Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.
This is in continuation of the previous offering titled, "The All Munificient Purushottama". In the previous offering we saw how the Supreme Lord lowers Himself for the elevation and auspiciousness of others and hence called Purushottama or Uttama Purusha.
We will see how the Lord exhibited His quality of being Purushottama in His incarnation as a transcendental tortoise (Kurma moorthy)
Once the devatas (with direction from Lord Vishnu) entered into an agreement with demons to churn the ocean of milk in order to obtain nectar. They used Mandara mountain as churning rod and Vasuki as serpent. When they started churning, Mandara mountain started sinking due to its weight and everyone was clueless what to do. The Lord immediately manifested His Kurma (tortoise) form which is eight hundred thousand miles long and lifted the mountain from the bottom of the milk ocean. He supported on His shell and prevented it from sinking. Only because of this, the ocean was churned and nectar was obtained. When the demigods and demons, by the strength of their arms, rotated mandara Mountain on the back of the extraordinary tortoise, the tortoise accepted the rolling of the mountain as a means of scratching His body, and thus He felt a pleasing sensation. After this pastime was over, all the devatas prayed to Lord Kurma and prayed to Him, “O Lord, Anantha Sesha is supporting bhu mandala on His hoods effortlessly. However, He wants your personal association and support in this glorious form of Kurma “. Lord Kurma said “So be it” and the Lord till now remains below Lord Ananta and supported Ananta.
Lord Kurma is rightly called Purushottama (one who lowers Himself for other’s benefit) because of the following reasons.
pṛṣṭhe bhrāmyad amanda-mandara-giri-grāvāgra-kaṇḍūyanān
nidrāloḥ kamaṭhākṛter bhagavataḥ śvāsānilāḥ pāntu vaḥ
yātāyātam atandritaṁ jala-nidher nādyāpi viśrāmyati
When the Supreme Personality of Godhead appeared as Lord Kūrma, a tortoise, His back was scratched by the sharp-edged stones lying on massive, whirling Mount Mandara, and this scratching made the Lord sleepy. May you all be protected by the winds caused by the Lord’s breathing in this sleepy condition. Ever since that time, even up to the present day, the ocean tides have imitated the Lord’s inhalation and exhalation by piously coming in and going out.
The purport states that “At times we alleviate an itching sensation by blowing upon it. Similarly, Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura explains, the breathing of the Supreme Personality of Godhead can alleviate the itching sensation within the minds of mental speculators, as well as the itching of the material senses of conditioned souls engaged in sense gratification. Thus by meditating on the windy breath of Lord Kūrma — the tortoise incarnation — all categories of conditioned souls can be relieved of the deficiencies of material existence and come to the liberated, spiritual platform. One must simply allow the pastimes of Lord Kūrma to blow within one’s heart like a favourable breeze; then one will surely find spiritual peace.”
Lord Kurma thus did these activities so that we can remember Him and be relieved of the itching sensation of our senses and attain spiritual peach and perfection. And hence the scriptures (Kurma Purana) glorify Lord Kurma as Purushottama as follows.
tvayaiva srushthimakhilam tvameva paramāgatih,
tvam pitā sarva bhutānām tvam mātā purushottama
All this creation emanates from You and You are the ultimate goal of all living entities. You are the mother and father of all living entities and You are Purushottama.
Krishna willing we shall see about the other incarnations in the ensuing offerings.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Narahari Krishna das
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