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ŚB 12.6.29


सैषा विष्णोर्महामायाबाध्ययालक्षणा यया ।
मुह्यन्त्यस्यैवात्मभूता भूतेषु गुणवृत्तिभि: ॥ २९ ॥


saiṣā viṣṇor mahā-māyā-
bādhyayālakṣaṇā yayā
muhyanty asyaivātma-bhūtā
bhūteṣu guṇa-vṛttibhiḥ


eṣā — this very; viṣṇoḥ — of the Supreme Lord, Viṣṇu; mahā-māyā — the illusory material energy; abādhyayā — by her who cannot be checked; alakṣaṇā — indiscernible; yayā — by whom; muhyanti — become bewildered; asya — of the Lord; eva — indeed; ātma-bhūtāḥ — the part-and-parcel spirit souls; bhūteṣu — within their material bodies; guṇa — of the modes of nature; vṛttibhiḥ — by the functions.


This is indeed the Supreme Lord Viṣṇu’s illusory energy, which is unstoppable and difficult to perceive. Although the individual spirit souls are part and parcel of the Lord, through the influence of this illusory energy they are bewildered by their identification with various material bodies.


The illusory energy of Lord Viṣṇu is so powerful that even the illustrious son of King Parīkṣit was temporarily misdirected. Because he was a devotee of Lord Kṛṣṇa, however, his bewilderment was quickly rectified. On the other hand, an ordinary, materialistic person without the special protection of the Lord plummets to the depths of material ignorance. Factually, materialistic persons are not interested in the protection of Lord Viṣṇu. Therefore their complete ruination is inevitable.