1. 21

    मनीषितानुभावोऽयं मम लोकावलोकनम् । यदुपश्रुत्य रहसि चकर्थ परमं तपः ।। २-९-२१ ।।

    The highest perfectional ingenuity is the personal perception of My abodes, and this has been possible because of your submissive attitude in the performance of severe penance according to My order. ।। 2-9-21 ।।

  2. 22

    प्रत्यादिष्टं मया तत्र त्वयि कर्मविमोहिते । तपो मे हृदयं साक्षादात्माहं तपसोऽनघ ।। २-९-२२ ।।

    O sinless Brahmā, you may know from Me that it was I who first ordered you to undergo penance when you were perplexed in your duty. Such penance is My heart and soul, and therefore penance and I are nondifferent. ।। 2-9-22 ।।

  3. 23

    सृजामि तपसैवेदं ग्रसामि तपसा पुनः । बिभर्मि तपसा विश्वं वीर्यं मे दुश्चरं तपः ।। २-९-२३ ।।

    I create this cosmos by such penance, I maintain it by the same energy, and I withdraw it all by the same energy. Therefore the potency is penance only. ।। 2-9-23 ।।

  4. 24

    ब्रह्मोवाच भगवन् सर्वभूतानामध्यक्षोऽवस्थितो गुहाम् । वेद ह्यप्रतिरुद्धेन प्रज्ञानेन चिकीर्षितम् ।। २-९-२४ ।।

    Lord Brahmā said: O Personality of Godhead, You are situated in every living entity’s heart as the supreme director, and therefore You are aware of all endeavors by Your superior intelligence, without any hindrance whatsoever. ।। 2-9-24।।

  5. 25

    तथापि नाथमानस्य नाथ नाथय नाथितम् । परावरे यथा रूपे जानीयां ते त्वरूपिणः ।। २-९-२५ ।।

    In spite of that, my Lord, I am praying to You to kindly fulfill my desire. May I please be informed how, in spite of Your transcendental form, You assume the mundane form, although You have no such form at all. ।। 2-9-25 ।।