|Canto 12: The Age of Deterioration||Chapter 9: Mārkaṇḍeya Ṛṣi Sees the Illusory Potency of the Lord|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 12.9.13
antar bahiś cādbhir ati-dyubhiḥ kharaiḥ
śatahradābhir upatāpitaḿ jagat
catur-vidhaḿ vīkṣya sahātmanā munir
jalāplutāḿ kṣmāḿ vimanāḥ samatrasat
antaḥ — internally; bahiḥ — externally; ca — and; adbhiḥ — by the water; ati-dyubhiḥ — rising higher than the sky; kharaiḥ — by the fierce (winds); śata-hradābhiḥ — by lightning bolts; upatāpitam — greatly distressed; jagat — all the inhabitants of the universe; catuḥ-vidham — of four varieties (those who have taken birth from embryos, from eggs, from seeds and from perspiration); vīkṣya — seeing; saha — along with; ātmanā — himself; muniḥ — the sage; jala — by the water; āplutām — flooded; kṣmām — the earth; vimanāḥ — perplexed; samatrasat — he became fearful.
The sage saw all the inhabitants of the universe, including himself, tormented within and without by the harsh winds, the bolts of lightning, and the great waves rising beyond the sky. As the whole earth flooded, he grew perplexed and fearful.
Here the word catur-vidham refers to the four sources of birth for conditioned souls: embryos, eggs, seeds and perspiration.
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