TEXT 23
esa prapanna-varado ramayatma-saktya
yad yat karisyati grhita-gunavatarah
tasmin sva-vikramam idam srjato ípi ceto
yunjita karma-samalam ca yatha vijahyam
SYNONYMS
esah—this; prapanna—one who is surrendered; vara-dah—benefactor; ramaya—enjoying always with the goddess of fortune (Laksmi); atma-saktya—with His internal potency; yat yat—whatever; karisyati—He may act; grhita—accepting; guna-avatarah—incarnation of the mode of goodness; tasmin—unto Him; sva-vikramam—with omnipotency; idam—this cosmic manifestation; srjatah—creating; api—in spite of; cetah—heart; yunjita—be engaged; karma—work; samalam—material affection; ca—also; yatha—as much as; vijahyam—I can give up.
TRANSLATION
The Supreme Lord, the Personality of Godhead, is always the benefactor of the surrendered souls. His activities are always enacted through His internal potency, Rama, or the goddess of fortune. I pray only to engage in His service in the creation of the material world, and I pray that I not be materially affected by my works, for thus I may be able to give up the false prestige of being the creator.
PURPORT
In the matter of material creation, maintenance and destruction, there are three incarnations of the material modes of nature—Brahma, Visnu and Mahesvara. But the Lordís incarnation as Visnu, in His internal potency, is the supreme energy for the total activities. Brahma, who is only an assistant in the modes of creation, wanted to remain in his actual position as an instrument of the Lord instead of becoming puffed up by the false prestige of thinking himself the creator. That is the way of becoming dear to the Supreme Lord and receiving His benediction. Foolish men want to take credit for all creations made by them, but intelligent persons know very well that not a blade of grass can move without the will of the Lord; thus all the credit for wonderful creations must go to Him. By spiritual consciousness only can one be free from the contamination of material affection and receive the benedictions offered by the Lord.

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