Canto 10: The Summum BonumChapter 40: The Prayers of Akrūra

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 10.40.7

anye ca saḿskṛtātmāno

vidhinābhihitena te

yajanti tvan-mayās tvāḿ vai



anye — others; ca — and; saḿskṛta — purified; ātmānaḥ — whose intelligence; vidhinā — by the injunctions (of such scriptures as the Pañcarātra); abhihitena — presented; te — by You; yajanti — worship; tvat-mayāḥ — filled with thought of You; tvām — You; vai — indeed; bahu-mūrti — having many forms; eka-mūrtikam — having one form.


And yet others — those whose intelligence is pure — follow the injunctions of Vaiṣṇava scriptures promulgated by You. Absorbing their minds in thought of You, they worship You as the one Supreme Lord manifesting in multiple forms.


The word saḿskṛtātmānaḥ, "they whose intelligence is pure," is significant here. It implies that the worshipers mentioned before have not completely purified their intelligence of material contamination and thus worship the Lord indirectly. Those who are purified, however, directly worship the Lord, either as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Kṛṣṇa, or as one of His various plenary forms, such as Vāsudeva, Sańkarṣaṇa, Pradyumna or Aniruddha, as indicated here.

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