishna Caitanya.

Text 4

jayati mathura-devi sreshtha purishu manorama
parama-dayita kamsarater jani-sthiti-ranjita
durita-haranan mukter bhakter api pratipadanaj
jagati mahita tat-tat-krida-kathas tu viduratah

Glory to Goddess Mathura, the best and most beautiful of cities, most dear to Lord Krishna, beautified with His birth-pastime, the place where His pastimes are narrated eternally, the place that, because it removes all sins and grants liberation and devotional service, is eternally glorified in this world.

Text 5

jayati jayati vrindaranyam etan murareh
priyatamam ati-sadhu-svanta-vaikuntha-vasat
ramayati sa sada gah palayan yatra gopih
svarita-madhura-venur vardhayan prema rase

Glory, glory to Vrindavana forest, the place dearer to Lord Krishna than the transcendental realm of Vaikuntha, the place where Lord Krishna eternally protects the surabhi cows, and where, sweetly playing the flute, He arouses the pure love of the gopis in the arena of the rasa dance.

Text 6

jayati tarani-putri dharma-raja-svasa ya
kalayati mathurayah sakhyam atyeti gangam
murahara-dayita tat-pada-padma-prasutam
vahati ca makarandam nira-pura-cchalena

Glory to the Yamuna River, which is the daughter of the sun-god, the sister of Yamaraja, the friend of Mathura, superior to the Ganges, and very dear to Lord Krishna, and which flows with what seems to be water but is actually the nectar of the lotus flower of Lord Krishna's feet.

Text 7

govardhano jayati saila-kuladhirajo
yo gopikabhirudito hari-dasa-varyah
krishnena sakra-makha-bhanga-kritarcito yah
saptaham asya kara-padma-tale 'py avatsit

Glory to Govardhana Hill, the king of mountains, the hill the gopis declared was the best servant of Lord Hari, the hill personally worshiped by Lord Krishna when He stopped the indra-yajna, the hill that for seven days rested on Lord Krishna's lotus hand.

Text 8

jayati jayati krishna-prema-bhaktir yad-anghrim
nikhila-nigama-tattvam gudham ajnaya muktih
bhajati sarana-kamka vaishnavais tyajyamana
japa-yajana-tapasya-nyasa-nishtham vihaya

Glory, glory to devotional service in pure love for Krishna. Rejected by the devotees, finally understanding the confidential secret of all Vedic knowledge, and abandoning all trust in mantra-chanting, Vedic sacrifices, and severe austerity, liberation now worships the feet of devotional service. Liberation now yearns to take shelter of the feet of devotion.

Text 9

jayati jayati namananda-rupam murarer
viramita-nija-dharma-dhyana-pujadi-yatnam
katham api sakrid attam muktidam praninam yat
paramam amritam ekam jivanam bhushanam me

All glories, all glories, to the all-blissful holy name of Sri Krishna, which causes the devotee to give up all conventional religious duties, meditation, and worship. When somehow or other uttered even once by a living entity, the holy name awards him liberation. The holy name of Krishna is the highest nectar. It is my very life and my only treasure.*

Text 10

namah sri-krishnacandraya
nirupadhi-kripa krite
yah sri-caitanya-rupo 'bhut
tanvan prema-rasam kalau

Obeisances to boundlessly merciful Lord Sri Krishnacandra who, appearing as Sri Caitanya, distributed the nectar of pure love of God in the age of Kali.

Text 11

bhagavad-bhakti-sastranam
ayam sarasya sangrahah
anubhutasya caitanya-
deve tat-priya-rupatah

This book is bhakti literatures' essence, which was revealed by the Lord who is dear to the heart.

Note: The Lord who is dear to the heart is Nanda's son, who plays the flute and whose handsome form gracefully bends in three places. By His mercy He appeared in the heart and revealed the truth of devotional service.

Another interpretation is "Caitanyadeve" is {.sy 168}Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu" and "rupa" is Srila Ruapa Gosvami". Then the phrase becomes "which was revealed by Srila Rupa Gosvami, who is dear to Lord Caitanyadeva".

Text 12

srinvantu vaishnavah sastram
idam bhagavatamritam
su-gopyam praha yat premna
jaiminir janamejayam

May the saintly devotees hear this confidential book, the Bhagavatamrita (the nectar of the Supreme Personality of Godhead and His devotees), which Jaimini Rishi affectionately spoke to Maharaja Janamejaya.

