Canto 12: The Age of DeteriorationChapter 9: Mārkaṇḍeya Ṛṣi Sees the Illusory Potency of the Lord

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 12.9.8-9

tam eva cintayann artham

ṛṣiḥ svāśrama eva saḥ

vasann agny-arka-somāmbu-

bhū-vāyu-viyad-ātmasu

dhyāyan sarvatra ca hariḿ

bhāva-dravyair apūjayat

kvacit pūjāḿ visasmāra

prema-prasara-samplutaḥ

SYNONYMS

tam — that; eva — indeed; cintayan — thinking of; artham — the goal; ṛṣiḥ — the sage Mārkaṇḍeya; sva-āśrame — at his own hermitage; eva — indeed; saḥhe; vasan — remaining; agniin the fire; arka — the sun; soma — the moon; ambu — the water; bhū — the earth; vāyu — the wind; viyat — the lightning; ātmasu — and in his own heart; dhyāyan — meditating; sarvatrain all circumstances; ca — and; harim — upon Lord Hari; bhāva-dravyaiḥ — with paraphernalia conceived in his mind; apūjayathe offered worship; kvacit — sometimes; pūjām — the worship; visasmārahe forgot; prema — of pure love of God; prasarain the flood; samplutaḥ — being drowned.

TRANSLATION

Thinking always of his desire to see the Lord's illusory energy, the sage remained in his āśrama, meditating constantly upon the Lord within fire, the sun, the moon, water, the earth, air, lightning and his own heart and worshiping Him with paraphernalia conceived in his mind. But sometimes, overwhelmed by waves of love for the Lord, Mārkaṇḍeya would forget to perform his regular worship.

PURPORT

It is apparent from these verses that Mārkaṇḍeya Ṛṣi was a great devotee of Lord Kṛṣṇa; therefore he wanted to see the illusory energy of the Lord not to fulfill some material ambition but to learn how His potency is working.

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