Canto 8: Withdrawal of the Cosmic CreationsChapter 5: The Demigods Appeal to the Lord for Protection

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 8.5.11-12

śrī-rājovāca

yathā bhagavatā brahman

mathitaḥ kṣīra-sāgaraḥ

yad-arthaḿ yataś cādriḿ

dadhārāmbucarātmanā

yathāmṛtaḿ suraiḥ prāptaḿ

kiḿ cānyad abhavat tataḥ

etad bhagavataḥ karma

vadasva paramādbhutam

SYNONYMS

śrī-rājā uvāca — King Parīkṣit inquired; yathāas; bhagavatā — by the Supreme Personality of Godhead; brahmanO learned brāhmaṇa; mathitaḥ — churned; kṣīra-sāgaraḥ — the ocean of milk; yat-artham — what was the purpose; — either; yataḥ — wherefrom, for what reason; ca — and; adrim — the mountain (Mandara); dadhāra — was staying; ambucara-ātmanāin the form of a tortoise; yathāas; amṛtam — nectar; suraiḥ — by the demigods; prāptam — was achieved; kim — what; ca — and; anyat — other; abhavat — became; tataḥ — thereafter; etat — all these; bhagavataḥ — of the Supreme Personality of Godhead; karma — pastimes, activities; vadasva — kindly describe; parama-adbhutam — because they are so wonderful.

TRANSLATION

King Parīkṣit inquired: O great brāhmaṇa, Śukadeva Gosvāmī, why and how did Lord Viṣṇu churn the ocean of milk? For what reason did He stay in the water as a tortoise and hold up Mandara Mountain? How did the demigods obtain the nectar, and what other things were produced from the churning of the ocean? Kindly describe all these wonderful activities of the Lord.

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