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SB 10.23.46

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His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Please note: The synonyms, translation and purport of this verse were composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


anyathā pūrṇa-kāmasya
kaivalyādy-aśiṣāṁ pateḥ
īśitavyaiḥ kim asmābhir
īśasyaitad viḍambanam


anyathā—otherwise; pūrṇa-kāmasya—of Him whose every possible desire is fulfilled; kaivalya—of liberation; ādi—and others; āśiṣām—benedictions; pateḥ—the master; īśitavyaiḥ—with those who are meant to be controlled; kim—what; asmābhiḥ—with us; īśasya—of Him who is the absolute controller; etat—this; viḍambanam—pretense.

Translation and purport composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


Otherwise, why would the supreme controller—whose every desire is already fulfilled and who is the master of liberation and all other transcendental benedictions—enact this pretense with us, who are always to be controlled by Him?


Although Lord Kṛṣṇa is the Absolute Truth, He humbly sent His cowherd boyfriends to beg food from the brāhmaṇas. In so doing, He exposed the brāhmaṇas' foolish arrogance and established the glories of His own transcendental beauty by attracting their very wives to surrender at His lotus feet.

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