|Canto 3: The Status Quo||Chapter 20: Conversation Between Maitreya and Vidura|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 3.20.42
ātmānaḿ bhagavān ajaḥ
sādhyān gaṇān pitṛ-gaṇān
ūrjaḥ-vantam — full of energy; manyamānaḥ — recognizing; ātmānam — himself; bhagavān — the most worshipful; ajaḥ — Brahmā; sādhyān — the demigods; gaṇān — hosts; pitṛ-gaṇān — and the Pitās; parokṣeṇa — from his invisible form; asṛjat — created; prabhuḥ — the lord of beings.
Recognizing himself to be full of desire and energy, the worshipful Brahmā, the creator of the living entities, evolved from his own invisible form, from his navel, the hosts of Sādhyas and Pitās.
The Sādhyas and Pitās are invisible forms of departed souls, and they are also created by Brahmā.
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