What is “Bharat Varsha”. Is it planet Earth?

Sanjeev, 09th May 2012

Hare Krsna
Please accept my humble obeisances
All glories to Srila Praphupada
All glories to Sri Guru and Gauranga
I have come across a topic which relates to the understanding of the word Bharat Varsa.
I have read the parts of Srimad Bhagvatam which talk about an earth like disk called Bhumandala where there is a central island Jambudvipa consisting of 9 subvisions and which, Bharat Varsa is one of them. Srimad Bhagvatam describes the word Bharat Varsa as the total area inhabited by human beings – meaning the entire planet earth.
I was made to understand that in the Mahabharata (I have not personally read it) it is said that Bharat Varsha comprise of the Indian subcontinent and including parts of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Siberia, Turkmenistan, North-west Tibet, Nepal and Bangladesh. This will then appear not to cover the entire planet.
Can somebody kindly enlighten me?
your humble servant

Harish, 09th May 2012

Hare Krsna Prabhu ji,
Yes as per the Srila Prabhupada’s lectures I have read, Bharat Varsha was the total area inhabited by human beings – meaning the entire planet earth. Like King Bharata was the king of whole world and after his name this place is known as Bharat varsha
My thoughts: (pl forgive and correct if I am wrong).
There were small empires ruled by different kings but overall they were under one king, which they have to oblige. Like we have different states in one country today governed by different state governments but overall there is one government, which they have to follow, they can’t implement any new law or any sort of schemes without centre or main government approval.
The countries which we see today, most of them are not too old, like Australia, America etc. As you mentioned Pakistan, Bangladesh in your list, which as you know were separated from India after Independence in 1947 (whereas Bangladesh after 1971 from Pakistan). Similarly some of the countries were created when people moved to other places for food and shelter. You can come to know this with little research, like Islam is around 1300 years old, Bible around 2600 years, Sikhism around 300 years old and so on. So what were the people earlier who claim themselves to be Hindu, Muslims, Sikh, Christians etc.
Hare Krsna !
Your servant,

Nashvin, 09th May 2012

Hare Krsna!
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
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Your servant,

Sanjeev, 09th May 2012

Thank you very much Prabhu. This forum is so interactive and lively. SDA students group ki Jai!
your humble servant

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