Various Types Of Intoxications Leading to Offences

Srimad Bhagavatam 09.07.01-07 - Various Types Of Intoxications Leading to Offences (download mp3)
by Gaur Hari Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

  SB 9.7.1
sri-suka uvaca
mandhatuh putra-pravaro
yo 'mbarisah prakirtitah
pitamahena pravrto
yauvanasvas tu tat-sutah
haritas tasya putro 'bhun
mandhatr-pravara ime

Sukadeva Gosvami said: The most prominent among the sons of Mandhata was he who is celebrated as Ambarisa. Ambarisa was accepted as son by his grandfather Yuvanasva. Ambarisa's son was Yauvanasva, and Yauvanasva's son was Harita. In Mandhata's dynasty, Ambarisa, Harita and Yauvanasva were very prominent.

SB 9.7.2
narmada bhratrbhir datta
purukutsaya yoragaih
taya rasatalam nito

The serpent brothers of Narmada gave Narmada to Purukutsa. Being sent by Vasuki, she took Purukutsa to the lower region of the universe.

Before describing the descendants of Purukutsa, the son of Mandhata, Sukadeva Gosvami first describes how Purukutsa was married to Narmada, who was induced to take him to the lower region of the universe.

SB 9.7.3
gandharvan avadhit tatra
vadhyan vai visnu-sakti-dhrk
nagal labdha-varah sarpad
abhayam smaratam idam

There in Rasatala, the lower region of the universe, Purukutsa, being empowered by Lord Visnu, was able to kill all the Gandharvas who deserved to be killed. Purukutsa received the benediction from the serpents that anyone who remembers this history of his being brought by Narmada to the lower region of the universe will be assured of safety from the attack of snakes.

SB 9.7.4
trasaddasyuh paurukutso
yo 'naranyasya deha-krt
haryasvas tat-sutas tasmat
praruno 'tha tribandhanah

The son of Purukutsa was Trasaddasyu, who was the father of Anaranya. Anaranya's son was Haryasva, the father of Praruna. Praruna was the father of Tribandhana.

SB 9.7.5-6
tasya satyavratah putras
trisankur iti visrutah
praptas candalatam sapad
guroh kausika-tejasa
sasariro gatah svargam
adyapi divi drsyate
patito 'vak-sira devais
tenaiva stambhito balat

The son of Tribandhana was Satyavrata, who is celebrated by the name Trisanku. Because he kidnapped the daughter of a brahmana when she was being married, his father cursed him to become a candala, lower than a sudra. Thereafter, by the influence of Visvamitra, he went to the higher planetary system, the heavenly planets, in his material body, but because of the prowess of the demigods he fell back downward. Nonetheless, by the power of Visvamitra, he did not fall all the way down; even today he can still be seen hanging in the sky, head downward.

SB 9.7.7
traisankavo hariscandro
yan-nimittam abhud yuddham
paksinor bahu-varsikam

The son of Trisanku was Hariscandra. Because of Hariscandra there was a quarrel between Visvamitra and Vasistha, who for many years fought one another, having been transformed into birds.

Visvamitra and Vasistha were always inimical. Formerly, Visvamitra was a ksatriya, and by undergoing severe austerities he wanted to become a brahmana, but Vasistha would not agree to accept him. In this way there was always disagreement between the two. Later, however, Vasistha accepted him because of Visvamitra's quality of forgiveness. Once Hariscandra performed a yaj├▒a for which Visvamitra was the priest, but Visvamitra, being angry at Hariscandra, took away all his possessions, claiming them as a contribution of daksina. Vasistha, however, did not like this, and therefore a fight arose between Vasistha and Visvamitra. The fighting became so severe that each of them cursed the other. One of them said, "May you become a bird," and the other said, "May you become a duck." Thus both of them became birds and continued fighting for many years because of Hariscandra. We can see that such a great mystic yogi as Saubhari became a victim of sense gratification, and such great sages as Vasistha and Visvamitra became birds. This is the material world. Abrahma-bhuvanal lokah punar avartino 'rjuna [Bg. 8.16]. Within this material world, or within this universe, however elevated one may be in material qualities, one must suffer the conditions of birth, death, old age and disease (janma-mrtyu jara-vyadhi [Bg. 13.9]). Therefore Krsna says that this material world is simply miserable (duhkhalayam asasvatam [Bg. 8.15]). The Bhagavatam says, padam padam yad vipadam: [SB 10.14.58] at every step here there is danger. Therefore, because the Krsna consciousness movement provides the opportunity for the human being to get out of this material world simply by chanting the Hare Krsna mantra, this movement is the greatest benediction in human society.