udāplutaṁ viśvam idaṁ tadāsīd
yan nidrayāmīlita-dṛṅ nyamīlayat
ahīndra-talpe ’dhiśayāna ekaḥ
kṛta-kṣaṇaḥ svātma-ratau nirīhaḥ
uda—water; āplutam—submerged in; viśvam—the three worlds; idam—this; tadā—at that time; āsīt—it so remained; yat—in which; nidrayā—in slumber; amīlita—closed; dṛk—eyes; nyamīlayat—not completely closed; ahi-indra—the great snake Ananta; talpe—on the bed of; adhiśayānaḥ—lying on; ekaḥ—alone; kṛta-kṣaṇaḥ—being engaged; sva-ātma-ratau—enjoying in His internal potency; nirīhaḥ—without any part of external energy.
At that time when the three worlds were submerged in water, Garbhodakaśāyī Viṣṇu was alone, lying on His bedstead, the great snake Ananta, and although He appeared to be in slumber in His own internal potency, free from the action of the external energy, His eyes were not completely closed.
The Lord is eternally enjoying transcendental bliss by His internal potency, whereas the external potency is suspended during the time of the dissolution of the cosmic manifestation.
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