Canto 6: Prescribed Duties for MankindChapter 14: King Citraketu's Lamentation

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 6.14.6

vṛtras tu sa kathaḿ pāpaḥ


itthaḿ dṛḍha-matiḥ kṛṣṇa

āsīt sańgrāma ulbaṇe


vṛtraḥ — Vṛtrāsura; tu — but; saḥhe; katham — how; pāpaḥ — although sinful (getting the body of a demon); sarva-loka — of all the three worlds; upatāpanaḥ — the cause of suffering; ittham — such; dṛḍha-matiḥ — firmly fixed intelligence; kṛṣṇein Kṛṣṇa; āsīt — there was; sańgrāme ulbaṇein the great blazing fire of battle.


Vṛtrāsura was situated in the blazing fire of battle and was an infamous, sinful demon, always engaged in giving troubles and anxieties to others. How could such a demon become so greatly Kṛṣṇa conscious?


It has been described that a nārāyaṇa-parāyaṇa, a pure devotee, is rarely found even among millions and millions of persons. Therefore Parīkṣit Mahārāja was surprised that Vṛtrāsura, whose purpose was to give trouble and anxiety to others, was one of these devotees, even on a battlefield. What was the reason for Vṛtrāsura's advancement?

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