Srimad Bhagavatham : 6. 4. 27 & 28.


Chapter-4.  ( The Hamsa-guhya  Prayers )

Slokam-s : 27 & 28.

manishinontahrdi  sannivesitam

svasaktibhir  navabhisca  trivrdbhih,

vahnim  yatha  daruni  pancadasyam

manishaya  nishkarshanti  gudham.

manishinah  =  great learned brahmanas performing ritualistic ceremonies and sacrifices;

antah-hrdi  =  within the core of the heart;

sannivesitam  =  being situated;

sva-saktibhih  =  with His own spiritual potencies;

navabhih  =  also with the nine different material potencies (the material nature, the total material energy, the ego, the mind and the five objects of the senses);

ca  =  and (the five gross material elements and the ten acting and knowledge-gathering senses);

 trivrdbhih  =  by the three material modes of nature;

vahnim  =  fire;

yatha  =  just like;

daruni  =  within wood;

pancadasyam  =  produced by chanting the fifteen hymns known as Samidheni mantras;

manishaya  =  by purified intelligence;

nishkarshanti  =  extract;

gudham  =  although not manifesting;


sa vai mamasesha-visesha-maya-


sa sarva-nama sa ca visva-rupah

prasidatam aniruktatma-saktih.

sah = that Supreme Personality of Godhead;

vai  =  indeed;

mama  =  toward me;

asesha  =  all;

visesha  =  varieties/ specials;

maya  =  of the illusory energy;

nishedha  =  by the process of negation;

nirvana  =  of liberation;

sukha-anubhutih  =  who is realized by transcendental bliss;

sah  =  that Supreme Personality of Godhead;

sarva-nama  =  who is the source of all names;

sah  =  that Supreme Personality of Godhead;

ca  =  also;

visva-rupah  =  the gigantic form of the universe;

prasidatam  =  may He be merciful;

anirukta  =  inconceivable;

atma-saktih  =  the reservoir of all spiritual potencies.

Just as great learned brahmanas who are expert in performing ritualistic ceremonies and sacrifices can extract the fire dormant within wooden fuel by chanting the fifteen Samidheni mantras, thus proving the efficacy of the Vedik mantras, so those who are actually advanced in consciousness—in other words, those who are  conscious—can find the Super soul, who by His own spiritual potency is situated within the heart. The heart is covered by the three modes of material nature and the nine material elements [material nature, the total material energy, the ego, the mind and the five objects of sense gratification], and also by the five material elements and the ten senses. These twenty-seven elements constitute the external energy of the Lord. Great yogis meditate upon the Lord, who is situated as the Super soul, Paramatma within the core of the heart. May that Supersoul be pleased with me. The Supersoul is realized when one is eager for liberation from the unlimited varieties of material life. One actually attains such liberation when he engages in the transcendental loving service of the Lord and realizes the Lord because of his attitude of service. The Lord may be addressed by various spiritual names, which are inconceivable to the material senses. When will that Supreme Personality of Godhead be pleased with me?

The pure stage of existence is described in Bhagavad-gita (7.28), wherein Krishna says:

“Persons who have acted piously in previous lives and in this life, whose sinful actions are completely eradicated and who are freed from the duality of delusion, engage themselves in My service with determination.”

Elsewhere in Bhagavad-gita (9.14) the Lord says:

“Always chanting My glories, endeavoring with great determination, bowing down before Me, these great souls perpetually worship Me with devotion.”

One can understand the Supreme Personality of Godhead after transcending all material impediments.

Therefore Lord Krishna also says in the Gita (7.3):

“Out of many thousands among men, one may endeavor for perfection, and of those who have achieved perfection, hardly one knows Me in truth.”

To understand Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, one must undergo severe penances and austerities, but since the path of devotional service is perfect, by following this process one can very easily come to the spiritual platform and understand the Lord.

This, too, is confirmed in Bhagavad-gita (18.55), wherein Kṛṣṇa says:

“One can understand the Supreme Personality of Godhead as He is only by devotional service. And when one is in full consciousness of the Supreme Lord by such devotion, he can enter into the kingdom of God.”

In the material world, the spiritual energy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead is manifested as tapa-kari, which means “causing miseries.”

Everyone hankers for happiness, but although happiness originally comes from the pleasure potency of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, in the material world, because of material activities, the pleasure potency of the Lord becomes a source of miseries.

False happiness in the material world is the source of distress, but when one’s endeavors for happiness are redirected toward the satisfaction of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, this tapa-kari element of misery is vanquished.

An example given in this connection is that extracting fire from wood is certainly difficult, but when the fire comes out it burns the wood to ashes.

In other words, experiencing the Supreme Personality of Godhead is extremely difficult for those devoid of devotional service, but everything becomes easier for a devotee, and thus he can very easily meet the Supreme Lord.

To be continued   ....