Demigods Are Also Surrendered To The Lord

Srimad Bhagavatam 08.03.31 - Demigods Are Also Surrendered To The Lord (download mp3)
by Murari Gupta Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 8.3.31
tam tadvad artam upalabhya jagan-nivasah
stotram nisamya divijaih saha samstuvadbhih
chandomayena garudena samuhyamanas
cakrayudho 'bhyagamad asu yato gajendrah

After understanding the awkward condition of Gajendra, who had offered his prayers, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Hari, who lives everywhere, appeared with the demigods, who were offering prayers to Him. Carrying His disc and other weapons, He appeared there on the back of His carrier, Garuda, with great speed, according to His desire. Thus He appeared before Gajendra.

Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura specifically hints that since Gajendra was in such a difficult position and was praying for the mercy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the demigods, who could have immediately gone to his rescue, hesitated to go there. Since they considered Gajendra's prayer to be directed toward the Lord, they felt offended, and this in itself was offensive. Consequently, when the Lord went there, they also went and offered prayers to the Lord so that their offense might be excused.