|Canto 12: The Age of Deterioration||Chapter 4: The Four Categories of Universal Annihilation|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 12.4.6
eṣa prākṛtiko rājan
pralayo yatra līyate
aṇḍa-koṣas tu sańghāto
eṣaḥ — this; prākṛtikaḥ — of the elements of material nature; rājan — O King Parīkṣit; pralayaḥ — the annihilation; yatra — in which; līyate — is dissolved; aṇḍa-koṣaḥ — the egg of the universe; tu — and; sańghāṭaḥ — the amalgamation; vighāte — the cause of its disruption; upasādite — being encountered.
O King, upon the annihilation of the material elements, the universal egg, comprising the elemental amalgamation of creation, is confronted with destruction.
It is significant that Śukadeva Gosvāmī, the spiritual master of King Parīkṣit, is broadly discussing cosmic annihilation just before the death of his disciple. By attentively hearing the story of universal destruction, one can easily understand one's personal departure from this temporary world to be an insignificant incident within the gigantic scope of the total material manifestation. By his deep and relevant discussions of the creation of God, Śukadeva Gosvāmī, as an ideal spiritual master, is preparing his disciple for the moment of death.
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