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sri-suka uvaca
iti samabhihito maha-bhagavato bhagavatas tri-bhuvana-guror anusasanam atmano laghutayavanata-sirodharo badham iti sabahu-manam uvaha.
SYNONYMS
sri-sukah uvaca—Sri Sukadeva Gosvami said; iti—thus; samabhihitah—completely instructed; maha-bhagavatah—the great devotee; bhagavatah—of the most powerful Lord Brahma; tri-bhuvana—of the three worlds; guroh—the spiritual master; anusasanam—the order; atmanah—of himself; laghutaya—because of inferiority; avanata—bowed down; sirodharah—his head; badham—yes, sir; iti—thus; sa-bahu-manam—with great respect; uvaha—carried out.
TRANSLATION
Sri Sukadeva Gosvami continued: After thus being fully instructed by Lord Brahma, who is the spiritual master of the three worlds, Priyavrata, his own position being inferior, offered obeisances, accepted the order and carried it out with great respect.
PURPORT
Sri Priyavrata was the grandson of Lord Brahma. Therefore according to social etiquette, his position was inferior. It is the duty of the inferior to carry out the order of the superior with great respect. Priyavrata therefore immediately said, “Yes, sir. I shall carry out your order.” Priyavrata is described as a maha-bhagavata, a great devotee. The duty of a great devotee is to carry out the order of the spiritual master, or the spiritual master of the spiritual master in the parampara system. As described in Bhagavad-gita (4.2), evam parampara praptam: one has to receive the instructions of the Supreme Lord through the disciplic chain of spiritual masters. A devotee of the Lord always considers himself a servant of the servant of the servant of the Lord.

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