Canto 11: General HistoryChapter 5: Nārada Concludes His Teachings to Vasudeva

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 11.5.27

dvāpare bhagavā śyāmah

pīta-vāsā nijāyudhah

śrīvatsādibhir ańkaiś ca

lakshanair upalakshitah

SYNONYMS

dvāparein Dvāpara-yuga; bhagavān — the Supreme Lord; śyāmah — dark blue; pīta-vāsāh — wearing a yellow garment; nija-āyudhah — having His own particular weapons (the disc, club, conchshell and lotus flower); śrīvatsa-ādibhih — by Śrīvatsa and others; ańkaih — bodily marks; ca — and; lakshanaih — by ornaments; upalakshitah — characterized.

TRANSLATION

In Dvāpara-yuga the Supreme Personality of Godhead appears with a dark blue complexion, wearing yellow garments. The Lord's transcendental body is marked in this incarnation with Śrīvatsa and other distinctive ornaments, and He manifests His personal weapons.

PURPORT

The Lord's transcendental body in Dvāpara-yuga can be compared to the color of a dark blue flower. The Lord exhibits His personal transcendental weapons such as Sudarśana cakra, and all of the limbs of His body, especially His hands and feet, are decorated with auspicious symbols such as a lotus flower and a flag. And on His chest, the Lord manifests the Kaustubha jewel as well as the auspicious Śrīvatsa, a whorl of hair curling from left to right on the right side of the Lord's chest. Actually, such auspicious marks as Kaustubha and Śrīvatsa, as well as the weapons of the Lord, are present in all of the vishnu-tattva incarnations. Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī explains that these universal characteristics of the Lord mentioned by the sage Karabhājana are indications of the Krishna avatāra. Because Krishna is the source of all incarnations, all of the symptoms of all other incarnations are to be found in His transcendental body.

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