TEXTS 28–29
manor uttanapadasya
dhruvasyapi mahipateh
priyavratasya rajarser
angasyasmat-pituh pituh
idrsanam athanyesam
ajasya ca bhavasya ca
prahladasya bales capi
krtyam asti gadabhrta
SYNONYMS
manoh—of Manu (Svayambhuva Manu); uttanapadasya—of Uttanapada, the father of Dhruva Maharaja; dhruvasya—of Dhruva Maharaja; api—certainly; mahi-pateh—of the great king; priyavratasya—of Priyavrata, in the family of Maharaja Dhruva; rajarseh—of great saintly kings; angasya—of the name Anga; asmat—my; pituh—of my father; pituh—of the father; idrsanam—of such personalities; atha—also; anyesam—of others; ajasya—of the supreme immortal; ca—also; bhavasya—of the living entities; ca—also; prahladasya—of Maharaja Prahlada; baleh—of Maharaja Bali; ca—also; api—certainly; krtyam—acknowledged by them; asti—there is; gada-bhrta—the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who carries a club.
TRANSLATION
This is confirmed not only by the evidence of the Vedas but also by the personal behavior of great personalities like Manu, Uttanapada, Dhruva, Priyavrata and my grandfather Anga, as well as by many other great personalities and ordinary living entities, exemplified by Maharaja Prahlada and Bali, all of whom are theists, believing in the existence of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who carries a club.
PURPORT
Narottama dasa Thakura states that one has to ascertain the right path for his activities by following in the footsteps of great saintly persons and books of knowledge under the guidance of a spiritual master (sadhu-sastra-guru-vakya). A saintly person is one who follows the Vedic injunctions, which are the orders of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The word guru refers to one who gives proper direction under the authority of the Vedic injunctions and according to the examples of the lives of great personalities. The best way to mold one’s life is to follow in the footsteps of the authorized personalities like those mentioned herein by Prthu Maharaja, beginning with Svayambhuva Manu. The safest path in life is to follow such great personalities, especially those mentioned in the Srimad-Bhagavatam. The mahajanas, or great personalities, are Brahma, Lord Siva, Narada Muni, Manu, the Kumaras, Prahlada Maharaja, Bali Maharaja, Yamaraja, Bhisma, Janaka, Sukadeva Gosvami and Kapila Muni.

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