Canto 4: Creation of the Fourth OrderChapter 16: Praise of King Pṛthu by the Professional Reciters

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 4.16.25

eṣa sva-sadmopavane sametya

sanat-kumāraḿ bhagavantam ekam

ārādhya bhaktyālabhatāmalaḿ taj

jñānaḿ yato brahma paraḿ vidanti


eṣaḥ — this King; sva-sadma — of his palace; upavanein the garden; sametya — meeting; sanat-kumāramSanat-kumāra; bhagavantam — the worshipable; ekam — alone; ārādhya — worshiping; bhaktyā — with devotion; alabhatahe will achieve; amalam — without contamination; tat — that; jñānam — transcendental knowledge; yataḥ — by which; brahma — spirit; param — supreme, transcendental; vidanti — they enjoy, they know.


This King Pṛthu will meet Sanat-kumāra, one of the four Kumāras, in the garden of his palace compound. The King will worship him with devotion and will be fortunate to receive instructions by which one can enjoy transcendental bliss.


The word vidanti refers to one who knows something or enjoys something. When a person is properly instructed by a spiritual master and understands transcendental bliss, he enjoys life. As stated in Bhagavad-gītā (18.54), brahma-bhūtaḥ prasannātmā na śocati na kāńkṣati. When one attains to the Brahman platform, he neither hankers nor laments. He actually partakes of transcendental, blissful enjoyment. Although King Pṛthu was an incarnation of Viṣṇu, he nonetheless taught the people in his kingdom to take instructions from a spiritual master who represents the disciplic succession. Thus one can become fortunate and enjoy a blissful life even within this material world. In this verse the verb vidanti is sometimes taken to mean "understanding." Thus when a person understands Brahman, or the supreme source of everything, he enjoys a blissful life.

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