śivaḥ śakti-yuktaḥ śaśvat
vaikārikas taijasaś ca
tāmasaś cety ahaṁ tridhā
śivaḥ—Lord Śiva; śakti-yuktaḥ—associated with material nature; śaśvat—eternally; tri-liṅgaḥ—in three features; guṇa-saṁvṛtaḥ—covered by the modes of nature; vaikārikaḥ—one is called vaikārika; taijasaḥ ca—another is called taijasa; tāmasaḥ ca—as well as tāmasa; iti—thus; aham—egotism; tri-dhā—three kinds.
" 'The truth about Lord Śiva is that he is always covered with three material coverings-vaikārika, taijasa and tāmasa. Because of these three modes of material nature, he always associates with the external energy and egotism itself.'
This is a quotation from Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (10.88.3).
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