Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana Book 10 Chapter 13:57-64

Book 10: Thirteenth Chapter (First Half)

Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 10: Chapter 13: Verses 57-64

When Brahma (the spouse of Saraswati, the goddess of learning) thus got perplexed-as to what it might be with regard to the Lord-who cannot be comprehended through reason, possesses a glory peculiar to Himself, who is of the nature of bliss shining by itself, who is beyond (the realm of) Maya (and) who is known through the Upanisads (forming the crown of the Vedas) by the process of negating what He is not-(nay) when he was unable to perceive even those (divine) forms, Sri Krsna (the supreme birthless Lord) who perceived his perplexity immediately drew off the curtain of His Maya. Having now regained his vision outside, Brahma rose like a dead man (brought to life again) and, opening his eyes with great difficulty, beheld once more this universe along with his own self. Looking round at once in every direction, he saw stretched before him (the woodland of) Vrndavana thick with trees that served as a means of subsistence to the people and having agreeable objects scattered all round, where creatures bearing natural and inveterate enmity, such as human beings and carnivorous beasts, lived together like friends and from which anger, thirst for enjoyment etc.,
had disappeared, due to Sri Krsna (the invincible Lord) having taken up His abode there. Brahma (the highest functionary of the universe) beheld there the secondless transcendent Infinite (Absolute) possessed of fathomless wisdom, playing the role of a child born in the line of a cowherd and looking about all alone as before for the calves and Its companions with a morsel (of cooked rice) still in Its hand. Perceiving this and hastily alighting from his mount (the swan), he stretched his body like a staff of gold on the ground and, touching the Lord's feet with the crest of his four crowns (one after another) and bowing down, bathed them with limpid water in the form of tears of joy. Recollecting again and again the glory, witnessed ere long, of Sri Krsna, he rose again and again and remained lying down at His feet for a long time. Then, slowly rising, and rubbing his eyes, he gazed at Sri Krsna and with his head bent low and composed in mind he proceeded in great humility with joined palms to extol the Lord in a faltering voice and with a trembling body (as follows).

Thus ends the thirteenth discourse in the first half of Book Ten of the great and glorious Bhagavata-Purana, otherwise known as the Paramahamsa-Samhita.


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