TEXT 17
eka evesvaras tasmin
sura-karye suresvarah
vihartu-kamas tan aha
samudronmathanadibhih
SYNONYMS
ekah—alone; eva—indeed; isvarah—the Supreme Personality of Godhead; tasmin—in that; sura-karye—the activities of the demigods; sura-isvarah—the Lord of the demigods, the Supreme Personality of Godhead; vihartu—to enjoy pastimes; kamah—desiring; tan—unto the demigods; aha—said; samudra-unmathana-adibhih—by activities of churning the ocean.
TRANSLATION
Although the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the master of the demigods, was capable of performing the activities of the demigods by Himself, He wanted to enjoy pastimes in churning the ocean. Therefore He spoke as follows.

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