khany akase dravam toye
yatha-sthanam vibhagasah
ksitim ambhasi tat tejasy
ado vayau nabhasy amum
khani—the different holes in the body for the sense organs; akase—in the sky; dravam—the liquid substance; toye—in the water; yatha-sthanam—according to proper situation; vibhagasah—as they are divided; ksitim—earth; ambhasi—in the water; tat—that; tejasi—in the fire; adah—the fire; vayau—in the air; nabhasi—in the sky; amum—that.
In this way, according to the different positions of the various parts of the body, Prthu Maharaja merged the holes of his senses with the sky; his bodily liquids, such as blood and various secretions, with the totality of water; and he merged earth with water, then water with fire, fire with air, air with sky, and so on.
In this verse two words are very important: yatha-sthanam vibhagasah. In Srimad-Bhagavatam, Second Canto, Fifth Chapter, Lord Brahma clearly explained to Narada how the creation took place, and he explained one step after another the proper divisions of the senses, the controller of the senses, the objects of the senses, and the material elements, and he also explained how they are created one after another: the air from the sky, the fire from the air, the water from the fire, the earth from the water, etc. It is important to know thoroughly the process of creation as it applies to this cosmic manifestation. Similarly, this body is also created according to the same process by the Supreme Lord. The Personality of Godhead, after entering the universe, creates the cosmic manifestations one after another. Similarly, the living entity, after entering a womb of a mother, also collects his gross and subtle bodies, taking ingredients from the totality of sky, air, fire, water and earth. The words yatha-sthanam vibhagasah indicate that one should know the process of creation and should meditate upon the creative process inversely and thus become free from material contamination.

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