Securing Our Society

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.85.47-49 - Securing Our Society (download mp3)
by Krishna Chandra Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.85.47
sri-bhagavan uvaca
asan mariceh sat putra
 urnayam prathame ’ntare
devah kam jahasur viksya
 sutam yabhitum udyatam

The Supreme Lord said: During the age of the first Manu, the sage Marici had six sons by his wife Urna. They were all exalted demigods, but once they laughed at Lord Brahma when they saw him preparing to have sex with his own daughter.

SB 10.85.48-49
tenasurim agan yonim
hiranyakasipor jata
 nitas te yoga-mayaya
devakya udare jata
 rajan kamsa-vihimsitah
sa tan socaty atmajan svams
 ta ime ’dhyasate ’ntike

Because of that improper act, they immediately entered a demoniac form of life, and thus they took birth as sons of Hiranyakasipu. The goddess Yoga-maya then took them away from Hiranyakasipu, and they were born again from Devaki’s womb. After this, O King, Kamsa murdered them. Devaki still laments for them, thinking of them as her sons. These same sons of Marici are now living here with you.

Acaryas Sridhara Svami and Visvanatha Cakravarti explain that after taking Marici’s six sons from Hiranyakasipu, Lord Krsna’s Yoga-maya first made them pass through one more life as children of another great demon, Kalanemi, and then she finally transferred them to the womb of Devaki.