Srila Prabhupada, Hyderabad, November 25, 1972: “This brahmanda, this universe, is only just like a mustard grain in the bag of mustard seeds.”
Our point is that there are so many universes. Just compare. You take a bag of mustard seeds and pick up one grain. In comparison to the pack of mustard seeds what is the value of this one grain? Similarly, this universe is like that.
There are so many universes. The modern scientists, they are trying to go to other planets. Even they go, what is the credit there? There are kotinu vasudhadi-vibhuti-bhinnam (millions of planets). One cannot go to so many planets. Even according to their calculation, if they want to go to the topmost planet, which we call Brahmaloka, it will take forty-thousand of years in the light-year calculation.
So in God’s creation everything is unlimited. It is not limited with our perspective of knowledge. So there are so many, innumerable universes, innumerable planets, and there are innumerable living entities. And all of them are rotating according to their karma. And birth and death means changing, one body to another.
I make one plan in this life and… Because everyone is in the bodily concept of live. So so long we are in the bodily concept of life… “I am brahmana,” “I am ksatriya,” “I am vaisya,” “I am sudra,” “I am Indian,” “I am American,” “I am so and so.” These are all bodily concept of life designations.
So so long I am in bodily concept of life, I think, “I have got this duty to do. As brahmana, I have got to do such and such things.” “As American, I have got to do so many things.” So long this consciousness will continue, we’ll have to accept another body. This is the nature’s process.