Canto 8: Withdrawal of the Cosmic CreationsChapter 8: The Churning of the Milk Ocean

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 8.8.25

tasyāḥ śriyas tri-jagato janako jananyā

vakṣo nivāsam akarot paramaḿ vibhūteḥ

śrīḥ svāḥ prajāḥ sakaruṇena nirīkṣaṇena

yatra sthitaidhayata sādhipatīḿs tri-lokān

SYNONYMS

tasyāḥ — of her; śriyaḥ — the goddess of fortune; tri-jagataḥ — of the three worlds; janakaḥ — the father; jananyāḥ — of the mother; vakṣaḥ — bosom; nivāsam — residence; akarotmade; paramam — supreme; vibhūteḥ — of the opulent; śrīḥ — the goddess of fortune; svāḥ — own; prajāḥ — descendants; sa-karuṇena — with favorable mercy; nirīkṣaṇena — by glancing over; yatra — wherein; sthitā — staying; aidhayata — increased; sa-adhipatīn — with the great directors and leaders; tri-lokān — the three worlds.

TRANSLATION

The Supreme Personality of Godhead is the father of the three worlds, and His bosom is the residence of mother Lakṣmī, the goddess of fortune, the proprietor of all opulences. The goddess of fortune, by her favorable and merciful glance, can increase the opulence of the three worlds, along with their inhabitants and their directors, the demigods.

PURPORT

According to the desire of Lakṣmīdevī, the goddess of fortune, the Supreme Personality of Godhead made His bosom her residence so that by her glance she could favor everyone, including the demigods and ordinary human beings. In other words, since the goddess of fortune stays on the bosom of Nārāyaṇa, she naturally sees any devotee who worships Nārāyaṇa. When the goddess of fortune understands that a devotee is in favor of devotional service to Nārāyaṇa, she is naturally inclined to bless the devotee with all opulences. The karmīs try to receive the favor and mercy of Lakṣmī, but because they are not devotees of Nārāyaṇa, their opulence is flickering. The opulence of devotees who are attached to the service of Nārāyaṇa is not like the opulence of karmīs. The opulence of devotees is as permanent as the opulence of Nārāyaṇa Himself.

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