Text 13

munindraj jaimineh srutva
bharatakhyanam adbhutam
parikshin-nandano 'pricchat
tat-khilam sravanotsukah

Hearing the wonderful story of Mahabharata from Jaimini, the king of sages, and becoming very eager to hear more, Maharaja Janamejaya, the son of Maharaja Parikshit, asked:

Text 14

sri-janamejaya uvaca

na vaisampayanat prapto
brahman yo bharate rasah
tvatto labdhah sa tac-chesham
madhurena samapaya

Sri Janamejaya said: O brahmana, the sweet nectar I found in your narration of Mahabharata I did not find in Vaisampayana's version. Please now sweetly finish that story.

Texts 15-17

sri-jaminir uvaca

sukadevopadesena
nihatasesha-sadhvasam
samyak-prapta-samastartham
sri-krishna-prema-samplutam

sannikrishta-nijabhishta-
padarohana-kalakam
srimat-parikshitam mata
tasyarta krishna-tat-para

virata-tanayaikante
'pricchad etan nripottamam
prabodhyanandita tena
putrena sneha-sampluta

Sri Jaimini said: Of Sri Parikshit, who was the best of kings, and who by Sukadeva's instructions had become free of all fears, wise in all spiritual knowledge, and plunged in love for Sri Krishna, and who at that moment was about to ascend to his desired destination (in the spiritual world), his mother, Uttara, who was a great devotee of Lord Krishna, who was flooded with love, and who was first distressed, and then, encouraged by her son, had become cheerful, asked:

Text 18

srimad-uttarovaca

yat sukenopadishtam te
vatsa nishkrishya tasya me
saram prakasaya kshipram
kshirambhodher ivamritam

Sri Uttara said: Son, as nectar was taken from the ocean of milk, please extract for me the essence of Sukadeva's teachings.

Text 19

sri-jaiminir uvaca

uvaca sadaram raja
parikshin matri-vatsalah
srutaty-adbhuta-govinda-
kathakhyana-rasotsukah

Sri Jaimini said: Maharaja Parikshit, who was both affectionate to his mother and eager to repeat the very wonderful nectar history of Lord Govinda he had heard, respectfully said:

Text 20

sri-vishnurata uvaca

matar yadyapi kale 'smims
cikirshita-muni-vratah
tathapy aham tava prasna-
madhuri-mukhari-kritah

Maharaja Parikshit said: Mother, although at this time I wished to follow a vow of silence, the sweetness of your question makes me eager to speak.

Texts 21-23

guroh prasadatas tasya
srimato badarayaneh
pranamya te sa-putrayah
pranadam prabhum acyutam

tat-karunya-prabhavena
srimad-bhagavatamritam
samuddhritam prayatnena
srimad-bhagavatottamaih

munindra-mandali-madhye
niscitam mahatam matam
maha-guhyam ayam samyak
kathayamy avadharaya

Bowing down, by my guru Srila Sukadeva Gosvami's mercy, to the infallible Supreme Personality of Godhead, who gave life to both you and your son, by the power of his mercy I will speak the beautiful Bhagavatamrita, the nectar of the Supreme Personality of Godhead and His devotees, which the great devotees extracted with great effort, which is the great conclusion of the assembly of sages, and which is a great secret. Please listen with great attention.

Texts 24 and 25

ekada tirtha-murdhanye
prayage muni-pungavah
maghe pratah krita-snanah
sri-madhava-samipatah

upavishta mudavishta
manyamanah kritarthatam
krishnasya dayito 'siti
slaghante sma parasparam

Once, during the month of Magha, at Prayaga, the best of holy places, many great sages bathed in the morning, happily sat down near the Deity of Lord Madhava and, thinking how to attain spiritual success, praised each other, saying "You are dear to Lord Krishna."

Text 26

matas tadanim tatraiva
vipra-varyah samagatah
dasasvamedhike tirthe
bhagavad-bhakti-tat-parah

O mother, then a great brahmana devotee of the Lord came there to Dasasvamedha-tirtha.

Text 27

sevito 'sesha-sampadbhis
tad-desasyadhikaravan
vritah parijanair vipra-
bhojanartham kritodyamah

A wealthy landowner, he and his associates had come to feed the brahmanas.

Text 28

vicitrotkrishta-vastuni
sa nishpadya maha-manah
avasyakam samapyadau
samskritya mahatim sthalim

That great soul performed his morning duties, set aside a large area, and brought many wonderful things.

