Sri Brhad-Bhagavatamrta, Part 2

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Jun 27, CANADA (SUN) — By Srila Sanatana Goswami, translated by Sriman Kusakratha dasa.

Part One, Chapter Two

Divya (The Higher Material Planets)

Text 1

sri-parikshid uvaca

prasasya tam maharajam
svargato munir aikshata
rajamanam sabha-madhye
vishnum deva-ganair vritam

Sri Parikshit said: After glorifying the king, Narada Muni (went) to Svargaloka and in a great assembly of demigods saw Lord Vishnu, . . .

Text 2

vicitra-kalpa-druma-pushpa-mala-
vilepa-bhusha-vasanamritadyaih
samarcitam divyataropacaraih
sukhopavishtam garudasya prishthe

. . . who was decorated with garlands of kalpa-druma flowers, anointed with fragrant scents, dressed in beautiful garments and ornaments, served palatable nectar and a host of other very splendid offerings, and was comfortably seated on Garuda's back, . . .

Text 3

brihaspati-prabhritibhih
stuyamanam maharshibhih
lalyamanam aditya tan
harshayantam priyoktibhih

. . . whom Brihaspati and the great sages were glrifying with prayers, whom Aditi was caressing and pleasing with sweet words, . . .

Text 4

siddha-vidyadhra-gandharvap-
sarobhibhir vivdhaih stavaih
jaya-sabdair vadya-gita-
nrityais ca paritoshitam

. . . who was pleased by the prayers, exlamations of {.sy 168}jaya!", instrumental music, singing, and dancing of the Siddhas, Vidyadharas, Gandharvas, and Apsaras, . . .

Text 5

sakrayabhayam uccoktya
daityebhyo dadatam dridham
kirtyarpyamanam tambulam
carvantam lilayahritam

. . . who emphatically assured Indra that he need not fear the demons, who gracefully accepted and chewed the betelnuts Kirti-devi offered, . . .

Texts 6 and 7

sakram ca tasya mahatmyam
kirtayantam muhur muhuh
svami-kritopakarams ca
varnayantam maha-muda

sahasra-nayanair asru-
dhara-varshantam asane
sviye nishannam tat-parsve
rajantam sva-vibhutibhih

. . . whom Indra glorified, raining tears from his thousand eyes as again and again he happily described how his Lord had come to his aid, and who splendidly sat on His throne, His transcendental potencies at His side.

Text 8

atha vishnum nijavase
gacchantam anugamya tam
sabhayam agatam sakram
asasyovaca naradah

Following Lord Vishnu as He departed for His own residence, Narada returned to the assembly and, praising Indra, said:

Text 9

sri-narada uvaca

kritanukalpitas tvam yat
surya-candra-yamadayah
tavajna-karinah sarve
loka-palah pare kim u

Sri Narada said: You are a great leader. Surya, Candra, Yama, and all the demigods and rulers of planets, what to speak of others, obey your commands.

Text 10

munayo 'smadriso vasyah
srutayas tvam stuvanti hi
jagadisataya yat tvam
dharmadharma-phala-pradah

Sages like myself are under you order. The Vedas praise you as the master of the universe. You grant the results of pious and impious deeds.

Text 11

aho narayano bhrata
kaniyan yasya sodarah
sad-dharmam manayan yasya
vidadhaty adaram sada

Ah! Lord Narayana is your younger brother, born from the same womb. Honoring the path of religion, He always treats you with great respect.

Text 12

sri-parikshid uvaca

ittham indrasya saubhagya-
vaibhavam kirtayan muhuh
devarshir vadayan vinam
slaghamano nanarta tam

Sri Parikshit said: Repeatedly praising Indra's great good fortune in this way, and playing his vina, Devarshi Narada began to dance.

Text 13

tato 'bhivadya devarshim
uvacendrah sanair hriya
bho gandharva-kalabhijna
kim mam upahasann asi

Then, with great embarrassment, Indra slowly said to Devarshi Narada: O learned musician, why are you mocking me?

Text 14

asya na svarga-rajasya
vrittam vetsi tvam eva kim
kati varan ito daitya-
bhityasmabhir na nirgatam

Do you not know the history of the king of Svargaloka? How many times have we not left this place out of fear of the demons?

