tamyam tamovan naiharam
khadyotarcir ivahani
nihanty atmani yunjatah
tamyamon a dark night; tamah-vatjust as darkness; naiharamproduced by snow; khadyota-arcihthe light of a glowworm; ivajust as; ahaniin the daytime, in the sunlight; mahatiin a great personality; itara-mayainferior mystic potency; aisyamthe ability; nihantidestroys; atmaniin his own self; yunjatahof the person who attempts to use.
As the darkness of snow on a dark night and the light of a glowworm in the light of day have no value, the mystic power of an inferior person who tries to use it against a person of great power is unable to accomplish anything; instead, the power of that inferior person is diminished.
When one wants to supersede a superior power, ones own inferior power becomes ludicrous. Just as a glowworm in the daytime and snow at night have no value, Brahmas mystic power became worthless in the presence of Krsna, for greater mystic power condemns inferior mystic power. On a dark night, the darkness produced by snow has no meaning. The glowworm appears very important at night, but in the daytime its glow has no value; whatever little value it has is lost. Similarly, Brahma became insignificant in the presence of Krsnas mystic power. Krsnas maya was not diminished in value, but Brahmas maya was condemned. Therefore, one should not try to exhibit ones insignificant opulence before a greater power.

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