|Canto 11: General History||Chapter 3: Liberation from the Illusory Energy|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 11.3.13
vāyunā hṛta-gandhā bhūḥ
vāyunā — by the wind; hṛta — deprived; gandhā — of its quality of aroma; bhūḥ — the element earth; salilatvāya kalpate — becomes water; salilam — water; tat — by that (the same element, wind); hṛta-rasam — deprived of its quality of taste; jyotiṣṭvāya upakalpate — becomes fire.
Deprived of its quality of aroma by the wind, the element earth is transformed into water; and water, deprived of its taste by that same wind, is merged into fire.
Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam gives several descriptions of the material creation, by which air is expanded from ether, fire from air, water from fire, and earth from water. Now, in the reverse order, the creation is wound up. Thus earth merges back into the water from which it came, and water similarly merges into fire.
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