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SB 8.22.32

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His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada


tāvat sutalam adhyāstāṁ
yad ādhayo vyādhayaś ca
klamas tandrā parābhavaḥ
nopasargā nivasatāṁ
sambhavanti mamekṣayā


tāvat—as long as you are not in the post of Lord Indra; sutalam—in the planet known as Sutala; adhyāstām—go live there and occupy the place; viśvakarma-vinirmitam—which is especially created by Viśvakarmā; yat—wherein; ādhayaḥ—miseries pertaining to the mind; vyādhayaḥ—miseries pertaining to the body; ca—also; klamaḥ—fatigue; tandrā—dizziness or laziness; parābhavaḥ—becoming defeated; na—not; upasargāḥ—symptoms of other disturbances; nivasatām—of those who live there; sambhavanti—become possible; mama—of Me; īkṣayā—by the special vigilance.


Until Bali Mahārāja achieves the position of King of heaven, he shall live on the planet Sutala, which was made by Viśvakarmā according to My order. Because it is especially protected by Me, it is free from mental and bodily miseries, fatigue, dizziness, defeat and all other disturbances. Bali Mahārāja, you may now go live there peacefully.


Viśvakarmā is the engineer or architect for the palatial buildings in the heavenly planets. Therefore, since he was engaged to construct the residential quarters of Bali Mahārāja, the buildings and palaces on the planet Sutala must at least equal those on the heavenly planets. A further advantage of this place designed for Bali Mahārāja was that he would not be disturbed by any outward calamity. Moreover, he would not be disturbed by mental or bodily miseries. These are all extraordinary features of the planet Sutala, where Bali Mahārāja would live.

In the Vedic literatures we find descriptions of many different planets where there are many, many palaces, hundreds and thousands of times better than those of which we have experience on this planet earth. When we speak of palaces, this naturally includes the idea of great cities and towns. Unfortunately, when modern scientists try to explore other planets they see nothing but rocks and sand. Of course, they may go on their frivolous excursions, but the students of the Vedic literature will never believe them or give them any credit for exploring other planets.

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