purusah prakrtir vyaktam
saknuvanty asya sargadau
na vina yad-anugrahat
purusah—the generator of the total material energy; prakrtih—the material energy or material nature; vyaktam—the principles of manifestation (mahat-tattva); atma—the false ego; bhuta—the five material elements; indriya—the ten senses; asayah—the mind, intelligence and consciousness; saknuvanti—are able; asya—of this universe; sarga-adau—in the creation, etc.; na—not; vina—without; yat—of whom; anugrahat—the mercy.
The three purusas—Karanodakasayi Visnu, Garbhodakasayi Visnu and Ksirodakasayi-Visnu—the material nature, the total material energy, the false ego, the five material elements, the material senses, the mind, the intelligence and consciousness cannot create the material manifestation without the direction of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
As confirmed in the Visnu Purana, parasya brahmanah saktis tathedam akhilam jagat: whatever manifestations we experience are nothing but various energies of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. These energies cannot create anything independently. This is also confirmed by the Lord Himself in Bhagavad-gita (9.10): mayadhyaksena prakrtih suyate sa-caracaram. “This material nature is working under My direction, O son of Kunti, and it is producing all moving and unmoving living beings.” Only under the direction of the Lord, the Supreme Person, can prakrti, which is manifested in twenty-four elements, create different situations for the living entity. In the Vedas the Lord says:
“Since everything is a manifestation of My energy, I am known as Parabrahman. Therefore everyone should hear from Me about My glorious activities.” The Lord also says in Bhagavad-gita (10.2), aham adir hi devanam: “I am the origin of all the demigods.” Therefore the Supreme Personality of Godhead is the origin of everything, and no one is independent of Him. Srila Madhvacarya also says, anisa jiva-rupena: the living entity is anisa, never the controller, but is always controlled. Therefore when a living entity becomes proud of being an independent isvara, or god, that is his foolishness. Such foolishness is described in the following verse.
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