Srimad Bhagavatam 12.07.11-12 - This Material Creation is the Lord's greatest Compassion (download mp3)
by Radhapati Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
mahatas tri-vṛto ’hamaḥ
sambhavaḥ sarga ucyate
From the agitation of the original modes within the unmanifest material nature, the mahat-tattva arises. From the mahat-tattva comes the element false ego, which divides into three aspects. This threefold false ego further manifests as the subtle forms of perception, as the senses and as the gross sense objects. The generation of all these is called creation.
visargo ’yaṁ samāhāro
bījād bījaṁ carācaram
The secondary creation, which exists by the mercy of the Lord, is the manifest amalgamation of the desires of the living entities. Just as a seed produces additional seeds, activities that promote material desires in the performer produce moving and nonmoving life forms.
Just as a seed grows into a tree that produces thousands of new seeds, material desire develops into fruitive activity that stimulates thousands of new desires within the heart of the conditioned soul. The word puruṣānugṛhītānām indicates that by the mercy of the Supreme Lord one is allowed to desire and act in this world.