Text 15

acaran balir indratvam
asuran eva sarvatah
suryendv-ady-adhikareshu
nyayunkta kratu-bhaga-bhuk

Once Bali Maharaja occupied the post of Indra. He personally enjoyed Indra's portion in the Vedic sacrifices. He posted demons as the rulers of the sun, moon, and other planets.

Text 16

tato nas tata-matribhyam
tapobhir vitatair dridhaih
toshito 'py amsa-matriena
gato bhratritvam acyutah

Then, pleased by my parents' long and severe austerity, the ¨infallible Supreme Personality of Godhead appeared by His plenary portion as my brother.

Text 17

tathapy ahatva tan chatrun
kevalam nas trapa-krita
maya-yacanayadaya
bale rajyam dadau sa me

Still, the Lord did not kill my enemies. He merely pretended to beg the kingdom from them, and then embarrassed me by giving the results of His begging to me.

Text 18

spardhasuyadi-doshena
brahma-hatyadi-papatah
nitya-pata-bhayenapi
kim sukham svarga-vasinam

Because we are envious, embroiled in unremitting competition, and filled with many faults, and because we sometimes murder brahmanas and commit many other sins, we live in constant fear of falling down from our positions. Where is there any happiness for the residents of Svargaloka?

Text 19

kim ca mam praty upendrasya
viddhy upeksham viseshatah
sudharmam parijatam ca
svargan martyam ninaya sah

You should know that Vamana treats me with contempt. He ¨forcibly took both the Sudharma assembly house and the parijata flower from Svargaloka and brought them to the earth.

Text 20

gopalaih kriyamanam me
nyahan pujam cirantanim
akhandam khandvakhyam me
priyam dahitavan vanam

He stopped the cowherds' traditional worship of me, and He burned to the ground the Khandava forest, which is so dear to me.

Text 21

trailokya-trasa-krid-vritra-
vadhartham prarthitah pura
audasinyam bhajams tatra
prerayam asa mam param

When I begged Him to kill the demon Vritra, who had terrified the three worlds, the Lord was not willing to do anything. He told me to kill the demon myself.

Text 22

utsadya mam avajnaya
madiyam amaravatim
sarvopari sva-bhavanam
racayam asa nutanam

Treating me with contempt, He left my city of Amaravati and made a new home for Himself above all the worlds.

Text 23

aradhana-balat pitror
agrahac ca purodhasah
pujam svi-kritya nah sadyo
yaty adrisyam nijam padam

At the time of His departure He only accepted my worship to show kindness to my priest Brihaspati and because my parents were also worshiping Him. Very quickly He left for His own abode, far beyond the range of my sight.

Text 24

punah sa-tvaram agatya
svarghya-svi-karanad vayam
anugrahyas tvayety ukto
'sman adisati vancayan

When I said to Him, "We will be honored if You quickly return to accept our offerings of arghya," He cheated me by speaking this instruction:

Text 25

yavan naham samayami
tavad brahma sivo 'thava
bhavadbhih pujaniyo 'tra
matto bhinnau na tau yatah

When I am not here you may worship Brahma or Siva, for they are not different from Me.

Text 26

eka-murtis trayo deva
vishnu-rudra-pitamahah
ity adi sastra-vacanam
bhavadbhir vismritam kim u

Have you forgotten the words of scripture: "The one Supreme Lord has expanded into the three forms of Vishnu, Brahma and Siva"?

Text 27

vaso 'syaniyato 'smabhir
agamyo muni-durlabhah
vaikunthe dhruvaloke ca
kshirabdhau ca kadacana

Neither I nor the sages can go to His abode. He does not stay for very long in any one place. Sometimes He stays in Vaikuntha, sometimes in Dhruvaloka, and sometimes in the Kshirodaka Ocean.

Text 28

samprati dvarakayam ca
tatrapi niyamo 'sti na
kadacit pandavagare
mathurayam kadacana

puryam kadacit tatrapi
gokule ca vanad vane
ittham tasyavaloko 'pi
durlabho nah kutah kripa

Now He is at Dvaraka. But He does not always stay there. Sometimes He is in the palace of the Pandavas, sometimes in the city of Mathura, and sometimes going from forest to forest in Gokula. In this way it is very difficult for us to see Him. Where is His mercy to us?

