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Chapter 10: The Opulence of the Absolute

Bg 10.18
vistarenatmano yogam
vibhutim ca janardana
bhuyah kathaya trptir hi
srnvato nasti me 'mrtam
vistareëa—in description; ätmanaù—of Yourself; yogam—mystic power; vibhütim—opulences; ca—also; janärdana—O killer of the atheists; bhüyaù—again; kathaya—describe; tåptiù—satisfaction; hi—certainly; çåëvataù—hearing; na asti—there is no; me—my; amåtam—nectar.
Tell me again in detail, O Janärdana [Kåñëa], of Your mighty potencies and glories, for I never tire of hearing Your ambrosial words.
A similar statement was made to Süta Gosvämé by the åñis of Naimiñäraëya, headed by Çaunaka. That statement is:
vayaà tu na vitåpyäma uttama-çloka-vikrame
yac chåëvatäà rasa-jïänäà svädu svädu pade pade.
"One can never be satiated even though one continuously hears the transcendental pastimes of Kåñëa, who is glorified by Vedic hymns. Those who have entered into a transcendental relationship with Kåñëa relish in every step descriptions of the pastimes of the Lord." Thus Arjuna is interested to hear about Kåñëa, specifically how He remains as the all-pervading Supreme Lord.
Now as far as amåtam, nectar, is concerned, any narration or statement concerning Kåñëa is just like nectar. And this nectar can be perceived by practical experience. Modern stories, fiction and histories are different from the transcendental pastimes of the Lord in that one will tire of hearing mundane stories, but one never tires of hearing about Kåñëa. It is for this reason only that the history of the whole universe is replete with references to the pastimes of the incarnations of Godhead. For instance, the Puräëas are histories of bygone ages that relate the pastimes of the various incarnations of the Lord. In this way the reading matter remains forever fresh, despite repeated readings.


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