TEXT 266
janmady asya yato 'nvayad itaratas carthesv abhijnah sva-rat
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.
" 'O my Lord, Sri Krsna, son of Vasudeva, O all-pervading Personality of Godhead, I offer my respectful obeisances unto You. I meditate upon Lord Sri Krsna because He is the Absolute Truth and the primeval cause of all causes of the creation, sustenance and destruction of the manifested universes. He is directly and indirectly conscious of all manifestations, and He is independent because there is no other cause beyond Him. It is He only who first imparted the Vedic knowledge unto the heart of Brahmaji, the original living being. By Him even the great sages and demigods are placed into illusion, as one is bewildered by the illusory representations of water seen in fire, or land seen on water. Only because of Him do the material universes, temporarily manifested by the reactions of the three modes of nature, appear factual, although they are unreal. I therefore meditate upon Him, Lord Sri Krsna, who is eternally existent in the transcendental abode, which is forever free from the illusory representations of the material world. I meditate upon Him, for He is the Absolute Truth.' "
This is the opening verse of Srimad-Bhagavatam (1.1.1).

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