Chapter 5: Hymn to the Absolute Truth

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Sri Brahma-samhita 5.39

ramadi-murtishu kala-niyamena tishthan

nanavataram akarod bhuvaneshu kintu

krishnah svayam samabhavat paramah puman yo

govindam adi-purusham tam aham bhajami

SYNONYMS

rama-adi -- the incarnation of Lord Rama, etc.; murtishu -- in different forms; kala-niyamena -- by the order of plenary portions; tishthan -- existing; nana -- various; avataram -- incarnations; akarot -- executed; bhuvaneshu -- within the worlds; kintu -- but; krishnah -- Lord Krishna; svayam -- personally; samabhavat -- appeared; paramah -- the supreme; puman -- person; yah -- who; govindam -- Govinda; adi-purusham -- the original person; tam -- Him; aham -- I; bhajami -- worship.

TRANSLATION

I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, who manifested Himself personally as Krishna and the different avataras in the world in the forms of Rama, Nrisimha, Vamana, etc., as His subjective portions.

PURPORT

His subjective portions as the avataras, viz., Rama, etc., appear from Vaikuntha and His own form Krishna manifests Himself with Vraja in this world, from Goloka. The underlying sense is that Krishna Caitanya, identical with Krishna Himself, also brings about by His appearance the direct manifestation of Godhead Himself.

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