Canto 10: The Summum BonumChapter 54: The Marriage of Kṛṣṇa and Rukmiṇī

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 10.54.14

tathāpy ahaḿ na śocāmi

na prahṛṣyāmi karhicit

kālena daiva-yuktena

jānan vidrāvitaḿ jagat


tathā api — nonetheless; ahamI; na śocāmido not lament; na prahṛṣyāmido not rejoice; karhicit — ever; kālena — by time; daiva — with fate; yuktena — conjoined; jānan — knowing; vidrāvitam — driven; jagat — the world.


But still I never lament or rejoice, because I know this world is driven by time and fate.


Having stated that the Supreme Lord controls this world, Jarāsandha explains the specific method of control. It should be remembered that in the Vedic context kāla, or time, does not refer merely to a system of measuring planetary movements such as days, weeks, months and years but rather to the way things are being moved. Everything is moving according to its destiny, and this destiny is also described as "time," since everyone's destiny is revealed and imposed by the movements of time.

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