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SB 9.10.16

His Divine Grace
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada


baddhvodadhau raghu-patir vividhādri-kūṭaiḥ
setuṁ kapīndra-kara-kampita-bhūruhāṅgaiḥ
sugrīva-nīla-hanumat-pramukhair anīkair
laṅkāṁ vibhīṣaṇa-dṛśāviśad agra-dagdhām


baddhvā—after constructing; udadhau—in the water of the ocean; raghu-patiḥ—Lord Rāmacandra; vividha—varieties of; adri-kūṭaiḥ—with peaks of great mountains; setum—a bridge; kapi-indra—of powerful monkeys; kara-kampita—moved by the great hands; bhūruha-aṅgaiḥ—with the trees and plants; sugrīva—Sugrīva; nīla—Nīla; hanumat—Hanumān; pramukhaiḥ—led by; anīkaiḥ—with such soldiers; laṅkām—Laṅkā, the kingdom of Rāvaṇa; vibhīṣaṇa-dṛśā—by the direction of Vibhīṣaṇa, the brother of Rāvaṇa; āviśat—entered; agra-dagdhām—which was previously burnt (by the monkey soldier Hanumān).


Śukadeva Gosvāmī said: After constructing a bridge over the ocean by throwing into the water the peaks of mountains whose trees and other vegetation had been shaken by the hands of great monkeys, Lord Rāmacandra went to Laṅkā to release Sītādevī from the clutches of Rāvaṇa. With the direction and help of Vibhīṣaṇa, Rāvaṇa's brother, the Lord, along with the monkey soldiers, headed by Sugrīva, Nīla and Hanumān, entered Rāvaṇa's kingdom, Laṅkā, which had previously been burnt by Hanumān.


Great mountain peaks covered with trees and plants were thrown into the sea by the monkey soldiers and began to float by the supreme will of the Lord. By the supreme will of the Lord, many great planets float weightlessly in space like swabs of cotton. If this is possible, why should great mountain peaks not be able to float on water? This is the omnipotence of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. He can do anything and everything He likes, because He is not under the control of the material nature; indeed, material nature is controlled by Him. Mayādhyakṣeṇa prakṛtiḥ sūyate sacarācaram: (BG 9.10) only under His direction does prakṛti, or material nature, work. Similar information is given in the Brahma-saṁhitā (BS 5.38):

yasyājñayā bhramati sambhṛta-kāla-cakro
govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi

Describing how material nature works, the Brahma-saṁhitā says that the sun moves as desired by the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Consequently, for Lord Rāmacandra to construct a bridge over the Indian Ocean with the help of monkey soldiers who threw great mountain peaks into the water is not at all wonderful; it is wonderful only in the sense that it has kept the name and fame of Lord Rāmacandra eternally celebrated.

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