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SB 5.25.10

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His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada


mūrtiṁ naḥ puru-kṛpayā babhāra sattvaṁ
saṁśuddhaṁ sad-asad idaṁ vibhāti tatra
yal-līlāṁ mṛga-patir ādade 'navadyām
ādātuṁ svajana-manāṁsy udāra-vīryaḥ


mūrtim—different forms of the Supreme Personality of Godhead; naḥ—unto us; puru-kṛpayā—because of great mercy; babhāra—exhibited; sattvam—existence; saṁśuddham—completely transcendental; sat-asat idam—this material manifestation of cause and effect; vibhāti—shines; tatra—in whom; yat-līlām—the pastimes of whom; mṛga-patiḥ—the master of all living beings, who is exactly like a lion (the master of all other animals); ādade—taught; anavadyām—without material contamination; ādātum—to conquer; sva-jana-manāṁsi—the minds of His devotees; udāra-vīryaḥ—who is most liberal and powerful.


This manifestation of subtle and gross matter exists within the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Out of causeless mercy toward His devotees, He exhibits various forms, which are all transcendental. The Supreme Lord is most liberal, and He possesses all mystic power. To conquer the minds of His devotees and give pleasure to their hearts, He appears in different incarnations and manifests many pastimes.


Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī has translated this verse as follows. "The Supreme Personality of Godhead is the cause of all causes. It is by His will that gross and subtle ingredients interact. He appears in various incarnations just to please the hearts of His pure devotees." For example, the Supreme Lord appeared in the transcendental incarnation of Lord Varāha (the boar) just to please His devotees by lifting the planet earth from the Garbhodaka Ocean.

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