Lord's Qualities Are Unfathomable

Srimad Bhagavatam 08.24.07-09 - Lord's Qualities Are Unfathomable (download mp3)
by Madan Gopal Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

 SB 8.24.7
asid atita-kalpante
brahmo naimittiko layah
samudropaplutas tatra
loka bhur-adayo nrpa

O King Pariksit, at the end of the past millennium, at the end of Brahma's day, because Lord Brahma sleeps during the night, annihilation took place, and the three worlds were covered by the water of the ocean.

SB 8.24.8
dhatuh sisayisor bali
mukhato nihsrtan vedan
hayagrivo 'ntike 'harat

At the end of Brahma's day, when Brahma felt sleepy and desired to lie down, the Vedas were emanating from his mouth, and the great demon named Hayagriva stole the Vedic knowledge.

SB 8.24.9
jñatva tad danavendrasya
hayagrivasya cestitam
dadhara saphari-rupam
bhagavan harir isvarah

Understanding the acts of the great demon Hayagriva, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Hari, who is full of all opulences, assumed the form of a fish and saved the Vedas by killing the demon.

Because everything was inundated by water, to save the Vedas it was necessary for the Lord to assume the form of a fish.