This is a short conversation asserting the supreme truths told in our Puranas:
Seeker 1: How does Srimad Bhagavatam explains the process of creation of material elements? Does it conform to modern scientific theory?
Seeker 2: This is a truly interesting topic and you will be amazed how Srimad Bhagavatam explains it scientifically. The order of creation of 5 material elements is mentioned in Srimad Bhagavatam as: Sky, Air, Fire, Water and Earth. At every stage, the Supreme Lord glances over a particular element giving rise to the next element. For example, Water created from fire and earth created from water…
Seeker 1: What? Fire and Earth are created from Water?
Seeker 2: Yes, a more detailed explanation is given in 3rd canto: The Status Quo, 5th chapter: Vidura’s Talks with Maitreya – verses 32 to 36 (https://vedabase.io/en/library/sb/3/5/)
Seeker 2: The exact text is reproduced below for your understanding: “The sky is a product of sound. The sky, partly mixed with eternal time and external energy, and thus developed the touch sensation, from which the air in the sky was produced. Thereafter the extremely powerful air, interacting with the sky, generated the form of sense perception, and the perception of form transformed into electricity, the light to see the world (fire). When electricity was surcharged in the air and was glanced over by the Supreme, at that time, by a mixture of eternal time and external energy, there occurred the creation of water and taste. Thereafter the water produced from electricity was glanced over by the Supreme Personality of Godhead and mixed with eternal time and external energy, transformed into the earth, which is qualified primarily by smell.”
Seeker 2: By modern chemistry, you must have studied hydrogen and oxygen gases combine to form water in the presence of an electrical discharge. This statement coincides with what is mentioned regarding creation of water in Srimad Bhagavatam. This can happen only under electrical discharge because of the tremendous force required to combine the hydrogen and oxygen atoms. Refer the interesting article from the Sciencing website regarding this: https://sciencing.com/happens-hydrogen-oxygen-combine-8515474.html. The “scientific explanation” mentioned here and note how our ancient seers have discovered this truth eons back!
Hydrogen and oxygen gases mix at room temperature with no chemical reaction and freely move around as Hydrogen and Oxygen molecules. However, introduction of a spark to the mixture results in raised temperatures amongst some of the hydrogen and oxygen molecules. Molecules at higher temperatures travel faster and collide with more energy. If collision energies reach a minimum activation energy sufficient to “break” the bonds between the reactants, then a reaction between hydrogen and oxygen follows. These gives valid reasons to assert the supremacy of Puranas that they are not fictitious accounts of disconnected events!