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Bhagavad Gita Chapter 7 Verse 5

भगवद् गीता अध्याय 7 श्लोक 5

अपरेयमितस्त्वन्यां प्रकृतिं विद्धि मे पराम्।
जीवभूतां महाबाहो ययेदं धार्यते जगत्।।7.5।।

हिंदी अनुवाद - स्वामी तेजोमयानंद

।।7.5।। हे महाबाहो यह अपरा प्रकृति है। इससे भिन्न मेरी जीवरूपी पराप्रकृति को जानो जिससे यह जगत् धारण किया जाता है।।

Brahma Vaishnava Sampradaya - Commentary

The word apare means inferior and refers to the eight principle material energies itemised in the previous verse. Residing within all creatures the sakti or feminine energy known as Sri or Laksmi Devi of Lord Krishna is the caretaker of all life existing always as the consciousness of all creatures. Prakriti or the substratum pervading material nature has a dual manifestation gross and subtle. The gross manifestation is the eight categories of material nature which is inferior to the subtle manifestation which is eternal and all pervading. There is nothing comparable to Sri Laksmi as she is an eternal energy of the Supreme Lord manifesting herself individually as an eternal consort for each and every avatar or incarnation of Lord Krishna. In the Narada Purana it states that by these two gross and subtle manifestations of Sri Laksmi all the worlds are energised and sustained by the Supreme Lord.