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SB 10.1.22

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His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada


puraiva puṁsāvadhṛto dharā-jvaro
bhavadbhir aṁśair yaduṣūpajanyatām
sa yāvad urvyā bharam īśvareśvaraḥ
sva-kāla-śaktyā kṣapayaṁś cared bhuvi


purā—even before this; eva—indeed; puṁsā—by the Supreme Personality of Godhead; avadhṛtaḥ—was certainly known; dharā-jvaraḥ—the distress on the earth; bhavadbhiḥ—by your good selves; aṁśaiḥ—expanding as plenary portions; yaduṣu—in the family of King Yadu; upajanyatām—take your birth and appear there; saḥ—He (the Supreme Personality of Godhead); yāvat—as long as; urvyāḥ—of the earth; bharam—the burden; īśvara-īśvaraḥ—the Lord of lords; sva-kāla-śaktyā—by His own potency the time factor; kṣapayan—diminishing; caret—should move; bhuvi—on the surface of the earth.


Lord Brahmā informed the demigods: Before we submitted our petition to the Lord, He was already aware of the distress on earth. Consequently, for as long as the Lord moves on earth to diminish its burden by His own potency in the form of time, all of you demigods should appear through plenary portions as sons and grandsons in the family of the Yadus.


As stated in the Brahma-saṁhitā (BS 5.38):

rāmādi-mūrtiṣu kalā-niyamena tiṣṭhan
nānāvatāram akarod bhuvaneṣu kintu
kṛṣṇaḥ svayaṁ samabhavat paramaḥ pumān yo
govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi

"I worship the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Govinda, who is always situated in various incarnations such as Rāma, Nṛsiṁha and many sub-incarnations as well, but who is the original Personality of Godhead, known as Kṛṣṇa, and who incarnates personally also."

In this verse from Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam we find the words puraiva puṁsāvadhṛto dharā jvaraḥ. The word puṁsā refers to Kṛṣṇa, who was already aware of how the whole world was suffering because of the increase of demons. Without reference to the supreme power of the Personality of Godhead, demons assert themselves to be independent kings and presidents, and thus they create a disturbance by increasing their military power. When such disturbances are very prominent, Kṛṣṇa appears. At present also, various demoniac states all over the world are increasing their military power in many ways, and the whole situation has become distressful. Therefore Kṛṣṇa has appeared by His name, in the Hare Kṛṣṇa movement, which will certainly diminish the burden of the world. Philosophers, religionists, and people in general must take to this movement very seriously, for man-made plans and devices will not help bring peace on earth. The transcendental sound Hare Kṛṣṇa is not different from the person Kṛṣṇa.

nāma cintāmaṇiḥ kṛṣṇaś
pūrṇaḥ śuddho nitya-mukto
'bhinnatvān nāma-nāminoḥ
(CC Madhya 17.133), (Padma Purāṇa)

There is no difference between the sound Hare Kṛṣṇa and Kṛṣṇa the person.

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