Lord Shiva Personification Of kala Rupena

Srimad Bhagavatam 08.14.09-11 - Lord Shiva Personification Of kala Rupena (download mp3)
by Bhakti Brhad Bhagavata Swami at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 8.14.9
sargam prajesa-rupena
dasyun hanyat svarad-vapuh
kala-rupena sarvesam
abhavaya prthag gunah

In the form of Prajapati Marici, the Supreme Personality of Godhead creates progeny; becoming the king, He kills the thieves and rogues; and in the form of time, He annihilates everything. All the different qualities of material existence should be understood to be qualities of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

SB 8.14.10
stuyamano janair ebhir
mayaya nama-rupaya
vimohitatmabhir nana-
darsanair na ca drsyate

People in general are bewildered by the illusory energy, and therefore they try to find the Absolute Truth, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, through various types of research and philosophical speculation. Nonetheless, they are unable to see the Supreme Lord.

Whatever actions and reactions take place for the creation, maintenance and annihilation of this material world are actually brought about by the one Supreme Person. There are many varieties of philosophers trying to search for the ultimate cause under different names and forms, but they are unable to find the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krsna, who explains in Bhagavad-gita that He is the origin of everything and the cause of all causes (aham sarvasya prabhavah [Bg. 10.8]). This inability is due to the illusory energy of the Supreme Lord. Devotees, therefore, accept the Supreme Personality of Godhead as He is and remain happy simply by chanting the glories of the Lord.

SB 8.14.11
etat kalpa-vikalpasya
pramanam parikirtitam
yatra manvantarany ahus
caturdasa puravidah

In one kalpa, or one day of Brahma, there take place the many changes called vikalpas. O King, all of these have been previously described to you by me. Learned scholars who know the past, present and future have ascertained that in one day of Brahma there are fourteen Manus.

Thus end the Bhaktivedanta purports of the Eighth Canto, Fourteenth Chapter, of the Srimad-Bhagavatam, entitled "The System of Universal Management."