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Verse 2.4.38

TEXT 2.4.38

tri-netrāś catur-ānanāḥ
catur-bhujāḥ sahasrāsyāḥ
kecid aṣṭa-bhujās tathā


indra—to Indra; candra—Candra; ādi—and so on; sadṛśāḥ—similar; tri-netrāḥ—having three eyes; catuḥ-ānanāḥ—having four faces; catuḥ-bhujāḥ—having four arms; sahasra-āsyāḥ—having a thousand faces; kecit—some; aṣṭa-bhujāḥ—having eight arms; tathā— also.


38. Some looked like Indra, Candra, or other demigods. Some had three eyes, or four heads, or four arms, or eight—or a thousand faces.


Commentary: Some of the Vaikuṇṭha residents looked like the king of heaven, Indra, with a thousand eyes on their bodies and thunderbolt weapons in their hands. Others appeared like the gods of the moon, sun, fire, and wind. These demigods headed by Indra are not actually incarnations of the Supreme Lord like Śiva and Brahmā, who are especially empowered guṇa-avatāras. If required for service to Lord Nārāyaṇa, the Vaikuṇṭha-vāsīs can assume the exact forms of ordinary demigods; but empowered incarnations and direct expansions of Nārāyaṇa, such as Ananta Śeṣa, the Vaikuṇṭha-vāsīs can only emulate, to the extent of copying certain of their bodily features.

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