iti tāsāṁ sva-śaktīnāṁ
satīnām asametya saḥ
niśāmya gatim īśvaraḥ
ṛṣiḥ uvāca—the Ṛṣi Maitreya said; iti—thus; tāsām—their; sva-śaktīnām—own potency; satīnām—so situated; asametya—without combination; saḥ—He (the Lord); prasupta—suspended; loka-tantrāṇām—in the universal creations; niśāmya—hearing; gatim—progress; īśvaraḥ—the Lord.
The Ṛṣi Maitreya said: The Lord thus heard about the suspension of the progressive creative functions of the universe due to the noncombination of His potencies, such as the mahat-tattva.
There is nothing wanting in the creation of the Lord; all the potencies are there in a dormant state. But unless they are combined by the will of the Lord, nothing can progress. The suspended progressive work of creation can only be revived by the direction of the Lord.
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