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beginning of every such day, it is the Lord that has to 'sanctify' Brahma with the necessary spiritual power to create the universe.

For more on this go to Cosmic Day of Brahma


The words 'tvad-dattayA' are significant. It is the Lord that sanctioned the Creator Brahma the knowledge of the Vedas which are eternal.  How does a new-born child get the knowledge and strategy to suck the milk out of the mother's breast? It is a vAsanA from previous births, granted by the Lord.  Maybe Science will one day isolate the gene that is responsible for the capability of the child to suck milk.  (Probably, it has, already). But even then, is  that  the end  of all questions? Why does that gene have that property? What or Who gave it that property? This kind of questioning will continue for ever in the scientific world. It is only an infinite regression. Ultimately after every finite stage of our knowledge we have to end up with  the concept of 'tvad-dattayA' (given  by You, Oh Lord). This is a sound illustration of the taTastha-lakshaNa that is being elaborated in these verses. We cannot  see Him through  ordinary perception  but it is He that is the ultimate reservoir and source  of everything that we think we know or do.
In mathematical terms  we may describe the relation between Science with its  understanding of the universe on the one hand and God the almighty on the other hand as follows in terms of the two
lakshaNas, taTastha-lakshaNa and svarUpa-lakshaNa.  The latter is given by the scriptures as satyam-jnAnam-anantam brahma ( See the Absolute As It Is). The former is only an approximation, given by scientific understanding of the universe as of a particular time. It is like summing up an infinite series in mathematics. In Mathematics  we know that, for instance,

1 + 1/1 + 1/2 + 1/6 + 1/24 + 1/120 + 1/720 + ... + 1/n! + ...    =    e

This simply means that the infinite series on the left sums up to a number called  'e'.  This latter number is a very important but complicated number. Its value lies between 2 and 3. Its actual value has infinite number of decimal places.  Now if you take 10 terms of the above series and actually add them up you will get a number approximately equal to e. If you take 100 terms and sum up again,  you will get a better approximation to the same  e.  Thus the larger the number of terms of the series you take and add  up, the better you get an  approximation to  e.  But

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