translation is largely based on that of the disciples of His Divine Grace
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada as given in the “Srimad Bhagavatam”
published by the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust]
King, after Aditi was thus advised by her husband, Kashyapa Muni, she strictly
followed his instructions without laziness and in this way performed the payo-vrata
attention, Aditi thought of the Supreme Personality of Godhead and in this way
brought under full control her mind and senses, which resembled forceful
horses. She concentrated her mind upon
the Supreme Lord, Vasudeva. Thus she
performed the ritualistic ceremony known as payo-vrata.
original Supreme Personality of Godhead, dressed in yellow garments and bearing
a conchshell, disc, club ad lotus in His four hands, then appeared before
Personality of Godhead became visible to Aditi’s eyes, Aditi was so overwhelmed
by transcendental bliss that she at once stood up and then fell to the ground
like a rod to offer the Lord her respectful obeisances.
folded hands, unable to offer prayers to the Lord. Because of transcendental bliss, tears filled
her eyes, and the hairs on her body stood on end. Because she could see the Supreme Personality
of Godhead face to face, she felt ecstasy, and her body trembled.
उद्वीक्षती सा पिबतीव चक्षुषा
demigoddess Aditi then began offering her prayers to the Supreme Personality of
Godhead in a faltering voice and with great love. She appeared as though drinking through her
eyes the Supreme Lord, who is the husband of the goddess of fortune, the
enjoyer of all sacrificial ceremonies, and the master and Lord of the entire
master and enjoyer of all sacrificial ceremonies, O infallible and most famous
person, whose name, when chanted, spreads all good fortune! O original Supreme Personality of Godhead,
supreme controller, shelter of all holy places, You are the shelter of all
poor, suffering living entities, and You have appeared to diminish their
suffering. Please be kind to us and
spread our good fortune.
all-pervading universal form, the fully independent creator, maintainer and destroyer
of this universe. Although You engage
Your energy in matter, You are always situated in Your original form and never
fall from that position, for Your knowledge is infallible and always suitable
to any situation. You are never
bewildered by illusion. O my Lord, let
me offer my respectful obeisances unto You.
one can very easily obtain a lifetime as long as that of Lord Brahma, a body
either in the upper, lower or middle planetary systems, unlimited material
opulence, religion (dharma), economic development (artha) and
satisfaction of the senses (kama), full transcendental knowledge, and
the eight yogic perfections, what to speak of such petty achievements as
conquering one’s rivals.
king Parikshit, best of the Bharata dynasty, when the lotus-eyed Lord, the
Supersoul of all living entities, was thus worshiped by Aditi, He replied as
of Godhead said: O mother of the demigods, I have already understood your
long-cherished desires for the welfare of your sons, who have been deprived of
all opulences and driven from their residence by their enemies.
understand that you want to regain your sons and be together with them to
worship Me, after defeating in battle the demons who are puffed up by strength and
after retrieving your abode and opulences.
of the demons lamenting for the death of their husbands when those demons, the
enemies of your sons, are killed in battle by the demigods, of whom Indra is
opulence and enjoy life again on their heavenly planet as usual.
in My opinion almost all the chiefs of the demons are now unconquerable, for
they are being protected by brahmanas, whom the Supreme Lord always
favours. Thus the use of power against
them now will not at all be a source of happiness.
satisfied by the activities of your vow, O goddess Aditi, I must find some
means to favour you, for worship of Me never goes in vain but certainly gives
the desired result according to what one deserves.
properly worshiped Me by performing the great payo-vrata ceremony for the sake
of protecting your sons. Because of
Kashyapa Muni’s austerities, I shall agree to become your son and thus protect
your other sons.
being situated within the body of your husband, Kashyapa, go worship your
husband, who has been purified by his austerity.
disclose this fact to anyone. That which
is very confidential is successful if kept secret.
speaking in this way, the Supreme Personality of Godhead disappeared from that
very spot. Aditi, having received the
extremely valuable benediction that the Lord would appear as her son,
considered herself very successful, and with great devotion she approached her
meditational trance, Kashyapa Muni, whose vision is never mistaken, could see
that a plenary portion of the Supreme Personality of Godhead had entered within
promotes friction between two pieces of wood and thus gives rise to fire
Kashyapa Muni, whose transcendental position was fully absorbed in the Supreme
Personality of Godhead, transferred his potency, restrained for long years, into
the womb of Aditi.
understood that the Supreme Personality of Godhead was now within the womb of
Aditi, he began to offer prayers to the Lord by reciting transcendental
Supreme Personality of Godhead, all glories unto you, who are glorified by all
and whose activities are all uncommon. I offer my respectful obeisances unto
You, O Lord of the transcendentalists, controller of the three modes of nature,
I offer my respectful obeisances unto You again and again.
obeisances unto You, the all-pervading Lord Vishnu, who have entered the cores
of the hearts of all living entities.
All the three worlds reside within Your navel, yet You are above the
three worlds. Formerly You appeared as
the son of Prisni. To You, the supreme creator, who are understood only
through Vedic knowledge, I offer my respectful obeisances.
the manifestation and the ultimate dissolution of the three worlds, and You are
celebrated in the Vedas as the reservoir of unlimited potencies, the Supreme
person. O my Lord, as waves attract branches and leaves that have fallen into
deep water, You, the supreme eternal time factor, attract everything in this
original generator of all living entities, stationary or moving, and You are
also the generator of the Prajapatis. O
my Lord, as a boat is the only hope for a person drowning in the water, You are
the only shelter for the demigods, who are now bereft of their heavenly