maitreya uvaca
caramah sad-visesanam
aneko samyutah sada
paramanuh sa vijneyo
nrnam aikya-bhramo yatah
maitreyah uvacaMaitreya said; caramahultimate; sateffect; visesanamsymptoms; anekahinnumerable; asamyutahunmixed; sadaalways; parama-anuhatoms; sahthat; vijneyahshould be understood; nrnamof men; aikyaoneness; bhramahmistaken; yatahfrom which.
The material manifestations 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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