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SB 1.3 - Garbhodakaśāyī Viṣṇu

The puruṣa first creates innumerable universes, and enters each of them as the second puruṣa. When He saw there was only darkness within the universe, He filled half of the universe with water from His own perspiration and laid Himself down on that water. From His navel a stem of the lotus flower sprouted and Brahmā took birth there. Brahmā was generated from the mode of passion and Viṣṇu became the Lord of the mode of goodness. From Brahmā there is Śiva, who is in charge of the mode of darkness. All three namely, Brahmā, Viṣṇu and Śiva are incarnations of the Garbhodakaśāyī Viṣṇu. From Brahmā the other demigods like Dakṣa, Marīci, Manu and many others are incarnated to generate living entities within the universe. Though Garbhodakaśāyī Viṣṇu acts as the source, He is equal to many seeds. Therefore, He is called a storeroom or treasure. His part is Brahmā and Brahmā’s parts are Marīci and others. By them, the Lord creates the devatās and others. The Garbhodakaśāyī Viṣṇu is praised in the Vedas in the hymns of Garbha-stuti and His plenary portion is the Supersoul of the universe, Kṣīrodakaśāyī Viṣṇu.