Text 29

parameshthi-suta-sreshtha
kintu sva-pitaram hareh
anugraha-padam viddhi
lakshmikanta-suto hi sah

O best son of Brahma, know that your father is the actual object of Lord Krishna's mercy. He is directly the son of Lord Narayana, the husband of Lakshmi.

Text 30

yasyaikasmin dine sakra
madrisah syus caturdasa
manv-adi-yukta yasyahas
catur-yuga-sahasrakam

Within his day, which lasts for one thousand catur-yugas, live 14 Manus and many Indras like myself.

Text 31

nisa ca tavatittham ya-
ho-ratranam sata-trayi
shashty-uttara bhaved varsham
yasyayus tac chatam smritam

His night is as long as his day, 360 such days and nights are his one year, and 100 such years is the span of his life. This is the description of Smriti-sastra.

Text 32

lokanam loka-palanam
api srashtadhikara-dah
palakah karma-phala-do
ratrau samharakas ca sah

He creates both the ordinary living entities and the demigods who rule over planets, and he gives them each a specific sphere where they may act. He protects them, gives them the fruits of their work, and, on the arrival of his night, destroys them all.

Text 33

sahasra-sirsha yal-loke
sa maha-purushah sphutam
bhunjano yajna-bhagaugham
vasaty ananda-dah sada

The thousand-headed Maha-purusha incarnation of the Lord always stays on Brahma's planet, eating a great multitude of sacrificial offerings and giving transcendental bliss to all.

Text 34

ittham yukti-sahasraih sa
sri-krishnasya kripaspadam
kim vaktavyam kripa-patram
iti krishnah sa eva hi

In this way I have given thousands of reasons to consider Brahma the object of Lord Krishna's mercy. What more need I say? Brahma is himself an empowered incarnation of Lord Krishna.

Text 35

tac chruti-smriti-vakyebhyah
prasiddham jnayate tvaya
anyac ca tasya mahatmyam
tal-lokanam api prabho

This fact is celebrated in the words of both Sruti and Smriti sastras. My lord, you know this fact and many other glories of both Brahma and those who reside on his planet.

Text 36

sri-parikshid uvaca

indrasya vacanam srutva
sadhu bhoh sadhv iti bruvan
tvaravan brahmano lokam
bhagavan narado gatah

Sri Parikshit said: When he heard Indra's words, Lord Narada said, "Well done! Oh, well done!" and then quickly traveled to the planet of Brahma.

Text 37

yajnanam mahatam tatra
brahmarshibhir anaratam
bhaktya vitayamananam
praghosham durato 'srinot

From a distance Narada heard the sounds of great sages continually, and with great devotion, performing a series of great Vedic sacrifices.

Text 38

dadarsa ca tatas teshu
prasannah paramesvarah
maha-purusha-rupena
jata-mandala-manditah

Then among them he saw the blissful Supreme Personality of Godhead in His maha-purusha form, His hair matted.

Text 39

sahasra-murdha bhagavan
yajna-murtih sriya saha
avirbhuyadadad bhagan
anandayati yajakan

Accompanied by the goddess of fortune, the thousand-headed Supreme Lord of all sacrifices was pleasing the performers of sacrifice by accepting their offerings.

Text 40

padmayoneh praharshartham
dravya-jatam niveditam
sahasra-panibhir vaktra-
sahasreshv arpayan adan

Taking the offerings in thousands of hands, and placing them in thousands of mouths, the Supreme Lord, in order to please Brahma, ate the offerings.

Text 41

dattveshtan yajamanebhyo
varan nidra-griham gatah
lakshmi-samvahyamananghrir
nidram adatta lilaya

The Lord offered to the performers of sacrifices all the benedictions they requested. He then retired to His bedroom, and, as the goddess of fortune massaged His feet, He happily fell asleep.

Text 42

tad-ajnaya ca yajneshu
niyujyarshin nijatmajan
brahmanda-karya-caryartham
svam dhishnyam vidhir agatah

Brahma ordered the sages, who were his sons, to perform sacrifces, and then, to tend to his duties in managing the universe, Brahma left for his own abode.

