Sobering Influence Guiding Humanity

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.89.06-07 - Sobering Influence Guiding Humanity (download mp3)
by Vrishbhanu Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.89.6-7
naicchat tvam asy utpatha-ga
 iti devas cukopa ha
sulam udyamya tam hantum
 arebhe tigma-locanah
patitva padayor devi
 santvayam asa tam gira
atho jagama vaikuntham
 yatra devo janardanah

But Bhrgu refused his embrace, telling him, “You are a deviant heretic.” At this Lord Siva became angry, and his eyes burned ferociously. He raised his trident and was about to kill Bhrgu when Goddess Devi fell at his feet and spoke some words to pacify him. Bhrgu then left that place and went to Vaikuntha, where Lord Janardana resides.

In Krsna, Srila Prabhupada writes: “It is said that an offense can be committed either with the body, with the mind or by speech. Bhrgu Muni’s first offense, committed toward Lord Brahma, was an offense with the mind. His second offense, committed toward Lord Siva by insulting him, criticizing him for unclean habits, was an offense by speech. Because the quality of ignorance is prominent in Lord Siva, when he heard Bhrgu’s insult his eyes immediately became red with anger. With uncontrollable rage, he took up his trident and prepared to kill Bhrgu Muni. At that time Lord Siva’s wife, Parvati, was present. Her personality, like Lord Siva’s, is a mixture of the three qualities, and therefore she is called Triguna-mayi. In this case, she saved the situation by evoking Lord Siva’s quality of goodness.”

Srila Jiva Gosvami remarks that the Vaikuntha planet referred to here is Svetadvipa.