Parallels between Sudarshana Disc and Literatures

2017-01-19
Srimad Bhagavatam 10.89.50-51 - Parallels between Sudarshana Disc and Literatures (download mp3)
by Haridas Thakur Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
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SB 10.89.50
tamah su-ghoram gahanam krtam mahad
 vidarayad bhuri-tarena rocisa
mano-javam nirvivise sudarsanam
 guna-cyuto rama-saro yatha camuh

Translation: 
The Lord’s Sudarsana disc penetrated the darkness with its blazing effulgence. Racing forward with the speed of the mind, it cut through the fearsome, dense oblivion expanded from primeval matter, as an arrow shot from Lord Rama’s bow cuts through His enemy’s army.



SB 10.89.51
dvarena cakranupathena tat tamah
 param param jyotir ananta-param
samasnuvanam prasamiksya phalgunah
 prataditakso pidadhe ’ksini ubhe

Translation: 
Following the Sudarsana disc, the chariot went beyond the darkness and reached the endless spiritual light of the all pervasive brahmajyoti. As Arjuna beheld this glaring effulgence, his eyes hurt, and so he shut them.

Purport: 
After breaking through each of the eight concentric shells of the universe, the Sudarsana disc led Lord Krsna’s chariot into the limitless, self-effulgent atmosphere of the spiritual sky. This journey by Lord Krsna and Arjuna to Vaikuntha is also narrated in Sri Hari-vamsa, where the Lord is quoted as telling His companion:

brahma-tejo-mayam divyam
 mahat yad drstavan asi
aham sa bharata-srestha
 mat-tejas tat sanatanam

“The divine expanse of Brahman effulgence you have seen is none other than Myself, O best of the Bharatas. It is My own eternal effulgence.”

prakrtih sa mama para
 vyaktavyakta sanatani
tam pravisya bhavantiha
 mukta yoga-vid-uttamah

“It comprises My eternal, spiritual energy, both manifest and unmanifest. The foremost yoga experts of this world enter within it and become liberated.”

sa sankhyanam gatih partha
 yoginam ca tapasvinam
tat param paramam brahma
 sarvam vibhajate jagat
mamaiva tad ghanam tejo
 j├▒atum arhasi bharata

“It is the supreme goal of the followers of Sankhya, O Partha, as well as that of the yogis and ascetics. It is the Supreme Absolute Truth, manifesting the varieties of the entire created cosmos. You should understand this brahma-jyoti, O Bharata, to be My concentrated personal effulgence.”

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