Canto 6: Prescribed Duties for MankindChapter 18: Diti Vows to Kill King Indra

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 6.18.45

śrī-kaśyapa uvāca

putras te bhavitā bhadre


saḿvatsaraḿ vratam idaḿ

yady añjo dhārayiṣyasi


śrī-kaśyapaḥ uvācaKaśyapa Muni said; putraḥ — son; te — your; bhavitā — will be; bhadreO gentle woman; indra- — killer of Indra, or follower of Indra; adeva-bāndhavaḥ — friend of the demons (or deva-bāndhavaḥ — friend of the demigods); saḿvatsaram — for a year; vratam — vow; idam — this; yadi — if; añjaḥ — properly; dhārayiṣyasi — you will execute.


Kaśyapa Muni said: My dear gentle wife, if you follow my instructions regarding this vow for at least one year, you will surely get a son who will be able to kill Indra. However, if you deviate from this vow of following the Vaiṣṇava principles, you will get a son who will be favorable to Indra.


The word indra- refers to an asura who is always eager to kill Indra. An enemy of Indra is naturally a friend to the asuras, but the word indra- also refers to one who follows Indra or who is obedient to him. When one becomes a devotee of Indra, he is certainly a friend to the demigods. Thus the words indra-hādeva-bāndhavaḥ are equivocal, for they say, "Your son will kill Indra, but he will be very friendly to the demigods." If a person actually became a friend of the demigods, he certainly would not be able to kill Indra.

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