Sri Subodhini Commentary on Srimad Bhagavata Purana by Mahaprabhu Shri Vallabhacharya: Canto Ten-Chapters 64 to 70 (Volume 12)

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The volume presents, for the first time in English language, the translation, based on devotion to our Lord Sri Krishna (bhakti), bringing out, from the original Sanskrit text, the “bhavartha” (meaning of the innerspirit and underlying loving sentiments, with which, this treatise has been written), of the monumental commentary Sri Subodhini, on the Maha Bhagavata Purana, by Mahaprabhu Sri Vallabhacharya (c 1479 – c 1531).

The tenth canto of Sri Bhagavatam is considered by all Vaishnavas as the most valuable and sacred canto, among the 12 cantos of this Purana – as this canto deals with the divine leelas of our lord Shri Krishna, who is the Shri Purushothama – the supreme lord of the universe.

Shri Vallabhacharya’s Sri Subodhini, is available only for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 10th and few chapters of the 11th canto of Sri Bhagavatam. Sri Subodhini is considered as the most detailed commentary, among all the available commentaries, of Sri Bhagavatam.

In this volume, 7 chapters of the 10th canto are dealt with, with the original verse of Sri Bhagavatam, it’s English meaning, the text of Sri Subodhini, in Sanskrit and it’s English meaning. Whereever necessary, the commentaries / explanations given by Shri Gosainji (Shri Vitthalnatha), Shri Vallabhji, Shri Laloo Bhatji and Shri Purushotamji have been also added.

The seven chapters respectively deal with (1) The Story of King Nirga (2) The Visti of Sri Balaraama to Vraja (3) The Redemption of “Poundraka” and the King of Kaasi (4) Redemption of Dwivida (5) The “Anger” of Sri Balaraama on the “Kauravas” and the marriage of Saamba (6) The “Darsan” of the “Household Activities” of our Lord Sri Krishna, by sage Naarada and (7) The “Daily Routine” of our Lord Sri Krishna, and the Arrival of he messenger of the Kings, kept in prison by Jaraasandha.

Born in a village, founded by Adi Shankracharya, as the son of very devout parents, the late T.K. Viswanatha Iyer and Ranganayaki Ammal, Ramanan was initiated into the study of the Vedas, the Upanishads, Puranas, the Gita, Sanskrit treatises and the Sacred Chantings from the age of 5.

His initiation into the path of Bhakti was blessed by his Acharya and Guru, Shri Ubhaya Vedanta Srirangam Sampath Kumara Swami, who is 77 now and is a symbol of our Lord’s love and compassion. He is honoured and loved by everyone, as a noble Saint of Shri Ramanuja Sampradaya.

Ramanan says “if ever there is a faint and feeble remembrance of our Lord, in my mind, it is entirely due to the Grace of my Guru and his prayers to our Lord Shri Laxmi Narayana”

Arising out of a chance meeting with one of the greatest saints of our times, Shri Shyam Manohar Goswamijee, a direct descendant of Shri Mahaprabhu Vallabhacharya, becoming the recipient of His love, Grace and Compassion, Ramanan was inspired to attempt writing this translation into English of the monumental commentary of Shri Subodhini, by Mahaprabhu Shri Vallabhacharya, which in the words of Srimad Andavan of Srirangam, a noble and most loving Saint of the Ramanuja Sampradaya “cannot be fully and truly translated, into any other language, as Shri Vallabhacharya had the highest love for Lord Krishna”

Hence, at best, this translation, in the words of Ramanan “is a humble attempt to becoming deserving to get the Grace of our Lord Shri Krishna, through the Blessings and Grace of my Gurudeva Shri Ubhaya Vedanta Srirangam Sampath Kumara Swamin, Shri Shyam Manohar Goswamijee, Srimad Andavan of Srirangam and all Devotees and Bhaktas of our Lord”

Blessings from Parama Poojya Shri Goswami Shyam Majoharji Maharaj

The sacred Shree Maha Bhagavata Purana, is considered as the most revered “King” among the holy scriptures, unanimously accepted and respected, by the followers of Shri Shankara, Shri Ramanuja, Shri Madhwa, Shri Nimbarka and our Shri Mahaprabhu Vallabhacharya, as being helpful, for the meditation and contemplation of the Upanishadic Truth of the Supreme Para Brahman and also for the hearing, chanting, singing and remembering the sacred Divine Truth and Principle of our Lord and His Divine Leelas, as explained in the Puranas.

