Srimad Bhagavatam 10.63.01-06 - Curing The Syndrome of Selfishness (download mp3) and (download mp4)
by Dwarkadhish Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
tad-bandhunam ca bharata
catvaro varsika masa
Sukadeva Gosvami said: O descendant of Bharata, the relatives of Aniruddha, not seeing Him return, continued to lament as the four rainy months passed.
naradat tad upakarnya
vartam baddhasya karma ca
After hearing from Narada the news of Aniruddha’s deeds and His capture, the Vrsnis, who worshiped Lord Krsna as their personal Deity, went to Sonitapura.
pradyumno yuyudhanas ca
gadah sambo ’tha saranah
sametah sarvato disam
With Lord Balarama and Lord Krsna in the lead, the chiefs of the Satvata clan — Pradyumna, Satyaki, Gada, Samba, Sarana, Nanda, Upananda, Bhadra and others — converged with an army of twelve divisions and laid siege to Banasura’s capital, completely surrounding the city on all sides.
Banasura became filled with anger upon seeing them destroy his city’s suburban gardens, ramparts, watchtowers and gateways, and thus he went out to confront them with an army of equal size.
banarthe bhagavan rudrah
sa-sutah pramathair vrtah
Lord Rudra, accompanied by his son Kartikeya and the Pramathas, came riding on Nandi, his bull carrier, to fight Balarama and Krsna on Bana’s behalf.
Srila Sridhara Svami states that the word bhagavan is used here to indicate that Lord Siva is by nature all-knowing and thus well aware of Lord Krsna’s greatness. Still, although Siva knew Lord Krsna would defeat him, he joined the battle against Him to demonstrate the glories of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura states that Lord Siva entered the battle for two reasons: first, to increase Lord Krsna’s pleasure and enthusiasm; and second, to demonstrate that the Lord’s incarnation as Krsna, although enacting humanlike pastimes, is superior to other avataras, such as Lord Ramacandra. Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti further states in this regard that Yoga-maya, Lord Krsna’s internal potency, bewildered Lord Siva just as she had bewildered Brahma. In support of this statement, the acarya cites the phrase brahma-rudradi-mohanam from Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu. Of course, Yoga-maya’s job is to make fine arrangements for the Lord’s pastimes, and thus Siva became enthusiastic to battle the Supreme Lord, Krsna.