Stages of Hearing

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.85.29-31 - Stages of Hearing (download mp3)
by Hare Krishna Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.85.29
sri-devaky uvaca
rama ramaprameyatman
 krsna yogesvaresvara
vedaham vam visva-srjam
 isvarav adi-purusau

Sri Devaki said: O Rama, Rama, immeasurable Supreme Soul! O Krsna, Lord of all masters of yoga! I know that You are the ultimate rulers of all universal creators, the primeval Personalities of Godhead.

SB 10.85.30
 raj├▒am ucchastra-vartinam
bhumer bharayamananam
 avatirnau kiladya me

Taking birth from me, You have now descended to this world in order to kill those kings whose good qualities have been destroyed by the present age, and who thus defy the authority of revealed scriptures and burden the earth.

SB 10.85.31
bhavanti kila visvatmams
 tam tvadyaham gatim gata

O Soul of all that be, the creation, maintenance and destruction of the universe are all carried out by a fraction of an expansion of an expansion of Your expansion. Today I have come to take shelter of You, the Supreme Lord.

Srila Sridhara Svami explains this verse as follows: The Lord of Vaikuntha, Narayana, is but one expansion of Sri Krsna. Maha-Visnu, the first creator, is Lord Narayana’s expansion. The total material energy emanates from Maha-Visnu’s glance, and of that total material energy the three modes of nature are divided portions. Thus it is Sri Krsna, acting through His expansions, who generates, sustains and dissolves the universe.