Birds, Lord Visnu have inconceivable ‘mystic power’

Human beings want to be able to fly. Airplanes, helicopters and other noisy modern contraptions get us as close to flying as possible. Swimming with snorkels and aqualungs or floating on one’s back in salt water almost replicates the sensation. But we can never fly or float as accurately and effortlessly as a bird or a fish. The ability for some living entities to fly is for us acintya sakti or inconceivable power. Similarly Lord Maha Visnu lies down in the causal ocean effortlessly generating trillions of universes while relaxing in yoga nidra or mystic slumber. Lecturing on Srimad Bhagavatam 7.9 in Mayapura on 10 March 1976, Srila Prabhupada said this: “If an ordinary man can take pleasure lying down on the water, closing [his eyes] and lying for hours—we have seen it—so what is the difficulty for the Supreme Lord? You have got this tendency to lie down on water, half on the water, and close your eyes. So where your tendency has come? Your tendency has come because the same tendency is there in the Supreme Lord. This is the explanation In “Life Come From Life,” Srila Prabhupada writes: “Where does a bird’s power to fly come from? Both you and the bird are living entities, but the bird can fly because of its acintya-sakti, and you cannot.