Shock Doctrines Of The Crazy Media World

Srimad Bhagavatam 08.21.29-32 - Shock Doctrines Of The Crazy Media World (download mp3)
by Yudhisthira Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

 SB 8.21.29
padani trini dattani
bhumer mahyam tvayasura
dvabhyam kranta mahi sarva
trtiyam upakalpaya

O King of the demons, you have promised to give Me three steps of land, but I have occupied the entire universe with two steps. Now think about where I should put My third.

SB 8.21.30
yavat tapaty asau gobhir
yavad induh sahodubhih
yavad varsati parjanyas
tavati bhur iyam tava

As far as the sun and moon shine with the stars and as far as the clouds pour rain, all the land throughout the universe is in your possession.

SB 8.21.31
padaikena mayakranto
bhurlokah kham disas tanoh
svarlokas te dvitiyena
pasyatas te svam atmana

Of these possessions, with one step I have occupied Bhurloka, and with My body I have occupied the entire sky and all directions. And in your presence, with My second step, I have occupied the upper planetary system.

According to the Vedic description of the planetary system, all the planets move from east to west. The sun, the moon and five other planets, such as Mars and Jupiter, orbit one above another. Vamanadeva, however, expanding His body and extending His steps, occupied the entire planetary system.

SB 8.21.32
pratisrutam adatus te
niraye vasa isyate
visa tvam nirayam tasmad
guruna canumoditah

Because you have been unable to give charity according to your promise, the rule is that you should go down to live in the hellish planets. Therefore, in accordance with the order of Sukracarya, your spiritual master, now go down and live there.

It is said:

narayana-parah sarve
na kutascana bibhyati
api tulyartha-darsinah

"Devotees solely engaged in the devotional service of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Narayana, never fear any condition of life. For them the heavenly planets, liberation and the hellish planets are all the same, for such devotees are interested only in the service of the Lord." (SB 6.17.28) A devotee engaged in the service of Narayana is always in equilibrium. A devotee actually lives transcendentally. Although he may appear to have gone to hell or heaven, he does not live in either place; rather, he always lives in Vaikuntha (sa gunan samatityaitan brahma-bhuyaya kalpate [Bg. 14.26]). Vamanadeva asked Bali Maharaja to go to the hellish planets, apparently just to show the entire universe how tolerant he was, and Bali Maharaja did not hesitate to carry out the order. A devotee does not live alone. Of course, everyone lives with the Supreme Personality of Godhead, but because the devotee is engaged in His service, he actually does not live in any material condition. Bhaktivinoda Thakura says, kita janma hao yatha tuya dasa. Thus he prays to take birth as an insignificant insect in the association of devotees. Because devotees are engaged in the service of the Lord, anyone who lives with them also lives in Vaikuntha.