Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana Book 10 Chapter 48:12-24

Book 10: Forty-eight Chapter (First Half)

Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 10: Chapter 48: Verses 12-24

Wishing to get Akrura do some errand (of His) and (also) with intent to oblige him Lord Sri Krsna, accompanied by Balarama and Uddhava, visited in state the residence of Akrura. Overjoyed to perceive from a distance the aforesaid jewels among the best of men, (who were) his own relations, and rising (from his seat) to receive them, he (went up to,) embraced and welcomed them. (Nay, recalling Their divinity) he bowed to Sri Krsna and Balarama (in spite of Their young age) and, greeted by Them too (in return), duly worshipped Them, who had (now) taken Their seat. Sprinkling over his head in every direction the water with which he had washed Their feet, 0 protector of men, and honouring Them with (various) articles of worship, as well as with exquisite robes, sandal-paste, garlands and excellent jewels, Akrura, who was (already) bent low with humility, bowed down to Them with his head (inclined) and, kneading Their feet, that rested on his lap, spoke to Sri Krsna and Balarama (as follows):- "Luckily (enough) by You two the sinful Kamsa has been slain alongwith his followers and this race of Yours not only saved from a calamity which-was hard to get over but made to prosper (too).
You two are Prakrti (primordial Matter) and Purusa (the Spirit), the (material and efficient) causes (respectively) of the universe and one with the universe (too). There in neither any cause nor any effect apart from You two. Entering after its creation (as its Inner Controller) this universe, evolved by Yourself through the instrumentality of Your own potencies (in the shape of Rajoguna etc.), O Krsna (the supreme Lord), You are perceived in various forms within the range of hearing and sight. Even as the (five) elements (earth etc.), appear in various forms in (the diverse orders of) created beings, (both) mobile and immobile, the media of their manifestation, so do You, the absolute Self, (entirely) self-dependent, appear in numberless forms in the various worlds (the fields of Your manifestation). Through the instrumentality of Your own potencies in the shape of the (three) Gunas (modes of Prakrti)-Rajas, Sattva and Tamas-You (severally) evolve, then protect (preserve) and (ultimately) reabsorb the universe. You are (however) not bound by those Gunas or (even) by those actions (in the form of creation, protection and reabsorption of the universe). Under no circumstance whatsoever can ignorance (the cause of bondage) be attributed to You, who are Consciousness itself.
A body and other adjuncts (that are supposed to limit the Self or Consciousness) being unascertained (through metaphysical investigation), birth and differences (following it) cannot be directly ascribed to the Spirit (much less to You, the Supreme Spirit). Hence there can be neither bondage nor liberation for You. What appears as bondage or liberation in You is (only superimposed by) our ignorance about You and a reflection of our (own) mind. Each time this dateless path of the Vedas taught by You for the good of the world is obstructed by false creeds of a heretical type, You assume (for the vindication of the Vedic path) a form consisting of Sattva (unmixed with Rajas and Tamas). As such, 0 Lord, You are born this time in the house of Vasudeva here (on this planet) with Your own part manifestation (Balarama) in order to remove the earth's burden by destroying hundreds of Akauhinis of kings who are partial incarnations of demons and in order to spread the glory of this race (the race of the Yadus).



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