Chapter 5: Hymn to the Absolute Truth

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrī Brahma-samhitā 5.39

rāmādi-mūrtishu kalā-niyamena tishthan

nānāvatāram akarod bhuvaneshu kintu

krishnah svayam samabhavat paramah pumān yo

govindam ādi-purusham tam aham bhajāmi

SYNONYMS

rāma-ādi — the incarnation of Lord Rāma, etc.; mūrtishuin different forms; kalā-niyamena — by the order of plenary portions; tishthan — existing; nānā — various; avatāram — incarnations; akarot — executed; bhuvaneshu — within the worlds; kintu — but; krishnah — Lord Krishna; svayam — personally; samabhavat — appeared; paramah — the supreme; pumān — person; yah — who; govindamGovinda; ādi-purusham — the original person; tam — Him; ahamI; bhajāmi — worship.

TRANSLATION

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

PURPORT

His subjective portions as the avatāras, viz., Rāma, 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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