Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana Book 10 Chapter 40:25-30

Book 10: Fortieth Chapter (First Half)

Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 10: Chapter 40: Verses 25-30

Holding as a matter of fact a contrary view with regard to the transient and to that which is not the Self as well as about that which is rooted in sorrow (or in other words mistaking that which is transient to be eternal, that which is not the self as one's own self and that which is full of sorrow as an embodiment of joy) and taking delight in pairs of opposites I am unable to know You, who are dear to me, enveloped as I am in (the darkness of) ignorance. (Even) as an ignorant person would actually run after a mirage, abandoning water screened by its own products (viz., duck-weeds and other aquatic plants), so have I turned my face towards the body etc., leaving You. Possessed of a poor understanding (clouded by an appetite for sensuous pleasures), I am not able to restrain my mind, agitated as it is by cravings and activities (of various kinds) and dragged here and there by the turbulent senses. As such I have sought as my refuge Your feet, which are (so) difficult of access to the unrighteous. This too I think is possible (only) with Your grace; (for) devotion to You comes through the service of holy men (only) when the end of (the cycle of) birth and death for a man draws near, 0 Lord with a lotus sprung from Your navel ! Hail to You who are all perfect and possessed of endless potencies, are invested with a body consisting of (pure) consciousness, the Source of all knowledge and the Ruler of all those (viz., the Time-Spirit, Karma, nature and so on) that control (the destiny of) the Jiva ! Salutation to You, the Deity presiding over the intellect (in the form of Vasudeva), the abode of all created beings (in the form of Lord Sankarsana, the Deity presiding over the ego-sense, which is the sustainer of all living creation)! Hail to You, 0 Ruler of the senses in the forms of Pradyumna and Aniruddha (the deities presiding over reason and the mind respectively)! (Pray,) protect me, fallen at Your feet, 0 Lord !

Thus ends the fortieth discourse entitled "Akrura's Eulogy (of the Lord)" in the first half of Book Ten of the great and glorious Bhagavata-Purana, otherwise known as the Paramahamsa-SaMhita.


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