Canto 3: The Status QuoChapter 31: Lord Kapila's Instructions on the Movements of the Living Entities

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 3.31.18

yenedṛśīḿ gatim asau daśa-māsya īśa

sańgrāhitaḥ puru-dayena bhavādṛśena

svenaiva tuṣyatu kṛtena sa dīna-nāthaḥ

ko nāma tat-prati vināñjalim asya kuryāt

SYNONYMS

yena — by whom (the Lord); īdṛśīm — such; gatima condition; asau — that person (myself); daśa-māsyaḥ — ten months old; īśaO Lord; sańgrāhitaḥ — was made to accept; puru-dayena — very merciful; bhavādṛśena — incomparable; svena — own; eva — alone; tuṣyatu — may He be pleased; kṛtena — with His act; saḥ — that; dīna-nāthaḥ — refuge of the fallen souls; kaḥ — who; nāma — indeed; tat — that mercy; pratiin return; vinā — except with; añjalim — folded hands; asya — of the Lord; kuryāt — can repay.

TRANSLATION

My dear Lord, by Your causeless mercy I am awakened to consciousness, although I am only ten months old. For this causeless mercy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the friend of all fallen souls, there is no way to express my gratitude but to pray with folded hands.

PURPORT

As stated in Bhagavad-gītā, intelligence and forgetfulness are both supplied by the Supersoul sitting with the individual soul within the body. When He sees that a conditioned soul is very serious about getting out of the clutches of the material influence, the Supreme Lord gives intelligence internally as Supersoul and externally as the spiritual master, or, as an incarnation of the Personality of Godhead Himself, He helps by speaking instructions such as Bhagavad-gītā. The Lord is always seeking the opportunity to reclaim the fallen souls to His abode, the kingdom of God. We should always feel very much obliged to the Personality of Godhead, for He is always anxious to bring us into the happy condition of eternal life. There is no sufficient means to repay the Personality of Godhead for His act of benediction; therefore, we can simply feel gratitude and pray to the Lord with folded hands. This prayer of the child in the womb may be questioned by some atheistic people. How can a child pray in such a nice way in the womb of his mother? Everything is possible by the grace of the Lord. The child is put into such a precarious condition externally, but internally he is the same, and the Lord is there. By the transcendental energy of the Lord, everything is possible.

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