ko nu me ’titaren mayam
visaktas tvad-rte puman
tams tan visrjatim bhavan
kah—what; nu—indeed; me—My; atitaret—can surpass; mayam—illusory energy; visaktah—attached to material sense enjoyment; tvat-rte—except for you; puman—person; tan—such conditions; tan—unto the materially attached persons; visrjatim—in surpassing; bhavan—reactions of material activities; dustaram—very difficult to surmount; akrta-atmabhih—by persons unable to control their senses.
My dear Lord Sambhu, who within this material world but you can surpass My illusory energy? People are generally attached to sense enjoyment and conquered by its influence. Indeed, the influence of material nature is very difficult for them to surmount.
Of the three chief demigods—Brahma, Visnu and Mahesvara—all but Visnu are under the influence of maya. In Caitanya-caritamrta, they are described as mayi, which means “under maya’s influence.” But even though Lord Siva associates with maya, he is not influenced. The living entities are affected by maya, but although Lord Siva apparently associates with maya, he is not affected. In other words, all living entities within this material world except for Lord Siva are swayed by maya. Lord Siva is therefore neither visnu-tattva nor jiva-tattva. He is between the two.
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