sa ittham bhagavan urvim
visvaksenah prajapatih
rasaya lilayonnitam
apsu nyasya yayau harih
sah—He; ittham—in this manner; bhagavan—the Personality of Godhead; urvim—the earth; visvaksenah—another name of Visnu; praja-patih—the Lord of the living entities; rasayah—from within the water; lilaya—very easily; unnitam—raised; apsu—on the water; nyasya—placing; yayau—returned to His own abode; harih—the Personality of Godhead.
In this manner the Personality of Godhead, Lord Visnu, the maintainer of all living entities, raised the earth from within the water, and having placed it afloat on the water, He returned to His own abode.
The Personality of Godhead Lord Visnu descends by His will to the material planets in His innumerable incarnations for particular purposes, and again He goes back to His own abode. When He descends He is called an avatara because avatara means one who descends. Neither the Lord Himself nor His specific devotees who come to this earth are ordinary living entities like us.

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