TEXT 23
athava deva-mayaya
nunam gatir agocara
cetaso vacasas capi
bhutanam iti niscayah
SYNONYMS
athava—alternatively; deva—the Lord; mayayah—energies; nunam—very little; gatih—movement; agocara—inconceivable; cetasah—either by the mind; vacasah—by words; ca—or; api—also; bhutanam—of all living beings; iti—thus; niscayah—concluded.
TRANSLATION
Thus it is concluded that the Lord's energies are inconceivable. No one can estimate them by mental speculation or by word jugglery.
PURPORT
A question may be raised as to why a devotee should refrain from identifying an actor, although he knows definitely that the Lord is the ultimate doer of everything. Knowing the ultimate doer, one should not pose himself as ignorant of the actual performer. To answer this doubt, the reply is that the Lord is also not directly responsible, for everything is done by His deputed maya-sakti, or material energy. The material energy is always provoking doubts about the supreme authority of the Lord. The personality of religion knew perfectly well that nothing can take place without the sanction of the Supreme Lord, and still he was put into doubts by the deluding energy, and thus he refrained from mentioning the supreme cause. This doubtfulness was due to the contamination of both Kali and the material energy. The whole atmosphere of the age of Kali is magnified by the deluding energy, and the proportion of measurement is inexplicable.

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