Canto 3: The Status QuoChapter 33: Activities of Kapila

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 3.33.34


munibhiś cāpsaro-gaṇaiḥ

stūyamānaḥ samudreṇa



siddha — by the Siddhas; cāraṇa — by the Cāraṇas; gandharvaiḥ — by the Gandharvas; munibhiḥ — by the munis; ca — and; apsaraḥ-gaṇaiḥ — by the Apsarās (damsels of the heavenly planets); stūyamānaḥ — being extolled; samudreṇa — by the ocean; datta — given; arhaṇa — oblations; niketanaḥ — place of residence.


While He was passing in the northern direction, all the celestial denizens known as Cāraṇas and Gandharvas, as well as the munis and the damsels of the heavenly planets, prayed and offered Him all respects. The ocean offered Him oblations and a place of residence.


It is understood that Kapila Muni first went towards the Himalayas and traced the course of the River Ganges, and He again came to the delta of the Ganges at the sea now known as the Bay of Bengal. The ocean gave Him residence at a place still known as Gańgā-sāgara, where the River Ganges meets the sea. That place is called Gańgā-sāgara-tīrtha, and even today people gather there to offer respects to Kapiladeva, the original author of the Sāńkhya system of philosophy. Unfortunately, this Sāńkhya system has been misrepresented by an imposter who is also named Kapila, but that other system of philosophy does not tally with anything described in the Sāńkhya of Kapila in the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam.

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