Srimad Bhagavatam 12.10.27 - Glorious pure Devotees of the Lord (download mp3)
by Radhika Raman Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
sa ciraṁ māyayā viṣṇor
bhrāmitaḥ karśito bhṛśam
kleśa-puñjas tam abravīt
Mārkaṇḍeya, having been forced by Lord Viṣṇu’s illusory energy to wander about for a long time in the water of dissolution, had become extremely exhausted. But Lord Śiva’s words of nectar vanquished his accumulated suffering. Thus he addressed Lord Śiva.
Mārkaṇḍeya Ṛṣi had desired to see Lord Viṣṇu’s illusory energy and had suffered extensive miseries. But now, in the person of Śiva, Lord Viṣṇu again appeared before the sage and relieved all his suffering by imparting blissful spiritual instructions.