Text 43

parameshthy asane tatra
sukhasinam nija-prabhoh
mahima-sravanakhyana-
param sasrashta-netrakam

As Brahma comfortably sat on his throne and intently heard the recitation of the glories of his Lord, the Personality of Godhead, tears came to his eight eyes.

Text 44

vicitra-paramaisvarya-
samagri-parishevitam
sva-tatam narado 'bhyetya
pranamyovaca dandavat

Approaching his father, who was served by a host of wonderful opulences, Narada fell down like a stick to offer respects and said:

Text 45

sri-narada uvaca

bhavan eva kripa-patram
dhruvam bhagavato hareh
prajapati-patir yo vai
sarva-loka-pitamahah

Sri Narada said: You are certainly the object of Lord Hari's mercy. You are the master of the Prajapatis and the grandfather of all living entities.

Text 46

ekah srijati patay atti
bhuvanani caturdasa
brahmandasyesvaro nityam
svayambhur yas ca kathyate

You alone create, maintain, and destroy the fourteen worlds. You are eternally the master of the universe. It is said that you are parentless and self-born.

Text 47

sabhayam yasya vidyante
murtimanto 'rtha-bodhakah
yac-catur-vaktrato jatah
purana-nigamadayah

Born from your four mouths, the Personified Vedas, Puranas, and other scriptures that reveal the goal of life, stay in your assembly-house.

Text 48

yasya lokas ca nischidra-
sva-dharmacara-nishthaya
madadi-rahitaih sadbhir
labhyate sata-janmabhih

The saintly sages, who are free from lust and all other vices, attain your planet after faithfully and faultlessly performing their prescribed duties for a hundred births.

Text 49

yasyopari na vartate
brahmande bhavanam param
loko narayanasyapi
vaikunthakhyo yad-antare

In this universe no place is superior to your abode. Even Lord Narayana's planet named Vaikuntha exists only within your realm.

Text 50

yasmin nityam vaset sakshad
maha-purusha-vigrahah
sa padmanabho yajnanam
bhagan asnan dadat phalan

Eating the offerings of sacrifice, and granting the fruits of their sacrifices to His worshipers, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, in His form of the Maha-purusha, eternally resides in your abode.

Text 51

paramanveshanayasair
yasyoddeso 'pi na tvaya
puro praptah param drishtas
tapobhir hridi yah kshanam

At first you made a great endeavor to find the Supreme Personality of Godhead, but you could not find Him. Then, by performing austerities you were able to see Him for a moment in your heart.

Text 52

tat satyam asi krishnasya
tvam eva nitaram priyah
aho nunam sa eva tvam
lila-nana-vapur-dharah

The truth is that you are very dear to Lord Krishna. Indeed, you are the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna, who assumes many different forms for His pastimes.

Text 53

sri-parikshid uvaca

ittham mahatmyam udgayan
vistarya brahmano 'sakrit
sakra-proktam sva-drishtam ca
bhaktyasit tam naman munih

Sri Parikshit said: Again and again singing Brahma's glories, which Indra had described, and which he now personally saw, Narada bowed down before Brahma with great devotion.

Text 54

srinvann eva sa tad-vakyam
daso 'smiti muhur vadan
catur-vaktro 'sta-karnanam
pidhane vyagratam gatah

As he heard Narada's words, Brahma became very agitated. Covering his eight ears, through his four mouths he said, "I am only a servant," again and again.

Text 55

asravya-sravanaj jatam
kopam yatnena dharayan
sva-putram naradam praha
sakshepam catur-ananah

Restraining with great effort the anger these unbearable words created within him, four-faced Brahma rebuked his son Narada.

Text 56

sri-brahmovaca

aham na bhagavan krishna
iti tvam kim pramanatah
yuktitas ca mayabhikshnam
bodhito 'si na balyatah

Sri Brahma said: I am not the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna. From your earliest childhood have you not repeatedly learned this from the Vedic scriptures, from common-sense logic, and from my own explanations?

Text 57

tasya saktir maha-maya
dasiveksha-pathe sthita
srijatidam jagat pati
sva-gunaih samharaty api

His potency is Maha-maya. In His eyes Maha-maya is like a ¨maidservant who, employing the three modes of nature, creates, maintains, and destroys the material universe.

