bālāgra-śata-bhāgasya
śatadhā kalpitasya ca
bhāgo jīvaḥ sa vijñeya
iti cāha parā śrutiḥ

 bāla-agra - the tip of a hair; śata-bhāgasya - of one hundredth; śatadhā - into one hundred parts; kalpitasya - divided; ca - and; bhāgaḥ - minute portion; jīvaḥ - the living entity; saḥ - that; vijñeyaḥ - to be understood; iti - thus; ca - and; āha - have said; parā - chief; śrutiḥ - Vedic mantras.


Text

“ ‘If we divide the tip of a hair into one hundred parts and then take one part and divide this into another one hundred parts, that ten-thousandth part is the dimension of the living entity. This is the verdict of the chief Vedic mantras.’

Purport

The first three padas of this verse from the Pañcadaśī-citra-dīpa (81) are taken from the Śvetāśvatara Upaniṣad (5.9).