manah prthivyam tam adbhis
tejasapo ’nilena tat
khe vayum dharayams tac ca
bhutadau tam mahatmani
tasmin jnana-kalam dhyatva
hitva tam svena bhavena
manah—the mind (full of material desires for eating, sleeping, mating and defending); prthivyam—in the earth; tam—that; adbhih—with water; tejasa—and with fire; apah—the water; anilena—in the fire; tat—that; khe—in the sky; vayum—the air; dharayan—amalgamating; tat—that; ca—also; bhuta-adau—in the false ego, the origin of material existence; tam—that (false ego); maha-atmani—in the mahat-tattva, the total material energy; tasmin—in the total material energy; jnana-kalam—spiritual knowledge and its different branches; dhyatva—by meditating; taya—by this process; ajnanam—ignorance; vinirdahan—specifically subdued; hitva—giving up; tam—material ambition; svena—by self-realization; bhavena—in devotional service; nirvana-sukha-samvida—by transcendental bliss, putting an end to material existence; anirdesya—imperceptible; apratarkyena—inconceivable; tasthau—remained; vidhvasta—completely freed from; bandhanah—material bondage.
Maharaja Hariscandra first purified his mind, which was full of material enjoyment, by amalgamating it with the earth. Then he amalgamated the earth with water, the water with fire, the fire with the air, and the air with the sky. Thereafter, he amalgamated the sky with the total material energy, and the total material energy with spiritual knowledge. This spiritual knowledge is realization of one’s self as part of the Supreme Lord. When the self-realized spiritual soul is engaged in service to the Lord, he is eternally imperceptible and inconceivable. Thus established in spiritual knowledge, he is completely freed from material bondage.
Thus end the Bhaktivedanta purports of the Ninth Canto, Seventh Chapter, of the Srimad-Bhagavatam, entitled “The Descendants of King Mandhata.”
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