Srimad Bhagavatam 10.16.28-30 - Srila Ishvara Puri-The Sapling of Chaitanya Tree (download mp3) , (download flv) and (download mp4)
by Murlidhar Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
yad yac chiro na namate ’nga sataika-sirsnas
tat tan mamarda khara-danda-dharo ’nghri-pataih
ksinayuso bhramata ulbanam asyato ’srn
nasto vaman parama-kasmalam apa nagah
My dear King, Kaliya had 101 prominent heads, and when one of them would not bow down, Lord Sri Krsna, who inflicts punishment on cruel wrong-doers, would smash that stubborn head by striking it with His feet. Then, as Kaliya entered his death throes, he began wheeling his heads around and vomiting ghastly blood from his mouths and nostrils. The serpent thus experienced extreme pain and misery.
tasyaksibhir garalam udvamatah sirahsu
yad yat samunnamati nihsvasato rusoccaih
nrtyan padanunamayan damayam babhuva
puspaih prapujita iveha puman puranah
Exuding poisonous waste from his eyes, Kaliya, would occasionally dare to raise up one of his heads, which would breathe heavily with anger. Then the Lord would dance on it and subdue it, forcing it to bow down with His foot. The demigods took each of these exhibitions as an opportunity to worship Him, the primeval Personality of Godhead, with showers of flowers.
raktam mukhair uru vaman nrpa bhagna-gatrah
smrtva caracara-gurum purusam puranam
narayanam tam aranam manasa jagama
My dear King Pariksit, Lord Krsna’s wonderful, powerful dancing trampled and broke all of Kaliya’s one thousand hoods. Then the serpent, profusely vomiting blood from his mouths, finally recognized Sri Krsna to be the eternal Personality of Godhead, the supreme master of all moving and nonmoving beings, Sri Narayana. Thus within his mind Kaliya took shelter of the Lord.
In Chapter Sixteen of Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Srila Prabhupada points out that whereas previously Kaliya was vomiting poison, now his poison was exhausted and he began to vomit blood. Thus he had been cleansed of the vile contamination within his heart that had manifested as serpent’s venom. The word smrtva, “remembering,” is very significant here. The wives of Kaliya were actually serious devotees of Lord Krsna, and according to the acaryas they had often tried to convince their husband to surrender to Him. Finally, finding himself in unbearable agony, Kaliya remembered his wives’ advice and took shelter of the Lord. Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura explains that Kaliya’s archrival had traditionally been Garuda, the carrier of Visnu. But now Kaliya realized that he was fighting an opponent who was thousands of times stronger than Garuda and who therefore could be only the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Thus Kaliya took shelter of Lord Krsna.