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    मैत्रेय उवाच इति ते वर्णितः क्षत्तः कालाख्यः परमात्मनः । महिमा वेदगर्भोऽथ यथास्राक्षीन्निबोध मे ।। ३-१२-१ ।।

    Śrī Maitreya said: O learned Vidura, so far I have explained to you the glories of the form of the Supreme Personality of Godhead in His feature of kāla. Now you can hear from me about the creation of Brahmā, the reservoir of all Vedic knowledge. ।। 3-12-1 ।।

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    ससर्जाग्रेऽन्धतामिस्रमथ तामिस्रमादिकृत् । महामोहं च मोहं च तमश्चाज्ञानवृत्तयः ।। ३-१२-२ ।।

    Brahmā first created the nescient engagements like self-deception, the sense of death, anger after frustration, the sense of false ownership, and the illusory bodily conception, or forgetfulness of one’s real identity. ।। 3-12-2 ।।

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    दृष्ट्वा पापीयसीं सृष्टिं नात्मानं बह्वमन्यत । भगवद्ध्यानपूतेन मनसान्यां ततोऽसृजत् ।। ३-१२-३ ।।

    Seeing such a misleading creation as a sinful task, Brahmā did not feel much pleasure in his activity, and therefore he purified himself by meditation on the Personality of Godhead. Then he began another term of creation. ।। 3-12-3 ।।

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    सनकं च सनन्दं च सनातनमथात्मभूः । सनत्कुमारं च मुनीन्निष्क्रियानूर्ध्वरेतसः ।। ३-१२-४ ।।

    In the beginning, Brahmā created four great sages named Sanaka, Sananda, Sanātana and Sanat-kumāra. All of them were unwilling to adopt materialistic activities because they were highly elevated due to their semen’s flowing upwards. ।। 3-12-4 ।।

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    तान् बभाषे स्वभूः पुत्रान् प्रजाः सृजत पुत्रकाः । तन्नैच्छन्मोक्षधर्माणो वासुदेवपरायणाः ।। ३-१२-५ ।।

    Brahmā spoke to his sons after generating them. “My dear sons,” he said, “now generate progeny.” But due to their being attached to Vāsudeva, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, they aimed at liberation, and therefore they expressed their unwillingness. ।। 3-12-5 ।।