Skandham-5. Chapter-1. Slokam-11.
Lord Brahmä, the supreme person within this universe, said: My dear
Priyavrata, kindly hear attentively what I shall say to you. Do not be jealous of
the Supreme Lord, who is beyond our experimental measurements. All of us,
including Lord Çiva, your father and the great sage Mahärñi Närada, must carry
out the order of the Supreme. We cannot deviate from His order.
Of the twelve great authorities in devotional service, four—Lord Brahmä
himself, his son Närada, Sväyambhuva Manu and Lord Çiva—were present
before Priyavrata. They were accompanied by many other authoritative sages.
Brahmä first wanted to impress upon Priyavrata that although these great
personalities are all authorities, they cannot possibly disobey the orders of the
Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is described in this verse as deva, which
means "always glorious." The power, glory and potencies of the Supreme
Personality of Godhead can never be diminished. In the Éçopaniñad, the Lord is
described as apäpa-viddha, which indicates that He is never affected by
anything materially considered sinful. Similarly, Çrémad-Bhägavatam describes
the Supreme Personality of Godhead as being so powerful that nothing we
might consider abominable can affect Him. An example sometimes given to
explain the position of the Supreme Lord is that of the sun, which evaporates
urine from the earth but is never affected by contamination. The Supreme
Lord can never be accused of doing anything wrong.
When Lord Brahmä went to induce Priyavrata to accept the responsibility
dictations of the Supreme Lord. Indeed, Brahmä and other genuine authorities
never do anything without His permission. The Supreme Lord is situated in
everyone's heart. In the beginning of Çrémad-Bhägavatam it is said, tene brahma
hådä ya ädi-kavaye: [SB 1.1.1] the Lord dictated Vedic knowledge to Brahmä
through his heart. The more a living entity is purified by devotional service,
the more he comes in direct contact with the Supreme Personality of
Godhead, as confirmed in Çrémad Bhagavad-gétä:
dadämi buddhi-yogaà taà
yena mäm upayänti te
"To those who are constantly devoted and worship Me with love, I give the
understanding by which they can come to Me." (Bg. 10.10) Lord Brahmä,
therefore, had not come to Priyavrata by his own whims: rather, it is
understood that he had been ordered to persuade Priyavrata by the Supreme
Personality of Godhead, whose activities cannot be understood by material
senses and who is therefore described herein as aprameya. Thus Lord Brahmä
first advised Priyavrata to hear his words with attention and without envy.
Why one is induced to perform certain acts despite his desire to do
something else is indicated herein. One cannot disobey the orders of the
Supreme Lord, even if one is as powerful as Lord Çiva. Lord Brahmä. Manu or
the great sage Närada. All these authorities are certainly very powerful, but
they do not have the power to disobey the orders of the Supreme Personality
of Godhead. Since Lord Brahmä had come to Priyavrata in accordance with
the orders of the Supreme Lord, he first wanted to dispel any suspicions that
he might be acting as Priyavrata's enemy. Lord Brahmä was following the
orders of the Supreme Lord, and therefore it would be worthwhile for
Priyavrata to accept Lord Brahmä's order, as the Lord desired.