Canto 7: The Science of GodChapter 3: Hiraṇyakaśipu's Plan to Become Immortal

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 7.3.20

vyavasāyena te 'nena

duṣkareṇa manasvinām

tapo-niṣṭhena bhavatā

jito 'haḿ diti-nandana


vyavasāyena — by determination; te — your; anena — this; duṣkareṇa — difficult to perform; manasvinām — even for great sages and saintly persons; tapaḥ-niṣṭhena — aimed at executing austerity; bhavatā — by you; jitaḥ — conquered; ahamI; diti-nandanaO son of Diti.


My dear son of Diti, with your great determination and austerity you have done what was impossible even for great saintly persons, and thus I have certainly been conquered by you.


In regard to the word jitaḥ, Śrīla Madhva Muni gives the following quotation from the Śabda-nirṇaya: parābhūtaḿ vaśa-sthaḿ ca jitabhid ucyate budhaiḥ. "If one comes under someone else's control or is defeated by another, he is called jitaḥ." Hiraṇyakaśipu's austerity was so great and wonderful that even Lord Brahmā agreed to be conquered by him.

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