IT IS OUR GREAT, GOOD FORTUNE to present to Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami
Maharaja the first English edition of his translation of Srila
Sanatana Gosvamipada's Sri Brhad-bhagavatamrta, with commentary by Srila Sanatana Gosvamipada. Sri Brhad-bhagavatamrta
is the first, and the foundation, of the famous Gosvami
granthas, or literature produced
approximately 500 years ago in Vrndavana by the
followers of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
This translation has come about only by Srila
Narayana Gosvami Maharaja's ardent desire. Whenever
he has had time in the course of his travelling, preaching, and writing, he has
affectionately inquired into the book's progress and has given valuable
guidance and insights into the profound nature of this incomparable treatise.
It is our prayer that this translation conveys the beauty and depth of Srila Narayana Gosvami Maharaja's
realized understanding that suffuses the Hindi edition.
The particular purva-paksa style of Srila
writing has already been explained in the author's Preface. In pursuance of the
mood of this question-and-answer format, which is expressed in the Sanskrit
with the word nanu and in the Hindi with the term yadi kaho ki, we have presented the purva-paksa as a dialogue between the various
personalities of this story.
Srila Narayana Gosvarnl
Maharaja has written a bhavanuvada of
Srila Sanataria Gosvamipada's commentary that is entitled Dig-darsini-tika. Because the
Sanskrit is often very concise, explanatory terms make it more accessible. Bhavanuvada is translated as an 'expanded
commentary,' or 'translation in essence.'
It also bears mention that Sri Brhad-bhagavatamrta is Simultaneously both the
transcendental story of Sri Gopa-kumara's attaining
the perfection of his heart's desire - his loving relationship with Sri Krsna - and a presentation of fundamental spiritual truths,
or sambandha jnana. To preserve the accuracy of
the sometimes complex aspects of the book, we have used many of the original
Sanskrit terms along with their translated meanings. We hope this aids the
reader in a deeper understanding of the subject matter.
Where verses have not been fully referenced, it is
because Srila Sanatana Gosvamipada did not include their details. In these cases,
we have simply left them as they are.
The production of Sri Brhad-bhagavatamrta has been a
service of many years, and it is impossible to properly acknowledge all those
who have contributed their time and talents. Out of humility, some have asked
that their names be withheld, but we are indebted to everyone. The following
persons are especially appreciated:
The English translation was done by Sripada B.V. Visnudaivata
Maharaja. Our editorial consultants were Sripada B.V.
Madhava Maharaja, Amala-krsna
dasa, Madhava-priya dasa, Vijaya-krsna dasa, Prema-prayojana dasa, and Gaura-priva dasi. English editors were Manjari
dasi, Sarvabhavana dasa, and Kundalata dasi, Contributing editors were Vaijayanti-mala dasi, Bhadra dasi, and Madhavendra Puri dasa, Hindi
editors were Sripada BV. Visnudaivata Maharaja, Visnu dasa, janaki
dasi, Akhilesa dasa, Mukunda Datta dasa, and Pankaja dasa. Sanskrit Editors were Sripada
BV. Bhagavata Maharaja, Sripada
B.Y. Visnudaivata Maharaja, Giridhari
dasa, and Paramesvari dasa. Proofreading was done by Syamarani
dasi, Vaijavanti-mala dasi, Santi dasi,
Sulata dasi, Bernie, and Vamsidhara dasa, Jaya-gopala dasa
provided technical support. Additional help was given by Mukunda
dasa. Brajanatha dasa has consistently supported and encouraged the
Our art director, designer, and print production
coordinator was Krsna- prema
dasa. Layout was done by Krsna-karunva
dasa, who was assisted by Jayadeva
dasa and Ananga-mohan dasa, The art director was Svamarani dasi, who was assisted by Premavati
dasi and Silpa-kari ni dasi,
Vidhi-bhakti dasi was a
contributor. The cover painting artist is Sarasvati dasi, The back cover is from the
British Library Oriental Office Collection, and used with permission.
In addition, our translation endeavor
has greatly benefited from the meticulously edited BBT edition of Sri Brhad-bhagavatamrta
by Sri Gopiparanadhana dasa.
We hope our readers take transcendental pleasure in Sri Brhad- bhagavatamrta. If there are mistakes, may they
kindly overlook them. In this Karatika
month of 2010, may Srila Narayana Gosvami
Maharaja mercifully accept this offering.
the First Edition
Chapter: Jnana- Knowledge
Chapter: Bhajana-Devotional Service
Chapter: Vaikuntha-the Spiritual World
Original Sanskrit Verses
Children’s Books (79)
Brahma Sutras (85)
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