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CC Madhya 20.317

Text

brahmā, śiva — ājñā-kārī bhakta-avatāra
pālanārthe viṣṇu — kṛṣṇera svarūpa-ākāra

Synonyms

brahmā — Lord Brahmā; śiva — Lord Śiva; ājñā-kārī — order-carriers; bhakta-avatāra — incarnations of devotees; pālana-arthe — for maintenance; viṣṇu — Lord Viṣṇu; kṛṣṇera — of Lord Kṛṣṇa; svarūpa-ākāra — in the form of a personal feature.

Translation

“The conclusion is that Lord Brahmā and Lord Śiva are simply devotee incarnations who carry out orders. However, Lord Viṣṇu, the maintainer, is the personal feature of Lord Kṛṣṇa.