Canto 3: The Status QuoChapter 9: Brahmā's Prayers for Creative Energy

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 3.9.39

prīto 'ham astu bhadraḿ te

lokānāḿ vijayecchayā

yad astauṣīr guṇamayaḿ

nirguṇaḿ mānuvarṇayan


prītaḥ — pleased; aham — Myself; astu — let it be so; bhadram — all benediction; te — unto you; lokānām — of the planets; vijaya — for glorification; icchayā — by your desire; yat — that which; astauṣīḥ — you prayed for; guṇa-mayam — describing all transcendental qualities; nirguṇam — although I am free from all material qualities; Me; anuvarṇayan — nicely describing.


I am very much pleased by your description of Me in terms of My transcendental qualities, which appear mundane to the mundaners. I grant you all benedictions in your desire to glorify all the planets by your activities.


A pure devotee of the Lord like Brahmā and those in his line of disciplic succession always desire that the Lord be known all over the universe by each and every one of the living entities. That desire of the devotee is always blessed by the Lord. The impersonalist sometimes prays for the mercy of the Personality of Godhead Nārāyaṇa as the embodiment of material goodness, but such prayers do not satisfy the Lord because He is not thereby glorified in terms of His actual transcendental qualities. The pure devotees of the Lord are always most dear to Him, although He is always kind and merciful to all living entities. Here the word guṇamayam is significant because it indicates the Lord's possessing transcendental qualities.

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