CC Adi 5.81
- sṛṣṭy-ādi-nimitte yei aṁśera avadhāna
- sei ta’ aṁśere kahi ‘avatāra’ nāma
sṛṣṭi-ādi-nimitte—for the cause of creation, maintenance and annihilation; yei—which; aṁśera avadhāna—manifestation of the part; sei ta’—that certainly; aṁśere kahi—I speak about that plenary expansion; avatāra nāma—by the name “incarnation.”
That fragment of the Supreme Lord, known as the Mahā-puruṣa, appears for the purpose of creation, maintenance and annihilation and is called an incarnation.