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Summary description of the Mahapurusha.
†††† Shri Shaunaka said, ďO Suta, please explain about tantra (scriptures prescribing practical methods of worship) and kriya-yoga. Please also explain how the devotees conceive of the Lordís limbs, associates, weapons and ornaments- in terms of particular material representations.Ē
In reply, Suta Gosvami narrated as follows: Once the universal form of the Lord is instilled with consciousness, the three planetary systems become visible within it. In this representation of the Supreme Lord as a universal person, the earth is His feet, the sky is His navel, the sun is His eye, the wind is His nostrils, death is His anus and the moon is His mind. Yamaraja, the god of death, is His upper lip; delusion is His smile and moonshine is His teeth. The trees are the Mahapurushaís bodily hair, and the clouds are the hair on His head. (The various aspects of the creation are sustained by various limbs of the universal body.)
†††† Upon the Lordís chest is the Kaustubha gem, which represents the pure spirit soul, and the Shrivatsa mark, which is manifested from the gemís expansive effulgence. His flower garland is His material energy, His yellow garment is the Vedic meters, and His sacred thread is the syllable om. The Lord carries the processes of Sankhya and yoga, in the form of His two shark-shaped earrings. His crown is the Brahmaloka. Ananta, the Lordís sitting place, is the unmanifest phase of material nature. The Lordís lotus throne is the mode of goodness, which is endowed with religion and knowledge.
†††† The Lordís club is the chief element- air or prana- incorporating the potencies of sensual, mental and physical strength. His conch shell is the element, water- His Sudarshana disc is the element, fire- and His sword is the element, ether. His shield embodies the mode of ignorance, His Sharnga bow is time and, His quiver represents the working sensory organs. His arrows are the senses and His chariot is the forceful mind. His external appearance is the subtle objects of perception, and the gestures of His hands are the essence of all purposeful activity.
†††† The sun globe is the place where the Supreme Lord is worshiped. While playfully carrying a lotus flower that represents the six opulences, the Lord accepts service from a pair of chamaras, which are religion and fame. The Lordís umbrella is His spiritual abode, Vaikuntha- and Garuda, His carrier, is the threefold Vedas. The goddess of fortune, Shri, is His internal potency. Vishvaksena, his chief associate, is the personification of the Pancharatra and other tantras. The eight doorkeepers, headed by Nanda, are the yogic perfections.
†††† After rising early in the morning, one should fix his purified mind on the Mahapurusha by quietly chanting this description of His characteristics. In addition, one should meditate as follows: The earth is an expansion of the lotus feet of the Lord. Because all living beings have taken shelter of the earth, they are sheltered at the lotus feet of the Lord. For this reason, I should offer respect to everyone, and envy no one. Indeed, all living entities constitute the Kaustubha jewel on the Lordís chest, and so I should never decry anyone. By these practices, one will realize the Supreme Absolute Truth residing within the heart.
†††† When Shaunaka Rishi next desired to hear about the sun-god, Suta Gosvami described the various names of the sun-god and his associates, for each of the twelve months. As the sun-god goes on his chariot, the rishis glorify him with hymns from the Vedas, while the Gandharvas and Apsaras dance and sing.† The Nagas arrange the chariot ropes, the Yakshas harness the horses and the Rakshasas push from behind. Facing the chariot, the 60,000 brahmana sages, known as Valakhilyas offer their prayers. These personalities are all expansions of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.