Important of Performing Sacrifice
Srimad Bhagavatam 10.79.30 - Important of Performing Sacrifice (download mp3)
by Jayadvaita Swami at ISKCON Chowpatty
tam punar naimisam praptam
rsayo ’yajayan muda
kratv-angam kratubhih sarvair
Later Lord Balarama returned to Naimisaranya, where the sages joyfully engaged Him, the embodiment of all sacrifice, in performing various kinds of Vedic sacrifice. Lord Balarama was now retired from warfare.
Srila Prabhupada writes: “[When Lord Balarama] went to the holy place of pilgrimage at Naimisaranya,… the sages, saintly persons and brahmanas all stood up to receive Him. They understood that Lord Balarama, although a ksatriya, was now retired from the fighting business. The brahmanas and the sages, who were always for peace and tranquillity, were very pleased at this. All of them embraced Balarama with great affection and induced Him to perform various kinds of sacrifices in that sacred spot of Naimisaranya. Actually Lord Balarama had no business performing the sacrifices recommended for ordinary human beings; He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and therefore He Himself is the enjoyer of all such sacrifices. As such, His exemplary action in performing sacrifices was only to give a lesson to the common man to show how one should abide by the injunctions of the Vedas.”