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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