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]
the forest with the cowherd boys. Brahma kidnaps the boys and the calves while
Krishna is away in search of some calves.
When Krishna returned there was neither the cowherd boys nor the
calves. Instantly He knew that this was
the handiwork of Brahma. Now, Krishna
himself became the cowherd boys and calves and all the things the boys carried
with them. This drama went on for quite
a few days. When Brahma found two sets of
identical cowherd boys and calves, one in his possession and the other
with Krishna, he was thoroughly confused.
Then suddenly all the cowherd boys and calves appeared to him in the
form of Maha Vishnu with four hands carrying the conch, the disc, the mace and
the lotus. He becomes ashamed of what he
has done. He praises Krishna and pays obeisance to Him in this stotra]
Supreme Personality of Godhead, and therefore I offer my humble obeisances and
prayers just to please You. O son of the king of the cowherds, Your
transcendental body is dark blue like a new cloud, Your garment is brilliant
light lightning, and the beauty of your face is enhanced by Your gunja
earrings and the peacock feather on Your head.
Wearing garlands of various forest flowers and leaves, and equipped with
a herding stick, a buffalo horn and a flute, You stand beautifully with a
morsel of food in Your hand.
transcendental body of yours, which has shown such mercy to me and which
appears just to fulfill the desires of Your pure devotees. Although my mind is completely withdrawn from
material affairs, I cannot understand Your personal form. How,
then, could I possibly understand
the happiness You experience within Yourself.
positions, throw away the process of speculative knowledge and with their body,
words and mind offer all respects to descriptions of Your personality and
activities, dedicating their lives to these narrations, which are vibrated by
You personally and by Your pure devotees, certainly conquer Your Lordship,
although You are otherwise unconquerable by anyone within the three
self-realization. If someone gives up
that path and engages in the cultivation of speculative knowledge, he will
simply undergo a troublesome process and will not achieve his desired result. As
a person who beats an empty husk of wheat cannot get grain, one who simply
speculates cannot achieve self-realization.
His only gain is trouble.
platform of devotional service by offering all their endeavours unto You and
faithfully carrying out their prescribed duties. Through such devotional service, perfected by
the processes of hearing and chanting about You, they came to understand You, O
infallible one, and could easily surrender to You and achieve Your supreme
feature. Nevertheless, it may be
possible for them to realize Your expansion as the impersonal Supreme by
cultivating direct perception of the Self within the heart. But they can do this only by purifying their
mind and senses of all conceptions of material distinctions and all attachment
to material sense objects. Only in this
way will Your impersonal feature manifest itself to them.
the atoms of the earth, the particles of snow, or perhaps even the shining
molecules radiating from the Sun, the stars and other luminaries. But among these learned men, who could
possibly count the unlimited transcendental qualities possessed by You, the
Supreme Personality of Godhead, who have descended onto the surface of the
earth for the benefit of all living entities.
mercy upon him, all the while patiently suffering the reactions of his past
misdeeds and offering You respectful obeisances with his heart, words and body,
is surely eligible for liberation, for it has become his rightful claim.
to extend my illusory potency to cover You, the unlimited and primeval Super
soul, who bewilder even the masters of illusion. What am I compared to you? I am just like a
small spark in the presence of a great fire.
am therefore simply foolish, presuming myself a controller independent of Your
Lordship. My eyes are blinded by the
darkness of ignorance, which causes me to think of myself as the unborn creator
of the universe. But please consider
that I am Your servant and therefore worthy of Your compassion.
of material nature, the total material energy, false ego, ether, air, water and
earth. And what is Your glory? Unlimited
universes pass through the pores of Your body just as particles of dust pass
through the openings of a screened window.
उत्क्षेपणं गर्भगतस्य पादयोः
womb kicks with his legs? And is there anything in existence- whether
designated by various philosophers as real or as unreal- that is actually outside your abdomen?
merged into the water at the time of dissolution, You plenary portion, Narayana,
lies down on the water, gradually a lotus flower grows from His navel, and
Brahma takes birth upon that lotus flower.
Certainly, these words are not false. Thus am I not born from You?
the Soul of every embodied being and the eternal witness of all created realms?
Indeed, Lord Narayana is Your expansion, and he is called Narayana because He
is the generating source of the primeval water of the universe. He is real, not a product of Your illusory
universe, is actually lying upon the water, then why were You not seen by me
when I searched for You? And why, though
I could not envision You properly within my heart, did You then suddenly reveal
supreme controller of Maya. Although you are now within this universe, the
whole universal creation is within Your transcendental body – a fact You
demonstrated by exhibiting the universe within Your abdomen before Your mother,
abdomen, so it is now manifested here externally in the same exact form. How could such things happen unless arranged
by Your inconceivable energy.
both You Yourself and everything within this creation are manifestations of
Your inconceivable potency? First You appeared alone, and then You manifested
Yourself as all Vrindavan’a calves and cowherd boys, Your friends. Next you appeared as an equal number of
four-handed Vishnu forms, who were worshiped by all living beings, including
me, and after that You appeared as an equal number of complete universes.
