Fantastic Stories Of The Bhagavatam

Srimad Bhagavatam 08.02.01-04 - Fantastic Stories Of The Bhagavatam (download mp3)
by Krishnanaam Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

 SB 8.2.1
sri-suka uvaca
asid girivaro rajams
trikuta iti visrutah
ksirodenavrtah sriman
yojanayutam ucchritah

Sukadeva Gosvami said: My dear King, there is a very large mountain called Trikuta. It is ten thousand yojanas [eighty thousand miles] high. Being surrounded by the ocean of milk, it is very beautifully situated.

SB 8.2.2-3
tavata vistrtah paryak
tribhih srngaih payo-nidhim
disah kham rocayann aste
anyais ca kakubhah sarva
nirghosair nirjharambhasam

The length and breadth of the mountain are of the same measurement [eighty thousand miles]. Its three principal peaks, which are made of iron, silver and gold, beautify all directions and the sky. The mountain also has other peaks, which are full of jewels and minerals and are decorated with nice trees, creepers and shrubs. The sounds of the waterfalls on the mountain create a pleasing vibration. In this way the mountain stands, increasing the beauty of all directions.

SB 8.2.4
sa cavanijyamananghrih
samantat paya-urmibhih
karoti syamalam bhumim

The ground at the foot of the mountain is always washed by waves of milk that produce emeralds all around in the eight directions [north, south, east, west and the directions midway between them].

From Srimad-Bhagavatam we understand that there are various oceans. Somewhere there is an ocean filled with milk, somewhere an ocean of liquor, an ocean of ghee, an ocean of oil, and an ocean of sweet water. Thus there are different varieties of oceans within this universe. The modern scientists, who have only limited experience, cannot defy these statements; they cannot give us full information about any planet, even the planet on which we live. From this verse, however, we can understand that if the valleys of some mountains are washed with milk, this produces emeralds. No one has the ability to imitate the activities of material nature as conducted by the Supreme Personality of Godhead.