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SB 11.17.11

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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


vedaḥ praṇava evāgre
dharmo 'haṁ vṛṣa-rūpa-dhṛk
upāsate tapo-niṣṭhā
haṁsaṁ māṁ mukta-kilbiṣāḥ


vedaḥ—the Veda; praṇavaḥ—the sacred syllable oṁ; eva—indeed; agre—in Satya-yuga; dharmaḥ—the object of mental activities; aham—I; vṛṣa-rūpa-dhṛk—bearing the form of the bull of religion; upāsate—they worship; tapaḥ-niṣṭhāḥ—fixed in austerity; haṁsam—Lord Haṁsa; mām—Me; mukta—freed from; kilbiṣāḥ—all sins.

Translation and purport composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


In Satya-yuga the undivided Veda is expressed by the syllable oṁ, and I am the only object of mental activities. I become manifest as the four-legged bull of religion, and thus the inhabitants of Satya-yuga, fixed in austerity and free from all sins, worship Me as Lord Haṁsa.


The bull of religion is described in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (SB 1.17.24): tapaḥ śaucam dayā satyam iti pādāḥ kṛte kṛtāḥ. "In the age of Satya [truthfulness], your four legs were established by the four principles of austerity, cleanliness, mercy and truthfulness." Śrī Vyāsadeva divided the one Veda into four—the Ṛg, Yajur, Sāma and Atharva Vedas—at the end of Dvāpara-yuga, but in Satya-yuga the whole of Vedic knowledge is easily understood by everyone simply by vibrating the syllable oṁ. In this age there are no ritualistic or pious activities such as sacrifice, since everyone is sinless, austere and fully engaged in worshiping the Personality of Godhead, Lord Haṁsa, through the process of meditation.

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