translations in English are by the disciples of His Divine Grace A.C.
Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada as given in the “Srimad Bhagavatam” published by
the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust]
vanquished by the asuras, approached Brahma who consoled them and took
them to the abode of Maha Vishnu seeking the latter’s help]
वेधाः सह देवैररिन्दम।
subduer of all enemies, after Lord Brahma finished speaking to the demigods, he
took them with him to the abode of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, which is
beyond the material world. The Lord’s
abode is on an island called Svetadvipa, which is situated in the ocean of
श्रुतपूर्वाय वै विभो।
Lord Brahma offered prayers to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, even though
he had never seen the Supreme Lord.
Simply because Lord Brahma had heard about the Supreme Personality of
Godhead from Vedic literature, with a fixed mind he offered the Lord prayers as
written or approved by Vedic literature.
नमामहे देववरं वरेण्यम् ॥२६॥
Supreme Lord, O changeless, unlimited, supreme truth, You are the origin of
everything. Being all-pervading, You are
in everyone’s heart and also in the atom.
You have no material qualities. Indeed, You are inconceivable. The mind canot catch You by speculation, and
words fail to describe You. You are the
supreme master of everyone, and therefore You are worshipable for
everyone. We offer our respectful obeisances
तमक्षरं खं त्रियुगं व्रजामहे ॥२७॥
Godhead directly and indirectly knows how everything, including the living
force, mind and intelligence, is working under His control. He is the
illuminator of everything and has no ignorance.
He does not have a material body subject to the reactions of previous
activities, and He is free from the ignorance of partiality and materialistic
education. I therefore take shelter of the lotus feet of the Supreme Lord, who is
eternal, all-pervading and as great as the sky and who appears with six
opulences in three yugas [Satya, Treta and Dwapara]
activities, the material body resembles the wheel of a mental chariot. The ten senses [five for working and five for
gathering knowledge] and the five life airs within the body form the fifteen
spokes of the chariot’s wheel. The three
modes of nature [goodness, passion and ignorance] are its center of activities,
and the eight ingredients of nature [earth, water, fire, air, sky, mind,
intelligence and false ego] comprise the rim of the wheel. The external, material energy moves this
wheel like electrical energy. Thus the
wheel revolves very quickly around its hub or central support, the Supreme
Personality of Godhead, who is the Supersoul and the ultimate truth. We offer our respectful obeisances unto Him.
योगरथेन धीराः ॥२९॥
Godhead is situated in pure goodness (शुद्धसत्त्व), and
therefore he is eka-varna – the omkara (pranava). Because the Lord is beyond the cosmic
manifestation, which is considered to be darkness, He is not visible to
material eyes. He is not separated from
us by time or space, but is present everywhere.
Seated on His carrier, Garuda, He is worshiped by means of mystical yogic
power by those who have achieved freedom from agitation.
मायां यया जनो मुह्यति वेद नार्थम्।
परेशं नमाम भूतेषु समं चरन्तम् ॥३०॥
Supreme Personality of Godhead’s illusory energy [maya], which is so
strong that it bewilders every-one,
making one lose the sense to understand the aim of life. That same maya,
however, is subdued by the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who rules everyone
and who is equally disposed toward all living entities. Let us offer our
obeisances unto Him.
तन्वा सत्त्वेन सृष्टा बहिरन्तराविः।
विद्महे कुतोऽसुराद्या इतरप्रधानाः ॥३१॥
of sattva-guna, we, the demigods, are internally and externally situated
in goodness. All the great saints are
also situated in that way. Therefore, if
even we cannot understand the Supreme Personality of Godhead, what is to said
of those who are most insignificant in their bodily constitutions, being
situated in the modes of passion and ignorance? How can they understand the
Lord? Let us offer our respectful obeisances unto Him.
यस्य चतुर्विधो यत्र हि भूतसर्गः ।
प्रसीदतां ब्रह्म महाविभूतिः ॥३२॥
four kinds of living entities, who are all created by Him. The material creation rests on His lotus
feet. He is the great Supreme Person,
full of opulence and power. May He be
pleased with us.
सिध्यन्ति जीवन्त्युत वर्धमानाः।
प्रसीदतां ब्रह्म महाविभूतिः ॥३३॥
manifestation has emerged from water, and it is because of water that all
living entities endure, live and develop.
This water is nothing but the semen of the Supreme Personality of
Godhead. Therefore, may the Supreme
Personality of Godhead, who has such great potency, be pleased with us.
दिवौकसां वै बलमन्ध आयुः।
प्रजानां प्रसीदतां नः स महाविभूतिः॥३४॥
source of food grains, strength and longevity for all the demigods. He is also
the master of all vegetation and the source of generation for all living
entities. As stated by learned scholars,
the moon is the mind of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. May that Supreme Personality of Godhead, the
source of all opulences, be pleased with us.
जातवेदा जातः क्रियाकाण्डनिमित्तजन्मा।
स्वधातून् प्रसीदतां नः स महाविभूतिः॥३५॥
the sake of accepting oblations in ritualistic ceremonies, is the mouth of the
Supreme Personality of Godhead. Fire
exists within the depths of the ocean to produce wealth, and fire is also
present in the abdomen to digest food and produce various secretions for the
maintenance of the body. May that
supremely powerful Personality of Godhead be pleased with us.
