Srimad Bhagavatham : 6.4.45.

Brindavanam Sri Krishna Temple Mathura -

Srimad Bhagavatham :

Skandham-6.

Chapter-4.  ( The Hamsa-guhya  Prayers )

Slokam-45. { Lord Brahma, Lord Siva, the Manus, all the other demigods in the higher planetary systems, and you prajapatis, who are increasing the population, are working for the benefit of all living entities. Thus you expansions of My marginal energy are incarnations of My various qualities. }


brahma  bhavo  bhavantas  ca

manavo  vibudhesvarah,

vibhutayo  mama  hy  eta

bhutanam  bhuti-hetavah.


brahma  =  Lord Brahma;

bhavah  =  Lord Siva;

bhavantah  =  all of you prajapatis;

ca  =  and;

manavah  =  the Manus;

vibudha-isvarah  =  all the different demigods (such as the sun, the moon, Venus, Mars and Jupiter, who are all in charge of various activities for the welfare of the world);

vibhutayah  =  expansions of energy;

mama  =  My;

hi  =  indeed;

etah  =  all these;

bhutanam  =  of all the living entities;

bhuti  =  of welfare;

hetavah  =  causes.



There are various types of incarnations or expansions of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. 

The expansions of His personal self, or vishnu-tattvam, are called  svamsam  expansions, whereas the living entities, who are not vishnu-tattvam  but jīva-tattvam, are called vibhinnamsam, separated expansions. 

Although Prajapati Dakshan  is not on the same level as Lord Brahma and Lord Siva, he is compared to them because he engages in the service of the Lord. 

In the service of the Personality of Godhead, it is not that Lord BrahmA is considered very great while an ordinary human being trying to preach the glories of the Lord is considered very low. 

There are no such distinctions. 

Regardless of whether materially high or materially low, anyone engaged in the service of the Lord is spiritually very dear to Him. 



In this regard, Sri  Madhvacharya gives this quotation from the Tantra-nirnaya :

"From Lord Brahmā down, all the living entities engaged in the service of the Lord are extraordinary and are called vibhūti."


As the Lord says in Bhagavad-gita (10.41) :


“Know that all beautiful, glorious and mighty creations spring from but a spark of My splendor.” 

A living entity especially empowered to act on behalf of the Lord is called vibhuti, whereas the vishnu-tattvam  incarnations of the Lord, such as the Matsya avataram  are called vibhava.

To be continued  ...