Different Aspects of Anger

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.36.18-19 - Different Aspects of Anger (download mp3) , (download flv) and (download mp4)
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SB 10.36.18
nisamya tad bhoja-patih
 kopat pracalitendriyah
nisatam asim adatta

Upon hearing this, the master of the Bhojas became furious and lost control of his senses. He picked up a sharp sword to kill Vasudeva.

SB 10.36.19
nivarito naradena
 tat-sutau mrtyum atmanah
j├▒atva loha-mayaih pasair
 babandha saha bharyaya

But Narada restrained Kamsa by reminding him that it was the two sons of Vasudeva who would cause his death. Kamsa then had Vasudeva and his wife shackled in iron chains.

Kamsa realized that there was no use in killing Vasudeva, since it was Vasudeva’s sons, Krsna and Balarama, who were to kill him. According to the acaryas, Narada also advised Kamsa that if he killed Vasudeva the two young boys might flee and that it was therefore better not to kill him. Rather, Narada recommended, Kamsa should bring Krsna and Balarama to Kamsa’s capital city, Mathura.

Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti points out that Narada did not act inimically toward the great devotees Vasudeva and Devaki when he revealed this information to Kamsa. In fact, as explained in the Eleventh Canto, Vasudeva was grateful to Narada because he was arranging for Kamsa’s death at Krsna’s hands, and further arranging for Krsna to come and live in Mathura, where His loving father could associate with Him.