atma yah purusah parah
sa evasid idam visvam
kalpante ’nyan na kincana
para-avaresam—of all living entities, in higher or lower statuses of life; bhutanam—of those who have taken material bodies (the conditioned souls); atma—the Supersoul; yah—one who is; purusah—the Supreme Person; parah—transcendental; sah—He; eva—indeed; asit—was existing; idam—this; visvam—universe; kalpa-ante—at the end of the millennium; anyat—anything else; na—not; kincana—anything whatsoever.
The transcendental Supreme Person, the Supersoul of all living entities, who are in different statuses of life, high and low, existed at the end of the millennium, when neither this manifested cosmos nor anything else but Him existed.
Taking the proper position from which to describe the dynasty of Manu, Sukadeva Gosvami begins by saying that when the entire world is inundated, only the Supreme Personality of Godhead exists, and nothing else. Sukadeva Gosvami will now describe how the Lord creates other things, one after another.
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