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SB 11.14.4

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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


tena proktā sva-putrāya
manave pūrva-jāya sā
tato bhṛgv-ādayo 'gṛhṇan
sapta brahma-maharṣayaḥ


tena—by Brahmā; proktā—spoken; sva-putrāya—to his son; manave—to Manu; pūrva-jāya—the oldest; sā—that Vedic knowledge; tataḥ—from Manu; bhṛgu-ādayaḥ—those headed by Bhṛgu Muni; agṛhṇan—accepted; sapta—seven; brahma—in Vedic literature; mahā-ṛṣayaḥ—most learned sages.

Translation and purport composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


Lord Brahmā spoke this Vedic knowledge to his eldest son, Manu, and the seven great sages headed by Bhṛgu Muni then accepted the same knowledge from Manu.


Everyone engages in a certain way of life based on one's own nature and propensities. Bhakti-yoga is the natural activity of one whose nature is completely purified by association with the Supreme Lord. Other processes are meant for those whose nature is still affected by the material modes, and thus such processes, along with their results, are themselves also materially contaminated. Devotional service to the Lord, however, is a pure spiritual process, and by executing it with a pure consciousness one comes directly in touch with the Personality of Godhead, who describes Himself in Bhagavad-gītā (BG 9.2) as pavitram idam uttamam, the supreme pure. The system of paramparā, or disciplic succession, is illustrated in this and the previous verse. The spiritual masters in Caitanya Mahāprabhu's movement are part of such a disciplic succession, and through them the same Vedic knowledge spoken by Brahmā to Manu is still available.

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