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    श्रीशुक उवाच एवं ब्रुवाणं मैत्रेयं द्वैपायनसुतो बुधः । प्रीणयन्निव भारत्या विदुरः प्रत्यभाषत ।। ३-७-१ ।।

    Śrī Śukadeva Gosvāmī said: O King, while Maitreya, the great sage, was thus speaking, Vidura, the learned son of Dvaipāyana Vyāsa, expressed a request in a pleasing manner by asking this question. ।। 3-7-1 ।।

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    विदुर उवाच ब्रह्मन् कथं भगवतश्चिन्मात्रस्याविकारिणः । लीलया चापि युज्येरन्निर्गुणस्य गुणाः क्रियाः ।। ३-७-२ ।।

    Śrī Vidura said: O great brāhmaṇa, since the Supreme Personality of Godhead is the complete spiritual whole and is unchangeable, how is He connected with the material modes of nature and their activities? If this is His pastime, how do the activities of the unchangeable take place and exhibit qualities without the modes of nature? ।। 3-7-2 ।।

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    क्रीडायामुद्यमोऽर्भस्य कामश्चिक्रीडिषान्यतः । स्वतस्तृप्तस्य च कथं निवृत्तस्य सदान्यतः ।। ३-७-३ ।।

    Boys are enthusiastic to play with other boys or with various diversions because they are encouraged by desire. But there is no possibility of such desire for the Lord because He is self-satisfied and detached from everything at all times. ।। 3-7-3 ।।

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    अस्राक्षीद्भगवान्विश्वं गुणमय्याऽऽत्ममायया । तया संस्थापयत्येतद्भूयः प्रत्यपिधास्यति ।। ३-७-४ ।।

    By His self-sheltered potency of the three modes of material nature, the Lord has caused the creation of this universe. By her He maintains the creation and conversely dissolves it, again and again. ।। 3-7-4 ।।

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    देशतः कालतो योऽसाववस्थातः स्वतोऽन्यतः । अविलुप्तावबोधात्मा स युज्येताजया कथम् ।। ३-७-५ ।।

    The pure soul is pure consciousness and is never out of consciousness, either due to circumstances, time, situations, dreams or other causes. How then does he become engaged in nescience? ।। 3-7-5 ।।