Canto 4: Creation of the Fourth OrderChapter 4: Sati Quits Her Body

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Srimad Bhagavatam 4.4.28

tat pasyatam khe bhuvi cadbhutam mahad

ha heti vadah sumahan ajayata

hanta priya daivatamasya devi

jahav asun kena sati prakopita

SYNONYMS

tat -- that; pasyatam -- of those who had seen; khe -- in the sky; bhuvi -- on the earth; ca -- and; adbhutam -- wonderful; mahat -- great; ha ha -- oh, oh; iti -- thus; vadah -- roar; su-mahan -- tumultuous; ajayata -- occurred; hanta -- alas; priya -- the beloved; daiva-tamasya -- of the most respectable demigod (Lord Siva); devi -- Sati; jahau -- quit; asun -- her life; kena -- by Daksha; sati -- Sati; prakopita -- angered.

TRANSLATION

When Sati annihilated her body in anger, there was a tumultuous roar all over the universe. Why had Sati, the wife of the most respectable demigod, Lord Siva, quit her body in such a manner?

PURPORT

There was a tumultuous roaring all over the universe in the societies of the demigods of different planets because Sati was the daughter of Daksha, the greatest of all kings, and the wife of Lord Siva, the greatest of all demigods. Why did she become so angry that she gave up her body? Since she was the daughter of a great personality and wife of a great personality, she had nothing to desire, but still she gave up her body in dissatisfaction. Certainly this was astonishing. One cannot attain complete satisfaction even if one is situated in the greatest material opulence. There was nothing Sati could not achieve either from her relationship with her father or from her relationship with the greatest of the demigods, but still, for some reason, she was dissatisfied. Therefore, Srimad-Bhagavatam (1.2.6) explains that one has to achieve real satisfaction (yayatma suprasidati), but atma -- the body, mind and soul -- all become completely satisfied only if one develops devotional service to the Absolute Truth. Sa vai pumsam paro dharmo yato bhaktir adhokshaje. Adhokshaja means the Absolute Truth. If one can develop his unflinching love for the transcendental Supreme Personality of Godhead, that can give complete satisfaction, otherwise there is no possibility of satisfaction in the material world or anywhere else.

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