maharsinam bhrgur aham
giram asmy ekam aksaram
yajnanam japa-yajno ’smi
Word for word:
maha-rsinam — among the great sages; bhrguh — Bhrgu; aham — I am; giram — of vibrations; asmi — I am; ekam aksaram — pranava; yajnanam — of sacriﬁces; japa-yajnah — chanting; asmi — I am; sthavaranam — of immovable things; himalayah — the Himalayan mountains.
Translation by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada:
Of the great sages I am Bhrgu; of vibrations I am the transcendental om. Of sacriﬁces I am the chanting of the holy names [japa], and of immovable things I am the Himalayas.
Purport by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada:
Brahma, the ﬁrst living creature within the universe, created several sons for the propagation of various kinds of species. Among these sons, Bhrgu is the most powerful sage. Of all the transcendental vibrations, om (om-kara) represents Krishna. Of all sacriﬁces, the chanting of Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare is the purest representation of Krishna. Sometimes animal sacriﬁces are recommended, but in the sacriﬁce of Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, there is no question of violence. It is the simplest and the purest. Whatever is sublime in the worlds is a representation of Krishna. Therefore the Himalayas, the greatest mountains in the world, also represent Him. The mountain named Meru was mentioned in a previous verse, but Meru is sometimes movable, whereas the Himalayas are never movable. Thus the Himalayas are greater than Meru.