The All Munificent Purushottama - Part 5

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. We will see how the Lord exhibited this quality in his incarnation as a transcendental boar (Varaha Moorthy).

The great demon Hiranyaksha grabbed the planet earth and placed it in the depth of the Garbodhaka ocean. The Supreme Lord manifested His form as Varaha transcendental boar to rescue the planet earth. The demon came in search of the Lord and found Him in the depth of the waters, and the Lord was lifting the earth at that time. But Hiranyaksha thought that the Lord was scared of him and hence ridiculed the Lord with insulting words as follows. “You rascal, You have been nourished by our enemies to kill us, and You have killed some demons by remaining invisible. O fool, Your power is only mystic, so today I shall enliven my kinsmen by killing You. I will smash Your skull by my mace and once You are dead, all devatas and sages will automatically perish without Your support”. He also challenged the Lord and invited Him to fight. But the Lord fled from the demon to save the earth and brought it out of the ocean and gave the ability to float on water.  And only then He reacted to the abusive words and fought with the demon and killed him.  

Srimad Bhagavatam  3.18.6 says as follows.

sa tudyamāno ’ri-durukta-tomarair
daṁṣṭrāgra-gā gām upalakya bhītām
toda mṛṣan niragād ambu-madhyād
grāhāhata sa-kareur yathebha

Although the Lord was pained by the shaftlike abusive words of the demon, He bore the pain. But seeing that the earth on the ends of His tusks was frightened, He rose out of the water just as an elephant emerges with its female companion when assailed by an alligator.

From the above sloka we see that the Lord tolerated the abusive words of Hiranyaksha and fled from the demon who challenged Him.  The Lord did this for the following reasons.

For the satisfaction of the devatas and drive away their fear:-  Srila Prabhupada states in the commentary of this verse, “In this case, although the Lord felt sorrow from the piercing words of the demon, He delivered the earth for the satisfaction of the demigods, who are ever His devoteesIn order to give protection to His devotee, He is always ready to tolerate insulting words from the atheists.” Therefore His toleration was displayed mainly to drive away the fears of the demigods, who should know that the Lord is always present to protect them.

To teach the devatas by His own example:- In the purport of the verse 3.18.9 Srila Prabhupada states “The Lord could have chastised the demon immediately while the demon was deriding the Lord with ill words, but the Lord tolerated him to please the demigods and to show that they should not be afraid of demons while discharging their duties.”  The Lord wanted to show this by personally taking the insults and continuing His duty. Srila Prabhupada states in purport of 3.18.6. “When the Lord was coming out of the water, taking the earth in His arms to deliver it, the demon derided Him with insulting words, but the Lord did not care because He was very conscious of His duty. “

To protect the earth:- Srila Prabhupada states in the purport of  Srimad Bhagaatam 3.18.7 “Although apparently He fled from the challenge, it was just to protect the earth from calamity that He tolerated Hirayāka’s deriding words.” Only when the earth planet is safe, Lord Brahma can create bodies for living entities so that they can enjoy or suffer the results of their karma and also try for going back to Godhead. So keeping this interest in mind, The Lord bore the pain caused by the insulting words of Hiranyaksha.

To show mercy to Hiranyaksha:- Srila Prabhupada states, “The Lord had nothing to fear from anyone, yet He was merciful to His enemy by neglecting him.” By fleeing away from the demon, Lord Varaha made him feel happy. Also the Lord could have killed him in a single blow at the beginning of the battle itself. But he had a prolonged fight with the demon so that the demon will feel proud of his strength. 

Thus we can see though the Lord is Supremely worshippable person, He tolerated insulting words from Hiranyaksha for the benefit of the devatas and planet earth. Though He is fearless, He apparently fled from the demon to show mercy on Him. Though He is inifinitely powerful, He had a prolonged fight to give pride to Hiranyaksha. Since Lord Varaha lowered Himself in this way for the benefit of others, He is rightly glorified as Purushottama by Mother Earth as follows in Vishnu Purana 1,4.24

mūrtāmūrtamadśya ca dśya ca pūruottama
yacca naivokta mayātra parameśvara
tva namastubhya bhūyobhūyo namonama

All that has a form in this material manifestation (like earth, water and fire) and that which does not have a form (like air and ether), all thet is seen and unseen, all the is spoken and not spoken, it is all Your manifestation O Purushottama! So I offer my respectful obeisances to You again and again.

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