Canto 3: The Status QuoChapter 5: Vidura's Talks with Maitreya

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 3.5.48

tat te vayaḿ loka-sisṛkṣayādya

tvayānusṛṣṭās tribhir ātmabhiḥ sma

sarve viyuktāḥ sva-vihāra-tantraḿ

na śaknumas tat pratihartave te


tat — therefore; te — Your; vayam — all of us; loka — world; sisṛkṣayā — for the sake of creation; ādyaO Original person; tvayā — by You; anusṛṣṭāḥ — being created one after another; tribhiḥ — by the three modes of nature; ātmabhiḥ — by one's own; smain the past; sarve — all; viyuktāḥ — separated; sva-vihāra-tantram — the network of activities for one's own pleasure; na — not; śaknumaḥ — could do it; tat — that; pratihartaveto award; te — unto Your.


O Original Person, we are therefore but Yours only. Although we are Your creatures, we are born one after another under the influence of the three modes of nature, and for this reason we are separated in action. Therefore, after the creation we could not act concertedly for Your transcendental pleasure.


The cosmic creation is working under the influence of the three modes of the external potency of the Lord. Different creatures are also under the same influence, and therefore they cannot act concertedly in satisfying the Lord. Because of this diverse activity, there cannot be any harmony in the material world. The best policy, therefore, is to act for the sake of the Lord. That will bring about the desired harmony.

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