(Essence of Bhagavatam in four verses)
With translations from three modern commentators
II – 9 – 32 aham-eva-Asam-eva-agre na-anyad-yat sad-asat-paraM /
pashchAd-aham yad-etat-cha yo’vashishhyeta so’smy-ahaM //
Before creation I alone was, there being no other existence of the nature of cause and effect different from Me. After the creative cycle ends also, I alone exist. For, this universe (which seems to have a separate existence) is also Myself (deriving its substantiality from Me alone), and when everything is dissolved in its cause in pralaya, what remains is only Myself.
It is I, who was existing in the beginning, when there was nothing but Myself. There was nothing else, neither Being nor non-Being nor anything which transcends them. That which you see now is also Me, and after annihilation what remains will also be Me.
Prior to this creation I alone existed and that too in my absolute state. Other than Me there was nothing gross or subtle, nor the cause of both, PrakRRiti. I exist even after creation as well as in the form of this phenomenal world and I am also that which remains (after all this has disappeared)