Canto 12: The Age of DeteriorationChapter 10: Lord Śiva and Umā Glorify Mārkaṇḍeya Ṛṣi

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 12.10.41

etat kecid avidvāḿso

māyā-saḿsṛtir ātmanaḥ

anādy-āvartitaḿ nṝṇāḿ

kādācitkaḿ pracakṣate


etat — this; kecit — some persons; avidvāḿsaḥ — who are not learned; māyā-saḿsṛtiḥ — the illusory creation; ātmanaḥ — of the Supreme Soul; anādi — from time immemorial; āvartitam — repeating; nṝṇām — of conditioned living beings; kādācitkam — unprecedented; pracakṣate — they say.


Although this event was unique and unprecedented, some unintelligent persons compare it to the cycle of illusory material existence the Supreme Lord has created for the conditioned souls — an endless cycle that has been continuing since time immemorial.


Mārkaṇḍeya's being drawn into the Lord's body by His inhalation and expelled again by His exhalation should not be considered a symbolic description of the perennial cycles of material creation and annihilation. This portion of the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam describes a real, historical event experienced by a great devotee of the Lord, and those trying to relegate this story to mere symbolic allegory are here declared to be unintelligent fools.

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