[Advaita-l] loka-aloka mountain

R Krishnamoorthy srirudra at gmail.com
Tue Dec 13 02:34:34 CST 2016

For the concept of the universe of ours you can read Bhagavatham or
R. Krishnamoorthy.
On 29 Nov 2016 12:54, "Shrinivas Gadkari via Advaita-l" <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

> Namaste,
> Some more interesting angles related to the center of our Galaxy and
> possible references to it in Gita/ purANa-s.
> - As seen the Earth, the galactic center is located near the dhanu
>   rASi (the Sagittarius constellation).
> - Galactic center corresponds to the heart of shishumAra chakra which the
>   residence of Narayana who upholds the shisumAra chakra (Vishnu Purana
> 2.9.4).
>   (sishumAra chakra is our galaxy. Note that the center of the Galaxy
>   actually holds the Galaxy together. Also note the word chakra which
>   indicates clear knowledge of the actual structure of our Galaxy though
>   it does not look like a chakra from the Earth.)
> - The month of Margashirha corresponds to the period when Sun enters into
>   dhanu rASi - that is when sun as seen from the Earth is in the region
>   of the Galactic center. This month is singled out in Gita (10.35).
>   This is very interesting - I have always wondered what is so special
>   about the month of Margashirha.
> - The most interesting: Gita 15.3-6 notes that the parama dhAma of
>   Adya puruSa is not illumined by the sun (stars), moon (reflected
>   light of stars) or even fire (not sure how to interpret this here).
>   If this parama dhAma is actually within the event horizon of the
>   galactic black hole that seems reasonable.
> Regards,
> Shrinivas Gadkari
> --------------------------------------------
> Namaste,
> Putting together information collected from different sources, and
> my own contemplation on 7 dvIpa-s mentioned in puraNa-s.
> Primary reference source is bhAgavatam Book 5.
> - Description of jAmbu dvIpa alone can be (somewhat) correlated
> with the Geography of earth. So let us go ahead and conjecture
> that jAmbu dvIpa is a term used to denote "all land" on earth.
> Then it makes sense to say that jAmbu dvIpa is surrounded by
> salt water ocean.
> - Regarding other dvIpa-s, we have two options, (a) discard this as
> fantasy, or (b) be open to the possibility that these are earth-like
> planets somewhere in the universe.
> - Let us consider option (b), with further assumption that these are
> earth-like planets within out own galaxy.
> - Then the term dvIpa will mean land on that particular planet, and
> samudra is the ocean on that planet.
> - In general "meru" mountain represents the axis of a system
> - in our body "meru" is the central axis corresponding to spinal column.
> - For earth "meru" is the axis of rotation
> - For Solar system, "meru" is the axis of revolution of planets around the
> sun.
> - For our Galaxy, "meru" is the axis passing through the center of our
>   Galaxy, around with all stars (along with their planets) revolve.
> - Now can we assume that the ordering of the dvIpa-s from jAmbu to puSkara
>   is representative of their location within our galaxy? In my opinion -
> yes.
>   The clue for this is the loka-aloka mountain.
>   The ordering of dvIpa-s is: jAmbu-plakSa-shAmali-kusha-
> shaka-puSkara-lokAloka
> - Now what may be loka-aloka mountain?
> - Bhagavatam 5.20.35 says that : this mountain has mirror like appearance,
> and
>   "any object dropped into this cannot be retrieved".
> - To me this seems like an apt description of the "event horizon" of the
>   massive block hole at the center of our Galaxy.
> - So the ordering is: jAmbu dvIpa is farthest from Galactic center and
> puSkara
>   dvIpa is the closest.
> - Brahma loka may either be puSkara dvIpa itself or near it. Bhagavatam
>   mentions that on puSkara dvIpa, the inhabitants worship god brahmA. We
>   know that time flows very slowly in brahma loka. This makes perfect sense
>   if brahma loka is located very close to the event horizon of the galactic
>   black hole - the lokAloka mountain.
> Hari Om.
> Regards,
> Shrinivas Gadkari
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