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    श्रीशुक उवाच एवं पुरा धारणयाऽऽत्मयोनिर्नष्टां स्मृतिं प्रत्यवरुध्य तुष्टात् । तथा ससर्जेदममोघदृष्टिर्यथाप्ययात्प्राग्व्यवसायबुद्धिः ।। २-२-१ ।।

    Śrī 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. ।। 2-2-1 ।।

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    शाब्दस्य हि ब्रह्मण एष पन्था यन्नामभिर्ध्यायति धीरपार्थैः । परिभ्रमंस्तत्र न विन्दतेऽर्थान् मायामये वासनया शयानः ।। २-२-२ ।।

    The way of presentation of the Vedic sounds is so bewildering that it directs the intelligence of the people to meaningless things like the heavenly kingdoms. The conditioned souls hover in dreams of such heavenly illusory pleasures, but actually they do not relish any tangible happiness in such places. ।। 2-2-2 ।।

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    अतः कविर्नामसु यावदर्थः स्यादप्रमत्तो व्यवसायबुद्धिः । सिद्धेऽन्यथार्थे न यतेत तत्र परिश्रमं तत्र समीक्षमाणः ।। २-२-३ ।।

    For this reason the enlightened person should endeavor only for the minimum necessities of life while in the world of names. He should be intelligently fixed and never endeavor for unwanted things, being competent to perceive practically that all such endeavors are merely hard labor for nothing. ।। 2-2-3 ।।

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    सत्यां क्षितौ किं कशिपोः प्रयासैर्बाहौ स्वसिद्धे ह्युपबर्हणैः किम् । सत्यञ्जलौ किं पुरुधान्नपात्र्या दिग्वल्कलादौ सति किं दुकूलैः ।। २-२-४ ।।

    When there are ample earthly flats to lie on, what is the necessity of cots and beds? When one can use his own arms, what is the necessity of a pillow? When one can use the palms of his hands, what is the necessity of varieties of utensils? When there is ample covering, or the skins of trees, what is the necessity of clothing? ।। 2-2-4 ।।

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    चीराणि किं पथि न सन्ति दिशन्ति भिक्षां नैवाङ्घ्रिपाः परभृतः सरितोऽप्यशुष्यन् । रुद्धा गुहाः किमजितोऽवति नोपसन्नान् कस्माद्भजन्ति कवयो धनदुर्मदान्धान् ।। २-२-५ ।।

    Are there no torn clothes lying on the common road? Do the trees, which exist for maintaining others, no longer give alms in charity? Do the rivers, being dried up, no longer supply water to the thirsty? Are the caves of the mountains now closed? Or above all, does the Almighty Lord not protect the fully surrendered souls? Why then do the learned sages go to flatter those who are intoxicated by hard-earned wealth? ।। 2-2-5 ।।