TEXT 23
suddhaya santaya namah sva-nisthaya
manasy apartham vilasad-dvayaya
namo jagat-sthana-layodayesu
grhita-maya-guna-vigrahaya
SYNONYMS
suddhaya—unto the unadulterated; santaya—unto the most peaceful; namah—we offer our obeisances; sva-nisthaya—by being situated in oneís position; manasi—in the mind; apartham—without any meaning; vilasat—appearing; dvayaya—in whom the dual world; namah—obeisances; jagat—of the cosmic manifestation; sthana—maintenance; laya—annihilation; udayesu—and for creation; grhita—accepted; maya—material; guna—of the modes of nature; vigrahaya—the forms.
TRANSLATION
Dear Lord, we beg to offer our obeisances unto You. When the mind is fixed upon You, the world of duality, although a place for material enjoyment, appears meaningless. Your transcendental form is full of transcendental bliss. We therefore offer our respects unto You. Your appearances as Lord Brahma, Lord Visnu and Lord Siva are meant for the purpose of creating, maintaining and annihilating this cosmic manifestation.
PURPORT
A pure devotee, whose mind is always engaged in the service of the Lord, can certainly appreciate the impermanence of this material world. Although such a devotee may be engaged in executing material activities, this stage is called anasakti. As explained by Srila Rupa Gosvami, anasaktasya visayan yatharham upayunjatah. A devotee is always unattached to material activities because in the liberated stage his mind is always fixed on the lotus feet of the Lord.
This material world is called dvaita, the world of duality. A devotee knows very well that everything within this material world is but a manifestation of the Supreme Lordís energy. To maintain the three modes of material nature, the Supreme Lord takes on different forms as Lord Brahma, Lord Visnu and Lord Siva. Unaffected by the modes of material nature, the Lord takes on different forms to create, maintain and annihilate this cosmic manifestation. The conclusion is that although the pure devotee appears to engage in material activities in the service of the Lord, he knows very well that material enjoyment for sense gratification has no use whatsoever.

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