Parallels Between Vidura Prahalada And Vibhisana

Srimad Bhagavatam 09.10.29 - Parallels Between Vidura Prahalada And Vibhisana (download mp3) , (download flv) and (download mp4)
by Radhanath Swami at ISKCON Chowpatty


 SB 9.10.29
sri-suka uvaca
svanam vibhisanas cakre
yad uktam samparayikam

Sri Sukadeva Gosvami said: Vibhisana, the pious brother of Ravana and devotee of Lord Ramacandra, received approval from Lord Ramacandra, the King of Kosala. Then he performed the prescribed funeral ceremonies for his family members to save them from the path to hell.

After giving up the body, one is transferred to another body, but sometimes, if one is too sinful, he is checked from transmigrating to another body, and thus he becomes a ghost. To save a diseased person from ghostly life, the funeral ceremony, or sraddha ceremony, as prescribed in authorized sastra, must be performed. Ravana was killed by Lord Ramacandra and was destined for hellish life, but by Lord Ramacandra's advice, Vibhisana, Ravana's brother, performed all the duties prescribed in relation to the dead. Thus Lord Ramacandra was kind to Ravana even after Ravana's death.