Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana Book 10 Chapter 14:32-38

Book 10: Fourteenth Chapter (First Half)

Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 10: Chapter 14: Verses 32-38

Wonderful and remarkable is the fortune and good-luck of the inhabitants of Vraja ruled over by Nanda, the chief of cowherds, whose near and dear one is (none other than) Sri Krsna (the all-perfect eternal Brahma), the Embodiment of supreme Bliss ! Let the greatness of fortune of these (cowherds), however, be left aside for the time being, 0 immortal Lord ! Ah, even we eleven[1] (gods), alone are highly blessed indeed in that through the cups of the Indriyas (senses of perception and organs of action) of these (cowherds) we, Lord Siva and others (the deities presiding over those Indriyas) repeatedly drink the nectar-like and inebriating honey of Your lotus-feet ! (When even we gods, who enjoy only a part of Your beauty in the shape of the fragrance etc., of Your body through the respective senses and organs of the cowherds of Vraja, deem ourselves highly blessed on that account, how much more blessed are the cowherds themselves who enjoy the beauty of Your entire being through the different senses and organs at once !)
That will be my greatest fortune whereby my birth is ensured in any (subhuman) species whatsoever on this earth, much more so in Gokula (the land of Vraja) and still more in the woodland (of Vrndavana) with the privilege of bathing in the dust of feet of any of the residents of Vraja whose life and everything (else) of course is Lord Sri Krsna (the Bestower of Liberation), the dust of whose feet as a matter of fact is only being sought after (and has not been attained) by the Srutis (the Vedas) even to this day. Our mind is puzzled to think where and what reward other than Yourself, the Embodiment of all rewards, will even You (who are able to give everything and do everything) bestow on these inhabitants of Vraja, whose house, wealth, near and dear ones, body, sons, life, and mind exist for You (alone), when (it is remembered that) even Putana with her (whole) family was called (by You) to Your presence alone, 0 self-effulgent Lord, by virtue of her merely putting on a loving guise (the guise of a mother). Attachment etc., play the role of robbers (rob us of our spiritual wealth), the house serves as a prison and infatuation acts as a fetter only so long as we do not become Your devotees, 0 Krsna ! In order to swell the volume of joy of people that have sought refuge in You, 0 Lord, You imitate the ways of the world on the earth, though You have no connection with the world. Let those alone who claim to know You know You. What is to be gained by talking much (about them) ? Your glory (however), 0 Lord, does not lie within the reach of my mind, body (organs of sense) and speech.



  1. The names of the deities presiding over the ten Indriyas and the mind (which constitutes the eleventh) are given below: Name of Indriya The deity presiding over it

    1. The auditory sense The deities presiding over the quarters (Digdevatas)
    2. The tactile sense - The wind-god
    3. The sense of sight - The sun-god
    4. The sense of taste - Varuna (the god of water)
    5. The olfactory sense - The Aswinikumaras
    6. The organ of speech - Agni (the god of fire)
    7. The hands - Indra (the ruler of the gods)
    8. The feet - Upendra
    9. The organ of defecation - Mitra
    10.The organ of generation - Prajapati

    11.The mind - The moon-god
    Brahma (the deity presiding over Buddhi or the intellect) includes himself among the deities presiding over the Indriyas and mentions the name of Lord Siva (the deity presiding over Ahankara) as well in the same connection. Hence, the internal organs of Buddhi and Ahankara (the ego-sense) should also be taken as included in the list of the eleven gods. Evidently, the deities presiding over the organs of defecation and generation seem to have been left out of consideration by Brahma because these two organs of the cowherds are of no use to the Lord. The number of the presiding deities thus remains eleven only.