Text 58

tasya eva vayam sarve 'py
adhina mohitas taya
tan na krishna-kripa-lesa-
syapi patram avehi mam

All of us are bewildered by this Maha-maya. We are very firmly under her control. For this reason you should know that I have not received even a small portion of Lord Krishna's mercy.

Texts 59 and 60

tan mayayaiva satatam
jagato 'ham guruh prabhuh
pitamahas ca krishnasya
nabhi-padma-samudbhavah

tapasvy aradhakas tasyety
adyair guru-madair hatah
brahmandavasyakapara-
vyaparamarsha-vihvalah

I continually think: "I am the great spiritual leader, the supreme controller, and the grandfather of this universe. I was personally born from the lotus flower sprouted from the navel of Lord Krishna. I am a performer of great austerities. I am a great devotee of Lord Krishna." In this way Lord Krishna's illusory potency Maya destroys me with intense pride. In addition to that I am always angry, overwhelmed by the endless duties I must perform to maintain the universe.

Text 61

bhuta-prayatma-lokiya-
nasa-cinta-niyantritah
sarva-grasi-maha-kalad
bhito muktim param vrine

I am anxious that someday my planet will be destroyed. Afraid of all-devouring time, I pray for ultimate liberation.

Text 62

tad-artham bhagavat-pujam
karayami karomi ca
avaso jagad-isasya
tasya va na kva vidyate

Only for this purpose I worship the Supreme Personality of Godhead and I cause others to worship Him. (You may say that the Supreme Personality of Godhead personally resides on my planet, but I say:) Where does the Supreme Personality of Godhead not reside?

Text 63

veda-pravartanayasau
bhagam grihnati kevalam
svayam sampadita-preshtha-
yajnasyanugrahaya ca

He personally accepts the sacrificial offerings here only to firmly establish the Vedic revelation and also to bestow mercy on the dear devotees who make offerings to Him. (He does not do it to bestow mercy on me.)

Text 64

vicaracarya buddhyasva
sa hi bhakty-eka-vallabhah
kripam tanoti bhakteshu
nabhakteshu kadacana

O Narada Acarya, think for a moment. You should know that the Lord is pleased only by devotion. He gives His mercy only to the devotees, never to the non-devotees.

Text 65

bhaktir dure 'stu tasmin me
naparadha bhavanti cet
bahu-manye tad atmanam
naham agahsu rudravat

I am very far from having any devotion to the Lord. If I somehow avoid offending Him I think I am doing very well indeed. The Lord does not forgive my offenses as He forgives the sins of Siva.

Text 66

mad apta-vara-jato 'sau
sarva-lokopatapakah
hiranyakasipur dushto
vaishnava-droha-tat-parah

One time I gave benedictions to a demon named Hiranyakasipu, who became an enemy of the devotees and proceeded to torment the entire world.

Text 67-70

sriman-nrisimha-rupena
prabhuna samhrito yada
tadaham sa-pairvaro
vicitra-stava-patavaih

stuvan sthitva bhayad dure
'panga-drishtyapi nadritah
prahladasyabhiseke tu
vritte tasmin prasadatah

sanair upasrito 'bhyarnam
adishto 'ham idam rusha
maivam varo 'suranam te
pradeyah padmasambhava

tathapi ravanadibhyo
dushtebhyo 'ham varan adam
ravanasya tu yat karma
jihva kasya grinati tat

When the Lord, in His form of Sri Nrisimha, killed that demon, I and my companions, staying far away out of fear, spoke many eloquent prayers to the Lord, but He refused to recognize us even with a momentary sidelong glance. Later, during the coronation ceremony of Maharaja Prahlada, He kindly approached me and angrily ordered: "Do not give any more benedictions like this to the demons!" In spite of this order I have since given many benedictions to Ravana and many other demons. Whose tongue has the power to describe the sins of Ravana?

Text 71

maya dattadhikaranam
sakradinam maha-madaih
sada hata-vivekanam
tasminn agamsi samsmara

You may remember how I gave administrative posts to Indra and many others whose good sense became completely destroyed by their inflated pride.

