1. 26

    चेतस्तत्प्रवणं युञ्जन्नस्तावीत्संहताञ्जलिः । श्लक्ष्णया सूक्तया वाचा सर्वलोकगरीयसः ।। ४-१-२६ ।।

    But since his heart was already attracted by the deities, somehow or other he gathered his senses, and with folded hands and sweet words he began to offer prayers to the predominating deities of the universe. ।। 4-1-26 ।।

  2. 27

    अत्रिरुवाच विश्वोद्भवस्थितिलयेषु विभज्यमानैर्मायागुणैरनुयुगं विगृहीतदेहाः । ते ब्रह्मविष्णुगिरिशाः प्रणतोऽस्म्यहं वः तेभ्यः क एव भवतां म इहोपहूतः ।। ४-१-२७ ।‌।

    The great sage Atri said: O Lord Brahmā, Lord Viṣṇu and Lord Śiva, you have divided yourself into three bodies by accepting the three modes of material nature, as you do in every millennium for the creation, maintenance and dissolution of the cosmic manifestation. I offer my respectful obeisances unto all of you and beg to inquire whom of you three I have called by my prayer. ।। 4-1-27 ।।

  3. 28

    एको मयेह भगवान् विविधप्रधानैश्चित्तीकृतः प्रजननाय कथं नु यूयम् । अत्रागतास्तनुभृतां मनसोऽपि दूराद्ब्रूत प्रसीदत महानिह विस्मयो मे ।। ४-१-२८ ।।

    I called for the Supreme Personality of Godhead, desiring a son like Him, and I thought of Him only. But although He is far beyond the mental speculation of man, all three of you have come here. Kindly let me know how you have come, for I am greatly bewildered about this. ।। 4-1-28 ।।

  4. 29

    मैत्रेय उवाच इति तस्य वचः श्रुत्वा त्रयस्ते विबुधर्षभाः । प्रत्याहुः श्लक्ष्णया वाचा प्रहस्य तमृषिं प्रभो ।। ४-१-२९ ।।

    The great sage Maitreya continued: Upon hearing Atri Muni speak in that way, the three great deities smiled, and they replied in the following sweet words. ।। 4-1-29 ।।

  5. 30

    देवा ऊचुः यथा कृतस्ते सङ्कल्पो भाव्यं तेनैव नान्यथा । सत्सङ्कल्पस्य ते ब्रह्मन् यद्वै ध्यायति ते वयम् ।। ४-१-३० ।‌।

    The three deities told Atri Muni: Dear brāhmaṇa, you are perfect in your determination, and therefore as you have decided, so it will happen; it will not happen otherwise. We are all the same person upon whom you were meditating, and therefore we have all come to you. ।। 4-1-30 ।।