Text 29

sa-tvaram catvaram tatra
madhye nirmaya sundaram
upalipya sva-hastena
vitanany udatanayat

He quickly fashioned a charming courtyard, set up many open tents, and anointed the ground with his own hand.

Text 30

salagrama-sila-rupam
krishnam svarnasane subhe
niveshya bhaktya sampujya
yatha-vidhi muda bhritah

Then he placed Lord Krishna, in His Salagrama-sila form, on a beautiful golden throne. Filled with happiness, and carefully following the proper rituals, he devotedly worshiped the Deity.

Text 31

bhogambaradi-samagrim
arpayitvagrato hareh
svayam nrityan gita-vadya-
dibhis cakre mahotsavam

He offered delicious foods, costly garments and many other valuables to Lord Hari. Then he celebrated a great festival where he himself danced to the accompaniment of singing and instrumental music.

Text 32

tato veda-puranadi-
vyakhyabhir vada-kovidan
vipran pranamya yatino
grihino brahmacarinah

Then he bowed down to offer respects to the brahmanas, who could eloquently speak on the Vedas, Puranas, and other scriptures. He bowed down to the sannyasis, householders, and brahmacaris.

Text 33

vaishnavams ca sada krishna-
kirtanananda-lampatan
su-bahun madhurair vakyair
vyavaharais ca harshayan

Then with sweet words and polite behavior he pleased the many Vaishnavas, who were always eager to taste the bliss of chanting Lord Krishna's glories.

Text 34

pada-sauca-jalam tesham
dharayan sirasi svayam
bhagavaty arpitais tadvad
annadibhir apujayat

He placed on his head the water that had washed their feet. He worshiped them by giving them the food and valuables that had been offered to the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Text 35

bhojayitva tato dinan
antyajan api sadaram
atoshayad yatha-nyayam
sva-srigalan khaga-krimin

Then he respectfully fed the poor and the outcasts, and he satisfied even the dogs, jackals, birds, and insects.

Text 36

evam santarpitaseshah
samadishto 'tha sadhubhih
parivaraih samam sesh am
sa-harsham bubhuje 'mritam

When everyone was satisfied in this way the saintly persons requested that he also eat. He and his associates then happily ate the remnants of the nectarean feast.

Text 37

tato 'bhimukham agatya
krishnasya racitanjalih
tasminn evarpayam asa
sarvam tat-phala-sancayam

Then he approached Lord Krishna, and with folded hands offered the fruits of all his actions to the Lord.

Texts 38-40

sukham samveshya devam tam
sva-griham gantum udyatam
durac chri-narado drishtvot-
thito muni-samajatah

ayam eva maha-vishnoh
preyan iti muhur bruvan
dhavan gatvantike tasya
virpendrasyedam abravit

sri-krishna-paramotkrishta-
kripaya bhajanam janam
loke vikhyapayan vyaktam
bhagavad-bhakti-lampatah

Then he put the Lord to rest and was about to go home when Sri Narada, who is always eager to serve the Lord, and who had been observing all his actions from far away, suddenly stood up in the assembly of sages, again and again said, "This person is very dear to Lord Maha-Vishnu", quickly went to the brahmana and, proclaiming to the world that this person is the object of Sri Krishna's great mercy, said:

Text 41

sri-narada uvaca

bhavan viprendra krishnasya
mahanugraha-bhajanam
yasyedrisam dhanam dravyam
audaryam vaibhavam tatha

sardham apadakam tac ca
sarvam eva maha-mate
drishtam hi sakshad asmabhir
asmims tirtha-vare 'dhuna

Sri Narada said: O king of brahmanas, Lord Krishna is very merciful to you. I have seen how in this sacred place you (have given) your money, property, generosity, and power.

Text 42

vidvad-varena tenokto
na tv idam sa maha-munih
svamin kim mayi krishnasya
kripa-lakshanam ikshitam

The learned brahmana then said to sage Narada: It is not true. My lord, what signs of Lord Krishna's mercy do you see in me?

Text 43

aham varakah ko nu syam
datum saknomi va kiyat
vaibhavam vartate kim me
bhagavad-bhajanam kutah

I am insignificant. Who am I? How much can I give in charity? What power do I have? Where is my devotion to the Supreme Personality of Godhead?

Text 44

kintu dakshina-dese yo
maha-rajo virajate
sa hi krishna-kripa-patram
yasya dese suralayah

In the south is a great king in whose country are many temples of the Lord. This king is the real object of Lord Krishna's mercy.

