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A Summary of the Srimad Bhagavata Mahapuranam-4.3.

4.The Stories of Siva and Sati, and Rishabhadeva and Bharata-3.

One day, Brahma was holding his audience, and all the gods, including Siva, were seated there. At that time Daksha, who was also a progeny of Brahma, entered the hall. In honour of his great entrance into the hall, all the gods stood up in obeisance. But Siva did not get up. He remained seated, minding not the coming of Daksha. Incidentally, Sati, the daughter of Daksha, was married to Siva, so Siva was Daksha’s son-in-law. But Siva showed utter disregard for his father-in-law and did not rise from his seat when all others stood up offering obeisance.

This enraged Daksha, who stood with uplifted arms and said, “Oh, you gods! Please listen to what I am saying. Here is an idiotic fellow seated in the audience of the gods. Shameless is he. He has no respect for anybody. He wanders about half-naked and lives like a beggar. To him I gave my daughter; what a mistake I have committed! Shame to all for having him in this audience!”

A Summary of the Srimad Bhagavata Mahapuranam-4.2.

4.The Stories of Siva and Sati, and Rishabhadeva and Bharata-2.

Brahma was in a state of discomfiture at the total disregard that they paid to his request.

He was annoyed, and anger burst through his forehead.

But as these Kumaras were equally powerful due to their centralisation in God Almighty, this anger could not be directed towards them; and since Brahma could not swallow the anger, he released it.

At that moment, a fiercely roaring being arose from his forehead, demanding an immediate abode for itself. It cried out.

Then Brahma said, “Oh, Rudra!” Because it cried the moment it was born, it is designated as Rudra—one who makes roaring sounds, and yells and shouts.

Brahma said, “Help me in creation.”

Immediately this being created an endless variety of demoniacal creatures which were frightening even to Brahma’s eye.

Brahma said, “Please stop your creation!”

“Then what shall I do?” asked Rudra.

“I shall give you an abode. Go there, and keep quiet. Don’t do anything at all,” replied Brahm…

A Summary of the Srimad Bhagavata Mahapuranam-4.1.

4.The Stories of Siva and Sati, and Rishabhadeva and Bharata-1.

The Srimad Bhagavata Mahapurana is filled with glorious stories of all the gods and divinities. That is why the Bhagavata is considered as a god by itself. It is a divinity in its own scope. To have the Srimad Bhagavata in one’s house is to plant God Himself on the altar of one’s residence.

In the Fourth Skandha we have the glorious katha of Siva and Sati, which will strike us with wonder and consternation.

When Brahma was about to create the world, from him the four Kumaras—Sanaka, Sanandana, Sanatana, Sanatkumara—were manifested for the first time. The moment they were born, Brahma told them to assist him in creation.

The Kumaras said, “We would rather concentrate our minds on the Supreme Being than engage ourselves in creation.”

Swami Krishnananda
To be continued ....

A Summary of the Srimad Bhagavata Mahapuranam-3 - 34.

Chapter-3: Kapila’s Instructions to Devahuti - 34.

This is, of course, connected with our experience in meditation on the Supreme Mahapurusha, in which we have to persist day in and day out.

 We have to keep the picture of this Mahapurusha before us always.

If the mind cannot visualise this picture, we should at least have a painted picture of the Virat Purusha in front of us.

If we go on looking at it every day and concentrate our mind, we will be able to energise our mind to the capacity of concentrating even without a support such as a picture or a framework, and visualise the Cosmic Being Himself as the Great Person ready to bless us with all His glory at any moment of time.

Such meditation is the theme of this wondrous description of Maharishi Kapila to Devahuti, who was his own mother.

Chapter-3. ENDS.
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Swami Krishnananda
To be continued ....