Srimad-Bhagavatam: Canto 10 - Chapter 1 - Verse 3


नैते स्वरूपं विदुरात्मनस्तेह्यजादयोऽनात्मतया गृहीता: ।अजोऽनुबद्ध: स गुणैरजायागुणात् परं वेद न ते स्वरूपम् ॥ ३ ॥


naite svarūpaṁ vidur ātmanas tehy ajādayo ’nātmatayā gṛhītaḥajo ’nubaddhaḥ sa guṇair ajāyāguṇāt paraṁ veda na te svarūpam


The total material nature and these other elements of creation certainly cannot know You as You are, for they are manifested in the realm of dull matter. Since You are beyond the modes of nature, even Lord Brahmā, who is bound up in these modes, does not know Your true identity.


God is transcendental to material nature. Unless we also transcend the limited consciousness of material existence, we cannot know Him. Even the greatest living entity in the universe, Brahmā, cannot understand the Supreme unless he comes to the platform of pure Kṛṣṇa consciousness.