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

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Srimad Bhagavatam 4.12.27

etad vimana-pravaram

uttamasloka-maulina

upasthapitam ayushmann

adhirodhum tvam arhasi

SYNONYMS

etat -- this; vimana -- airplane; pravaram -- unique; uttamasloka -- the Supreme Personality of Godhead; maulina -- by the head of all living entities; upasthapitam -- sent; ayushman -- O immortal one; adhirodhum -- to board; tvam -- you; arhasi -- are worthy.

TRANSLATION

O immortal one, this unique airplane has been sent by the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is worshiped by selected prayers and who is the chief of all living entities. You are quite worthy to board such a plane.

PURPORT

According to astronomical calculation, along with the polestar there is another star, which is called Sisumara, where Lord Vishnu, who is in charge of the maintenance of this material world, resides. Sisumara or Dhruvaloka can never be reached by anyone but the Vaishnavas, as will be described by the following slokas. The associates of Lord Vishnu brought the special airplane for Dhruva Maharaja and then informed him that Lord Vishnu had especially sent this airplane.

The Vaikuntha airplane does not move by mechanical arrangement. There are three processes for moving in outer space. One of the processes is known to the modern scientist. It is called ka-pota-vayu. Ka means "outer space," and pota means "ship." There is a second process also called kapota-vayu. Kapota means "pigeon." One can train pigeons to carry one into outer space. The third process is very subtle. It is called akasa-patana. This akasa-patana system is also material. Just as the mind can fly anywhere one likes without mechanical arrangement, so the akasa-patana airplane can fly at the speed of mind. Beyond this akasa-patana system is the Vaikuntha process, which is completely spiritual. The airplane sent by Lord Vishnu to carry Dhruva Maharaja to Sisumara was a completely spiritual, transcendental airplane. Material scientists can neither see such vehicles nor imagine how they fly in the air. The material scientist has no information about the spiritual sky, although it is mentioned in the Bhagavad-gita (paras tasmat tu bhavo 'nyah [Bg. 8.20]).

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