- oṁ namo bhagavate vāsudevāya
- janmādy asya yato 'nvayād itarataś cārtheṣv abhijñaḥ svarāṭ
- tene brahma hṛdā ya ādi-kavaye muhyanti yat sūrayaḥ
- tejo-vāri-mṛdāṁ yathā vinimayo yatra tri-sargo 'mṛṣā
- dhāmnā svena sadā nirasta-kuhakaṁ satyaṁ paraṁ dhīmahi
This is a prayer offered by Śrīla Vyāsadeva before writing Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. He offers his respectful obeisances to Bhagavate Vāsudeva. 'Bhagavate' means the Supreme Personality of Godhead who is known as Vāsudeva. He appears, Lord Kṛṣṇa appeared as the son of Vasudeva. Therefore He's called Vāsudeva. Another meaning is that He is all-pervading. Everywhere he is present. So, Vāsudeva, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the origin of everything. "Janmādy asya yatah". 'Janma' means creation. Creation of this material world, cosmic manifestation is from Vāsudeva. 'Janma-adi' means creation, maintenance, and annihilation. Anything in this material world has three features. It is created at a certain date. It exists for a certain number of years, and then it is dissolved, annihilated. That is called 'janmādy asya-janmasthiti yah'
So everything is taking place from the Supreme Personality of the Lord. The cosmic manifestation is also emanating from Him. It is existing on His energy, external energy, or it is being maintained by His external energy and as everything material dissolves ultimately or annihilates. So after annihilation the power merges into Him. The power, the energy is extended from Him and maintained by His energy and again when it is dissolved it merges into Him. This is the way of creation, maintenance and dissolution. Now the question is that the supreme power or the supreme source, what is the nature of that supreme source? Is it matter or living force? The Bhāgavata says, "No, it cannot be matter." From matter has nothing is created automatically. We have no such experience. Unless there is some living force behind the matter there cannot be anything created. We have no such experience. Just like anything material, suppose the motor car, it has got all the machine equipped, subtle machines, but still the motor car cannot move automatically. There must be a driver. And the driver is a living force. Therefore, the original source of everything must be a living force. This is the conclusion of Bhāgavatam.
And what kind of living force? That means He knows everything. Just like an expert motor mechanic, he knows everything, therefore, he can detect, when the motor car stalls, he can immediately detect how the motor car has stopped. So he tightens one screw or does something so that it is again in motion. Therefore in Bhāgavatam it says, that the original source of all emanation knows everything. 'Anvayād itarataś cārtheṣv' Directly and indirectly. He's so expert. Just like I am the creator of this body. I am a living soul. As I desired, I have created this body. By energy. By my energy.