Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana Book 3 Chapter 16:25-37

Book 3: Chapter 16

Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 3: Chapter 16: Verses 25-37
The fall of Jaya and Vijaya from Vaikuntha

Nay, we accord our hearty approval to any other punishment that You may choose to inflict on them, O universal Lord, or to any (additional) subsistence You may be pleased to confer on them (allowing them to continue in Your service). Or You may mete out to us any punishment that may be suitable for us, since we have pronounced a curse against Your innocent servants. The Lord replied : Know that the imprecation uttered by you was ordained by Myself, O holy Brahmanas! Therefore, being born before long into the demoniac species, and firmly united in thought with Me through concentration of mind intensified by anger (hatred), they will return to My presence shortly afterwards. Brahma continued : Having seen Lord Visnu, who was so delightful to the eyes, and His self-effulgent Abode, Vaikuntha, the sages now went round the Lord (as a mark of respect) and prostrated themselves before Him; and then, taking leave of Him, they returned extremely delighted, applauding His divine splendour. The Lord then said to His attendants (Jaya and Vijaya), "Depart (from this place) but fear not; may all be well (with you). Though capable of nullifying the Brahmanas' curse, I would not do so; on the contrary, it has My approval. It had already been pronounced by Rama (Laksmi), who was angry with you when you on a previous occasion stopped Her entry at the door while I was buried in My Yoganidra (deep Samadhi or trance). Absolved from the sin of insulting the Brahmanas by concentrating your thought on Me through anger, you shall return to My presence not long afterwards." Having thus instructed His gate-keepers, the Lord entered His Abode, adorned with rows of palaces and possessed of an all-surpassing splendour. As a result of the Brahmanas' curse, which was not easy to escape, the two attendants of the Lord, the foremost of the gods (inhabitants of Vaikuntha) lost their splendour and their pride too was gone even as they were about to fall from the realm of Sri Hari. When they actually began to fall from the realm of Lord Visnu, a loud outcry was raised by the occupants of the principal aerial cars, O dear sons. It is those two principal attendants of Sri Hari that have now entered the powerful seed of Kasyapa deposited in the womb of Diti. It is by the glory of these twin Asuras (demons) that your glory has been eclipsed; and (there is no remedy because) it is the Lord Himself who is keen to do all this at this juncture. The Lord, who is the controller of the three Gunas (modes of Prakrti), nay, who is responsible for the creation, preservation and dissolution of the universe, and whose Yogamaya (wonderful creative power) cannot be easily understood even by Masters of Yoga-that most ancient Person alone will come to our rescue. What purpose can be served in this behalf by our deliberation on the subject ?

Thus ends the sixteenth discourse in Book Three of the great and

glorious Bhagavata-Purana, otherwise known

as the Paramahamsa-Samhita.


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