|Canto 10: The Summum Bonum||Chapter 85: Lord Kṛṣṇa Instructs Vasudeva and Retrieves Devakī's Sons|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 10.85.20
sūtī-gṛhe nanu jagāda bhavān ajo nau
sañjajña ity anu-yugaḿ nija-dharma-guptyai
nānā-tanūr gagana-vad vidadhaj jahāsi
ko veda bhūmna uru-gāya vibhūti-māyām
sūtī-gṛhe — in the maternity room; nanu — indeed; jagāda — said; bhavān — You; ajaḥ — the unborn Lord; nau — to us; sañjajñe — You have taken birth; iti — thus; anu-yugam — in one age after another; nija — Your own; dharma — the principles of religion; guptyai — to protect; nānā — various; tanūḥ — divine bodies; gagana-vat — like a cloud; vidadhat — assuming; jahāsi — You make unmanifest; kaḥ — who; veda — can understand; bhūmnaḥ — of the all-pervading Supreme Lord; uru-gāya — O You who are greatly glorified; vibhūti — of the opulent expansions; māyām — the mystic, deluding potency.
Indeed, while still in the maternity room You told us that You, the unborn Lord, had already been born several times as our son in previous ages. After manifesting each of these transcendental bodies to protect Your own principles of religion, You then made them unmanifest, thus appearing and disappearing like a cloud. O supremely glorified, all-pervading Lord, who can understand the mystic, deluding potency of Your opulent expansions?
Lord Kṛṣṇa was first born to Vasudeva and Devakī in their previous lives as Sutapā and Pṛśni. Later they again became His parents as Kaśyapa and Aditi. This, then, was the third time He had appeared as their son.
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