|Ādi-līlā||Chapter 5: The Glories Of Lord Nityānanda Balarāma|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Ādi 5.105
rudra-rūpa dhari' kare jagat saḿhāra
sṛṣṭi-sthiti-pralaya — icchāya yāńhāra
rudra-rūpa — the form of Lord Śiva; dhari' — accepting; kare — does; jagat saḿhāra — annihilation of the material world; sṛṣṭi-sthiti-pralaya — creation, maintenance and annihilation; icchāya — by the will; yāńhāra — of whom.
Assuming the form of Rudra, He destroys the creation. Thus creation, maintenance and dissolution are created by His will.
Maheśvara, or Lord Śiva, is not an ordinary living being, nor is he equal to Lord Viṣṇu. Effectively comparing Lord Viṣṇu and Lord Śiva, the Brahma-saḿhitā says that Viṣṇu is like milk, whereas Śiva is like yogurt. Yogurt is nothing like milk, but nevertheless it is milk also.
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