An Astrological Verse from Śrīmad Bhāgavatam

An Astrological Verse from Śrīmad Bhāgavatam

In Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 3.21.18, Prajāpati Kardama says to Hari:

The wheel of time spins on an eternal axle. Three meta-seasons form its hub. Thirteen months form its spokes. Three hundred and sixty days form the joints that support its circumference. Six seasons form its rim. Infinite moments form the outer edge. This wheel spins with terrible speed chasing everything in the universe with destruction. But it cannot chase those who are intoxicated by hearing about you.

Time is represented as spinning in terms of years. Each “meta-month” is a set of fire, earth, air, and water months/zodiac divisions. There are three repetitions of such in a year. The 13th spoke is the leap-month. A lunar-centric calendar counts 360 days in a year, which is why a full leap-month is required periodically. Every two months form a discrete season, winter is expanded into “chilly” and “frozen” seasons, and summer into “hot” and “wet” seasons.

These divisions of time spin with unstoppable force, and chase everything in the universe, destroying everything. But it cannot chase those who are intoxicated by hearing about Hari.

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