Srimad Bhagavatam 12.07.15-18 - Itihaasas Puranas are the 5th Veda-Veda (download mp3)
by Akinchan Krishna Prabhu by ISKCON Chowpatty
manvantaraṁ manur devā
ṛṣayo ’ṁśāvatārāś ca
hareḥ ṣaḍ-vidham ucyate
In each reign of Manu, six types of personalities appear as manifestations of Lord Hari: the ruling Manu, the chief demigods, the sons of Manu, Indra, the great sages and the partial incarnations of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
vaṁśas trai-kāliko ’nvayaḥ
vṛttaṁ vaṁśa-dharās ca ye
Dynasties are lines of kings originating with Lord Brahmā and extending continuously through past, present and future. The accounts of such dynasties, especially of their most prominent members, constitute the subject of dynastic history.
nitya ātyantiko layaḥ
saṁstheti kavibhiḥ proktaś
There are four types of cosmic annihilation — occasional, elemental, continuous and ultimate — all of which are effected by the inherent potency of the Supreme Lord. Learned scholars have designated this topic dissolution.
hetur jīvo ’sya sargāder
yaṁ cānuśāyinaṁ prāhur
Out of ignorance the living being performs material activities and thereby becomes in one sense the cause of the creation, maintenance and destruction of the universe. Some authorities call the living being the personality underlying the material creation, while others say he is the unmanifest self.
The Supreme Lord Himself creates, maintains and annihilates the cosmos. However, such activities are performed in response to the desires of conditioned souls, who are described herein as hetu, or the cause of cosmic activity. The Lord creates this world to facilitate the conditioned soul’s attempt to exploit nature and ultimately to facilitate his self-realization.
Since conditioned souls cannot perceive their own constitutional identity, they are described here as avyākṛtam, or unmanifest. In other words, the living entity cannot perceive his real form unless he is completely Kṛṣṇa conscious.