महर्षयः सप्त पूर्वे चत्वारो मनवस्तथा।
मद्भावा मानसा जाता येषां लोक इमाः प्रजाः।।10.6।।
।।10.6।।सात महर्षि और उनसे भी पूर्वमें होनेवाले चार सनकादि तथा चौदह मनु -- ये सबकेसब मेरे मनसे पैदा हुए हैं और मेरेमें भाव (श्रद्धाभक्ति) रखनेवाले हैं? जिनकी संसारमें यह सम्पूर्ण प्रजा है।
The word purve meaning predecessor establishes a link to the past. This past is the previous manvantara or age of Manu. From the mind of Brahma the seven great sages Marici, Atri, Angiras, Pulastya, Pulaha, Kratu and Vasistha were all born to inaugurate the day arising of Brahma. Although Bhrgu was also born from the mind of Brahma and a great sage, he was subsequent to the others. The four Manus named Savarnikas are Brahma, Rudra, Dharma and Daksa and they are responsible for overseeing the maintenance of creation. The fourteen Manus named Manvantaras are headed by Syambhuva Manu and are appointed to administrate the creation for their allotted time span. All the human beings in creation are descendants from these aforementioned. They materially create and materially sustain their descendants which includes the whole human population in creation every moment throughout time until the commencement of the cosmic dissolution. Lord Krishna states the words mad-bhava meaning of His nature, this confirms that Brahma, Rudra, the Manus, the seven sages, etc. are all endowed with His nature and imbued with a spark of His potency and are followers of His divine plan in all situations and circumstances.