Canto 12: The Age of DeteriorationChapter 4: The Four Categories of Universal Annihilation

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 12.4.31

yathā hiraṇyaḿ bahudhā samīyate

nṛbhiḥ kriyābhir vyavahāra-vartmasu

evaḿ vacobhir bhagavān adhokṣajo

vyākhyāyate laukika-vaidikair janaiḥ


yathā — just as; hiraṇyam — gold; bahudhāin many forms; samīyate — appears; nṛbhiḥto men; kriyābhiḥin terms of different functions; vyavahāra-vartmasuin ordinary usage; evam — similarly; vacobhiḥin varying terms; bhagavān — the Personality of Godhead; adhokṣajaḥ — the transcendental Lord, who is inconceivable to material senses; vyākhyāyate — is described; laukika — mundane; vaidikaiḥ — and Vedic; janaiḥ — by men.


According to their different purposes, men utilize gold in various ways, and gold is therefore perceived in various forms. In the same way, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is inaccessible to material senses, is described in various terms, both ordinary and Vedic, by different types of men.


All those who are not pure devotees of the Supreme Lord are basically trying to exploit the Lord and His energies. According to their strategy of exploitation, they conceive of and describe the Absolute Truth in various ways. In Bhagavad-gītā and Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam the Absolute Truth presents Himself as He actually is for the benefit of sincere people who do not foolishly try to conceptually manipulate the Supreme Godhead.

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