- śrī-śuka uvāca
- satyaṁ samīkṣyābja-bhavo nakhendubhir
- hata-svadhāma-dyutir āvṛto 'bhyagāt
- marīci-miśrā ṛṣayo bṛhad-vratāḥ
- sanandanādyā nara-deva yoginaḥ
śrī-śukaḥ uvāca—Śrī Śukadeva Gosvāmī said; satyam—the planet Satyaloka; samīkṣya—by observing; abja-bhavaḥ—Lord Brahmā, who appeared on the lotus flower; nakha-indubhiḥ—by the effulgence of the nails; hata—having been reduced; sva-dhāma-dyutiḥ—the illumination of his own residence; āvṛtaḥ—being covered; abhyagāt—came; marīci-miśrāḥ—with sages like Marīci; ṛṣayaḥ—great saintly persons; bṛhat-vratāḥ—all of them absolutely brahmacārī; sanandana-ādyāḥ—like Sanaka, Sanātana, Sanandana and Sanat-kumāra; nara-deva—O King; yoginaḥ—greatly powerful mystics.
Śukadeva Gosvāmī continued: When Lord Brahmā, who was born of a lotus flower, saw that the effulgence of his residence, Brahmaloka, had been reduced by the glaring effulgence from the toenails of Lord Vāmanadeva, he approached the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Lord Brahmā was accompanied by all the great sages, headed by Marīci, and by yogīs like Sanandana, but in the presence of that glaring effulgence, O King, even Lord Brahmā and his associates seemed insignificant.