त्रयीमयो ब्रह्मणः एष धिष्ण्यम्।
च मृत्युः प्रसीदतां नः स महाविभूतिः॥३६॥
of liberation, which is called archiradi-vartma. He is the chief source
for understanding of the Vedas, he is the abode where the Absolute Truth can be
worshiped, he is the gateway to liberation, and he is the source of eternal life
as well as the cause of death. The
sun-god is the eye of the Lord. May the
Supreme Lord, who is supremely opulent, be pleased with us.
प्राणः सहो बलमोजश्च वायुः।
वयं प्रसीदतां नः स महाविभूतिः॥३७॥
moving and nonmoving, receive their vital force, their bodily strength and
their very lives from the air. All of us
follow the air for our vital force, exactly as servants follow an emperor. The vital force of air is generated from the
original vital force of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. May that supreme Lord be pleased with us.
हृदश्च खानि प्रजज्ञिरे खं पुरुषस्य नाभ्याः।
प्रसीदतां नः स महाविभूतिः॥३८॥
Personality of Godhead be pleased with us.
The different directions are generated from His ears, the holes of the
body come from His heart, and the vital force, the senses, the mind, the air
within the body, and the ether, which is the shelter of the body, come from His
प्रसादान्मन्योर्गिरीशो धिषणाद् विरिञ्चः।
मेढ्रतः कः प्रसीदतां नः स महाविभूतिः॥३९॥
Heaven, was generated from the prowess of the Lord, the demigods were generated
from the mercy of the Lord, Lord Siva was generated from the anger of the Lord,
and Lord Brahma from His sober intelligence. Vedic mantras were generated from
the bodily holes of the Lord, and the great saints and prajapatis were
generated from is genitals. May that
supremely powerful Lord be pleased with us.
धर्मः स्तनादितरः पृष्ठतोऽभूत् ।
विहारात् प्रसीदतां नः स महाविभूतिः॥४०॥
generated from His chest, the inhabitants of Pitrloka from His shadow, dharma
from his bosom, and adharma from
His back. The heavenly planets were
generated from the top of His head, and the apsaras from his sense
enjoyment. May that supremely powerful Personality of Godhead be pleased with
च यस्य गुह्यं राजन्य आसीद् भुजयोर्बलं च ।
प्रसीदतां नः स महाविभूतिः॥४१॥
Vedic knowledge come from the mouth of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the kshatriyas
and bodily strength come from His arms, the vaisyas and their expert
knowledge in productivity and wealth come from His thighs, and the sudras, who are outside of Vedic knowledge, come from
His feet. May that Supreme Personality
of Godhead, who is full in prowess, be pleased with us.
द्युतिर्नस्तः पशव्यःस्पर्शेन कामः।
कालः प्रसीदतां नः स महाविभूतिः॥४२॥
his lower lip, affection from His upper lip, bodily lustre from his nose, animalistic
lusty desires from His sense of touch, Yamaraja from His eyebrows, and eternal
time from his eye lashes. May that
Supreme Lord be pleased with us.
विशेषं यद्योगमायाविहितान् वदन्ति।
प्रसीदतां नः स महाविभूतिः॥४३॥
the five elemets, eternal time, fruitive activity, the three modes of material
nature, and the varieties produced by these modes are all creations of
Yogamaya. This material is therefore extremely difficult to understand, but
those who are highly learned have rejected it.
May the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is the controller of
everything, be pleased with us.
वृत्तिभिर्न सज्जमानाय नभस्वदूतये॥४४॥
obeisances unto the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is completely silent,
free from endeavour, and completely satisfied by His own achievements. He is not attached to the activities of the
material world through His senses.
Indeed, in performing His pastimes in this material world, He is just
like the unattached air.
सस्मितं ते मुखाम्बुजम् ॥४५॥
Godhead, we are surrendered unto you, yet we wish to see You. Please make Your original form and smiling
lotus face visible to our eyes and appreciable to our other senses.
रूपैः काले काले स्वयं विभो ।
भगवांस्तत् करोति हि ॥४६॥
Personality of Godhead, by Your sweet will You appear in various incarnations,
millennium after millennium, and act wonderfully, performing uncommon
activities that would be impossible for us.
कर्माणि विफलानि वा।
न तथैवार्पितं त्वयि॥४७॥
accumulate wealth for their sense gratification, but for that purpose they must
work very hard. Yet even though they work hard, the results are not
satisfying. Indeed, sometimes their work
results only in frustration. But devotees
who have dedicated their lives to the service of the Lord can achieve
substantial results without working very hard.
These results exceed the devotee’s expectations.
स ह्यात्मा दयितो हितः ॥४८॥
the Supreme Personality of Godhead, even if performed in small measure, never
go in vain. The Supreme Personality of
Godhead, being the supreme father, is naturally very dear and alwasys ready to
act for the good of the living entities.
the root of a tree, the trunk and branches of the tree are automatically
pleased. Similarly, when one becomes a
devotee of Lord Vishnu, everyone is served, for the Lord is the Supersoul of everyone.
सत्त्वस्थाय च साम्प्रतम् ॥५०॥
limits of past, present and future. You
are inconceivable in You activities, You are the master of the three modes of
material nature, and, being transcendental to material qualities, You are free
from material contamination. You are the
controller of all three of the modes of nature, but at the present You are in
favour of the quality of goodness. Let us offer our respectful obeisances unto