Yāvān ahaṁ yathā-bhāvo yad-rūpa-guṇa-karmakaḥ
Tathaiva tattva-vijñānam astu te mad-anugrahāt
Everything that I am i.e. my form, my existence, my nature, my qualities, my actions- due to my blessings may you too attain that state! May you obtain the exact real knowledge of objects!
Aham evāsam evāgre nānyad yat sad-asat param
Paścād ahaṁ yad etac ca yo’vaśiṣyeta so’smy aham
Before creation I alone existed. There was nothing else apart from me. Neither these gross, subtle forms, nor their causative factors existed at that time. Even after the creation, this entire visible world which is being seen is nothing but Me! After annihilation whatever will be left behind, that also is Me.
Re ‘terthaṁ yat pratīyeta na pratīyeta cātmani
Tad vidyād ātmano māyāṁ yathābhāso yathā tamaḥ
The illusory objects, such as existence of two moons that exist in the sky, do not have any support or real existence. Yet they appear to exist. Yet at the same time there are objects, like rāhu, which although existing are not visible. Realize all this to be nothing but my illusory energy (māya).
Yathā mahānti bhūtāni bhūteṣūccāvaceṣv anu
Praviṣṭāny apraviṣṭāni tathā teṣu na teṣv aham
The earth and the other five elements, appear as if they have entered into the objects that have been created from them, although in reality they have not entered into them and are differently situated. In the similar manner I exist within everything and yet at the same time I am outside of them too.
Etāvad eva jijñāsyaṁ tattva-jijñāsunātmanaḥ
Anvaya-vyatirekābhyāṁ yat syāt sarvatra sarvadā
That which is the cause of all objects, at all times, in all situations and in all places, and yet remains distinctly separate from those objects, is the Self (atma).
from Srimad Bhagavatam – Day 88(Translations of Pujya Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji’s daily explanation of Srimad Bhagavatam on ETV from December 2015 onwards are compiled by Parimala Eshwarla)
Śri bhagavāna uvāca:
Tvayāhaṁ toṣitaḥ samyagveda-garbha sisṛkṣayā
Ciraṁ bhṛtena tapasā dustoṣaḥ kūṭa-yoginām
O Brahma, you are full of the knowledge of the Vedas. I am deeply satisfied with your intense penance performed for a very long period of time with the desire for creation.
Pratyādiṣṭaṁ mayā tatra tvayi karma-vimohite
Tapo me hṛdayaṁ sākṣād ātmāhaṁ tapaso ‘nagha
O sinless Brahma! At that point of time you entertained many uncertainties with respect to method of creation. I commanded you to undertake penance. Penance (tapas) is my heart. This penance is supremely dear to me. Penance is my form.
Sṛjāmi tapasaivedaṁ grasāmi tapasā punaḥ
Bibharmi tapasā viśvaṁ vīryaṁ me duścaraṁ tapaḥ
I create this entire universe purely through penance. Again through the medium of penance I absorb it back. It is through penance that I support this creation. Therefore this penance, which is performed with difficulty, is my energy.
from Srimad Bhagavatam – Day 87(Translations of Pujya Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji’s daily explanation of Srimad Bhagavatam on ETV from December 2015 onwards are compiled by Parimala Eshwarla)
Idaṁ bhāgavataṁ nāma yan me bhagavatoditam
Saṅgraho ‘yaṁ vibhūtīnāṁ tvam etad vipulī kuru
Lord Srihari preached to me this scripture which has become popular as Bhagawatam. In this scripture, the glories of the Lord have been explained in a condensed manner. O Narada! You expand this scripture yourself.
Yathā harau bhagavati nṛṇāṁ bhaktir bhaviṣyati
Sarvātman yakhilādhāre iti saṅkalpya varṇaya
Begin the task after making a firm determination that you will describe it in such a manner that it increases the devotion in human beings towards the Supreme Lord, who is the support for everything and who is the Self that exists within everyone.
Māyāṁ varṇayato ‘muṣya īśvarasyānumodataḥ
Śṛṇvataḥ śraddhayā nityaṁ māyayātmā na muhyati
The intellect of the persons who narrate these divine stories daily with dedication and devotion as well as of those who listen to it with great interest will be devoid of delusion caused by spiritual ignorance (avidya).
Śṛṇvataḥ śraddhayā nityaṁ gṛṇataś ca sva-ceṣṭitam
Kālena nātidīrgheṇa bhagavān viśate hṛdi
In the heart of that person who eternally narrates or listens to the divine plays of the Supreme Lord with total dedication, God quickly enters and makes known His presence.
