Canto 4: Creation of the Fourth OrderChapter 12: Dhruva Mahārāja Goes Back to Godhead

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 4.12.15

manyamāna idaḿ viśvaḿ

māyā-racitam ātmani




manyamānaḥ — realizing; idam — this; viśvam — universe; māyā — by the external energy; racitam — manufactured; ātmani — unto the living entity; avidyā — by illusion; racita — manufactured; svapnaa dream; gandharva-nagara — phantasmagoria; upamam — like.


Śrīla Dhruva Mahārāja realized that this cosmic manifestation bewilders living entities like a dream or phantasmagoria because it is a creation of the illusory, external energy of the Supreme Lord.


In the deep forest it sometimes appears that there are big palaces and nice cities. That is technically called gandharva-nagara. Similarly, in dreams also we create many false things out of imagination. A self-realized person, or a devotee, knows well that this material cosmic manifestation is a temporary, illusory representation appearing to be truth. It is like a phantasmagoria. But behind this shadow creation there is reality — the spiritual world. A devotee is interested in the spiritual world, not its shadow. Since he has realization of the supreme truth, a devotee is not interested in this temporary shadow of truth. This is confirmed in the Bhagavad-gītā (paraḿ dṛṣṭvā nivartate).

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