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SB 10.85.54

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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


apāyayat stanaṁ prītā
mohitā māyayā viṣṇor
yayā sṛṣṭiḥ pravartate


apāyayat—she let them drink; stanam—from her breast; prītā—lovingly; suta—of her sons; sparśa—because of the touch; parisnutam—drenched; mohitā—bewildered; māyayā—by the illusory energy; viṣṇoḥ—of Lord Viṣṇu; yayā—by which; sṛṣṭiḥ—creation; pravartate—comes into being.

Translation and purport composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


Lovingly she let her sons drink from her breast, which became wet with milk just by their touch. She was entranced by the same illusory energy of Lord Viṣṇu that initiates the creation of the universe.


In the opinion of Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī, the word sṛṣṭi can here also refer to the creative process by which Lord Viṣṇu's Yogamāyā arranges the settings and situations of His pastimes. There is indeed no question of mother Devakī being affected by the material aspect of Māyā.

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