|Canto 3: The Status Quo||Chapter 20: Conversation Between Maitreya and Vidura|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 3.20.10
ye marīcy-ādayo viprā
yas tu svāyambhuvo manuḥ
te vai brahmaṇa ādeśāt
katham etad abhāvayan
ye — those; marīci-ādayaḥ — great sages headed by Marīci; viprāḥ — brāhmaṇas; yaḥ — who; tu — indeed; svāyambhuvaḥ manuḥ — and Svāyambhuva Manu; te — they; vai — indeed; brahmaṇaḥ — of Lord Brahmā; ādeśāt — by the order; katham — how; etat — this universe; abhāvayan — evolved.
Vidura inquired: How did the Prajāpatis [such progenitors of living entities as Marīci and Svāyambhuva Manu] create according to the instruction of Brahmā, and how did they evolve this manifested universe?
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