Canto 2: The Cosmic Manifestation

Providing not only descriptions regarding the actual Process of Creation but also a list of the particular Functions of the Various Incarnations of the Lord since the beginning of time. 

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  1. The First Step in God Realizationplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigSB 2.1: The First Step in God Realization

    The First Step in God Realization

    InvocationO my Lord, the all-pervading Personality of Godhead, I offer my respectful obeisances unto You.SB 2.1.1Śrī Śukadeva Gosvāmī said: My dear King, your question is glorious because it is very beneficial to all kinds of people. The answer to this question is the prime subject matter for hearing, and it is approved by all transcendentalists.
  2. The Lord in the Heartplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigSB 2.2: The Lord in the Heart

    The Lord in the Heart

    SB 2.2.1Śrī Śukadeva Gosvāmī said: Formerly, prior to the manifestation of the cosmos, Lord Brahmā, by meditating on the virāṭ-rūpa, regained his lost consciousness by appeasing the Lord. Thus he was able to rebuild the creation as it was before.
  3. Pure Devotional Service: The Change in Heartplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigSB 2.3: Pure Devotional Service: The Change in Heart

    Pure Devotional Service: The Change in Heart

    SB 2.3.1Śrī Śukadeva Gosvāmī said: Mahārāja Parīkṣit, as you have inquired from me as to the duty of the intelligent man who is on the threshold of death, so I have answered you.SB 2.3.2-7One who desires to be absorbed in the impersonal brahmajyoti effulgence should worship the master of the Vedas [Lord Brahmā or Bṛhaspati, the learned priest], one who desires powerful sex should worship the heavenly King, Indra, and one who desires good progeny sho…
  4. The Process of Creationplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigSB 2.4: The Process of Creation

    The Process of Creation

    SB 2.4.1Sūta Gosvāmī said: Mahārāja Parīkṣit, the son of Uttarā, after hearing the speeches of Śukadeva Gosvāmī, which were all about the truth of the self, applied his concentration faithfully upon Lord Kṛṣṇa.SB 2.4.2Mahārāja Parīkṣit, as a result of his wholehearted attraction for Lord Kṛṣṇa, was able to give up all deep-rooted affection for his personal body, his wife, his children, his palace, his animals like horses and elephants, his treasury house, his friends an…
  5. The Cause of All Causesplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigSB 2.5: The Cause of All Causes

    The Cause of All Causes

    SB 2.5.1Śrī Nārada Muni asked Brahmājī: O chief amongst the demigods, O firstborn living entity, I beg to offer my respectful obeisances unto you. Please tell me that transcendental knowledge which specifically directs one to the truth of the individual soul and the Supersoul.
  6. Puruṣa-sūkta Confirmedplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigSB 2.6: Puruṣa-sūkta Confirmed

    Puruṣa-sūkta Confirmed

    SB 2.6.1Lord Brahmā said: The mouth of the virāṭ-puruṣa [the universal form of the Lord] is the generating center of the voice, and the controlling deity is fire. His skin and six other layers are the generating centers of the Vedic hymns, and His tongue is the productive center of different foodstuffs and delicacies for offering to the demigods, the forefathers and the general mass of people.
  7. Scheduled Incarnations with Specific Functionsplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigSB 2.7: Scheduled Incarnations with Specific Functions

    Scheduled Incarnations with Specific Functions

    SB 2.7.1Lord Brahmā said: When the unlimitedly powerful Lord assumed the form of a boar as a pastime, just to lift the planet earth, which was drowned in the great ocean of the universe called the Garbhodaka, the first demon [Hiraṇyākṣa] appeared, and the Lord pierced him with His tusk.
  8. Questions by King Parīkṣitplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigSB 2.8: Questions by King Parīkṣit

    Questions by King Parīkṣit

    SB 2.8.1King Parīkṣit inquired from Śukadeva Gosvāmī: How did Nārada Muni, whose hearers are as fortunate as those instructed by Lord Brahmā, explain the transcendental qualities of the Lord, who is without material qualities, and before whom did he speak?
  9. Answers by Citing the Lord's Versionplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigSB 2.9: Answers by Citing the Lord’s Version

    Answers by Citing the Lord’s Version

    SB 2.9.1Śrī Śukadeva Gosvāmī said: O King, unless one is influenced by the energy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, there is no meaning to the relationship of the pure soul in pure consciousness with the material body. That relationship is just like a dreamer
  10. Bhāgavatam Is the Answer to All Questionsplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigSB 2.10: Bhāgavatam Is the Answer to All Questions

    Bhāgavatam Is the Answer to All Questions

    SB 2.10.1Śrī Śukadeva Gosvāmī said: In the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam there are ten divisions of statements regarding the following: the creation of the universe, subcreation, planetary systems, protection by the Lord, the creative impetus, the change of Manus, the science of God, returning home, back to Godhead, liberation, and the summum bonum.