Five Obstacles Brahmaji Faced

Srimad Bhagavatam 11.16.25-26 - Five Obstacles Brahmaji Faced (download mp3)
by Avatar Lila Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 11.16.25
strinam tu satarupaham
 pumsam svayambhuvo manuh
narayano muninam ca
 kumaro brahmacarinam

Among ladies I am Satarupa, and among male personalities I am her husband, Svayambhuva Manu. I am Narayana among the sages and Sanat-kumara among brahmacaris.

SB 11.16.26
dharmanam asmi sannyasah
 ksemanam abahir-matih
guhyanam su-nrtam maunam
 mithunanam ajas tv aham

Among religious principles I am renunciation, and of all types of security I am consciousness of the eternal soul within. Of secrets I am pleasant speech and silence, and among sexual pairs I am Brahma.

One who realizes the eternal soul within no longer fears any material situation and thus is qualified to accept the renounced order of life, sannyasa. Certainly fear is one of the great miseries of material life; therefore the gift of fearlessness is very valuable and represents Lord Krsna. Both in ordinary pleasant speech and silence, very few confidential things are revealed, and thus diplomacy and silence are both aids to secrecy. Lord Brahma is prominent among sexual pairs because the original beautiful couple, Svayambhuva Manu and Satarupa, emerged from Lord Brahma’s body, as explained in Chapter Twelve of the Third Canto of Srimad-Bhagavatam.

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