Canto 4: Creation of the Fourth OrderChapter 25: The Descriptions of the Characteristics of King Purañjana

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 4.25.18






hima-nirjhara — from the icy mountain waterfall; vipruṭ-mat — carrying particles of water; kusuma-ākara — springtime; vāyunā — by the air; calat — moving; pravāla — branches; viṭapa — trees; nalinī-taṭa — on the bank of the lake with lotus flowers; sampadi — opulent.


The branches of the trees standing on the bank of the lake received particles of water carried by the spring air from the falls coming down from the icy mountain.


In this verse the word hima-nirjhara is particularly significant. The waterfall represents a kind of liquid humor or rasa (relationship). In the body there are different types of humor, rasa or mellow. The supreme mellow (relationship) is called the sexual mellow (ādi-rasa). When this ādi-rasa, or sex desire, comes in contact with the spring air moved by Cupid, it becomes agitated. In other words, all these are representations of rūpa, rasa, gandha, śabda and sparśa. The wind is sparśa, or touch. The waterfall is rasa, or taste. The spring air (kusumākara) is smell. All these varieties of enjoyment make life very pleasing, and thus we become captivated by material existence.

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