SB 8.1.2


manvantare harer janma
karmāṇi ca mahīyasaḥ
gṛṇanti kavayo brahmaṁs
tāni no vada śṛṇvatām


manvantareplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigmanvantare

during the change of //manvantaras// (one Manu following another).
—during the change of manvantaras (one Manu following another); hareḥplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bighareḥ

always in reference to the Supreme Personality of Godhead; by the Supreme Lord; by the Supreme Personality of Godhead; from the Supreme Personality of Godhead; of God; of Hari (the Lord); of Hari; of Hari, the Lord; of Hari, the Personality of Godhead; of Hari, the Supreme Personality of Godhead; of Indra; of Kṛṣṇa; of Lord Hari; of Lord Kṛṣṇa; of Lord Kṛṣṇa or Viṣṇu; of Lord Kṛṣṇa, Hari; of Lord Viṣṇu; of Lord Viṣṇu, the Supreme Personality of Godhead; of Lord Śrī Hari; of Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa; of the Lord; of the Lord, Śrī Kṛṣṇa; of the Personality of Godhead; of the Supreme Lord; of the Supreme Lord, Hari; of the Supreme Personality of Godhead; of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Hari; of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Kṛṣṇa; the Supreme Personality of Godhead; to Kṛṣṇa; to the Supreme Personality of Godhead; who is Lord Hari, the Supreme Personality of Godhead; without Hari, the Lord.
—of the Supreme Personality of Godhead; janmaplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigjanma

after births; appearance; aristocracy or nobility; aristocratic birth; birth; birth in a very polished, aristocratic family; births; by birth; by birth in an aristocratic family; creation; generation; good birth; of birth; of births; of the birth; such a birth; the appearance; the birth; the creation; the whole life; time of birth; whose birth.
—appearance; karmāṇiplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigkarmani

activities; by which activities; duties; fruitive activities; fruits of activities; in action; in activity; in discharging fruitive activities; in fruitive activities; in fruitive activity; in one's prescribed duty; in the churning; in the matter of; in the performance of prescribed duties; in the sacrifice; in the work; in work; of a ritualistic ceremony; of fruitive activity; performance of; performances; prescribed duties; the activity.
—and activities; caplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigca

//ca//; all these; also; also other bodily forms; also that I have not been able to ask; and (the five gross material elements and the ten acting and knowledge-gathering senses); and; and also; and Devahūti; and for all; and the paraphernalia; as also; as much as; as well; as well as; but; certainly; either; however; indeed; only; or; over and above; respectively; the word //ca//; this word //ca//; thus; totally; unlimitedly; verily.
—also; mahīyasaḥplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigmahīyasaḥ

of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is greater than the greatest; of the supremely glorified.
—of the supremely glorified; gṛṇantiplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_biggṛṇanti

accept; chant; chant and spread; describe; do accept; follow; invoke; offering prayers unto; sing about; take; takes on; they say; they take it so.
—describe; kavayaḥplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigkavayaḥ

all transcendentalists; and Kavi; expert thinkers; great learned sages; great learned scholars; great personalities; great philosophers; great, great sages and saintly persons; learned devotees; learned men; learned persons; learned scholars; philosophers or learned scholars; the advancement of learned scholars or philosophers in spiritual life; the devotees; the great learned persons who have perfect intelligence; the greatly learned sages; the intelligent; the learned; the learned scholars; those well versed in rituals; those who are expert.
—the great learned persons who have perfect intelligence; brahmanplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigbrahman

my dear //brāhmaṇa//; O //brāhmaṇa// (Vyāsadeva); O //brāhmaṇa// (Śukadeva); O //brāhmaṇa//; O //brāhmaṇa// Nārada; O //brāhmaṇa// Vyāsa; O //brāhmaṇas//; O best of the //brāhmaṇas//; O Brahmā; O Dakṣa; O dear //brāhmaṇa//; O exalted //brāhmaṇa//; O great //brāhmaṇa// (Śukadeva Gosvāmī); O great //brāhmaṇa//; O great soul; O holy //brāhmaṇa//; O holy sage; O learned //brāhmaṇa// (Śukadeva Gosvāmī); O learned //brāhmaṇa//; O Lord Brahmā; O Nārada; O saintly person; O Supreme Brahman; O Vyāsadeva; O Śaunaka.
—O learned brāhmaṇa (Śukadeva Gosvāmī); tāniplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigtani

activities; all of our lost things; all of them (in the form of songs); all of them; all of those (activities); all the bows of Kārtavīryārjuna; all those; all those places; such words; the sense organs; them (the weapons); them; these three; those; those elements; those senses.
—all of them; naḥplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bignah

among ourselves; among us; as we are; by us (Brahmā and the other demigods); by us; for us; like us (who are so engaged); like us; my; not; of all of us; of all of us demons; of ourselves; of us; our; ours; ourselves; to me; to us; toward us; unto me; unto us; upon us; us (the demigods); us; us demigods; we; with us.
—to us; vadaplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigvada

kindly describe; kindly explain; kindly instruct; kindly say; kindly speak; kindly tell; kindly tell us; please describe; please explain; please speak; please tell; say; speak; tell.
—please describe; śṛṇvatāmplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigśṛṇvatām

being heard; by continuous hearing; continuously hearing; hearing; listening; of persons who hear this narration; of those hearing; of those who listen; those who have developed the urge to hear the message of; were listening; while hearing; who are very eager to hear; who desired to hear.
—who are very eager to hear.


O learned brāhmaṇa, Śukadeva Gosvāmī, the great learned persons who are completely intelligent describe the activities and appearance of the Supreme Personality of Godhead during the various manvantaras. We are very eager to hear about these narrations. Kindly describe them.


The Supreme Personality of Godhead has different varieties of incarnations, including the guṇa-avatāras, manvantara-avatāras, līlā-avatāras and yuga-avatāras, all of which are described in the śāstras. Without reference to the śāstras there can be no question of accepting anyone as an incarnation of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Therefore, as especially mentioned here, gṛṇanti kavayaḥ: the descriptions of various incarnations are accepted by great learned scholars with perfect intelligence. At the present time, especially in India, so many rascals are claiming to be incarnations, and people are being misled. Therefore, the identity of an incarnation should be confirmed by the descriptions of the śāstras and by wonderful activities. As described in this verse by the word mahīyasaḥ, the activities of an incarnation are not ordinary magic or jugglery, but are wonderful activities. Thus any incarnation of the Supreme Personality of Godhead must be supported by the statements of the śāstra and must actually perform wonderful activities. Parīkṣit Mahārāja was eager to hear about the Manus of different ages. There are fourteen Manus during a day of Brahmā, and the age of each Manu lasts for seventy-one yugas. Thus there are thousands of Manus during the life of Brahmā.