Canto 6: Prescribed Duties for MankindChapter 4: The Haḿsa-guhya Prayers

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 6.4.30

yasmin yato yena ca yasya yasmai

yad yo yathā kurute kāryate ca

parāvareṣāḿ paramaḿ prāk prasiddhaḿ

tad brahma tad dhetur ananyad ekam


yasminin whom (the Supreme Personality of Godhead or the supreme place of repose); yataḥ — from whom (everything emanates); yena — by whom (everything is enacted); ca — also; yasyato whom everything belongs; yasmaito whom (everything is offered); yat — which; yaḥ — who; yathāas; kurute — executes; kāryate — is performed; ca — also; para-avareṣām — of both, in the material and spiritual existence; paramam — the supreme; prāk — the origin; prasiddham — well known to everyone; tat — that; brahma — the Supreme Brahman; tat hetuḥ — the cause of all causes; ananyat — having no other cause; ekam — one without a second.


The Supreme Brahman, Kṛṣṇa, is the ultimate resting place and source of everything. Everything is done by Him, everything belongs to Him, and everything is offered to Him. He is the ultimate objective, and whether acting or causing others to act, He is the ultimate doer. There are many causes, high and low, but since He is the cause of all causes, He is well known as the Supreme Brahman who existed before all activities. He is one without a second and has no other cause. I therefore offer my respects unto Him.


The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Kṛṣṇa, is the original cause, as confirmed in Bhagavad-gītā (ahaḿ sarvasya prabhavaḥ). Even this material world, which is conducted under the modes of material nature, is caused by the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who therefore also has an intimate relationship with the material world. If the material world were not a part of His body, the Supreme Lord, the supreme cause, would be incomplete. Therefore we hear, vāsudevaḥ sarvam iti sa mahātmā sudurlabhaḥ: [Bg. 7.19] if one knows that Vāsudeva is the original cause of all causes, he becomes a perfect mahātmā.

The Brahma-saḿhitā (5.1) declares:

īśvaraḥ paramaḥ kṛṣṇaḥ


anādir ādir govindaḥ


"Kṛṣṇa, who is known as Govinda, is the supreme controller. He has an eternal, blissful, spiritual body. He is the origin of all. He has no other origin, for He is the prime cause of all causes." The Supreme Brahman (tad brahma) is the cause of all causes, but He has no cause. Anādir ādir govindaḥ sarva-kāraṇa-kāraṇam: [Bs. 5.1] Govinda, Kṛṣṇa, is the original cause of all causes, but He has no cause for His appearance as Govinda. Govinda expands in multifarious forms, but nevertheless they are one. As confirmed by Madhvācārya, ananyaḥ sadṛśābhāvād eko rūpādy-abhedataḥ: Kṛṣṇa has no cause nor any equal, and He is one because His various forms, as svāḿśa and vibhinnāḿśa, are nondifferent from Himself.

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