Canto 1: CreationChapter 4: The Appearance of Śrī Nārada

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 1.4.30

tathāpi bata me daihyo

hy ātmā caivātmanā vibhuḥ

asampanna ivābhāti

brahma-varcasya sattamaḥ


tathāpi — although; bata — defect; memine; daihyaḥ — situated in the body; hi — certainly; ātmā — living being; ca — and; eva — even; ātmanā — myself; vibhuḥ — sufficient; asampannaḥ — wanting in; iva ābhātiit appears to be; brahma-varcasya — of the Vedāntists; sattamaḥ — the supreme.


I am feeling incomplete, though I myself am fully equipped with everything required by the Vedas.


Undoubtedly Śrīla Vyāsadeva was complete in all the details of Vedic achievements. Purification of the living being submerged in matter is made possible by the prescribed activities in the Vedas, but the ultimate achievement is different. Unless it is attained, the living being, even though fully equipped, cannot be situated in the transcendentally normal stage. Śrīla Vyāsadeva appeared to have lost the clue and therefore felt dissatisfaction.

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