Bhagavad Gita -Srila Prabhupada 140

Shrimad Bhagavad Gita As It Is -Shri Shrimad A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Chapter 3: Verse-14

annäd bhavanti bhütäni
parjanyäd anna-sambhavah
yajnad bhavati parjanyo
yajnah karma-samudbhavah[1]


All living bodies subsist on food grains, which are produced from rains. Rains are produced by performance of yajna [sacrifice], and yajna is born of prescribed duties.


Srila Baladeva Vidyäbhüsana, a great commentator on the Bhagavad-gita, writes as follows: ye indrädy-angatayävasthitamyajnam sarvesvaram Visnum abhyarcya tac-chesam asnanti tena tad deha-yäträm sampädayanti, te santah sarvesvarasya yajna-purusasya bhaktäh sarva-kilbisair anädi-käla-vivrddhair ätmänubhava-prati bandhakair nikhilaih päpair vimucyante. The Supreme Lord, who is known as the yajna-purusa, or the personal beneficiary of all sacrifices, is the master of all the demigods, who serve Him as the different limbs of the body serve the whole. Demigods like Indra, Candra and Varuna are appointed officers who manage material affairs, and the Vedas direct sacrifices to satisfy these demigods so that they may be pleased to supply air, light and water sufficiently to produce food grains. When Lord krsna is worshiped, the demigods, who are different limbs of the Lord, are also automatically worshiped; therefore there is no separate need to worship the demigods. For this reason, the devotees of the Lord, who are in krsna consciousness, offer food to krsna and then eat—a process which nourishes the body spiritually. By such action not only are past sinful reactions in the body vanquished, but the body becomes immunized to all contamination of material nature.



  1. annät=from grains; bhavanti=grow; bhütäni=the material bodies; parjanyät=from rains; anna=of food grains; sambhavah=production; yajnät=from the performance of sacrifice; bhavati=becomes possible; parjanyah=rain; yajnah=performance of yajna; karma—prescribed duties; samudbhavah=born of.

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