Glories of Vrtrasura - Part 4

Glories of Vrtrasura - Part 4

13th Apr 2014
Manohar Suvarna

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 topic titled, "Glories of Vrtrasura". In the previous two offerings, we have learnt

1. The cause and purpose of appearance of great devotee Vrtrasura.
2. Lord's instruction to demigods for the protection.
3. Fight till the end

Today, we will meditate on the realization of Vrtrasura on the battlefield.

4. Fair Dealings: Vrtrasura preached principles of religion to his demoniac lieutenants who were fleeing from the battlefield. However, as demons realized that their strength and power were diminishing, his commanders betrayed him. Demigods took this opportunity and attacked the fleeing demons all around and scattered them. Whole scene was so pathetic that it was indigestible to great Vrtrasura, who did not expect demigods to attack on fleeing soldiers.

At first, Vrtrasura chastised coward demons by saying that they are not born to their mothers but come from mother's body like stool. Now, Vrtrasura challenged demigods to fight with him. He said, "If you have faith in heroism, patience in core of your heart, and if you are not ambitious for sense gratification, stand before me for a moment." Bhagavatam says Vrtrasura terrified demigods with his strong and stout body. When he roared like lion, demigods fainted and fell to the ground as if struck by thunderbolt. Vrtrasura trampled demigods beneath his feet, which Indra could not tolerate and 

hence, threw his club at Vrtrasura. Vrtrasura caught Indra's club in his left hand and struck on the head of Airavata, Indra's carrier. Airavata suffered great pain and vomitted blood form its mouth. Srimad Bhagavatam says great soul Vrtrasura, follower of religious principles did not attack Indra and his elephant again as he saw that the elephant was suffering from pain and Indra was morose due to his elephant's agony. 

Here, we can learn about some of the exalted qualities of the pure devotee Vrtrasura. 

a. He boldly chastised both the fleeing demons and the demigods when they attacked the fleeing demons as both their acts were not as per the codes of war.

b. Even when everyone left him, he was not morose or afraid. He single-handedly and bravely faced the demigods in the war. 

c. Also when Indra's elephant was hurt, he again acted with compassion and behaved in a very fair manner by neither attacking the elephant again, nor by attacking Indra in that difficult moment. 

And he did all this even though he knew that he would be killed by Indra. Although the demigods tried to exploit his situation when his army fleed away, Vrtrasura did not want to exploit the situation when Indra's elephant Airavata was hurt. To act in fair manner to people who are good is nothing special. But to have fair dealings with people, even when they do bad for us is very glorious quality. So the lesson we learn from Vrtrasura is that we must have fair dealings with all, even with people who behave with us in an unfair manner.

Krishna willing, we will learn more about demon devotee Vrtrasura in the next offering.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Manohar Suvarna,
Abu Dhabi.