Canto 8: Withdrawal of the Cosmic CreationsChapter 17: The Supreme Lord Agrees to Become Aditi's Son

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 8.17.9

viśvāya viśva-bhavana-sthiti-saḿyamāya

svairaḿ gṛhīta-puru-śakti-guṇāya bhūmne

sva-sthāya śaśvad-upabṛḿhita-pūrṇa-bodha-

vyāpāditātma-tamase haraye namas te


viśvāya — unto the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is actually the entire universe; viśva — of the universe; bhavana — creation; sthiti — maintenance; saḿyamāya — and annihilation; svairam — fully independent; gṛhīta — taking in hand; puru — completely; śakti-guṇāya — controlling the three modes of material nature; bhūmne — the supreme great; sva-sthāya — who is always situated in His original form; śaśvat — eternally; upabṛḿhita — achieved; pūrṇa — complete; bodha — knowledge; vyāpādita — completely vanquished; ātma-tamase — the illusory energy of Your Lordship; haraye — unto the Supreme Lord; namaḥ teI offer my respectful obeisances unto You.


My Lord, You are the all-pervading universal form, the fully independent creator, maintainer and destroyer of this universe. Although You engage Your energy in matter, You are always situated in Your original form and never fall from that position, for Your knowledge is infallible and always suitable to any situation. You are never bewildered by illusion. O my Lord, let me offer my respectful obeisances unto You.


In the Caitanya-caritāmṛta (Ādi 2.117) it is said:

siddhānta baliyā citte kara alasa

ihā ha-ite kṛṣṇe lāge sudṛḍha mānasa

Anyone trying to become fully Kṛṣṇa conscious must know the Lord's glories as far as they are possible to understand. Here Aditi hints at these glories. The universe is nothing but the external potency of the Lord. This is confirmed in Bhagavad-gītā (9.4): mayā tatam idaḿ sarvam. Whatever we see in this universe is but an expansion of the potency of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, just as the sunshine and heat all over the universe are expansions of the sun. When one surrenders unto the Supreme Personality of Godhead, he surpasses the influence of the illusory energy, for the Supreme Lord, being fully wise and being situated in the heart of everyone, especially in the heart of the devotee, gives one intelligence by which one is sure never to fall into illusion.

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