yato ’prapya nyavartanta
vacas ca manasa saha
aham canya ime devas
tasmai bhagavate namah
yatah—from whom; aprapya—being unable to measure; nyavartanta—cease to try; vacah—words; ca—also; manasa—with the mind; saha—with; aham ca—also the ego; anye—other; ime—all these; devah—demigods; tasmai—unto Him; bhagavate—unto the Personality of Godhead; namah—offer obeisances.
Words, mind and ego, with their respective controlling demigods, have failed to achieve success in knowing the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Therefore, we simply have to offer our respectful obeisances unto Him as a matter of sanity.
The froggish calculator may raise the objection that if the Absolute is unknowable even by the controlling deities of speech, mind and ego, namely the Vedas, Brahma, Rudra and all the demigods headed by Brhaspati, then why should the devotees be so interested in this unknown object? The answer is that the transcendental ecstasy enjoyed by the devotees in delineating the pastimes of the Lord is certainly unknown to nondevotees and mental speculators. Unless one relishes transcendental joy, naturally one will come back from his speculations and concocted conclusions because he will see them as neither factual nor enjoyable. The devotees can at least know that the Absolute Truth is the Supreme Personality of Godhead Visnu, as the Vedic hymns confirm: om tad visnoh paramam padam sada pasyanti surayah. Bhagavad-gita (15.15) also confirms this fact: vedais ca sarvair aham eva vedyah. By culture of Vedic knowledge one must know Lord Krsna and should not falsely speculate on the word aham, or “I.” The only method for understanding the Supreme Truth is devotional service, as stated in Bhagavad-gita (18.55): bhaktya mam abhijanati yavan yas casmi tattvatah. Only by devotional service can one know that the ultimate truth is the Personality of Godhead and that Brahman and Paramatma are only His partial features. This is confirmed in this verse by the great sage Maitreya. With devotion he offers his sincere surrender, namah, to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, bhagavate. One has to follow in the footsteps of great sages and devotees like Maitreya and Vidura, Maharaja Pariksit and Sukadeva Gosvami, and engage in the transcendental devotional service of the Lord if one would know His ultimate feature, which is above Brahman and Paramatma.
Thus end the Bhaktivedanta purports of the Third Canto, Sixth Chapter, of the Srimad-Bhagavatam, entitled “Creation of the Universal Form.”
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