TEXT 38
adrstaya namaskrtya
nrpah sandarsitatmane
avyaktaya ca devanam
devaya sva-puram yayau
SYNONYMS
adrstaya—unto one who is beyond the purview of material vision; namah-krtya—offering obeisances; nrpah—the King; sandarsita—revealed; atmane—unto the Supreme Soul; avyaktaya—who is beyond the manifestation of the material world; ca—also; devanam—of the demigods; devaya—unto the Supreme Lord; sva-puram—to his own house; yayau—returned.
TRANSLATION
King Prthu then offered his respectful obeisances unto the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is the Supreme Lord of all demigods. Although not an object of material vision, the Lord revealed Himself to the sight of Maharaja Prthu. After offering obeisances to the Lord, the King returned to his home.
PURPORT
The Supreme Lord is not visible to material eyes, but when the material senses are inclined to the transcendental loving service of the Lord and are thus purified, the Lord reveals Himself to the vision of the devotee. Avyakta means “unmanifested.” Although the material world is the creation of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, He is unmanifested to material eyes. Maharaja Prthu, however, developed spiritual eyes by his pure devotional service. Here, therefore, the Lord is described as sandarsitatma, for He reveals Himself to the vision of the devotee, although He is not visible to ordinary eyes.
Thus end the Bhaktivedanta purports of the Fourth Canto, Twentieth Chapter, of the Srimad-Bhagavatam, entitled “Lord Visnu’s Appearance in the Sacrificial Arena of Maharaja Prthu.”

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