nūnaṁ bateśasya samīhitaṁ janais
tan-māyayā durjayayākṛtātmabhiḥ
na lakṣyate yas tv akarod akārayad
yo ’neka ekaḥ parataś ca īśvaraḥ
nūnam—surely; bata—certainly; īśasya—of the Supreme Personality of Godhead; samīhitam—activities, plan; janaiḥ—by people; tat-māyayā—by His potency; durjayayā—which is unconquerable; akṛta-ātmabhiḥ—who are not sufficiently experienced; na—never; lakṣyate—are seen; yaḥ—he who; tu—then; akarot—created; akārayat—caused to create; yaḥ—one who; anekaḥ—many; ekaḥ—one; parataḥ—by His inconceivable potencies; ca—and; īśvaraḥ—controller.
My dear Lord, although You are one, by Your inconceivable potencies You have expanded Yourself in many forms. Through the agency of Brahmā, You have created this universe. You are therefore directly the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Those who are not sufficiently experienced cannot understand Your transcendental activities because these persons are covered by Your illusory energy.
God is one, but He expands Himself in a variety of energies—the material energy, the spiritual energy, the marginal energy and so forth. Unless one is favored and especially endowed with grace, he cannot understand how the one Supreme Personality of Godhead acts through His different energies. The living entities are also the marginal energy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Brahmā is also one of these living entities, but he is especially empowered by the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Although Brahmā is supposed to be the creator of this universe, actually the Supreme Personality of Godhead is its ultimate creator. In this verse the word māyayā is significant. Māyā means “energy.” Lord Brahmā is not the energetic but is one of the manifestations of the Lord’s marginal energy. In other words, Lord Brahmā is only an instrument. Although sometimes plans appear contradictory, there is a definite plan behind all action. One who is experienced and is favored by the Lord can understand that everything is being done according to the Lord’s supreme plan.

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