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CC Madhya 20.263

Text

sṛṣṭi-hetu yei mūrti prapañce avatare
sei īśvara-mūrti ‘avatāra’ nāma dhare

Synonyms

sṛṣṭi-hetu — for the purpose of creation; yei mūrti — which form of the Lord; prapañce — in the material world; avatare — descends; sei — that; īśvara-mūrti — form of the Lord; avatāra — incarnation; nāma dhare — takes the name.

Translation

“The form of the Lord that descends into the material world to create is called an avatāra, or incarnation.