Srimad-Bhagavatam: Canto 3 - Chapter 1 - Verse 22


सोऽयं समस्तजगतां सुहृदेक आत्मासत्त्वेन यन्मृडयते भगवान् भगेन ।तेनैव मे द‍ृशमनुस्पृशताद्यथाहंस्रक्ष्यामि पूर्ववदिदं प्रणतप्रियोऽसौ ॥ २२ ॥


so ’yaṁ samasta-jagatāṁ suhṛd eka ātmāsattvena yan mṛḍayate bhagavān bhagenatenaiva me dṛśam anuspṛśatād yathāhaṁsrakṣyāmi pūrvavad idaṁ praṇata-priyo ’sau


Let the Supreme Lord be merciful towards me. He is the one friend and soul of all living entities in the world, and He maintains all, for their ultimate happiness, by His six transcendental opulences. May He be merciful towards me so that I, as before, may be empowered with the introspection to create, for I am also one of the surrendered souls who are dear to the Lord.


The Supreme Lord, Puruṣottama, or Śrī Kṛṣṇa, is the maintainer of all, in both the transcendental and material worlds. He is the life and friend of all because there is eternally natural affection and love between the living entities and the Lord. He is the one friend and well-wisher for all, and He is one without a second. The Lord maintains all the living entities everywhere by His six transcendental opulences, for which He is known as bhagavān, or the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Lord Brahmā prayed for His mercy so that he might be able to create the universal affairs as he did before; only by the Lord’s causeless mercy could he create both material and spiritual personalities like Marīci and Nārada respectively. Brahmā prayed to the Lord because He is very much dear to the surrendered soul. The surrendered soul knows nothing but the Lord, and therefore the Lord is very affectionate towards him.