ko nu me titaren mayam
visaktas tvad-rte puman
tams tan visrjatim bhavan
dustaram akrtatmabhih
kahwhat; nuindeed; meMy; atitaretcan surpass; mayamillusory energy; visaktahattached to material sense enjoyment; tvat-rteexcept for you; pumanperson; tansuch conditions; tanunto the materially attached persons; visrjatimin surpassing; bhavanreactions of material activities; dustaramvery difficult to surmount; akrta-atmabhihby 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 demigodsBrahma, Visnu and Mahesvaraall but Visnu are under the influence of maya. In Caitanya-caritamrta, they are described as mayi, which means under mayas 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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