nanyair adhisthitam bhadra
yad bhrajisnu dhruva-ksiti
jyotisam cakram ahitam
medhyam go-cakravat sthasnu
dharmo ’gnih kasyapah sukro
munayo ye vanaukasah
bhramanto yat satarakah
na—never; anyaih—by others; adhisthitam—was ruled; bhadra—My good boy; yat—which; bhrajisnu—brightly glowing; dhruva-ksiti—the land known as Dhruvaloka; yatra—where; graha—planets; rksa—constellations; taranam—and stars; jyotisam—by luminaries; cakram—encirclement; ahitam—is done; medhyam—around a central pole; go—of bulls; cakra—a multitude; vat—like; sthasnu—stationary; parastat—beyond; kalpa—a day of Brahma (millennium); vasinam—those who live; dharmah—Dharma; agnih—Agni; kasyapah—Kasyapa; sukrah—Sukra; munayah—great sages; ye—all of them who; vana-okasah—living in the forest; caranti—move; daksini-krtya—keeping it to their right; bhramantah—circumambulating; yat—which planet; satarakah—with all the stars.
The Supreme Personality of Godhead continued: My dear Dhruva, I shall award you the glowing planet known as the polestar, which will continue to exist even after the dissolution at the end of the millennium. No one has ever ruled this planet, which is surrounded by all the solar systems, planets and stars. All the luminaries in the sky circumambulate this planet, just as bulls tread around a central pole for the purpose of crushing grains. Keeping the polestar to their right, all the stars inhabited by the great sages like Dharma, Agni, Kasyapa and Sukra circumambulate this planet, which continues to exist even after the dissolution of all others.
Although the polestar existed before its occupation by Dhruva Maharaja, it had no predominating deity. Dhruvaloka, our polestar, is the center for all other stars and solar systems, for all of them circle around Dhruvaloka just as a bull crushes grains by walking around and around a central pole. Dhruva wanted the best of all planets, and although it was a childish prayer, the Lord satisfied his demand. A small child may demand something from his father which his father has never given to anyone else, yet out of affection the father offers it to the child; similarly, this unique planet, Dhruvaloka, was offered to Maharaja Dhruva. The specific significance of this planet is that until the entire universe is annihilated this planet will remain, even during the devastation which takes place during the night of Lord Brahma. There are two kinds of dissolutions, one during the night of Lord Brahma and one at the end of Lord Brahma’s life. At the end of Brahma’s life, selected personalities go back home, back to Godhead. Dhruva Maharaja is one of them. The Lord assured Dhruva that he would exist beyond the partial dissolution of this universe. Thus at the end of the complete dissolution, Dhruva Maharaja would go directly to Vaikunthaloka, to a spiritual planet in the spiritual sky. Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura comments in this connection that Dhruvaloka is one of the lokas like Svetadvipa, Mathura and Dvaraka. They are all eternal places in the kingdom of Godhead, which is described in the Bhagavad-gita (tad dhama paramam) and in the Vedas (om tad visnoh paramam padam sada pasyanti surayah). The words parastat kalpa-vasinam, “transcendental to the planets inhabited after the dissolution,” refer to the Vaikuntha planets. In other words, Dhruva Maharaja’s promotion to the Vaikunthalokas was guaranteed by the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
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