Canto 3: The Status QuoChapter 25: The Glories of Devotional Service

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 3.25.14

tam imaḿ te pravakṣyāmi

yam avocaḿ purānaghe

ṛṣīṇāḿ śrotu-kāmānāḿ

yogaḿ sarvāńga-naipuṇam


tam imam — that very; teto you; pravakṣyāmiI shall explain; yam — which; avocamI explained; purā — formerly; anagheO pious mother; ṛṣīṇāmto the sages; śrotu-kāmānām — eager to hear; yogamyoga system; sarva-ańgain all respects; naipuṇam — serviceable and practical.


O most pious mother, I shall now explain unto you the ancient yoga system, which I explained formerly to the great sages. It is serviceable and practical in every way.


The Lord does not manufacture a new system of yoga. Sometimes it is claimed that someone has become an incarnation of God and is expounding a new theological aspect of the Absolute Truth. But here we find that although Kapila Muni is the Lord Himself and is capable of manufacturing a new doctrine for His mother, He nevertheless says, "I shall just explain the ancient system which I once explained to the great sages because they were also anxious to hear about it." When we have a superexcellent process already present in Vedic scriptures, there is no need to concoct a new system, to mislead the innocent public. At present it has become a fashion to reject the standard system and present something bogus in the name of a newly invented process of yoga.

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