|Canto 3: The Status Quo||Chapter 8: Manifestation of Brahmā from Garbhodakaśāyī Viṣṇu|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 3.8.16
tasyāḿ sa cāmbho-ruha-karṇikāyām
avasthito lokam apaśyamānaḥ
parikraman vyomni vivṛtta-netraś
catvāri lebhe 'nudiśaḿ mukhāni
tasyām — in that; saḥ — Brahmā; ca — and; ambhaḥ — water; ruha-karṇikāyām — whorl of the lotus; avasthitaḥ — being situated; lokam — the world; apaśyamānaḥ — without being able to see; parikraman — circumambulating; vyomni — in space; vivṛtta-netraḥ — while moving the eyes; catvāri — four; lebhe — achieved; anudiśam — in terms of direction; mukhāni — heads.
Brahmā, born out of the lotus flower, could not see the world, although he was situated in the whorl. He therefore circumambulated all of space, and while moving his eyes in all directions he achieved four heads in terms of the four directions.
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