Canto 3: The Status QuoChapter 33: Activities of Kapila

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 3.33.8

taḿ tvām ahaḿ brahma paraḿ pumāḿsaḿ

pratyak-srotasy ātmani saḿvibhāvyam

sva-tejasā dhvasta-guṇa-pravāhaḿ

vande viṣṇuḿ kapilaḿ veda-garbham


tam — unto Him; tvām — You; ahamI; brahmaBrahman; param — supreme; pumāḿsam — the Supreme Personality of Godhead; pratyak-srotasi — turned inwards; ātmaniin the mind; saḿvibhāvyam — meditated upon, perceived; sva-tejasā — by Your own potency; dhvasta — vanished; guṇa-pravāham — the influence of the modes of material nature; vandeI offer obeisances; viṣṇum — unto Lord Viṣṇu; kapilam — named Kapila; veda-garbham — the repository of the Vedas.


I believe, my Lord, that You are Lord Viṣṇu Himself under the name of Kapila, and You are the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the Supreme Brahman! The saints and sages, being freed from all the disturbances of the senses and mind, meditate upon You, for by Your mercy only can one become free from the clutches of the three modes of material nature. At the time of dissolution, all the Vedas are sustained in You only.


Devahūti, the mother of Kapila, instead of prolonging her prayers, summarized that Lord Kapila was none other than Viṣṇu and that since she was a woman it was not possible for her to worship Him properly simply by prayer. It was her intention that the Lord be satisfied. The word pratyak is significant. In yogic practice, the eight divisions are yama, niyama, āsana, prāṇāyāma, pratyāhāra, dhāraṇā, dhyāna and samādhi. pratyāhāra means to wind up the activities of the senses. The level of realization of the Supreme Lord evidenced by Devahūti is possible when one is able to withdraw the senses from material activities. When one is engaged in devotional service, there is no scope for his senses to be engaged otherwise. In such full Kṛṣṇa consciousness, one can understand the Supreme Lord as He is.

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