|Canto 12: The Age of Deterioration||Chapter 9: Mārkaṇḍeya Ṛṣi Sees the Illusory Potency of the Lord|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 12.9.28-29
khaḿ rodasī bhā-gaṇān adri-sāgarān
dvīpān sa-varṣān kakubhaḥ surāsurān
vanāni deśān saritaḥ purākarān
kheṭān vrajān āśrama-varṇa-vṛttayaḥ
mahānti bhūtāny atha bhautikāny asau
kālaḿ ca nānā-yuga-kalpa-kalpanam
yat kiñcid anyad vyavahāra-kāraṇaḿ
dadarśa viśvaḿ sad ivāvabhāsitam
kham — the sky; rodasī — the heavens and earth; bhā-gaṇān — all the stars; adri — the mountains; sāgarān — and oceans; dvīpān — the great islands; sa-varṣān — along with the continents; kakubhaḥ — the directions; sura-asurān — the saintly devotees and the demons; vanāni — the forests; deśān — the various countries; saritaḥ — the rivers; pura — the cities; ākarān — and the mines; kheṭān — the agricultural villages; vrajān — the cow pastures; āśrama-varṇa — of the various spiritual and occupational divisions of society; vṛttayaḥ — the engagements; mahānti bhūtāni — the basic elements of nature; atha — and; bhautikāni — all their gross manifestations; asau — he; kālam — time; ca — also; nānā-yuga-kalpa — of the different millennia and the days of Brahmā; kalpanam — the regulating agent; yat kiñcit — whatever; anyat — other; vyavahāra-kāraṇam — object intended for use in material life; dadarśa — he saw; viśvam — the universe; sat — real; iva — as if; avabhāsitam — manifest.
The sage saw the entire universe: the sky, heavens and earth, the stars, mountains, oceans, great islands and continents, the expanses in every direction, the saintly and demoniac living beings, the forests, countries, rivers, cities and mines, the agricultural villages and cow pastures, and the occupational and spiritual activities of the various social divisions. He also saw the basic elements of creation along with all their by-products, as well as time itself, which regulates the progression of countless ages within the days of Brahmā. In addition, he saw everything else created for use in material life. All this he saw manifested before him as if it were real.
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