Finally, You have now returned to your
unlimited form as the Supreme Absolute Truth, one without a second.
as part of the material world, manifesting Yourself by the expansion of Your
inconceivable energy. Thus for the creation of the universe You appear as me [Brahma], for
its maintenance You appear as Yourself [Vishnu], and for its annihilation You
appear as Lord Trinetra[Shiva].
defeat the false pride of the faithless demons and show mercy to Your saintly
devotees, You take birth among the demigods, sages, human beings, animals and
even the aquatics.
master of all mystic power! Your pastimes are taking place continuously in
these three worlds, but who can estimate where, how and when You are employing
Your spiritual energy and performing these innumerable pastimes? No one can
understand the mystery of how Your spiritual energy acts.
nevertheless appears real, and thus it covers one’s consciousness and assails
one with repeated miseries. This
universe appears real because it is manifested by the potency of illusion
emanating from You, whose unlimited transcendental forms are full of eternal
happiness and knowledge.
Absolute Truth self-manifested, endless
and beginningless. You are eternal and
infallible, perfect and complete, without any rival and free from all material
designations. Your happiness can never
be obstructed, nor have You any connection with material contamination. Indeed, You are the indestructible nectar of
spiritual master can see You in this way, as the very Soul of all souls, the
Supersoul of everyone’s own self. Thus
understanding Your original personality, they are able to cross over the ocean
of illusory material existence.
gives up his fear upon realizing that the so-clled snake does not exist. Similarly, for those who fail to recognise
You as the Supreme Soul of all souls, the expansive illusory material existence
arises, but knowledge of You at once causes it to subside.
both manifestations of ignorance. Being
outside the scope of true knowledge, they cease to exist when one correctly
understands that the pure spirit soul is distinct from matter and always fully
conscious. At that time bondage and
liberation no longer have any significance, just as day and night have no
significance from the perspective of the sun.
be some separated manifestation of illusion and who consider the self, which is
actully You, to be something else, the material body. Such fools conclude that
the supreme soul is to be searched for somewhere outside Your supreme
bodies by rejecting everything separate from You. Indeed, how can discriminating persons
appreciate the real nature of a rope lying before them until they refute the illusion that it
is a snake?
lotus feet, he can understand the greatness of Your personality. But those who speculate to understand the
Supreme Personality of Godhead are unable to know You, even though they continue
to study the Vedas for many years.
Lord Brahma or in another life, wherever I take my birth, I may be counted as
one of Your devotees. I pray that
wherever I may be, even among the animal species, I can engage in devotional
service to Your lotus feet.
Vrindavan, the nectar of whose breast-milk You have happily drunk to Your full
satisfaction, taking the form of their calves and children! All the Vedic sacrifices performed from time
immemorial up to the present day have not given You as much satisfaction.
other inhabitants of Vrajabhumi! There is no limit to their good fortune,
because the Absolute Truth, the source of transcendental bliss, the eternal
Supreme Brahman, has become their friend.
Vrindavana is inconceivable, we eleven presiding deities of the various senses,
headed by Lord Siva, are also most fortunate, because the senses of these
devotees of Vrindavana are the cups through which we repeatedly drink the
nectarean, intoxicating beverage of the honey of Your lotus feet.
this forest of Gokula and have my head bathed by the dust falling from the
lotus feet of any of its residents.
Their entire life and soul is the Supreme Personality of Godhead,
Mukunda, the dust of whose lotus feet is still being searched for in the Vedic
than You could be found anywhere. You
are the embodiment of all benedictions, which You bestow upon these residents
of the cowherd community of Vrindavana.
You have already arranged to give Yourself to Putana and her family
members in exchange for her disguising herself as a devotee. So what is left for You to give these
devotees of Vrindavana, whose homes, wealth, friends, dear relations, bodies,
children and very lives and hearts are all dedicated only to you.
attachments and desires remain thieves, their homes remain prisons, and their
affectionate feelings for their family members remain foot-shackles.
You come to this earth and imitate material life just to expand the varieties
of ecstatic enjoyment for Your surrendered devotees
think that way. As far as I am
concerned, I do not wish to speak very much about this matter. O my Lord, let me say this much: As far as
Your opulences are concerned, they are all beyond the reach of my mind, body
are the knower and seer of all things.
Indeed, You are the Lord of all the universes, and yet I offer this one
universe unto You.
and expand the great oceans consisting of the earth, the demigods, the brahmanas
and the cows. You dispel the dense darkness of irreligion and oppose the demons
who have appeared on this earth. O
Supreme Personality of Godhead, as long as this universe exists and as long as
the sun shines, I will offer my obeisances unto You.