naham virinco na kumara-naradau
na brahma-putra munayah suresah
vidama yasyehitam amsakamsaka
na tat-svarupam prthag-isa-maninah
na—not; aham—I (Lord Siva); virincah—Lord Brahma; na—nor; kumara—the Asvini-kumaras; naradau—the great saint Narada; na—nor; brahma-putrah—the sons of Lord Brahma; munayah—great saintly persons; sura-isah—all the great demigods; vidama—know; yasya—of whom; ihitam—activity; amsaka-amsakah—those who are parts of the parts; na—not; tat—His; sva-rupam—real personality; prthak—separate; isa—rulers; maninah—who consider ourselves to be.
Neither I [Lord Siva], nor Brahma, nor the Asvini-kumaras, nor Narada or the other great sages who are Brahma’s sons, nor even the demigods can understand the pastimes and personality of the Supreme Lord. Although we are part of the Supreme Lord, we consider ourselves independent, separate controllers, and thus we cannot understand His identity.
Brahma-samhita (5.33) states:
“I worship the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Govinda, who is the original person. He is absolute, infallible and beginningless, and although expanded into unlimited forms, He is still the same original person, the oldest person, who always appears as a fresh youth. The eternal, blissful, all-knowing forms of the Lord can not be understood even by the best Vedic scholars, but they are always manifest to pure, unalloyed devotees.” Lord Siva places himself as one of the nondevotees, who cannot understand the identity of the Supreme Lord. The Lord, being ananta, has an unlimited number of forms. Therefore, how is it possible for an ordinary, common man to understand Him? Lord Siva, of course, is above the ordinary human beings, yet be is unable to understand the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Lord Siva is not among the ordinary living entities, nor is he in the category of Lord Visnu. He is between Lord Visnu and the common living entity.

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