aneko ’samyutah sada
paramanuh sa vijneyo
nrnam aikya-bhramo yatah
maitreyah uvaca—Maitreya said; caramah—ultimate; sat—effect; visesanam—symptoms; anekah—innumerable; asamyutah—unmixed; sada—always; parama-anuh—atoms; sah—that; vijneyah—should be understood; nrnam—of men; aikya—oneness; bhramah—mistaken; yatah—from which.
The material manifestation’s ultimate particle, which is indivisible and not formed into a body, is called the atom. It exists always as an invisible identity, even after the dissolution of all forms. The material body is but a combination of such atoms, but it is misunderstood by the common man.
The atomic description of the Srimad-Bhagavatam is almost the same as the modern science of atomism, and this is further described in the Paramanu-vada of Kanada. In modern science also, the atom is accepted as the ultimate indivisible particle of which the universe is composed. Srimad-Bhagavatam is the full text of all descriptions of knowledge, including the theory of atomism. The atom is the minute subtle form of eternal time.
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