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The System of Universal Management

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 The System of Universal Management

(1) The king said: 'O great sage, could you please describe to me the respective duties in which all these Manus and the others, in each manvantara are engaged and who appoints them?

(2) The rishi said: 'The Manus and all their sons, the sages and, o King, the Indras and the godly no doubt all resort under the rule of the Original Person. (3) The Manus and others in charge of the universal affairs are, o King, inspired by the Lord of Sacrifice Yajña and the other incarnations of the Supreme Personality that I have already discussed. (4) When at the end of each mahâyuga the saints by dint of their austerity witness how gradually misuse has risen with the loss of [the respect for] the vedic instruction, is there for that purpose the sanâtana dharma [the customary vedic duties to age and vocation, see also 1.17: 24-25]. (5) Therafter are the Manus in each of the four yugas to the instruction of the Lord engaged in directly reestablishing for the time of their existence in this world the dharma in the full sense of all its four regulative principles, o ruler of man [see also B.G. 4: 1]. (6) The demigods and the other divisions of enjoyers of the results of sacrifice are also engaged in that business; by them do the rulers in the world execute what was ordained till the end of his [Manu's] reign [see also B.G. 4: 2]. (7) Indra, the ruler of heaven, enjoys the great opulences of the three worlds given by the Supreme Lord and fathers all the places of them three by pouring out rain over the earth as much as is needed. (8) According each yuga explains the Lord the transcendental knowledge assuming the forms of liberated persons [the perfected or siddhas], great saints [rishis] and great lords of yoga to teach the work of unification in the consciousness. (9) As the founding fathers [the Prajâpatis] He creates offspring; to annihilate the miscreants He takes the form of kings and in the form of time is He there to put an end to everything that grew different to the modes of nature. (10) With all the people searching for Him, who under the influence of mâyâ are bewildered in different names and different forms, can He not been found by the illusion of [the controversial of] the differing points of view [compare B.G. 18: 66]. (11) All these changes [vikalpas] I described as taking place in one day of Brahmâ [one kalpa] - to which the scholars speak of fourteen manvantaras - are evidence of this.'

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SOURCE: Translation: Anand Aadhar Prabhu, http://bhagavata.org/

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