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SB 11.15.15

His Divine Grace
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Please note: The synonyms, translation and purport of this verse were composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


viṣṇau try-adhīśvare cittaṁ
dhārayet kāla-vigrahe
sa īśitvam avāpnoti


viṣṇau — in Lord Viṣṇu, the Supersoul; tri-adhīśvare — the supreme controller of māyā, which consists of three modes of nature; cittam — the consciousness; dhārayet — one concentrates; kāla — of time, the prime mover; vigrahe — in the form; saḥ — he, the yogī; īśitvam — the mystic perfection of controlling; avāpnoti — obtains; kṣetra-jña — the conscious living entity; kṣetra — and the body with its designations; codanām — impelling.

Translation and purport composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


One who places his consciousness on Viṣṇu, the Supersoul, the prime mover and Supreme Lord of the external energy consisting of three modes, obtains the mystic perfection of controlling other conditioned souls, their material bodies and their bodily designations.


We should remember that mystic perfection never enables a living entity to challenge the supremacy of the Personality of Godhead. In fact, one cannot obtain such perfections without the mercy of the Supreme Lord; thus one's controlling power can never disturb the plan of Lord Kṛṣṇa. One is allowed to exhibit mystic control only within the confines of the law of God, and even a great yogī who transgresses the law of God by his so-called mystic opulences will be severely punished, as revealed in the story of Durvāsā Muni cursing Ambarīṣa Mahārāja.

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