Text 72

vrishti-yuddhadinendrasya
govardhana-makhadishu
nandaharana-vaniya-
dhenv-adanadinappateh

Indra offended the Lord by showering incessant rains on the Govardhana sacrifice, by fighting with the Lord over the parijata flower, and in many other ways also. Varuna, the king of the waters, kidnaped Nanda Maharaja, stole the cows from the forest, and committed many other offenses.

Text 73

yamasya ca tad-acaryat-
maja-durmaranadina
kuverasyapi dusceshta-
sankhacuda-kritadina

Yama terribly killed the son of the Lord's teacher, and Kuvera is partly responsible for the sins of his follower, the demon Sankhacuda.

Text 74

adho loke tu daiteya
vaishnava-droha-karinah
sarpas ca sahaja-krodha-
dushta kaliya-bandhavah

Also, in the lower worlds the demons and the angry serpents who are relatives of Kaliya-naga have become enemies of the Vaishnavas.

Text 75

sampraty api maya tasya
svayam vatsas tatharbhakah
vrindavane palyamana
bhojane mayaya hritah

When Krishna stopped for lunch I used my illusory potency to kidnap the boys and calves personally protected by Him in Vrindavana.

Text 76

tato vikshya mahascaryam
bhita stutva namann api
dhrishto 'ham vancitas tena
gopa-balaka-lilaya

Then I saw something very wonderful. Frightened, I bowed down before Him and offered prayers. I arrogantly offended Him, and He responded by cheating me with His pastimes of a cowherd boy.

Text 77

tasya svabhavikasyabja-
prasadekshana-matratah
ishtah svam bahu-manye sma
tat-priya-vraja-bhu gateh

Because I was able to enter His dearmost land of Vraja, and because I was able to obtain His merciful lotus glance, I thought that at that moment my life was all-perfect and all-successful.

Text 78

tatratmanas cira-sthitya-
paradhah syur iti trasan
apasaram kim anyais tan
nijasaubhagya-varnanaih

Fearing that I would commit many more offenses if I stayed, I left Vraja. What is the use of saying anything more about my misfortunes?

Text 79

atha brahmanda-madhye 'smin
tadrin nekshe kripaspadam
vishnoh kintu mahadeva
eva khyatah sakheti yah

Siva is famous as the personal friend of Lord Vishnu. In this universe I do not see anyone who is the object of the Lord's mercy as Siva.

Text 80

yas ca sri-krishna-padabja-
rasenonmaditah sada
avadhirita-sarvartha-
paramaisvarya-bhogakah

Always intoxicated by the sweet nectar of Sri Krishna's lotus feet, Siva has lost all interest in material goals, in supreme power and opulence, and in varieties of sense-pleasure.

Text 81

asmadriso vishayino
bhogasaktan hasann iva
dhusturarkasthi-mala-dhrig
nagno bhasmanulepanah

Eating Dhustura seeds and arka leaves, decorated with a garland of skulls, and his naked body smeared with ashes, Siva laughs at materialists like myself, who are addicted to sense-pleasures.

Text 82

viprakirna-jata-bhara
unmatta iva ghurnate
tatha sva-gopanasaktah
krishna-padabja-saucajam
gangam murdhni vahan harshan
nrityams ca layate jagat

Wearing matted locks of disheveled hair, and eager to conceal his actual nature, he staggers about like a madman. On his head he happily carries the Ganges, which has washed the lotus feet of Lord Krishna. When he dances he destroys the universe.

Text 83

krishna-prasadat tenaiva
madrisam adhikarinam
abhishtarpayitum muktis
tasya patnyapi sakyate

Lord Krishna is so kind to him that not only does he have the power to grant the most valuable liberation to demigods like myself, but even his wife has that power.

Text 84

aho sarve 'pi te muktah
sivaloka-nivasinah
muktas tat-kripaya krishna-
bhaktas ca kati nabhavan

Ah! All the residents of Sivaloka are liberated souls. By Siva's mercy how many of them are not only liberated, but are now pure devotees of Lord Krishna?

Text 85

krishnac chivasya bhedeksha
maha-dosha-kari mata
ago bhagavata svasmin
kshamyate na sive kritam

To consider Siva different from Lord Krishna is a great offense. The Supreme Personality of Godhead may forgive offenses committed to Him, but He does not forgive those committed against Siva.

