Nārāyaṇe bhagavati tad idaṁ viśvam āhitam
Although Lord Narayana is devoid of any attribute/ trait (nirguna, traitless), for the purposes of creation, He accepted the illusory power (māya) and appears as if He has innumerable traits existing in Him.
Viśvaṁ puruṣa-rūpeṇa paripāti tri-śakti-dhṛk
The Supreme Lord, who has retained the illusory power (māya) and its three attributes (tri-gunās) as His instrument, protects this entire universe by manifesting as Vishnu.
Nato ‘smy ahaṁ tac-caraṇaṁ samīyuṣāṁ
bhavac-chidaṁ svasty-ayanaṁ sumaṅgalam
I offer my obeisance to those feet of Lord Srihari, which chop down the tree called samsara (worldly bondages) in those who have sought refuge in Him and thereafter cause auspiciousness and merit to them.
Nāhaṁ na yūyaṁ yad-ṛtāṁ gatiṁ vidur
Na vāmadevaḥ kim utāpare surāḥ
Tan-māyayā mohita-buddhayas tv idaṁ
Vinirmitaṁ cātma-samaṁ vicakṣmahe
Neither me, you, Sanaka and other great sages, nor Rudra understand the real form of that Supreme Lord. When we can’t understand, how can other Devatas know it? We, whose inner-mind is deluded by the Lord’s illusory power, perceive this entire world, based on our individual ability, as separate from Him.
Yasyāvatāra-karmāṇi gāyanti hy asmad-ādayaḥ
Na yaṁ vidanti tattvena tasmai bhagavate namaḥ
Beings like us praise the stories and deeds of that Supreme Lord, but none of us have any idea about His original form. I offer my obeisance to such a Lord.
Sa eṣa ādyaḥ puruṣaḥ kalpe kalpe sṛjaty ajaḥ
Ātmātmany ātmanātmānaṁ sa saṁyacchati pāti ca
That Supreme Lord, who is unborn, who is the cause for all causes (sarva kārana kāranam) and who is the form of the Self, takes on the Universal form in each and every kalpa (period of creation).
from Srimad Bhagavatam – Day 80(Translations of Pujya Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji’s daily explanation of Srimad Bhagavatam on ETV from December 2015 onwards are compiled by Parimala Eshwarla)