Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana Book 4 Chapter 6:1-16

Book 4: Chapter 6

Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 4: Chapter 6: Verses 1-16
Brahma and the other gods proceed to Kailasa and appease Lord Siva

Maitreya went on: Worsted by the forces of Rudra and stricken with fear, and having all their limbs mangled and broken by (the blows of) their tridents, Pattisas ( a kind of spear),swords, maces, iron clubs and mallets, the hosts of divinities along with the priests officiating and assisting at the sacrifice (approached and) bowed to Brahma (the self-born) and narrated the story to him in all details. The worshipful Brahma (the lotus-born creator) and Lord Narayana, the Soul of the universe, who had foreseen this, did not attend Daksa's sacrifice. Hearing their story, Brahma said, "On the part of those wishing to get square with a person possessed of great power, who has given them cause for offence, such a desire does not generally conduce to their welfare. You were, on the other hand, actually guilty of offence against Lord Siva in that you deprived Him of a share in the sacrificial offerings, to which He had a rightful claim. You, however, (go and) invoke His favour by clasping His lotus-feet with a guileless heart; for He can be speedily propitiated. If you wish the sacrifice to be revived (and completed), make haste to crave the forgiveness of that Divinity (Lord Siva), who was stung to the quick by the abusive words (of Daksa) and has now lost His beloved spouse; for the world with its guardian deities will be nowhere if He continues to be angry. Neither I nor Yajna (the deity presiding over sacrifices) nor (any of) you (the other gods) nor the sages, much less any other embodied beings know His true character or the extent of His strength and power. None would feel inclined (under the circumstance) to contrive any means (other than clasping His feet) to placate Him who is (absolutely) independent! Having thus enjoined the gods, and accompanied by them as well as by the manes and the lords of created beings, Brahma (the birthless creator) went from his own realm (the Brahmaloka) to Mount Kailasa, the chief of the mountains, the beloved abode of Lord Siva (the Destroyer of the three cities). Mount Kailasa is inhabited by gods endowed with supernatural powers from their very birth or who acquired them by the use of specific herbs, by recourse to austere penance and spells or through the practice of Yoga, and is ever crowded with Kinnaras and Gandharvas (celestial musicians) and Apsaras (heavenly dancing girls). With its summits consisting of jewels of various kinds and variegated with minerals of every description-which are clothed with trees, creepers and shrubs of various species and infested with wild beasts of every kind, nay, which contain many a rill of limpid water and are spotted with many a cave and eminence-it affords delight to the wives of Siddhas (a class of heavenly being endowed with supernatural powers from their very birth), that sport there in the company of their spouses. The mountain is resonant with the screams of peacocks and echoes with the melodious humming of bees blinded by intoxication. Nay, through the shrill notes of its cuckoos and the warbling of other birds and by its wish-yielding trees with their towering boughs it seems to call new birds, raising its arms; nay, through its (moving) elephants it seems to be in motion and through its (murmuring) rills it appears to speak. The mountain is adorned with (celestial trees such as) Mandaras and Parijatas, as well as with (other trees such as) Saralas (a species of pines), Tamalas, Salas and Palmyras, Kovidaras, Asanas and Arjunas. It is further beautified with mango trees, Kadambas and Nipas, Nagas, Punnagas and Campakas, Patalas ( trees bearing the trumpet flowers), Asokas and Bakulas, Kundas (a species of jasmine) as well as Kurabakas (trees bearing the red amaranth flower), golden lotuses, creepers bearing cardamoms, Malatis, Kubjas, Mallikas and Madhavis.



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