The Supreme Para Brahman, explained in the Upanishads, regarded as the creator, sustainer, destroyer (withdrawer) and also as the giver of liberation, is described in the Maha Bhagavata Purana, as the Supreme Lord and Shree Bhagavan, who enacts, His Divine Leelas of creation of the Primordial elements and it’s subsequent forms (in endless permutation and combination) in this universe, and also provides for the various functions such as the continuity of existence, it’s nourishment, fulfillment of desires and wants/requirements, changing of aeons/times, enacting His Divine Leelas constituting the Divine stories about these Leelas, blessing the devotee with pure and total devotion (NIRODHA) and finally causing the “liberation” (MOKSHA) of His devotees. In other words, the Supreme Para Brahman described in the Upanishads. Is the same Lord or Bhagavan Shri Purushottama, as explained in this Maha Bhagavata Purana.

Our Shri Mahaprabhu Vallabhacharya has revered and accepted this Maha Bhagavata Purana, as the ultimate proof and evidence, which could remove all the doubts, that may arise, while one is engaged, in the interpretation of the Vedas, the Smritis and the Brahmasutras. Our Mahaprabhuji has also desired, that the interpretation of the true inner-meaning of the Vedas should be done as per the directions and exposition given by our Lord Shri Krishna, in the Bhagavad Gita, which in turn, should be interpreted as per the inner meaning of the Brahmasutras. Shri Mahaprabhu then specified, that the Brahmasutras Shri Mahaprabhu then specified, that the Brahmasutras should be interpreted as per the directions and teachings contained in this Maha Bhagavata Purana.

With another view in his mind, our Shri Mahaprabhu had written the commentary on the Brahmasutras and the Sutras of Jaimini, as propounding the true meaning of the Vedas. Unfortunately only a very small part of these treatises are available now. In the same way, he had also written the commentary on Shri Bhagavatam, which determines the true meaning of Shri Bhagavad Gita and, once again, only few parts of this is available now, in the form of “Bhagavatartha Nibhandha” and “Sri Subodhini”.

The essence of the teachings contained in this Maha Bhagavata Purana, in each of it’s cantos, divisions and chapters, has been explained, by our Shri Mahaprabhu, as a treatise expounding a sastra or philosophical system, in his monumental work “Bhagavatartha Nibhandha”.

Out Shri Mahaprabhu has described the meanings of the syllables, words and sentences of Shri Maha Bhagavata Purana, in a summarized way, in his “SUKSHMA TEEKA” (subtle commentary). This is also available only in parts. He had desired to undertake this type of a very detailed and comprehensive interpretation of Shri Maha Bhagavata Purana. But, he could do such a detailed interpretation, in his Sri Subodhini, only for the 1st, 2nd , 3rd, 10th Cantos and very few chapters of the 11th Canto, of Shri Maha Bhagavata Purana.

In this proposed English translation of Shri Subodhini our dear Shri T. Ramanan, has, with considerable sustained efforts, brought out the “Bhava” of devotion (Bhakti) to our Lord Shri Krishna (as being the main purport of this treatise), based on an inspired, devoted and a most desirable oneness, of his love and devotion to our Lord Shri Krishna. On hearing several parts of this devotion-based translation, I have experienced wholesome pleasant astonishment and Bliss-indeed, I should say, that I am unable to control this urge in me, to speak about this joy, based on the experience, which I have passed through.


Item Code: IDL023
Cover: Hardcover
Edition: 2005
Publisher: Sri Satguru Publications
ISBN: 8170308291
Language: Text and English Translation
Size: 9.0" X 5.8"
Pages: 490