Canto 3: The Status QuoChapter 13: The Appearance of Lord Varāha

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 3.13.25

niśamya te ghargharitaḿ sva-kheda-

kṣayiṣṇu māyāmaya-sūkarasya

janas-tapaḥ-satya-nivāsinas te

tribhiḥ pavitrair munayo 'gṛṇan sma


niśamya — just after hearing; te — those; ghargharitam — the tumultuous sound; sva-kheda — personal lamentation; kṣayiṣṇu — destroying; māyā-maya — all-merciful; sūkarasya — of Lord Boar; janaḥ — the Janaloka planet; tapaḥ — the Tapoloka planet; satya — the Satyaloka planet; nivāsinaḥ — residents; te — all of them; tribhiḥ — from the three Vedas; pavitraiḥ — by the all-auspicious mantras; munayaḥ — great thinkers and sages; agṛṇan sma — chanted.


When the great sages and thinkers who are residents of Janaloka, Tapoloka and Satyaloka heard the tumultuous voice of Lord Boar, which was the all-auspicious sound of the all-merciful Lord, they chanted auspicious chants from the three Vedas.


The word māyāmaya is very significant in this verse. Māyā means "mercy," "specific knowledge" and also "illusion." Therefore Lord Boar is everything; He is merciful, He is all knowledge, and He is illusion also. The sound which He vibrated as the boar incarnation was answered by the Vedic hymns of the great sages in the planets Janaloka, Tapoloka and Satyaloka. The highest intellectual and pious living entities live in those planets, and when they heard the extraordinary voice of the boar, they could understand that the specific sound was vibrated by the Lord and no one else. Therefore they replied by praying to the Lord with Vedic hymns. The earth planet was submerged in the mire, but on hearing the sound of the Lord, the inhabitants of the higher planets were all jubilant because they knew that the Lord was there to deliver the earth. Therefore Brahmā and all the sages, such as Bhṛgu, Brahmā's other sons, and learned brāhmaṇas, were enlivened, and they concertedly joined in praising the Lord with the transcendental vibrations of the Vedic hymns. The most important is the Bṛhan-nāradīya Purāṇa verse Hare Kṛṣṇa, Hare Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa, Hare Hare/ Hare Rāma, Hare Rāma, Rāma Rāma, Hare Hare.

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