yatha darumayi nari
yatha patramayo mrgah
evam bhutani maghavann
isa-tantrani viddhi bhoh
yatha—just as; daru-mayi—made of wood; nari—a woman; yatha—just as; patra-mayah—made of leaves; mrgah—an animal; evam—thus; bhutani—all things; maghavan—O King Indra; isa—the Supreme Personality of Godhead; tantrani—depending upon; viddhi—please know; bhoh—O sir.
O King Indra, as a wooden doll that looks like a woman or as an animal made of grass and leaves cannot move or dance independently, but depends fully on the person who handles it, all of us dance according to the desire of the supreme controller, the Personality of Godhead. No one is independent.
“Lord Krsna alone is the supreme controller, and all others are His servants. They dance as He makes them do so.” We are all servants of Krsna; we have no independence. We are dancing according to the desire of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, but out of ignorance and illusion we think we are independent of the supreme will. Therefore it is said:
“Krsna, who is known as Govinda, is the supreme controller. He has an eternal, blissful, spiritual body. He is the origin of all. He has no other origin, for He is the prime cause of all causes.” (Brahma-samhita 5.1)
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