spardhac-chriya parivrto vana-malayadyah
barhismatah purusa aha sutan prapannan
pina—stout; ayata—long; asta—eight; bhuja—arms; mandala—encirclement; madhya—in the midst of; laksmya—with the goddess of fortune; spardhat—contending; sriya—whose beauty; parivrtah—encircled; vana-malaya—by a flower garland; adyah—the original Personality of Godhead; barhismatah—of King Pracinabarhi; purusah—the Supreme Personality of Godhead; aha—addressed; sutan—the sons; prapannan—surrendered; parjanya—like a cloud; nada—whose sound; rutaya—by a voice; sa-ghrna—with mercy; avalokah—His glancing.
Around the neck of the Personality of Godhead hung a flower garland that reached to His knees. His eight stout and elongated arms were decorated with that garland, which challenged the beauty of the goddess of fortune. With a merciful glance and a voice like thunder, the Lord addressed the sons of King Pracinabarhisat, who were very much surrendered unto Him.
The word adyah in this verse is very significant. The Supreme Personality of Godhead is the origin even of Paramatma and Brahman. As confirmed in Bhagavad-gita (14.27), brahmano hi pratisthaham: the Absolute Truth begins not with the impersonal Brahman but with the original Personality of Godhead, Krsna. When Arjuna realized Krsna’s greatness, he addressed Him in this way:
“You are the Supreme Brahman, the ultimate, the supreme abode and purifier, the Absolute Truth and the eternal divine person. You are the primal God, transcendental and original, and You are the unborn and all-pervading beauty.” (Bg. 10.12)
The Brahma-samhita also says, anadir adir govindah sarva-karana-karanam: [Bs. 5.1] “The Supreme Lord is not caused by anything [anadi], but He is the cause of all causes.” The Vedanta-sutra says, janmady asya yatah: [SB 1.1.1] “The Absolute Truth is that from which everything emanates.” The Absolute Truth is described as adi-purusa. The Absolute Truth is therefore a person and is not impersonal.
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