Glories of Sri Nara-Narayana Rishi - Part 2

Glories of Sri Nara-Narayana Rishi - Part 2

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Vaijayanti mala devi dasi

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev!

This is in continuation of the previous offering titled, "Glories of Sri Narayana Rshi" wherein we were discussing the most beautiful pastime of Sri Nara-Narayana rishi from the pages of Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 11, Chapter 4.

2. Freedom from false pride: The way that Nara-Narayana rishi responded to the offence committed by Indra is awe inspiring. Srimad Bhagavatam 11.4.8 says

vijnaaya shakra-krtam akramam aadi-devah
praaha prahasya gata-vismaya ejamaanaan
maa bhair vibho madana maaruta deva-vadhvo
grhnita no balim ashunyam imam kurudhvam

"The primeval Lord, understanding the offense committed by Indra, did not become proud. Instead He spoke laughingly as follows to Cupid and his followers, who were trembling before Him: "Do not fear, O mighty Madana, O wind-god and wives of the demigods. Rather, please accept these gifts I am offering you and kindly sanctify My ashrama by your presence."

 It is mentioned in the purport that, "The word gata-vismayah or "free from false pride," is very significant. If one becomes proud by performing severe penances, such penances are considered material. One should not think, "I am a great, austere personality." The moment we start attending Krishna conscious programs, we develop the tendency to look upon others and brand them all as karmis. This attitude does not help us. Here we see that Lord who is austerity personified is so respectfully dealing with those sent by Indra. We have to understand that without the mercy of the spiritual master and the Lord, we cannot do any austerity and penance. So as Lord Brahma suggests we should become humble and should be constantly praying to the Lord to help us continue our devotional service.

3. Austerities should make us soft hearted and saintly in behaviour: Generally we find that those who are very austere, in their immature stages, become very hard hearted and tend to lose the gentleness in behaviour. We hear so many pastimes wherein many sages could not tolerate offensive behaviour towards them and they become angry and curse, thereby losing all the credit of their austerities. On the other hand here we can see the very wonderful and respectful behaviour of Sri Nara-narayana rishi, personification of all austerity, towards those who committed offences at His lotus feet. Sri Nara-Narayana could immediately understand the foolishness of Indra, and thus He was amused by the whole situation. Cupid and the heavenly women, understanding their great offense, were trembling before Nara-Narayana in fear of receiving a powerful curse. But the Lord, exhibiting most sublime saintly behavior, reassured them by saying, maa bhaih—"Don't worry about it"—and actually offered them nice prasadam and articles of worship. "If you do not give Me the opportunity to act as host to the demigods and other respectable personalities," He said, "what will be the use of My ashrama? My ashrama will be void without the opportunity to receive respectable personalities such as you."

When Nara-Narayana rishi thus spoke, eradicating the fear of the demigods, they bowed their heads with shame and started glorifying the Lord for the Lord's compassion. While the demigods were thus praising the Supreme Lord, the all-powerful Lord suddenly manifested before their eyes many women, who were astonishingly gorgeous, decorated with fine clothes and ornaments, and all faithfully engaging in the Lord's service. The Supreme Lord of lords then smiled slightly and told the representatives of heavens, who were bowing down before Him, "Please choose one of these women, whomever you find suitable for you. She will become the ornament of the heavenly planets." Vibrating the sacred syllable Om, the servants of the demigods selected Urvashi, the best of the Apsaras. Placing her in front of them out of respect, they returned to the heavenly planets.

 Thus we are wonder-struck seeing that those who came to entice the Lord, were themselves presented with the most enticing Apsara and what better way the Lord could adopt to make them realize His position.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Vaijayanti mala devi dasi,
Abu dhabi.