Canto 7: The Science of GodChapter 8: Lord Nrisimhadeva Slays the King of the Demons

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Srimad Bhagavatam 7.8.56

sri-vishnu-parshada ucuh

adyaitad dhari-nara-rupam adbhutam te

drishtam nah saranada sarva-loka-sarma

so 'yam te vidhikara isa vipra-saptas

tasyedam nidhanam anugrahaya vidmah


sri-vishnu-parshadah ucuh -- the associates of Lord Vishnu in Vaikunthaloka said; adya -- today; etat -- this; hari-nara -- of half lion and half human being; rupam -- form; adbhutam -- very wonderful; te -- Your; drishtam -- seen; nah -- of us; sarana-da -- the everlasting bestower of shelter; sarva-loka-sarma -- which brings good fortune to all the various planets; sah -- he; ayam -- this; te -- of Your Lordship; vidhikarah -- order carrier (servant); isa -- O Lord; vipra-saptah -- being cursed by the brahmanas; tasya -- of him; idam -- this; nidhanam -- killing; anugrahaya -- for the special favor; vidmah -- we understand.


The associates of Lord Vishnu in Vaikuntha offered this prayer: O Lord, our supreme giver of shelter, today we have seen Your wonderful form as Lord Nrisimhadeva, meant for the good fortune of all the world. O Lord, we can understand that Hiranyakasipu was the same Jaya who engaged in Your service but was cursed by brahmanas and who thus received the body of a demon. We understand that his having now been killed is Your special mercy upon him.


Hiranyakasipu's coming to this earth and acting as the Lord's enemy was prearranged. Jaya and Vijaya were cursed by the brahmanas Sanaka, Sanat-kumara, Sanandana and Sanatana because Jaya and Vijaya checked these four Kumaras. The Lord accepted this cursing of His servants and agreed that they would have to go to the material world and would then return to Vaikuntha after serving the term of the curse. Jaya and Vijaya were very much perturbed, but the Lord advised them to act as enemies, for then they would return after three births; otherwise, ordinarily, they would have to take seven births. With this authority, Jaya and Vijaya acted as the Lord's enemies, and now that these two were dead, all the Vishnudutas understood that the Lord's killing of Hiranyakasipu was special mercy bestowed upon them.

Thus end the Bhaktivedanta purports of the Seventh Canto, Eighth Chapter, of the Srimad-Bhagavatam, entitled "Lord Nrisimhadeva Slays the King of the Demons."

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