Overcoming Pride Of Position

Srimad Bhagavatam 8.01.17-18 - Overcoming Pride Of Position (download mp3)
by Madan Gopal Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

 SB 8.1.17
sri-suka uvaca
iti mantropanisadam
vyaharantam samahitam
drstvasura yatudhana
jagdhum abhyadravan ksudha

Sukadeva Gosvami continued: Svayambhuva Manu was thus in a trance, chanting the mantras of Vedic instruction known as the Upanisads. Upon seeing him, the Raksasas and asuras, being very hungry, wanted to devour him. Therefore they ran after him with great speed.

SB 8.1.18
tams tathavasitan viksya
yajñah sarva-gato harih
yamaih parivrto devair
hatvasasat tri-vistapam

The Supreme Lord, Visnu, who sits in everyone's heart, appearing as Yajñapati, observed that the Raksasas and demons were going to devour Svayambhuva Manu. Thus the Lord, accompanied by His sons named the Yamas and by all the other demigods, killed the demons and Raksasas. He then took the post of Indra and began to rule the heavenly kingdom.

The various names of the demigods—Lord Brahma, Lord Siva, Lord Indra and so on—are not personal names; they are names of different posts. In this regard, we understand that Lord Visnu sometimes becomes Brahma or Indra when there is no suitable person to occupy these posts.