Srimad Bhagavatam 11.04.15-17 - Purpose of Helping Others (download mp3)
by Sridama Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
om ity adesam adaya
natva tam sura-vandinah
puraskrtya divam yayuh
Vibrating the sacred syllable om, the servants of the demigods selected Urvasi, the best of the Apsaras. Placing her in front of them out of respect, they returned to the heavenly planets.
sakras tatrasa vismitah
The servants of the demigods reached the assembly of Indra, and thus, while all the residents of the three heavens listened, they explained to Indra the supreme power of Narayana. When Indra heard of Nara-Narayana Rsi and became aware of his offense, he was both frightened and astonished.
hamsa-svarupy avadad acyuta atma-yogam
dattah kumara rsabho bhagavan pita nah
visnuh sivaya jagatam kalayavatirnas
tenahrta madhu-bhida srutayo hayasye
The infallible Supreme Personality of Godhead, Visnu, has descended into this world by His various partial incarnations such as Lord Hamsa [the swan], Dattatreya, the four Kumaras and our own father, the mighty Rsabhadeva. By such incarnations, the Lord teaches the science of self-realization for the benefit of the whole universe. In His appearance as Hayagriva He killed the demon Madhu and thus brought the Vedas back from the hellish planet Patalaloka.
It is stated in the Skanda Purana that the Lord of the universe, Hari Himself, once appeared in the form of a young brahmacari named Kumara and spoke transcendental knowledge to Sanat-kumara.