janmady asya yato 'nvayad itaratas carthesv abhijnah svarat
tene brahma hrda ya adi-kavaye muhyanti yat surayah
tejo-vari-mrdam yatha vinimayo yatra tri-sargo 'mrsa
dhamna svena sada nirasta-kuhakam satyam param dhimahi
janma-adi—creation, maintenance and dissolution; asya—of this (the universe); yatah—from whom; anvayat—directly from the spiritual connection; itaratah—indirectly from the lack of material contact; ca—also; arthesu—in all affairs; abhijnah—perfectly cognizant; sva-rat—independent; tene—imparted; brahma—the Absolute Truth; hrda—through the heart; yah—who; adi-kavaye—unto Lord Brahma; muhyanti—are bewildered; yat—in whom; surayah—great personalities like Lord Brahma and other demigods or great brahmanas; tejah-vari-mrdam—of fire, water and earth; yatha—as; vinimayah—the exchange; yatra—in whom; tri-sargah—the material creation of three modes; amrsa—factual; dhamna—with the abode; svena—His own personal; sada—always; nirasta-kuhakam—devoid of all illusion; satyam—the truth; param—absolute; dhimahi—let us meditate upon.
" 'I offer my obeisances unto Lord Sri Krsna, son of Vasudeva, who is the supreme all-pervading Personality of Godhead. I meditate upon Him, the transcendent reality, who is the primeval cause of all causes, from whom all manifested universes arise, in whom they dwell and by whom they are destroyed. I meditate upon that eternally effulgent Lord who is directly and indirectly conscious of all manifestations and yet is beyond them. It is He only who first imparted Vedic knowledge unto the heart of Brahma, the first created being. Through Him this world, like a mirage, appears real even to great sages and demigods. Because of Him, the material universes, created by the three modes of nature, appear to be factual, although they are unreal. I meditate therefore upon Him, the Absolute Truth, who is eternally existent in His transcendental abode, and who is forever free of illusion.
This is the opening invocation of Srimad-Bhagavatam (1.1.1).
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