Text 86

siva-datta-varonmattat
tripuresvarato bhayat
tatha vrikasurades ca
sankatam paramam gatah
sivah samuddhrito 'nena
harshitas ca vaco-'mritaih

When Tripuresvara, Vrikasura, and other demons maddened by benedictions he gave them, placed Siva in a very dangerous position, Lord Krishna at once rescued him and comforted him with words as sweet as nectar.

Text 87

tad-antaranga-sad-bhaktya
krishnena vasa-vartina
svayam aradhyate casya
mahatmya-bhara-siddhaye

Conquered by the intimate love of His devotee, Lord Krishna personally worships Siva just to glorify him.

Texts 88 and 89

tishthatapi svayam sakshat
krishnenamrita-manthane
prajapatibhir aradhya
sa gauri-prana-vallabhah

samanayya visham ghoram
payayitva vibhushitah
maha-mahima-dharabhir
abhishiktas ca tat sphutam

Lord Krishna personally asked Siva to drink the terrible poison produced from the churning of nectar. In this way Siva became worshiped by the Prajapatis, and showered with streams of great glory.

Text 90

puranany eva gayanti
dayalutvam harer hare
jnayate hi tvayapy etat
param ca smaryatam mune

The Puranas sing of the mercy of Lord Krishna to Siva. You know this already. O sage, please remember his glories.

Text 91

sri-parikshid uvaca

gurum pranamya tam gantum
kailasam girim utsukah
alakshyoktah punas tena
sva-putrah putra-vatsale

Sri Parikshit said: O affectionate mother, Narada offered obeisances to his spiritual master and was about to depart for Kailasa Hill when Brahma glanced at his son and said:

Text 92

sri-brahmovaca

kuverena puraradhya
bhaktya rudro vasi-kritah
brahmandabhyantare tasya
kailase 'dhikrite girau

Sri Brahma said: Submissive to the loving service of Kuvera, Siva resides in Kuvera's place on Mount Kailasa in the material universe.

Text 93

tad-vidik-pala-rupena
tad-yogya-parivarakah
vasaty aviskrita-svalpa-
vaibhavah sann uma-patih

Assuming the role of the protector of the northern direction, Siva resides there, surrounded by his associates, and keeping very little material wealth.

Text 94

yatha hi krishno bhagavan
madrisam bhakti-yantritah
mama loke svaradau ca
vasaty ucita-lilaya

The Supreme Personality of Godhead Krishna becomes conquered by the loving service of devotees like myself, and for this reason He resides on my planet, on Svargaloka, and in many other places as well, and enjoys suitable pastimes there. (In the same way Siva resides in Kailasa because of the devotion of Kuvera.)

Text 95

atha vayu-puranasya
matam etad bravimy aham

sri-mahadeva-lokas tu
saptavaranato bahih
nityah sukhamayah satyo
labhyas tat-sevakottamaih

I quote the opinion of Vayu Purana:

"The planet of Siva is beyond the seven-fold coverings of the material world. It is eternal, transcendental, and full of bliss. Only the greatest servants of Siva may enter it."

Text 96

samana-mahima-srimat-
parivara-ganavritah
maha-vibhutiman bhati
sat-paricchada-manditah

In that place Siva is decorated with splendid transcendental garments and ornaments. There He is the master of great powers and opulences, and there he is surrounded by many associates as splendid and glorious as he.

Text 97

srimat-sankarshanam svasmad
abhinnam tatra so 'rcayan
nijeshta-devatatvena
kim va natanute 'dbhutam

In that place, even though the two of them are not different, Siva worships the supremely powerful and opulent Lord Sankarshana as his chosen Deity. Is this not very wonderful?

Text 98

tatra gantum bhavan chaktah
sri-sive suddha-bhaktiman
abhigamya tam asritya
kripam krishnasya pasyatu

Because you are a pure devotee of Siva you have the power to go there. Go, take shelter of Siva, and see how he is the object of Lord Krishna's mercy.

Text 99

sri-parikshid uvaca

ity evam sikshito matah
siva-krishneti kirtayan
naradah sivalokam tam
prayatah kautukad iva

Sri Parikshit said: O mother, instructed in this way, and chanting the holy names of Siva and Krishna, Narada eagerly went to Sivaloka.



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