Dutifully Performing Our Duties

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

Today is the auspicious occasion of appearance of Lord Varaha Bhagavan. In Srimad Bhagavatam, Canto 3, Chapter 18 titled, "The Battle between Lord Boar and the demon Hiranyaksha", we find Hiranyaksha is cursing the Supreme Lord in a very offensive manner. In verse 7 he says,

taṁ niḥsarantaṁ salilād anudruto
hiraṇya-keśo dviradaṁ yathā jhaṣaḥ
karāla-daṁṣṭro ’śani-nisvano ’bravīd
gata-hriyāṁ kiṁ tv asatāṁ vigarhitam

The demon, who had golden hair on his head and fearful tusks, gave chase to the Lord while He was rising from the water, even as an alligator would chase an elephant. Roaring like thunder, he said: Are You not ashamed of running away before a challenging adversary? There is nothing reproachable for shameless creatures!

In the purport to the above verse, Srila Prabhupada writes, "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. For a dutiful man there is nothing to fear. Similarly, those who are powerful have no fear of derision or unkind words from an enemy. The Lord had nothing to fear from anyone, yet He was merciful to His enemy by neglecting him. "

His Divine Grace has very nicely explained in the above purport,  the dutiful nature of Lord Varahadev which we should attempt to imbibe in our day to day lives. In the subsequent verse, we find how Lord Varahadev after bringing her out from the Garbodhaka ocean, transferred His potency of floating in water to Mother earth and only after placing her carefully, He turned  to fight with the demon. As the Lord says in Bhagavad Gita - verse 3.23

yadi hy ahaṁ na varteyaṁ jātu karmaṇy atandritaḥ
mama vartmānuvartante manuṣyāḥ pārtha sarvaśaḥ

For if I ever failed to engage in carefully performing prescribed duties, O Paartha, certainly all men would follow My path.

When some one curses us with such cruel words, it's our tendency to get agitated. We loose our focus on whatever duties we are performing and would be misled by their words. But by not doing our duties we would get into more and more trouble. But when we perform our duties there is no need to fear anyone. Also when Hiranyaksha was deriding Him, Lord neglected his words and did not retaliate until His duty was complete. Following the footsteps of the Lord, we must also not retaliate others when we are engaged in our prescribed duties. Even if others deride/curse we must continue to do our duty with care and attention.

May we always remember this lesson taught by Lord Varahadev and practice the same in our day to day life.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Kalacakra Krsna das and Sudarshana devi dasi.