Canto 3: The Status QuoChapter 11: Calculation of Time, from the Atom

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Srimad Bhagavatam 3.11.7

nimeshas tri-lavo jneya

amnatas te trayah kshanah

kshanan panca viduh kashtham

laghu ta dasa panca ca

SYNONYMS

nimeshah -- the duration of time called a nimesha; tri-lavah -- the duration of three lavas; jneyah -- is to be known; amnatah -- it is so called; te -- they; trayah -- three; kshanah -- the duration of time called a kshana; kshanan -- such kshanas; panca -- five; viduh -- one should understand; kashtham -- the duration of time called a kashtha; laghu -- the duration of time called a laghu; tah -- those; dasa panca -- fifteen; ca -- also.

TRANSLATION

The duration of time of three lavas is equal to one nimesha, the combination of three nimeshas makes one kshana, five kshanas combined together make one kashtha, and fifteen kashthas make one laghu.

PURPORT

By calculation it is found that one laghu is equal to two minutes. The atomic calculation of time in terms of Vedic wisdom may be converted into present time with this understanding.

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