Text 45

sarvato bhikshavo yatra
tairthikabhyagatadayah
krishnarpitannam bhunjana
bhramanti sukhinah sada

Sustained by eating food offered to Lord Krishna, many sannyasis, pilgrims, and others comfortably travel through his country.

Text 46

rajadhani-samipe ca
sac-cid-ananda-vigrahah
sakshad ivaste bhagavan
karunyat sthiratam gatah

Near the royal palace is a deity of the Lord. It is as if the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself, whose spiritual form is eternal and full of knowledge and bliss, has, out of His great kindness, personally come there, and is deliberately standing still without moving even slightly.

Text 47

nityam nava-navas tatra
jayate paramotsavah
puja-dravyani ceshtani
nutanani pratikshanam

In that place is always a newer and newer festival where at every moment many newer and newer valuable presentations are made to the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Text 48

vishnor niveditais tais tu
sarve tad-desa-vasinah
vaidesikas ca bahavo
bhojyante tena sadaram

He respectfully feeds all the residents of his kingdom, as well as many visitors from foreign lands, with prasadam offered to Lord Vishnu.

Texts 49 and 50

pundarikaksha-devasya
tasya darsana-lobhatah
maha-prasada-rupannad
upabhoga-sukhaptitah

sadhu-sangati-labhac ca
nana-desat samagatah
nivasanti sada tatra
santo vishnu-parayanah

Because they are very eager to see the Deity of the lotus-eyed Supreme Personality of Godhead, because they are filled with happiness by tasting the remnants of food offered to the Deity, and because in this place they may meet many saintly persons, many devotees of Lord Vishnu come from foreign lands and permanently reside in his country.

Text 51

desas ca deva-viprebhyo
rajna datto vibhajya sah
nopadravo 'sti tad-dese
ko 'pi soko 'thava bhayam

The king worships the Supreme Personality of Godhead and the brahmanas, and he has given his country to them as their property. For this reason, in his country there is no calamity, no suffering, and no fear.

Text 52

akrishta-pacya sa bhumir
vrishtis tatra yatha-sukham
ishtani phala-mulani
su-labhany ambarani ca

In his country the ground produces crops even without being plowed. The rain falls as much as one could desire, and excellent fruit, roots, and garments are very easy to obtain.

Text 53

sva-svadharma-kritah sarvah
sukhinyah krishna-tat-parah
prajas tam anuvartante
maharajam yatha sutah

Righteously engaged in their various occupational duties, and completely devoted to Lord Krishna, all the people of his country are very happy. They all follow their king as if they were his sons and daughters.

Text 54

sa cagarvah sada nica-
yoga-sevabhir acyutam
bhajamano 'khilan lokan
ramayaty acyuta-priyah

Prideless, and always humbly engaged in the service of the Lord, he pleases everyone. He is very dear to the infallible Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Texts 55 and 56

tasyagre vividhair nama-
gatha-sankirtanaih svayam
nrityan divyani gitani
gayan vadyani vadayan

bhratri-bharya-sutaih pautrair
bhrityamatya-purohitaih
anyais ca svajanaih sakam
prabhum tam toshayat sada

In the presence of the Deity regularly chanting the Lord's holy names with his brothers, wives, children, grandchildren, servants, government ministers, priests, and other associates, and in that sankirtana personally dancing, singing transcendental songs, and playing musical instruments, he always brings great happiness to the Lord.

Text 57

te te tasya guna-vratah
krishna-bhakty-anuvartinah
sankhyatum kati kathyante
jnayante kati va maya

A host of good qualities follow his great devotion to Lord Krishna. How many of them can I enumerate? Of how many of them am I aware?

Text 58

sri-parikshid uvaca

tato nripa-varam drashtum
tad-dese narado vrajan
deva-pujotsavasaktas
tatra taraikshata prajah

Sri Parikshit said: Then Narada went to see that great king. As he was traveling in that king's country he noticed that the people were intently and happily engaged in the worship of the Supreme Lord.

Text 59

harshena vadayan vinam
rajadhanim gato 'dhikam
viproktad api sampasyan
sangamyovaca tam nripam

Happily playing his vina, Narada entered the palace and could see the king there. Impelled by the brahmana's words, Narada approached him and said:

Text 60

sri-narada uvaca

tvam sri-krishna-kripa-patram
yasyedrig rajya-vaibhavam
sal-loka-guna-dharmartha-
jnana-bhaktibhir anvitam

Sri Narada said: You have great royal power, saintly subjects, a host of good qualities, piety, wealth, learning and devotion to the Lord. You are certainly the object of Lord Krishna's mercy.

