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CC Madhya 20.264

Text

māyātīta paravyome sabāra avasthāna
viśve avatari’ dhare ‘avatāra’ nāma

Synonyms

māyā-atīta — beyond the material nature; para-vyome — in the spiritual sky; sabāra — all of them; avasthāna — residence; viśve — within the material universe; avatari’ — coming down; dhare — take; avatāra nāma — the name avatāra.

Translation

“All the expansions of Lord Kṛṣṇa are actually residents of the spiritual world. But when they descend into the material world, they are called incarnations [avatāras].