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inho mahat-srasta purusa -- `maha-visnu' nama
ananta brahmanda tanra loma-kupe dhama

gavakse udiya yaiche renu ase yaya
purusa-nisvasa-saha brahmanda bahiraya

punarapi nisvasa-saha yaya abhyantara ananta aisvarya tanra, saba--maya-para

"The first form of Lord Visnu is called Maha-Visnu. He is the original creator of the total material energy. The innumerable universes emanate from the pores of His body. These universes are understood to be floating in air as the Maha-Visnu exhales. They are like atomic particles that float in sunshine and pass through the holes of a screen. All these universes are thus created by the exhalation of Maha-Visnu, and when Maha-Visnu inhales, they return to His body. The unlimited opulences of Maha-Visnu are completeIy beyond material conception." (Caitanya-caritamrta, Madhya-lila 278-280)

[Maha Vishnu emanating the material universes]


[Lord Brahma in the process of creation] anta rhitendriyarthaya
haraye vihitanjalih
sarva-bhutamayo visvam
sasarjedam sa purvavat

"On the disappearance of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Hari, who is the object of transcendental enjoyment for the senses of devotees, Brahma, with folded hands, began to re-create the universe, full with living entities, as it was previously." (Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.9.39)

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