Canto 10: The Summum BonumChapter 51: The Deliverance of Mucukunda

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 10.51.30

śuśrūṣatām avyalīkam

asmākaḿ nara-puńgava

sva-janma karma gotraḿ

kathyatāḿ yadi rocate


śuśrūṣatām — who are eager to hear; avyalīkam — truthfully; asmākamto us; nara — among men; pum-gavaO most eminent; sva — Your; janma — birth; karma — activity; gotram — lineage; — and; kathyatām — may it be told; yadi — if; rocateit pleases.


O best among men, if You like, please truly describe Your birth, activities and lineage to us, who are eager to hear.


When the Supreme Lord descends to this world, He certainly becomes nara-puńgava, the most eminent member of human society. Of course, the Lord is not actually a human being, and Mucukunda's questions will lead to a clarification of this point. Thus the term śuśrūṣatām, "to us, who are sincerely eager to hear," indicates that Mucukunda is inquiring in a noble way for his own and others' benefit.

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