Srimad Bhagavatam 11.04.13-14 - Krishna Humbles but does not Humiliate (download mp3)
by Nityananda Charan Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
te devanucara drstva
striyah srir iva rupinih
gandhena mumuhus tasam
When the followers of the demigods gazed upon the fascinating mystic beauty of the women created by Nara-Narayana Rsi and smelled the fragrance of their bodies, the minds of these followers became bewildered. Indeed, upon seeing the beauty and magnificence of such women, the representatives of the demigods were completely diminished in their own opulence.
tan aha deva-devesah
pranatan prahasann iva
asam ekatamam vrndhvam
The Supreme Lord of lords then smiled slightly and told the representatives of heaven, who were bowing down before Him, “Please choose one of these women, whomever you find suitable for you. She will become the ornament of the heavenly planets.”
Nara-Narayana Rsi was almost laughing upon seeing the defeat of the demigods. However, being extremely grave, He did not actually laugh. Although the demigods might have thought, “We are simply low-class fools in comparison to these women,” the Lord encouraged them to choose one of the women, whomever they considered equal in character to themselves. The beauty thus selected would become the ornament of heaven.