Text 61

sri-parikshid uvaca

tat-tad vistarya kathayann
aslishyan bhupatim muhuh
prasasamsa gunan gayan
vinaya vaishnavottamah

Sri Parikshit said: Narada Muni, the best of Vaishnavas, played his vina and glorified the king's good qualities in song. Narada embraced the king again and again.

Text 62

sarvabhaumo muni-varam
sampujya prasrito 'bravit
nija-slagha-bharaj jata-
lajja-namita-mastakah

His head bowed down with embarrassment to hear so much praise of himself, the humble king worshiped the great sage Narada and then spoke the following words:

Texts 63 and 64

devarshe 'lpayusham svalpai-
svaryam alpa-pradam naram
asvatantram bhayakrantam
tapa-traya-niyantritam

krishnanugraha-vakyasyapy
ayogyam avicaratah
tadiya-karuna-patram
katham mam manyate bhavan

Devarshi Narada, my life is short. My power is very circumscribed, I have very little to give in charity. I am not independent. I am governed by fear. I remain under the dominion of the three-fold miseries. Why, without considering all these points, do you consider me, who am so unqualified, to be the object of Lord Krishna's mercy?

Text 65

deva eva daya-patram
vishnor bhagavatah kila
pujyamana narair nityam
tejomaya-saririnah

The demigods have effulgent and very powerful bodies. They are always worshiped by human beings. They are the actual object of Lord Vishnu's mercy.

Text 66

nishpapah sattvika duhkha-
rahitah sukhinah sada
svacchandacara-gatayo
bhakteccha-vara-dayakah

The demigods are sinless. They are situated in the mode of goodness. They never suffer. They are always happy. They are completely independent. They have the power to fulfill all the desires of their devotees.

Text 67

yesham hi bhogyam amritam
mrityu-roga-jaradi-hrit
svecchayopanatam kshut-trid-
badhabhave 'pi tushtidam

Whenever they wish they can drink nectar that satisfies all their hunger and thirst and frees them from old-age, disease, death, and all distress.

Text 68

vasanti bhagavan svarge
maha-bhagya-balena ye
yo nribhir bharate varshe
sat-punyair labhyate kritaih

My lord, by the power of their great good fortune these demigods reside in Svargaloka. The human beings who reside in Bharata-varsha may enter that Svarga realm only by performing many pious deeds.

Text 69

mune visishtas tatrapi
tesham indrah purandarah
nigrahe 'nugrahe 'piso
vrishtibhir loka-jivanah

The most important of these demigods is Maharaja Indra. He has the power to reward or punish. It is he who nourishes the world with rain.

Text 70

trilokisvarata yasya
yuganam eka-saptatim
yasvamedha-satenapi
sarvabhaumasya durlabha

For 71 yugas he is the master of the three planetary systems. If a human king performs 100 asvamedha-yajnas he will not obtain such a post.

Text 71

haya uccaihsrava yasya
gaja airavato mahan
kamadhug gaur upavanam
nandanam ca virajate

His horse is Uccahi srava, his great elephant Airavata, his cow Kamadhuk, and his garden the Nandana.

Text 72

parijatadayo yatra
vartante kama-purakah
kama-rupa-dharah kalpa-
drumah kalpa-latanvitah

In the Nandana garden are parijatas and many other flowers that fulfill all desires, and there are also many kalpa-druma trees and kalpa-lata vines that also fulfill all desires.

Text 73

yesham ekena pushpena
yatha-kamam su-sidhyati
vicitra-gita-vaditra-
nritya-veshasanadikam

A single flower from that garden fulfills all desires. Indra's abode is filled with very wonderful singing, dancing, instrumental music, colorful garments, delicious food, and a host of other opulences and pleasures.

Text 74

ah kim vacyam param tasya
saubhagyam bhagavan gatah
kanishtha-bhratritam yasya
vishnur vamana-rupa-dhrik

Ah! What more can I say about his good fortune? The Supreme Personality of Godhead Lord Vishnu became his younger brother Vamana.

Text 75

apadbhyo yam asau rakshan
harshayan yena vistritam
sakshat svi-kurute pujam
tad vetsi tvam utaparam

Lord Vamana brings Indra great happiness. Lord Vamana protects Indra from all calamities. Lord Vamana personally accepts the opulent worship Indra offers. You know all this. What more need I say?



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