Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.3.7

September 14
Los Angeles

Prabhupāda: [Govindam prayers] Hare Kṛṣṇa. 

Devotees: Hare Kṛṣṇa. [japa

Prabhupāda: Hums. Who will play khol? [leads singing of Jaya Rādhā-Mādhava] [prema-dhvani] Thank you very much. 

Devotees: All glories to Śrī Guru and Gauranga. All glories to Śrīla Prabhupāda. [devotees offer obeisances] [break] 

Prabhupāda: Hmm. 

Pradyumna: [aside:] Number 7. Śrīla Prabhupāda, Third chapter, verse number 7. 

Prabhupāda: That’s all right. Third chapter? 

Pradyumna: Third chapter. 

Pradyumna: Oṁ namo bhagavate vāsudevāya. Oṁ namo bhagavate vāsudevāya. Oṁ namo bhagavate vāsudevāya. [leads chanting of verse] [Prabhupāda and devotees repeat] 

dvitīyaṁ tu bhavāyāsya
rasātala-gatāṁ mahīm
uddhariṣyann upādatta
yajñeśaḥ saukaraṁ vapuḥ
[SB 1.3.7]

Prabhupāda: [corrects pronunciation] Not sukaraṁ—saukaraṁ. [more devotees chant] Next. Ladies, ladies. [ladies chant] 

That’s all. Now word meaning. 

Pradyumna: [leads chanting of synonyms] 

dvitīyam—the second; tu—but; bhavāya—for welfare; asya—of this earth; rasātala—the lowest; gatām—having gone; mahīm—the earth; uddhariṣyan—lifting up; upādatta—established; yajñeśaḥ—the proprietor or the supreme enjoyer; saukaram—hoggish; vapuḥ—incarnation. 


Translation: “The supreme enjoyer of all sacrifices accepted the incarnation of a boar, the second incarnation, and for the welfare of the earth He lifted the earth up from the nether regions of the universe.” 

Prabhupāda: So, this universe, this universe is filled up with water, half. Whatever we are seeing, this is only half, like this. The other half we cannot see. So within this water, sometimes that Hiraṇyākṣa demon drowned this whole earth within this water. So at the present moment we cannot find such demons, but there were demons like that. The whole planetary system is floating, but there may be some demon who can take one of them and put within the water. 

The planets are floating; that is known to everyone. We can see, actually, that such a big, gigantic mass… Even the sun, which is fourteen hundred thousand times bigger than this earth, that is also floating in the outer space. The support is Ananta. They say “law of gravitation”; we say Saṅkarṣaṇa. Saṅkarṣaṇa. So He is holding every planet, and it is said that all these universes are resting on the hood of Śeṣa-nāga just like a small grain of mustard. 

So when we speak of “God is great,” we cannot imagine how great He is. We apply frog philosophy, Dr. Frog’s philosophy. Dr. Frog thinks, because he is in the well of three feet, if he is given the information, “Oh, there is a big mass of water, Atlantic Ocean,” he cannot believe it. He will think in terms of the well. The well is three feet. 

So he may think, “All right, Atlantic Ocean may be four feet. All right, five feet. Come on. All right, six feet.” So this Dr. Frog’s philosophy. The so-called rascal philosophers and scientists, they are calculating God’s creation. One of the universe is resting on Anantadeva’s hood just like a mustard seed. Not only that… 

yasyaika-niśvasita-kālam athāvalambya
jīvanti loma-vilajā jagad-aṇḍa-nāthāḥ…
[Bs. 5.48]

Every universe has got a predominating deity, president. We can understand: in every country, there is a president to rule over the country. Similarly, to rule over this universe, there is a president. That is Brahmā, Lord Brahmā. Lord Brahmā’s duration of life, span of life, you cannot calculate. You can calculate, but it is something like beyond our imagination. 

His one day is four hundred…, forty-three crores of years, one day. Similarly, one month, thirty days, one month; then twelve months, year. Such hundred years. So he lives such hundred years. So that Brahmā lives hundred years in his calculation; that is also a breathing period of Viṣṇu. 

yasyaika-niśvasita-kālam athāvalambya
jīvanti loma-vilajā jagad-aṇḍa-nāthāḥ…
[Bs. 5.48]

These gigantic universes, they are coming out from the hair holes of the body of Mahā-Viṣṇu or from His… Just like sometimes infected person, they distribute germs from breathing, from perspiration. That is scientific. Similarly, Mahā-Viṣṇu’s breathing and perspiration within the Causal Ocean, bring