by Ramchandra Keshav Bhagwat | 1954 | 284,137 words | ISBN-10: 8185208123 | ISBN-13: 9788185208121
This is verse 10.6 of the Jnaneshwari (Bhavartha-Dipika), the English translation of 13th-century Marathi commentary on the Bhagavad-Gita.—The Dnyaneshwari (Jnaneshwari) brings to light the deeper meaning of the Gita which represents the essence of the Vedic Religion. This is verse 6 of the chapter called Vibhuti-yoga.
Verse 10.6: “The seven mighty Sages of yore, as also the four Manus, have been born from Me—as mind born entities of whom descended are (all) these creatures in this world. (92)
Commentary called Jnaneshwari by Jnaneshwar:
(They are) Kashyapa and other celebrated seven Sages; they are fully invested with all powers and among the sages are the most perfect in wisdom. Besides these, the four principal of the fourteen Manus, the first and primeval being “Swayambhu”, these eleven in all, emanate from my mind, Oh Dhanurdhara, for the control and preservation of the order of the created universe. Ere the worlds were yet not shaped and the three regions were not laid out in full expanse, and the stuff of five gross elements was waiting to be formed, these celestial beings sprang into existence, and formed the worlds with guardian deities to protect them, and they presided over their destinies. In this way, these beings are rulers, with the entire universe as their subjects. Thus know then, the entire universe to be the spreading out of My Pure Being.
Behold, there is at the start one single germ, which shooting forth becomes a stem and then grows into a seedling of branches. From the branches come out twigs and sub-twigs and on these flourish the leaves and the foliage. From this foliage blossom flowers and fruit. Thus grows the entire tree: and yet strictly considered, it is but the single germ spreading out. In that way, I am the Primal Being that gives birth to Mind, and from that Mind came into being, the seven Sages and the four Manus. They created the guardian deities presiding over the worlds, which in their turn, added the world from which the whole group of created things sprang. Thus the entire universe is nothing but the outward spreading of My Being and only those that have faith in My Being and its emanations may be blessed with this insight.