Dhautātmā puruṣaḥ kṛṣṇa-pāda-mūlaṁ na muñcati
Mukta-sarva-parikleśaḥ pānthaḥ sva-śaraṇaṁ yathā
The spiritual aspirant called human being whose mind has been thus cleansed gives up all forms of mental defects and sins. Just as a weary traveler who after returning home from an exhaustive journey does not seek to leave his house, the devotee no longer seeks to leave the lotus feet of the Lord Krishna.
from Srimad Bhagavatam – Day 85(Translations of Pujya Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji’s daily explanation of Srimad Bhagavatam on ETV from December 2015 onwards are compiled by Parimala Eshwarla)
Atrer apatyam abhikāṅkṣata āha tuṣṭo
Datto mayāham iti yad bhagavān sa dattaḥ
Yogarddhim āpur ubhayīṁ yadu-haihayādyāḥ
Maharishi Atri performed severe austerities seeking the birth of a child. Pleased with his austerities the Supreme Lord appeared before him and said, “I offer myself to you”. Thereafter the Supreme Lord incarnated as the son of Maharishi Atri and became famous as ‘Dattatreya’. Emperor Yadu, Emperor Kartaviryarjuna and others purified themselves by applying the dust from the lotus feet of Lord Datta. With His blessings, not only did they attain the 8 supernatural powers such as Anima etc. while they were living, but they also attained liberation after leaving this body.
from Srimad Bhagavatam – Day 81(Translations of Pujya Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji’s daily explanation of Srimad Bhagavatam on ETV from December 2015 onwards are compiled by Parimala Eshwarla)
Nārāyaṇe bhagavati tad idaṁ viśvam āhitam
Although Lord Narayana is devoid of any attribute/ trait (nirguna, traitless), for the purposes of creation, He accepted the illusory power (māya) and appears as if He has innumerable traits existing in Him.
Viśvaṁ puruṣa-rūpeṇa paripāti tri-śakti-dhṛk
The Supreme Lord, who has retained the illusory power (māya) and its three attributes (tri-gunās) as His instrument, protects this entire universe by manifesting as Vishnu.
Nato ‘smy ahaṁ tac-caraṇaṁ samīyuṣāṁ
bhavac-chidaṁ svasty-ayanaṁ sumaṅgalam
I offer my obeisance to those feet of Lord Srihari, which chop down the tree called samsara (worldly bondages) in those who have sought refuge in Him and thereafter cause auspiciousness and merit to them.
Nāhaṁ na yūyaṁ yad-ṛtāṁ gatiṁ vidur
Na vāmadevaḥ kim utāpare surāḥ
Tan-māyayā mohita-buddhayas tv idaṁ
Vinirmitaṁ cātma-samaṁ vicakṣmahe
Neither me, you, Sanaka and other great sages, nor Rudra understand the real form of that Supreme Lord. When we can’t understand, how can other Devatas know it? We, whose inner-mind is deluded by the Lord’s illusory power, perceive this entire world, based on our individual ability, as separate from Him.
Yasyāvatāra-karmāṇi gāyanti hy asmad-ādayaḥ
Na yaṁ vidanti tattvena tasmai bhagavate namaḥ
Beings like us praise the stories and deeds of that Supreme Lord, but none of us have any idea about His original form. I offer my obeisance to such a Lord.
Sa eṣa ādyaḥ puruṣaḥ kalpe kalpe sṛjaty ajaḥ
Ātmātmany ātmanātmānaṁ sa saṁyacchati pāti ca
That Supreme Lord, who is unborn, who is the cause for all causes (sarva kārana kāranam) and who is the form of the Self, takes on the Universal form in each and every kalpa (period of creation).
from Srimad Bhagavatam – Day 80(Translations of Pujya Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji’s daily explanation of Srimad Bhagavatam on ETV from December 2015 onwards are compiled by Parimala Eshwarla)
Sarva-kāma-varasyāpi hareś caraṇa āspadam
O Narada! The feet of Lord Srihari, the Universal form of the Supreme Lord, fulfills all desires!
from Srimad Bhagavatam – Day 79(Translations of Pujya Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji’s daily explanation of Srimad Bhagavatam on ETV from December 2015 onwards are compiled by Parimala Eshwarla)
Nārāyaṇa-parā vedā devā nārāyaṇāṅgajāḥ
Nārāyaṇa-parā lokā nārāyaṇa-parā makhāḥ
All the Vedas speak only about Narayana! All Devatas have emerged from Narayana alone! All the various planes of existence (lokas) are under the control of Narayana himself. All the yagnas (sacrificial rituals) are aimed at pleasing Narayana alone.
Nārāyaṇa-paro yogo nārāyaṇa-paraṁ tapaḥ
Nārāyaṇa-paraṁ jñānaṁ nārāyaṇa-parā gatiḥ
The ultimate end point (goal) of Yoga is Narayana. The main purpose of undertaking austerities (tapas) is solely to earn the grace of Narayana. That which explains the essence of this Supreme Lord Narayana is known as Supreme Knowledge. All paths lead to Him alone.
from Srimad Bhagavatam – Day 77(Translations of Pujya Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji’s daily explanation of Srimad Bhagavatam on ETV from December 2015 onwards are compiled by Parimala Eshwarla)