|Chapter 5: Hymn to the Absolute Truth|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Sri Brahma-samhita 5.10
saktiman purushah so 'yam
tasminn avirabhul linge
saktiman -- joined to his female consort; purushah -- person; sah -- he; ayam -- this; linga-rupi -- in the form of the male generating organ; maha-isvarah -- Sambhu, the lord of this mundane world; tasmin -- in that; avirabhut -- manifested; linge -- in the manifested emblem; maha-vishnuh -- Maha-Vishnu; jagat-patih -- the Lord of the world.
The person embodying the material causal principle, viz., the great lord of this mundane world [Mahesvara] Samhhu, in the form of the male generating organ, is joined to his female consort the limited energy [Maya] as the efficient causal principle. The Lord of the world Maha-Vishnu is manifest in him by His subjective portion in the form of His glance.
In the transcendental atmosphere (para-vyoma), where spiritual majesty preponderates, there is present Sri Narayana who is not different from Krishna. Maha-Sankarshana, subjective plenary facsimile of the extended personality of Sri Narayana, is also the divine plenary portion of the propagatory embodiment of Sri Krishna. By the power of His spiritual energy a plenary subjective portion of Him, eternally reposing in the neutral stream of Viraja forming the boundary between the spiritual and mundane realms, casts His glance, at creation, unto the limited shadow potency. Maya, who is located far away from Himself. Thereupon Sambhu, lord of pradhana embodying the substantive principle of all material entities, who is the same as Rudra, the dim reflection of the Supreme Lord's own divine glance, consummates his intercourse with Maya, the efficient mundane causal principle. But he can do nothing independently of the energy of Maha-Vishnu representing the direct spiritual power of Krishna. Therefore, the principle of mahat, or the perverted cognitive faculty. is produced only when the subjective plenary portion of Krishna, viz., the prime divine avatara Maha-Vishnu who is the subjective portion of Sankarshana, Himself the subjective portion of Krishna, is propitious towards the active mutual endeavors of Maya, Siva's consort (sakti), and pradhana or the principle of substantive mundane causality. Agreeably to the initiative of Maha-Vishnu the consort of Siva creates successively the mundane ego (ahankara), the five mundane elements (bhutas) viz., space etc., their attributes (tan-matras) and the limited senses of the conditioned soul (jiva). The constituent particles, in the form of pencils of effulgence of Maha-Vishnu, are manifest as the individual souls (jivas). This will be elaborated in the sequel.
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