|Canto 11: General History||Chapter 24: The Philosophy of Sāńkhya|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 11.24.11
so 'sṛjat tapasā yukto
lokān sa-pālān viśvātmā
bhūr bhuvaḥ svar iti tridhā
saḥ — he, Brahmā; asṛjat — created; tapasā — by his austerity; yuktaḥ — endowed; rajasā — with the potency of the mode of passion; mat — My; anugrahāt — because of the mercy; lokān — the different planets; sa-pālān — along with their presiding demigods; viśva — of the universe; ātmā — the soul; bhūḥ bhuvaḥ svaḥ iti — called Bhūr, Bhuvar and Svar; tridhā — three divisions.
Lord Brahmā, the soul of the universe, being endowed with the mode of passion, performed great austerities by My mercy and thus created the three planetary divisions, called Bhūr, Bhuvar and Svar, along with their presiding deities.
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