Chapter 4 Kalki Puran Padmavati Receives benidiction from Lord Shiva

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Text 11
tasmddime brahmana jdstaih
pustastn jagajjanah
jaganti me sanram
tatpose brahmano varah
The Vedic knowledge has spread only by the work of those who are
twice-born. All of the living entities in this world, who are My parts
and parcels, are being protected by the Vedas Therefore it is to be
P AD MAVAT I R E C E I VE S A B E N E D I C T I O N F R O M LO R D S I \ \
concluded that those who are twice- born are the principal in struments
for main tain ing My body
Text 12
tenaham tan namasyami
suddha sattva gunasrayah
tato jaganmayam pmvam
mam sevante’khdasrayah
That is why I offer My obeisances to the brahmanas from My position
in the mode of pure goodness. Those who are twice- born are the shelter
of everyone and they serve Me, considering Me to be the basis of the
ent ire universe.
Text 13
visdkhayupa uvaca
viprasya laksanam bruhi
tvadbhakah ka ca tatkrta
yatas tavanugrahena
vagvdna brahmandh krtah
Visakhayupa said: My dear Lord, kmdl\ describe to me the
characteristics of a genuine brahmana. In what wa^ do they render
devotional service unto You? It appears that their words carry the weight
of Vedic injunctions, by Your mercy.
Text 14
kalkiruvaca
veda mamisvaiam prdhur
avyaktam vyaktimatpamm
te veda brahmana mukhe
ndna dharme prakasitah
Lord Kalki said: I exist bevond the realm of visible moving and поп-
moving ent ities, as described in the Vedas I am celebrated as the nonmanifested
Supreme Personality of Godhead. The Vedas are manifested
in various forms through the mouths of the brahmanas
Text 15
у о dharmo brahmananam hi
sa bhaktir mama puskala
44 SR I KALK I PURAN A
tayaham tositah snsah
sambhaiami suge \uge
The religio n o f th e brahmanas i s to rende r pur e devotiona l servic e
unto M e Bein g please d by thei r devotiona l service , 1 incarnate, alon g
w ith Goddess Laksmi, m every millennium
Text 16
urdhiantu tra-rtam sutram
sadhava nirmitam samuh
taniu trayam adhoibrttam
“vajnasutram vidurbudhah
A sacred thread should be prepared by either married or unmarried
brdhmana ladies They should take three strands ot thread and fold them
to make six circles
Text 17
tngunam dadgranthi yuktam
veda pravara sammitam
sirodharan nabhimadhyat
prstharddha panmatiakam
According to the injunctions of the Vedas, the sacred thread should
consist of six circles of thread. It should divide one’s back into two halves
as it hangs from the shoulder to the navel
Text 18
yajurudam nabhimitam
sama gana may am ndhih
vamaskandhena udhrtam
yajfiasutram balapradam
Such a sacred thread should be worn by brahmanas who study the
Yajur Veda The sacred thread for those who study the Sama Veda should
hang below the navel This is the Vedic injunction When the sacred
thread is placed over the left shoulder, it gives one strength
Text 19
madbha\ma candanadyaistu
dharayet tdakam dvijah
P AD M AVAT I R E C F I VE S A B E N E D I C T I O N F R O M L O R D S I VA 45
bhale tnpundam karmangam
kesa paryantam ujjialam
It is the duty of those who are twice- born to mark the forehead with
tilaka made of clay, ash, or sandalwood paste Marking the body with tilaka
is a limb of devotional service The brahmanas decorate their foreheads
with tilaka, beginning from the nose up to the hair lme
Text 20
pundram anguli manantu
tnpundram tat tridha krtam
brahmavisnu swavasam
darsandt papa nasanam
The length of one’s tilaka should be three fingers It is said that Brahma,
Visnu and Siva reside withm the marking of tilaka. Therefore, simply by
seeing a person’s tilaka, one becomes freed from sinful reactions