Canto 10: The Summum BonumChapter 88: Lord Śiva Saved from Vṛkāsura

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 10.88.4

tato vikārā abhavan

ṣoḍaśāmīṣu kañcana

upadhāvan vibhūtīnāḿ

sarvāsām aśnute gatim


tataḥ — from that (false ego); vikārāḥ — transformations; abhavan — have manifested; ṣoḍaśa — sixteen; amīṣu — among these; kañcana — any; upadhāvan — pursuing; vibhūtīnām — of material assets; sarvāsām — all; aśnute — enjoys; gatim — the acquisition.


The sixteen elements have evolved as transformations of that false ego. When a devotee of Lord Śiva worships his manifestation in any one of these elements, the devotee obtains all sorts of corresponding enjoyable opulences.


False ego transforms into the mind, ten senses (the eyes, ears, nose, tongue, skin, hands, feet, voice, genitals and anus), and five physical elements (earth, water, fire, air and ether). Lord Śiva appears in a special lińga form in each of these sixteen substances, which are worshiped individually as deities in various sacred locations of the universe. A devotee of Śiva may worship one of his particular lińgas to obtain the mystic opulences pertaining to it. Thus Lord Śiva's ākāśa-lińga bestows the opulences of ether, his jyotir-lińga bestows the opulences of fire, and so on.

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