teá¹£Äá¹ padÄghÄta-rathÄá¹ ga-cÅ«rá¹itÄd
ÄyodhanÄd ulbaá¹a utthitas tadÄ
reá¹ur diÅaá¸¥ khaá¹ dyumaá¹iá¹ ca chÄdayan
teá¹£Äm - of all the people engaged on the battlefield; padÄghÄta - because of beating on the ground by the legs of the demons and demigods; ratha-aá¹ ga - and by the wheels of the chariots; cÅ«rá¹itÄt - which was made into pieces of dust; ÄyodhanÄt - from the battlefield; ulbaá¹aá¸¥ - very forceful; utthitaá¸¥ - rising; tadÄ - at that time; reá¹uá¸¥ - the dust particles; diÅaá¸¥ - all directions; kham - outer space; dyumaá¹im - up to the sun; ca - also; chÄdayan - covering all of space up to that; nyavartata - dropped floating in the air; asá¹k - of blood; srutibhiá¸¥ - by particles; pariplutÄt - because of being widely sprinkled.
The cloud of dust covered the entire horizon, but when drops of blood sprayed up as far as the sun, the dust cloud could no longer float in the sky. A point to be observed here is that although the blood is stated to have reached the sun, it is not said to have reached the moon. Apparently, therefore, as stated elsewhere in Srimad-Bhagavatam, the sun, not the moon, is the planet nearest the earth. We have already discussed this point in many places. The sun is first, then the moon, then Mars, Jupiter and so on. The sun is supposed to be 93,000,000 miles above the surface of the earth, and from the Srimad-Bhagavatam we understand that the moon is 1,600,000 miles above the sun. Therefore the distance between the earth and the moon would be about 95,000,000 miles. So if a space capsule were traveling at the speed of 18,000 miles per hour, how could it reach the moon in four days? At that speed, going to the moon would take at least seven months. That a space capsule on a moon excursion has reached the moon in four days is therefore impossible.