Dirty Material Body Is Maya

Srimad Bhagavatam 09.13.07-08 - Dirty Material Body Is Maya (download mp3)
by Madan Gopal Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 9.13.7
gandha-vastusu tad-deham
nidhaya muni-sattamah
samapte satra-yage ca
devan ucuh samagatan

During the performance of the yajña, the body relinquished by Maharaja Nimi was preserved in fragrant substances, and at the end of the Satra-yaga the great saints and brahmanas made the following request to all the demigods assembled there.

SB 9.13.8
rajño jivatu deho 'yam
prasannah prabhavo yadi
tathety ukte nimih praha
ma bhun me deha-bandhanam

"If you are satisfied with this sacrifice and if you are actually able to do so, kindly bring Maharaja Nimi back to life in this body." The demigods said yes to this request by the sages, but Maharaja Nimi said, "Please do not imprison me again in a material body."

The demigods are in a position many times higher than that of human beings. Therefore, although the great saints and sages were also powerful brahmanas, they requested the demigods to revive Maharaja Nimi's body, which had been preserved in various perfumed balms. One should not think that the demigods are powerful only in enjoying the senses; they are also powerful in such deeds as bringing life back to a dead body. There are many similar instances in the Vedic literature. For example, according to the history of Savitri and Satyavan, Satyavan died and was being taken away by Yamaraja, but on the request of his wife, Savitri, Satyavan was revived in the same body. This is an important fact about the power of the demigods.