jane tvam isam visvasya
jagato yoni-bijayoh
sakteh sivasya ca param
yat tad brahma nirantaram
brahma uvacaLord Brahma said; janeI know; tvamyou (Lord Siva); isamthe controller; visvasyaof the entire material manifestation; jagatahof the cosmic manifestation; yoni-bijayohof both the mother and father; saktehof potency; sivasyaof Siva; caand; paramthe Supreme; yatwhich; tatthat; brahmawithout change; nirantaramwith no material qualities.
Lord Brahma said: My dear Lord Siva, I know that you are the controller of the entire material manifestation, the combination father and mother of the cosmic manifestation, and the Supreme Brahman beyond the cosmic manifestation as well. I know you in that way.
Although Lord Brahma had received very respectful obeisances from Lord Siva, he knew that Lord Siva was in a more exalted position than himself. Lord Sivas position is described in Brahma-samhita: there is no difference between Lord Visnu and Lord Siva in their original positions, but still Lord Siva is different from Lord Visnu. The example is given that the milk in yogurt is not different from the original milk from which it was made.

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