"Calculation of Time from the Atom" (SB 3.11.1)

Alachua – October 31, 1995 / (522)

Thompson analyzes calculations described in this chapter of the Srimad-Bhagavatam that reference motion of an “ultimate particle, which is indivisible,” called the paramanu, or atom. For example, time attributed for the integration of six of these minute particles is considered a truti, or 1/1687.5 of a second. These basic units are then combined to form days, months, years, and yuga cycles lasting 4,320,000 years. One thousand yuga cycles is considered a kalpa, or 4,320,000,000 years. Thompson describes these numbers as corresponding to the time it would take for a celestial body traveling at the speed of the Moon, to travel around the circumference of the Puranic cosmos.