By Tamal Krishna Goswami
One day I brought a painting done by our artist Muralidhara for Prabhupada's approval. On Prabhupada's request, Muralidhara had reproduced on canvas the Srimad-Bhagavatam jacket cover showing the spiritual sky.
As I held the painting up, Prabhupada began to explain the plan of the creation. First he pointed to where Krsna was and described how the entire creation was an expansion of Krsna's energy. The Vaikuntha planets, broad and effulgent, were unlimited in number.
Then Prabhupada pointed to the corner of the painting where the material world was situated. Maha-Visnu is lying down there, and millions of universes emanate from His skin holes.
Prabhupada said, "Each universe is filled up with unlimited numbers of living entities who inhabit all of the planets and stars. One of these planets is our earth, and on this planet are many continents. On one continent there is America, and in America there are so many big cities. Here is Los Angeles, and in Los Angeles there is a street, La Cienega Boulevard. On this boulevard, among all of the buildings, is a temple of Lord Krsna. And in this temple there is one Tamal Krishna. He is there, and is thinking that he is very important."