ananvitam te bhagavan vicestitam
yad atmana carasi hi karma najyase
vibhutaye yata upasedur isvarim
na manyate svayam anuvartatim bhavan
rsayah—the sages; ucuh—prayed; ananvitam—wonderful; te—Your; bhagavan—O possessor of all opulences; vicestitam—activities; yat—which; atmana—by Your potencies; carasi—You execute; hi—certainly; karma—to such activities; na ajyase—You are not attached; vibhutaye—for her mercy; yatah—from whom; upaseduh—worshiped; isvarim—Laksmi, the goddess of fortune; na manyate—are not attached; svayam—Yourself; anuvartatim—to Your obedient servant (Laksmi); bhavan—Your Lordship.
The sages prayed: Dear Lord, Your activities are most wonderful, and although You do everything by Your different potencies, You are not at all attached to such activities. You are not even attached to the goddess of fortune, who is worshiped by the great demigods like Brahma, who pray to achieve her mercy.
In Bhagavad-gita it is said that the Lord has no desire to achieve any result from His wonderful activities, nor has He any need to perform them. But still, in order to give an example to people in general, He sometimes acts, and those activities are very wonderful. He is not attached to anything. Na mam karmani limpanti: although He acts very wonderfully, He is not at all attached to anything (Bg. 4.14). He is self-sufficient. The example is given here that the goddess of fortune, Laksmi, is always engaged in the service of the Lord, but still He is not attached to her. Even great demigods like Brahma worship the goddess of fortune in order to win her favor, but although the Lord is worshiped by many hundreds and thousands of goddesses of fortune, He is not at all attached to any one of them. This distinction concerning the exalted transcendental position of the Lord is specifically mentioned by the great sages; He is not like the ordinary living entity, who is attached to the results of pious activities.
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