Srimad Bhagavatam 11.04.18-21 - Parallels from Lives of Sripad Madhvacarya and Srila Prabhupada (download mp3)
by Kavichandra Swami at ISKCON Chowpatty
gupto ’pyaye manur ilausadhayas ca matsye
kraude hato diti-ja uddharatambhasah ksmam
kaurme dhrto ’drir amrtonmathane sva-prsthe
grahat prapannam ibha-rajam amuñcad artam
In His appearance as a fish, the Lord protected Satyavrata Manu, the earth and her valuable herbs. He protected them from the waters of annihilation. As a boar, the Lord killed Hiranyaksa, the son of Diti, while delivering the earth from the universal waters. And as a tortoise, He lifted Mandara Mountain on His back so that nectar could be churned from the ocean. The Lord saved the surrendered king of the elephants, Gajendra, who was suffering terrible distress from the grips of a crocodile.
samstunvato nipatitan sramanan rsims ca
sakram ca vrtra-vadhatas tamasi pravistam
deva-striyo ’sura-grhe pihita anatha
jaghne ’surendram abhayaya satam nrsimhe
The Lord also delivered the tiny ascetic sages called the Valakhilyas when they fell into the water in a cow’s hoofprint and Indra was laughing at them. The Lord then saved Indra when Indra was covered by darkness due to the sinful reaction for killing Vrtrasura. When the wives of the demigods were trapped in the palace of the demons without any shelter, the Lord saved them. In His incarnation as Nrsimha, the Lord killed Hiranyakasipu, the king of demons, to free the saintly devotees from fear.
devasure yudhi ca daitya-patin surarthe
hatvantaresu bhuvanany adadhat kalabhih
bhutvatha vamana imam aharad baleh ksmam
yacña-cchalena samadad aditeh sutebhyah
The Supreme Lord regularly takes advantage of the wars between the demons and demigods to kill the leaders of the demons. The Lord thus encourages the demigods by protecting the universe through His various incarnations during the reigns of each Manu. The Lord also appeared as Vamana and took the earth away from Bali Maharaja on the plea of begging three steps of land. The Lord then returned the entire world to the sons of Aditi.
nihksatriyam akrta gam ca trih-sapta-krtvo
ramas tu haihaya-kulapyaya-bhargavagnih
so ’bdhim babandha dasa-vaktram ahan sa-lankam
sita-patir jayati loka-mala-ghna-kirtih
Lord Parasurama appeared in the family of Bhrgu as a fire that burned to ashes the dynasty of Haihaya. Thus Lord Parasurama rid the earth of all ksatriyas twenty-one times. The same Lord appeared as Ramacandra, the husband of Sitadevi, and thus He killed the ten-headed Ravana, along with all the soldiers of Lanka. May that Sri Rama, whose glories destroy the contamination of the world, be always victorious.
According to Srila Sridhara Svami, Lord Ramacandra was more or less a contemporary incarnation for the nine Yogendras. Thus they have offered particular respect to Lord Ramacandra, as indicated by the word jayati.