Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana Book 7 Chapter 2:53-61

Book 7: Chapter 2

Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 7: Chapter 2: Verses 53-61
Hiranyakasipu rids his mother (Diti) of her grief (caused by the death of his younger brother, Hiranyaksa)

"Oh, what will the mighty yet merciless Providence do with my wretched wife, pitiable in everyway and grieving for my miserable self ? Rather let the Deity take me (as well); (for) what is the use to me of this wretched half body, surviving miserably and dragging a desolate existence (when the other half in the form of my mate has been snatched away by Him)? My youngs of poor luck (keenly) await in the nest (the return of) their mother. How shall 1 (be able to) nourish those motherless little ones still unfledged?" Hidden close by and impelled by Death, the same fowler pierced with an arrow the male shrike (too), sore with separation from its beloved mate and wailing thus, its throat choked with tears. Not foreseeing your own death and lamenting your husband in this way, you foolish women will not (be able to) gethim back even in hundreds of years. Hiranyakasipu went on : While the child was thus discoursing, all the relations of king Suyajna felt astonished and realized everything as transient and unreal. Having narrated this (legend), Yama (the god of retribution) disappeared on that very spot. The relations of Suyajna too performed what was conducive to his future (other-worldly) good. Hence don't you grieve for another nor even for yourselves. Apart from the preconceived notion distinguishing one's own self from another, which is nothing but ignorance, what distinction is there between one's own self and another or again between one's own possession and that belonging to another in the eyes of embodied souls in this world ? Narada continued : Hearing this speech of Hiranyakasipu (the lord of the Daityas), Diti (his mother) along with her daughter-in-law (the widow of Hiranyaksa, his younger brother) instantly gave up sorrowing for her son (Hiranyaksa) and fixed her mind on the (highest) truth.

Thus ends the second discourse entitled "Olt/ rid of her sorrow",

in Book Seven of the great and glorious Bhagavata-Purana,

otherwise known as the Paramahamsa-Samhita.


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