sa vijitya disah sarva
lokams ca trin mahasurah
rsin pitr-patin manun
vasam aniya visva-jit
sthanani saha tejasa
sah—he (Hiranyakasipu); vijitya—conquering; disah—the directions; sarvah—all; lokan—planetary systems; ca—and; trin—three (upper, lower and middle); maha-asurah—the great demon; deva—the demigods; asura—the demons; manusya—of the human beings; indra—the kings; gandharva—the Gandharvas; garuda—the Garudas; uragan—the great serpents; siddha—the Siddhas; carana—the Caranas; vidyadhran—the Vidyadharas; rsin—the great sages and saintly persons; pitr-patin—Yamaraja and the other leaders of the Pitas; manun—all the different Manus; yaksa—the Yaksas; raksah—the Raksasas; pisaca-isan—the leaders of Pisacaloka; preta—of the Pretas; bhuta—and of the Bhutas; patin—the masters; api—also; sarva-sattva-patin—the masters of all the different planets; jitva—conquering; vasam aniya—bringing under control; visva-jit—the conqueror of the whole universe; jahara—usurped; loka-palanam—of the demigods who manage the universal affairs; sthanani—the places; saha—with; tejasa—all their power.
Hiranyakasipu became the conqueror of the entire universe. Indeed, that great demon conquered all the planets in the three worlds—upper, middle and lower—including the planets of the human beings, the Gandharvas, the Garudas, the great serpents, the Siddhas, Caranas and Vidyadharas, the great saints, Yamaraja, the Manus, the Yaksas, the Raksasas, the Pisacas and their masters, and the masters of the ghosts and Bhutas. He defeated the rulers of all the other planets where there are living entities and brought them under his control. Conquering the abodes of all, he seized their power and influence.
The word garuda in this verse indicates that there are planets of great birds like Garuda. Similarly, the word uraga indicates that there are planets of enormous serpents. Such a description of the various planets of the universe may challenge modern scientists who think that all planets but this earth are vacant. These scientists claim to have launched excursions to the moon, where they have found no living entities but only big craters full of dust and stone, although in fact the moon is so brilliant that it acts like the sun in illuminating the entire universe. Of course, it is not possible to convince modern scientists of the Vedic information about the universe. Nonetheless, we are not very much impressed by the words of scientists who say that all other planets are vacant and that only the earth is full of living entities.
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