|Madhya-līlā||Chapter 20: Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu Instructs Sanātana Gosvāmī in the Science of the Absolute Truth|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Madhya 20.303
garbhodakaśāyi-dvārā śakti sañcāri'
vyaṣṭi sṛṣṭi kare kṛṣṇa brahmā-rūpa dhari'
garbha-udaka-śāyi-dvārā — by Lord Garbhodakaśāyī Viṣṇu; śakti sañcāri' — giving him special powers; vyaṣṭi — total; sṛṣṭi — creation; kare — does; kṛṣṇa — Lord Kṛṣṇa; brahmā-rūpa dhari' — accepting the form of Lord Brahmā.
"Such a devotee is empowered by Garbhodakaśāyī Viṣṇu. In this way, an incarnation of Kṛṣṇa in the form of Brahmā engineers the total creation of the universe.
The Garbhodakaśāyī Viṣṇu puruṣa-avatāra expansion of Lord Viṣṇu accepts the material modes — sattva-guṇa, rajo-guṇa and tamo-guṇa — and thus incarnates as Lord Viṣṇu, Brahmā and Śiva. These are incarnations of the material qualities. Among the many superior living entities qualified with pious activities and devotional service, one, called Lord Brahmā, is infused with the quality of passion by the supreme will of Garbhodakaśāyī Viṣṇu. Thus Lord Brahmā becomes the incarnation of the creative energy of the Lord.
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