Chapter 5: Hymn to the Absolute Truth

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Sri Brahma-samhita 5.52

yac-caksur esa savita sakala-grahanam

raja samasta-sura-murtir asesa-tejah

yasyajnaya bhramati sambhrta-kala-cakro

govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami


yat -- of whom; caksuh -- the eye; esah -- the; savita -- sun; sakala-grahanam -- of all the planets; raja -- the king; samasta-sura -- of all the demigods; murtih -- the image; asesa-tejah -- full of infinite effulgence; yasya -- of whom; ajnaya -- by the order; bhramati -- performs his journey; sambhrta -- complete; kala-cakrah -- the wheel of time; govindam -- Govinda; adi-purusam -- the original person; tam -- Him; aham -- I; bhajami -- worship.


The sun who is the king of all the planets, full of infinite effulgence, the image of the good soul, is as the eye of this world. I adore the primeval Lord Govinda in pursuance of whose order the sun performs his journey mounting the wheel of time.


Certain professors of the Vedic religion worship the sun as Brahman. The sun is one of the hierarchy of the five gods. Some people target in heat the source of this world and therefore designate the sun, the only location of heat, as the root cause of this world. Notwithstanding all that may be said to the contrary, the sun is after all only the presiding deity of a sphere of the sum total of all mundane heat and is hence a god exercising delegated authority. The sun performs his specific function of service certainly by the command of Govinda.

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