Canto 9: LiberationChapter 4: Ambarīṣa Mahārāja Offended by Durvāsā Muni

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 9.4.69

upāyaḿ kathayiṣyāmi

tava vipra śṛṇuṣva tat

ayaḿ hy ātmābhicāras te

yatas taḿ yāhi ciram

sādhuṣu prahitaḿ tejaḥ

prahartuḥ kurute 'śivam

SYNONYMS

upāyam — the means of protection in this dangerous position; kathayiṣyāmiI shall speak to you; tava — of your deliverance from this danger; vipraO brāhmaṇa; śṛṇuṣva — just hear from me; tat — what I say; ayam — this action taken by you; hi — indeed; ātma-abhicāraḥ — self-envy or envious of yourself (your mind has become your enemy); te — for you; yataḥ — because of whom; tamto him (Mahārāja Ambarīṣa); yāhi — immediately go; ciramdo not wait even a moment; sādhuṣu — unto devotees; prahitam — applied; tejaḥ — power; prahartuḥ — of the executor; kurute — does; aśivam — inauspiciousness.

TRANSLATION

O brāhmaṇa, let Me now advise you for your own protection. Please hear from Me. By offending Mahārāja Ambarīṣa, you have acted with self-envy. Therefore you should go to him immediately, without a moment's delay. One's so-called prowess, when employed against the devotee, certainly harms he who employs it. Thus it is the subject, not the object, who is harmed.

PURPORT

A Vaiṣṇava is always an object of envy for nondevotees, even when the nondevotee happens to be his father. To give a practical example, Hiraṇyakaśipu was envious of Prahlāda Mahārāja, but this envy of the devotee was harmful to Hiraṇyakaśipu, not to Prahlāda. Every action taken by Hiraṇyakaśipu against his son Prahlāda Mahārāja was taken very seriously by the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and thus when Hiraṇyakaśipu was on the verge of killing Prahlāda, the Lord personally appeared and killed Hiraṇyakaśipu. Service to a Vaiṣṇava gradually accumulates and becomes an asset for the devotee. Similarly, harmful activities directed against the devotee gradually become the ultimate cause of the performer's falldown. Even such a great brāhmaṇa and mystic yogī as Durvāsā was in a most dangerous situation because of his offense at the lotus feet of Mahārāja Ambarīṣa, a pure devotee.

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