nivrtti-laksana-marga adav eva vyakhyatah; etavan evanda-koso yas caturdasadha puranesu vikalpita upagiyate yat tad bhagavato narayanasya saksan maha-purusasya sthavistham rupam atmamaya-gunamayam anuvarnitam adrtah pathati srnoti sravayati sa upageyam bhagavatah paramatmano ’grahyam api sraddha-bhakti-visuddha-buddhir veda.
nivrtti-laksana-margah—the path symptomized by renunciation, or the path of liberation; adau—in the beginning (the Second and Third Cantos); eva—indeed; vyakhyatah—described; etavan—this much; eva—certainly; anda-kosah—the universe, which resembles a big egg; yah—which; caturdasa-dha—in fourteen parts; puranesu—in the puranas; vikalpitah—divided; upagiyate—is described; yat—which; tat—that; bhagavatah—of the Supreme Personality of Godhead; narayanasya—of Lord Narayana; saksat—directly; maha-purusasya—of the Supreme Person; sthavistham—the gross; rupam—form; atma-maya—of His own energy; guna—of the qualities; mayam—consisting; anuvarnitam—described; adrtah—venerating; pathati—one reads; srnoti—or hears; sravayati—or explains; sah—that person; upageyam—song; bhagavatah—of the Supreme Personality of Godhead; paramatmanah—of the Supersoul; agrahyam—difficult to understand; api—although; sraddha—by faith; bhakti—and devotion; visuddha—purified; buddhih—whose intelligence; veda—understands.
In the beginning [the Second and Third Cantos of Srimad-Bhagavatam] I have already described how one can progress on the path of liberation. In the Puranas the vast universal existence, which is like an egg divided into fourteen parts, is described. This vast form is considered the external body of the Lord, created by His energy and qualities. It is generally called the virat-rupa. If one reads the description of this external form of the Lord with great faith, or if one hears about it or explains it to others to propagate bhagavata-dharma, or Krsna consciousness, his faith and devotion in spiritual consciousness, Krsna consciousness, will gradually increase. Although developing this consciousness is very difficult, by this process one can purify himself and gradually come to an awareness of the Supreme Absolute Truth.
The Krsna consciousness movement is pushing forward the publication of Srimad-Bhagavatam, as explained especially for the understanding of the modern civilized man, to awaken him to his original consciousness. Without this consciousness, one melts into complete darkness. Whether one goes to the upper planetary systems or the hellish planetary systems, he simply wastes his time. Therefore one should hear of the universal position of the virat form of the Lord as described in Srimad-Bhagavatam. That will help one save himself from material conditional life and gradually elevate him to the path of liberation so that he can go back home, back to Godhead.
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