1. 16

    तस्यां स चाम्भोरुहकर्णिकायामवस्थितो लोकमपश्यमानः । परिक्रमन् व्योम्नि विवृत्तनेत्रश्चत्वारि लेभेऽनुदिशं मुखानि ।। ३-८-१६ ।।

    Brahmā, born out of the lotus flower, could not see the world, although he was situated in the whorl. He therefore circumambulated all of space, and while moving his eyes in all directions he achieved four heads in terms of the four directions. ।। 3-8-16 ।।

  2. 17

    तस्माद्युगान्तश्वसनावघूर्णजलोर्मिचक्रात्सलिलाद्विरूढम् । उपाश्रितः कञ्जमु लोकतत्त्वं नात्मानमद्धाविददादिदेवः ।। ३-८-१७ ।।

    Lord Brahmā, situated in that lotus, could not perfectly understand the creation, the lotus or himself. At the end of the millennium the air of devastation began to move the water and the lotus in great circular waves. ।। 3-8-17 ।।

  3. 18

    क एष योऽसावहमब्जपृष्ठ एतत्कुतो वाब्जमनन्यदप्सु । अस्ति ह्यधस्तादिह किञ्चनैतदधिष्ठितं यत्र सता नु भाव्यम् ।। ३-८-१८ ।।

    Lord Brahmā, in his ignorance, contemplated: Who am I that am situated on the top of this lotus? Wherefrom has it sprouted? There must be something downwards, and that from which this lotus has grown must be within the water. ।। 3-8-18 ।।

  4. 19

    स इत्थमुद्वीक्ष्य तदब्जनालनाडीभिरन्तर्जलमाविवेश । नार्वाग्गतस्तत्खरनालनालनाभिं विचिन्वंस्तदविन्दताजः ।। ३-८-१९ ।।

    Lord Brahmā, thus contemplating, entered the water through the channel of the stem of the lotus. But in spite of entering the stem and going nearer to the navel of Viṣṇu, he could not trace out the root. ।। 3-8-19 ।।

  5. 20

    तमस्यपारे विदुरात्मसर्गं विचिन्वतोऽभूत्सुमहांस्त्रिणेमिः । यो देहभाजां भयमीरयाणः परिक्षिणोत्यायुरजस्य हेतिः ।। ३-८-२० ।।

    O Vidura, while searching in that way about his existence, Brahmā reached his ultimate time, which is the eternal wheel in the hand of Viṣṇu and which generates fear in the mind of the living entity like the fear of death. ।। 3-8-20 ।।