Canto 5: The Creative ImpetusChapter 2: The Activities of Mahārāja Āgnīdhra

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 5.2.13

vātma-vṛttir adanād dhavir ańga vāti

viṣṇoḥ kalāsy animiṣonmakarau ca karṇau

udvigna-mīna-yugalaḿ dvija-pańkti-śocir

āsanna-bhṛńga-nikaraḿ sara in mukhaḿ te

SYNONYMS

— what; — and; ātma-vṛttiḥ — food for maintenance of the body; adanāt — by the chewing (of betel); haviḥpure sacrificial ingredients; ańga — my dear friend; vāti — emanate; viṣṇoḥ — of Lord Viṣṇu; kalā — expansion of the body; asi — you are; animiṣa — without blinking; unmakarau — two brilliant sharks; ca — also; karṇau — two ears; udvigna — restless; mīna-yugalam — possessing two fish; dvija-pańkti — of lines of teeth; śociḥ — beauty; āsanna — nearby; bhṛńga-nikaram — possessing swarms of bumblebees; saraḥ it — like a lake; mukham — face; te — your.

TRANSLATION

My dear friend, what do you eat to maintain your body? Because you are chewing betel, a pleasing scent is emanating from your mouth. This proves that you always eat the remnants of food offered to Viṣṇu. Indeed, you must also be an expansion of Lord Viṣṇu's body. Your face is as beautiful as a pleasing lake. Your jeweled earrings resemble two brilliant sharks with unblinking eyes like those of Viṣṇu, and your own eyes resemble two restless fish. Simultaneously, therefore, two sharks and two restless fish are swimming in the lake of your face. Besides them, the white rows of your teeth seem like rows of very beautiful swans in the water, and your scattered hair resembles swarms of bumblebees following the beauty of your face.

PURPORT

The devotees of Lord Viṣṇu are also His expansions. They are called vibhinnāḿśa. Lord Viṣṇu is offered all kinds of sacrificial ingredients, and because devotees always eat prasāda, the remnants of His food, the scent of sacrificial ingredients emanates not only from Viṣṇu but also from the devotees who eat the remnants of His food or the food of His devotees. Āgnīdhra considered Pūrvacitti an expansion of Lord Viṣṇu because of the pleasing scent of her body. Aside from that, because of her jeweled earrings, shaped like sharks, because of her scattered hair, resembling bumblebees mad after the scent of her body, and because of the white rows of her teeth, which resembled swans, Āgnīdhra compared Pūrvacitti's face to a beautiful lake decorated with lotus flowers, fish, swans and bumblebees.

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