Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana Book 10 Chapter 14:7-13

Book 10: Fourteenth Chapter (First Half)

Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 10: Chapter 14: Verses 7-13

Who have (ever) succeeded in reckoning the attributes of the Lord in You, the Controller of the three Gunas (modes of Prakrti), come down (to the material plane) for the good of this world ? None, not even they by whom, exceptionally clever as they are, might have been counted the particles of dust on earth, the dew-drops in the air or the rays of luminaries in the heavens. He has his share ensured in the boon of final beatitude (although he has no use for it and never claims it), who lives on (in this world) eagerly looking forward to Your grace, (nay,) simply enjoying the fruit of his own (virtuous) actions (in a detached manner) and bowing to You with his heart (mind), speech and body. Look at my wickedness, 0 Lord, in that I sought to witness my own glory, having (endeavoured to) cast a spell even on You, the infinite Lord, the Cause of all, the supreme Spirit, the Deluder of deluders ! Indeed of what account am I before You any more than a flame before a fire (from which it has emanated)? Therefore, 0 immortal Lord, forgive the fault of mine-a product of Rajoguna, who accounted myself the almighty Lord independent of You, a fool that I was, with my eyes blinded by crass ignorance in the shape of the egotistic notion that I am the birthless creator-thinking that this fellow deserves Your pity, having a protector in Yourself.
Invested with a body possessing a height of seven spans (according to my own measure) and presiding over this cosmic egg, frail as a pitcher and having (an eightfold) sheath of the Prakrti (primordial Matter), Mahattattva (the principle of cosmic intelligence), ego, ether, air, fire, water and earth, I stand nowhere when compared to the glory of Your (infinite) Being whose pores resemble air-holes for the passage of countless (such cosmic) eggs (that float in them) like (so many) atoms. Does the kicking up of heels on the part of a foetus constitute an offence against the mother, 0 Lord, who are above sense-perception? (And) is there anything whatsoever-falling within the range of positive or negative terms-outside Your bowels? Surely the statement (of the scriptures) that "Brahma (the birthless creator) actually sprang from the lotus at the navel of Lord Narayana reposing on the deluge water at the time of the dissolution of the three worlds" is certainly not untrue. Have I not, under the circumstance, (You being no other than Narayana,) come out of You, 0 almighty Lord ?



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