4 original verses of Srimad Bhagavatam (catur-sloka)

Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura

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– How has Sri Bhaktivinoda Thakura translated the 4 original verses of Srimad Bhagavatam (catur-sloka)?

(1) O Brahma! I, the Personality of Godhead, was existing before creation, when there was nothing but Myself. There was no material nature, the cause of this creation. That which you see now is also I, the Personality of Godhead, and after annihilation what remains will also be I, the Personality of Godhead.

(2) O Brahma! That which appears to be of value, but has no relation to Me, has no reality. Know that it is My illusory energy, a reflection, which appears in darkness.

(For detailed explanation of the above 2 verses, please refer to Sri Krsna-samhita Chapters One and 2.)

(3) O Brahma! Please know that the universal elements enter into the cosmos; similarly, I Myself also exist within everything created, and at the same time I am outside of everything.

(For detailed explanation of this verse please refer to Sri Krsna-samhita Chapters 3, 4, 5, 6, and 9)

(4) A person searching after the Supreme Absolute Truth, the Personality of Godhead, must certainly search in all circumstances, in all space and time, and both directly and indirectly.

(For detailed explanation of this verse please refer to Sri Krsna-samhita Chapters 7, 8, and 10.) (Sri Krsna-samhita First Edition 1880)

– What is the mystery of the 4 original verses of Srimad Bhagavatam (catur-sloka)?

– Om tat sat satyam param dhimahi

The mystery behind 4 original Bhagavatam verses:

jnanam parama-guhyam me — Knowledge about Me as described in Sastras is very confidential: — Direct perception of the Absolute Truth.

yad vijnana-samanvitam — It has to be realized: — Indirect perception of the Absolute Truth.

sarahasyam — With devotional service: — The activities of the living entities and the Supreme Lord, known as the science of love.

tad-angam ca — The necessary paraphernalia for that process: — The confidential science of devotional service.

grhana gaditam maya — You may take it up carefully.

yavan aham — I Myself in My eternal form

yatha-bhavo — My transcendental existence.

yad-rupa-guna-karmakah — My transcendental form, qualities, and activities.

tathaiva tattva-vijnanam — By factual realization.

astu te mad-anugrahat — Let it be awakened within you out of My causeless mercy. (Sri Krsna-samhita First Edition 1880)

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Natural Brotherhood (Bhaktivinoda Thakura):

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"Gradually, when the offensive portions of the established religions are destroyed, there will be no more differences in the bhajana performed by the various Sampradayas nor any quarrel between them.

Then as brothers, the people of all castes and countries will spontaneously chant the Holy Names of the Supreme Lord together.

At that time, no one will hate anyone or consider others dogeaters; nor will anyone be overwhelmed by the pride of high birth.

The living entities will not forget the principle of natural brotherhood."

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