deva ucuh
pura kalpapaye sva-krtam udari-krtya vikrtam
tvam evadyas tasmin salila uragendradhisayane
puman sese siddhair hrdi vimrsitadhyatma-padavih
sa evadyaksnor yah pathi carasi bhrtyan avasi nah
devah—the demigods; ucuh—said; pura—formerly; kalpa-apaye—at the devastation of the kalpa; sva-krtam—self-produced; udari-krtya—having drawn within Your abdomen; vikrtam—effect; tvam—You; eva—certainly; adyah—original; tasmin—in that; salile—water; uraga-indra—on Sesa; adhisayane—on the bed; puman—personality; sese—taking rest; siddhaih—by the liberated souls (like Sanaka, etc.); hrdi—in the heart; vimrsita—meditated on; adhyatma-padavih—the path of philosophical speculation; sah—He; eva—certainly; adya—now; aksnoh—of both eyes; yah—who; pathi—on the path; carasi—You move; bhrtyan—servants; avasi—protect; nah—us.
The demigods said: Dear Lord, formerly, when there was a devastation, You conserved all the different energies of material manifestation. At that time, all the inhabitants of the higher planets, represented by such liberated souls as Sanaka, were meditating on You by philosophical speculation. You are therefore the original person, and You rest in the water of devastation on the bed of the Sesa snake. Now, today, You are visible to us, who are all Your servants. Please give us protection.
The devastation indicated in this verse is the partial devastation of the lower planets within the universe when Lord Brahma goes to sleep. The higher planetary systems, beginning with Maharloka, Janaloka and Tapoloka, are not inundated at the time of this devastation. The Lord is the creator, as indicated in this verse, because the energies of creation are manifested through His body, and after annihilation, He conserves all the energy within His abdomen.
Another significant point in this verse is that the demigods said, “We are all Your servants (bhrtyan). Give us Your protection.” The demigods depend on the protection of Visnu; they are not independent. Bhagavad-gita, therefore, condemns the worship of demigods because there is no need of it and clearly states that only those who have lost their sense go asking favors of the demigods. Generally, if anyone has material desires to be fulfilled, he can ask Visnu instead of going to the demigods. Those who worship demigods are not very intelligent. Besides that, the demigods say, “We are Your eternal servants.” So those who are servants, or devotees of the Lord, are not very much concerned with fruitive activities, the performance of the prescribed yajnas, or mental speculation. They simply serve the Supreme Personality of Godhead sincerely, with love and faith, performing everything with that loving service, and the Lord gives such devotees direct protection. In Bhagavad-gita Lord Krsna says, “Simply surrender unto Me, and I will give you protection from all the reactions of sinful activities.” This material world is so created that one has to act sinfully, knowingly or unknowingly, and unless his life is dedicated to Visnu, he has to suffer all the reactions of sinful activities. But one who surrenders and dedicates his life for the service of the Lord has direct protection from the Lord. He has no fear of suffering from sinful activities, nor does he desire, willingly or unwillingly, to do anything which is sinful.

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