Srimad Bhagavatam 10.89.45-47 - Krishna Geared Up Towards Protecting his Devotees (download mp3)
by Baladev Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
darsaye dvija-sunums te
ye te nah kirtim vimalam
[Lord Krsna said:] I will show you the brahmana’s sons, so please don’t despise yourself like this. These same men who now criticize us will soon establish our spotless fame.
iti sambhasya bhagavan
divyam sva-ratham asthaya
praticim disam avisat
Having thus advised Arjuna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead had Arjuna join Him on His divine chariot, and together they set off toward the west.
sapta dvipan sa-sindhums ca
sapta sapta girin atha
vivesa su-mahat tamah
The Lord’s chariot passed over the seven islands of the middle universe, each with its ocean and its seven principal mountains. Then it crossed the Lokaloka boundary and entered the vast region of total darkness.
In Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Srila Prabhupada notes: “Krsna passed over all these planets and reached the covering of the universe. This covering is described in the Srimad-Bhagavatam as great darkness. This material world as a whole is described as dark. In the open space there is sunlight, and therefore it is illuminated, but in the covering, because of the absence of sunlight, it is naturally dark.”