CC Madhya 25.133 (1975)
- bhagavān eka āsedam
- agra ātmātmanāṁ vibhuḥ
- ātmecchānugatāv ātmā
bhagavān—the Supreme Personality of Godhead; ekaḥ—only; āsa—was; idam—this universe; agre—before (before the creation of this cosmic manifestation); ātmā—the living force; ātmanām—of all the living entities; vibhuḥ—the Supreme Lord; ātma—of the Supreme; icchā—the will; anugatau—according to; ātmā—the Supersoul; anānāmati-upalakṣaṇaḥ—who is not realized by persons having many angles of vision.
" 'Before the cosmic manifestation was created, the creative propensity was merged in His person. At that time all potencies and manifestations were preserved in the personality of the Supreme Lord. The Lord is the cause of all causes, and He is the all-pervading, self-sufficient person. Before the creation, He existed with His spiritual potency in the spiritual world, wherein various Vaikuṇṭha planets are manifest.'
This is a quotation from Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (SB 3.5.23).