Srimad Bhagavatam 12.04.07-14 - Glories of Lord Anantadeva (download mp3)
by Prem Kishor Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
bhūmau rājan na varṣati
tadā niranne hy anyonyaṁ
kṣayaṁ yāsyanti śanakaiḥ
As annihilation approaches, O King, there will be no rain upon the earth for one hundred years. Drought will lead to famine, and the starving populace will literally consume one another. The inhabitants of the earth, bewildered by the force of time, will gradually be destroyed.
sāmudraṁ daihikaṁ bhaumaṁ
rasaṁ sāṁvartako raviḥ
raśmibhiḥ pibate ghoraiḥ
sarvaṁ naiva vimuñcati
The sun in its annihilating form will drink up with its terrible rays all the water of the ocean, of living bodies and of the earth itself. But the devastating sun will not give any rain in return.
tataḥ saṁvartako vahniḥ
śūnyān bhū-vivarān atha
Next the great fire of annihilation will flare up from the mouth of Lord Saṅkarṣaṇa. Carried by the mighty force of the wind, this fire will burn throughout the universe, scorching the lifeless cosmic shell.
upary adhaḥ samantāc ca
dahyamānaṁ vibhāty aṇḍaṁ
Burned from all sides — from above by the blazing sun and from below by the fire of Lord Saṅkarṣaṇa — the universal sphere will glow like a burning ball of cow dung.
varṣāṇām adhikaṁ śatam
paraḥ sāṁvartako vāti
dhūmraṁ khaṁ rajasāvṛtam
A great and terrible wind of destruction will begin to blow for more than one hundred years, and the sky, covered with dust, will turn gray.
tato megha-kulāny aṅga
citra varṇāny anekaśaḥ
śataṁ varṣāṇi varṣanti
After that, O King, groups of multicolored clouds will gather, roaring terribly with thunder, and will pour down floods of rain for one hundred years.
tata ekodakaṁ viśvaṁ
At that time, the shell of the universe will fill up with water, forming a single cosmic ocean.
tadā bhūmer gandha-guṇaṁ
grasanty āpa uda-plave
grasta-gandhā tu pṛthivī
As the entire universe is flooded, the water will rob the earth of its unique quality of fragrance, and the element earth, deprived of its distinguishing quality, will be dissolved.
As clearly explained throughout Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, the first element, sky, possesses the unique quality of sound. As creation expands, the second element, air, comes into being, and it possesses sound and touch. The third element, fire, possesses sound, touch and form, and the fourth element, water, possesses sound, touch, form and flavor. The earth possesses sound, touch, form, flavor and aroma. As each element loses its unique distinguishing quality, it naturally becomes indistinguishable from the more subtle elements and is thus effectively dissolved as a unique entity.