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

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 6.18.71

indra uvāca

amba te 'haḿ vyavasitam

upadhāryāgato 'ntikam

labdhāntaro 'cchidaḿ garbham

artha-buddhir na dharma-dṛk


indraḥ uvācaIndra said; ambaO mother; te — your; ahamI; vyavasitam — vow; upadhārya — understanding; āgataḥ — came; antikam — nearby; labdha — having found; antaraḥa fault; acchidamI cut; garbham — the embryo; artha-buddhiḥ — being self-interested; na — not; dharma-dṛk — possessing vision of religion.


Indra replied: My dear mother, because I was grossly blinded by selfish interests, I lost sight of religion. When I understood that you were observing a great vow in spiritual life, I wanted to find some fault in you. When I found such a fault, I entered your womb and cut the embryo to pieces.


When Diti, Indra's aunt, explained to Indra without reservations what she had wanted to do, Indra explained his intentions to her. Thus both of them, instead of being enemies, freely spoke the truth. This is the qualification that results from contact with Viṣṇu. As stated in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (5.18.12):

yasyāsti bhaktir bhagavaty akiñcanā

sarvair guṇais tatra samāsate surāḥ

If one develops a devotional attitude and becomes purified by worshiping the Supreme Lord, all the good qualities are certainly manifested in his body. Because of being touched by worship of Viṣṇu, both Diti and Indra were purified.

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