jambudvipasya ca rajann upadvipan astau haika upadisanti sagaratmajair asvanvesana imam mahim parito nikhanadbhir upakalpitan; tad yatha svarnaprasthas candrasukla avartano ramanako mandaraharinah pancajanyah simhalo lanketi.
sri-sukah uvaca—Sri Sukadeva Gosvami continued to speak; jambudvipasya—of the island known as Jambudvipa; ca—also; rajan—O King; upadvipan astau—eight subordinate islands; ha—certainly; eke—some; upadisanti—learned scholars describe; sagara-atma-jaih—by the sons of Maharaja Sagara; asva-anvesane—while trying to find their lost horse; imam—this; mahim—tract of land; paritah—all around; nikhanadbhih—digging; upakalpitan—created; tat—that; yatha—as follows; svarna-prasthah—Svarnaprastha; candra-suklah—Candrasukla; avartanah—Avartana; ramanakah—Ramanaka; mandara-harinah—Mandara-harina; pancajanyah—Pancajanya; simhalah—Simhala; lanka—Lanka; iti—thus.
Sri Sukadeva Gosvami said: My dear King, in the opinion of some learned scholars, eight smaller islands surround Jambudvipa. When the sons of Maharaja Sagara were searching all over the world for their lost horse, they dug up the earth, and in this way eight adjoining islands came into existence. The names of these islands are Svarnaprastha, Candrasukla, Avartana, Ramanaka, Mandara-harina, Pancajanya, Simhala and Lanka.
Although the demigods are situated in exalted positions in the heavenly planets, they nevertheless desire to descend to the land of Bharata-varsa on the planet earth. This indicates that even the demigods are unfit to reside in Bharata-varsa. Therefore if persons already born in Bharatavarsa live like cats and dogs, not taking full advantage of their birth in this land, they are certainly unfortunate.
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