1. 41

    तथापरे सिद्धगणा महर्षिभिर्येवै समन्तादनु नीललोहितम् । नमस्कृतः प्राह शशाङ्कशेखरं कृतप्रणामं प्रहसन्निवात्मभूः ।। ४-६-४१ ।।

    All the sages who were sitting with Lord Śiva, such as Nārada and others, also offered their respectful obeisances to Lord Brahmā. After being so worshiped, Lord Brahmā, smiling, began to speak to Lord Śiva. ।। 4-6-41 ।।

  2. 42

    ब्रह्मोवाच जाने त्वामीशं विश्वस्य जगतो योनिबीजयोः । शक्तेः शिवस्य च परं यत्तद्ब्रह्म निरन्तरम् ।। ४-६-४२ ।।

    Lord Brahmā said: My dear Lord Śiva, I know that you are the controller of the entire material manifestation, the combination father and mother of the cosmic manifestation, and the Supreme Brahman beyond the cosmic manifestation as well. I know you in that way. ।। 4-6-42 ।।

  3. 43

    त्वमेव भगवन्नेतच्छिवशक्त्योः स्वरूपयोः । विश्वं सृजसि पास्यत्सि क्रीडन्नूर्णपटो यथा ।। ४-६-४३ ।।

    My dear lord, you create this cosmic manifestation, maintain it, and annihilate it by expansion of your personality, exactly as a spider creates, maintains and winds up its web. ।। 4-6-43 ।।

  4. 44

    त्वमेव धर्मार्थदुघाभिपत्तये दक्षेण सूत्रेण ससर्जिथाध्वरम् । त्वयैव लोकेऽवसिताश्च सेतवो यान् ब्राह्मणाः श्रद्दधते धृतव्रताः ।। ४-६-४४ ।।

    My dear lord, Your Lordship has introduced the system of sacrifices through the agency of Dakṣa, and thus one may derive the benefits of religious activities and economic development. Under your regulative principles, the institution of the four varṇās and āśramas is respected. The brāhmaṇas therefore vow to follow this system strictly. ।। 4-6-44 ।।

  5. 45

    त्वं कर्मणां मङ्गलमङ्गलानां कर्तुः स्म लोकं तनुषे स्वः परं वा । अमङ्गलानां च तमिस्रमुल्बणं विपर्ययः केन तदेव कस्यचित् ।। ४-६-४५ ।।

    O most auspicious lord, you have ordained the heavenly planets, the spiritual Vaikuṇṭha planets and the impersonal Brahman sphere as the respective destinations of the performers of auspicious activities. Similarly, for others, who are miscreants, you have destined different kinds of hells which are horrible and ghastly. Yet sometimes it is found that their destinations are just the opposite. It is very difficult to ascertain the cause of this. ।। 4-6-45 ।।