TEXT 5
atman bhavayase tani
na parabhavayan svayam
atma-saktim avastabhya
urnanabhir ivaklamah
SYNONYMS
atman (atmani)-by self; bhavayase—manifest; tani—all those; na—not; parabhavayan—being defeated; svayam—yourself; atma-saktim—self-sufficient power; avastabhya—being employed; urna-nabhih—the spider; iva—like; aklamah—without help.
TRANSLATION
As the spider very easily creates the network of its cobweb and manifests its power of creation without being defeated by others, so also you yourself, by employment of your self-sufficient energy, create without any other's help.
PURPORT
The best example of self-sufficiency is the sun. The sun does not require to be illuminated by any other body. Rather, it is the sun which helps all other illuminating agents, for in the presence of the sun no other illuminating agent becomes prominent. Narada compared the position of Brahma to the self-sufficiency of the spider, who creates its own field of activities without any other's help by employment of its own energetic creation of saliva.

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