Canto 7: The Science of GodChapter 3: Hiranyakasipu's Plan to Become Immortal

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Srimad Bhagavatam 7.3.33

vyaktam vibho sthulam idam sariram

yenendriya-prana-mano-gunams tvam

bhunkshe sthito dhamani parameshthye

avyakta atma purushah puranah


vyaktam -- manifested; vibho -- O my lord; sthulam -- cosmic manifestation; idam -- this; sariram -- external body; yena -- by which; indriya -- the senses; prana -- the life air; manah -- the mind; gunan -- transcendental qualities; tvam -- you; bhunkshe -- enjoy; sthitah -- situated; dhamani -- in your own abode; parameshthye -- the supreme; avyaktah -- not manifested through ordinary knowledge; atma -- the soul; purushah -- the supreme person; puranah -- the oldest.


O my lord, being changelessly situated in your own abode, you expand your universal form within this cosmic manifestation, thus appearing to taste the material world. You are Brahman, the Supersoul, the oldest, the Personality of Godhead.


It is said that the Absolute Truth appears in three features -- namely, impersonal Brahman, localized Supersoul and ultimately the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna. The cosmic manifestation is the gross material body of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who enjoys the taste of the material mellows by expanding His parts and parcels, the living entities, who are qualitatively one with Him. The Supreme Personality of Godhead, however, is situated in the Vaikuntha planets, where He enjoys the spiritual mellows. Therefore the one Absolute Truth, Bhagavan, pervades all by His material cosmic manifestation, the spiritual Brahman effulgence, and His personal existence as the Supreme Lord.

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