Rising Above Grabbing Mentality Spiritualism Over Ritualism

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.88.35-39 - Rising Above Grabbing Mentality Spiritualism Over Ritualism (download mp3)
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SB 10.88.35
ittham bhagavatas citrair
 vacobhih sa su-pesalaih
bhinna-dhir vismrtah sirsni
 sva-hastam kumatir nyadhat

[Sukadeva Gosvami continued:] Thus bewildered by the Personality of Godhead’s enchanting, artful words, foolish Vrka, without realizing what he was doing, placed his hand on his head.

SB 10.88.36
athapatad bhinna-sirah
 vajrahata iva ksanat
jaya-sabdo namah-sabdah
 sadhu-sabdo ’bhavad divi

Instantly his head shattered as if struck by a lightning bolt, and the demon fell down dead. From the sky were heard cries of “Victory!” “Obeisances!” and “Well done!”

SB 10.88.37
mumucuh puspa-varsani
 hate pape vrkasure
 mocitah sankatac chivah

The celestial sages, Pitas and Gandharvas rained down flowers to celebrate the killing of sinful Vrkasura. Now Lord Siva was out of danger.

SB 10.88.38-39
muktam girisam abhyaha
 bhagavan purusottamah
aho deva maha-deva
 papo ’yam svena papmana
hatah ko nu mahatsv isa
 jantur vai krta-kilbisah
ksemi syat kim u visvese
 krtagasko jagad-gurau

The Supreme Personality of Godhead then addressed Lord Girisa, who was now out of danger: “Just see, O Mahadeva, My lord, how this wicked man has been killed by his own sinful reactions. Indeed, what living being can hope for good fortune if he offends exalted saints, what to speak of offending the lord and spiritual master of the universe?”

According to Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti, this statement of Lord Visnu’s implies a mild scolding: “My dear possessor of unlimited vision, O you of clear intelligence, benedictions should not be given to wicked demons in this way. You could have been killed! But you were only concerned about saving this poor soul, so you disregarded what would happen to you as a result.” Thus, Acarya Visvanatha Cakravarti points out, Lord Narayana’s mild rebuke also highlighted Lord Siva’s exceptional compassion.