Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.
In Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 4, chapters 2 through 7 we can come across so many wonderful, glorious characteristics present in Lord Shiva who is the greatest Vaishnava.
The charm of a brahmana is his patience and forgiveness. Lord Shiva tolerated the criticism by Daksha and his followers. When he found that the arguments between his devotees and Daksha were crossing the limits, he left the place.
Initially - not knowing the power of Supreme Lord's devotees, Daksha had insulted both Lord Shiva and his wife Sati and for this offense he was punished and his head was replaced by the head of a goat. But later when he realised his mistake and repented for the same mentally, his sins were immediately cleansed due to the magnanimous merciful nature of Lord Shiva.
In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 4.7.10,
tadā vṛṣadhvaja-dveṣa-kalilātmā prajāpatiḥ
śivāvalokād abhavac charad-dhrada ivāmalaḥ
At that time, when Dakṣa saw Lord Śiva, who rides upon a bull, his heart, which was polluted by envy of Lord Śiva, was immediately cleansed, just as the water in a lake is cleansed by autumn rains.
We have heard frequently that by associating with devotees of the Lord, we gradually become purified. In this case we can see how Lord Shivam being a very dear devotee of the Lord Krishna, was able to cleanse the heart of Daksha just by associating with him through His merciful glance.
In his purport to the above verse, Srila Prabhupada says - "Here is an example of why Lord Shiva is called auspicious. lf anyone sees Lord Shiva with devotion and reverence, his heart is immediately cleansed. King Daksha was polluted by envy of Lord Shiva, and yet by seeing him with a little love and devotion, his heart immediately became cleansed."
May we follow the foot-steps of the all auspicious Lord Shiva and try to imbibe the qualities of patience and forgiveness and remain steady in Krishna consciousness.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Sudarshana devi dasi.
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