Srimad Bhagavatam 11.24.09-10 - The Divine Aspect of Brahma's Life (download mp3)
by Vishwarup Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
mayā sañcoditā bhāvāḥ
aṇḍam utpādayām āsur
Impelled by Me, all these elements combined to function in an orderly fashion and together gave birth to the universal egg, which is My excellent place of residence.
tasminn ahaṁ samabhavam
mama nābhyām abhūt padmaṁ
viśvākhyaṁ tatra cātma-bhūḥ
I Myself appeared within that egg, which was floating on the causal water, and from My navel arose the universal lotus, the birthplace of self-born Brahmā.
The Supreme Lord here describes His appearance in His transcendental pastime form of Śrī Nārāyaṇa. Lord Nārāyaṇa enters within the universe but does not give up His purely transcendental body of knowledge and bliss. Lord Brahmā, however, born from the Lord’s navel lotus, has a material body. Although Lord Brahmā is the most powerful mystic, his body, which pervades all material existence, is material, whereas the body of the Supreme Lord Hari, Nārāyaṇa, is always transcendental.