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A Summary of the Srimad Bhagavata Mahapuranam-4.8.

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4.The Stories of Siva and Sati, and Rishabhadeva and Bharata-8.

With the fierce retinue of Rudra, this giant called Virabhadra rushed to the sacrificial area of Daksha where all were seated, and when this fierce onrush of militant demoniacal forces entered the yajna, the ritviks, the priests performing the yajna, were frightened. They immediately invoked a counterforce from the fire, which rose up by the millions and attacked Rudra’s retinue. There was a tussle between the two forces, but suddenly Virabhadra overcame all the opposition and severed the head of Daksha.

Rudra came to know all this. He was mad with rage. He ran, hugging the body of Sati, and rolled all over like a crazy person, as if he was dancing the final tandava of destruction before him. The whole world was terrified because nobody knew what he was going to do. He would not stand in one place. He ran from place to place—over the whole creation, as it were—holding Sati’s body, looking as if he was inebriated and had …

A Summary of the Srimad Bhagavata Mahapuranam-4.7.

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4.The Stories of Siva and Sati, and Rishabhadeva and Bharata-7.


Sati sat down, with great sorrow burning her body. She sat in a state of yoga, invoked agni from within herself, and the yoga within burnt her. Flames came up and consumed her. All were shocked. What is this that has happened? They had nothing to say either this way or that way. All were wondering what to do. There was nothing that they could do, nothing that they could say. They were shocked, nothing but shocked.

News reached Lord Siva. He could have opened his third eye and burnt everybody if he wanted, but he had something else in his mind. He pulled a hair from his head and struck it on the ground. A fierce giant rose up.

“Order, master!” said the giant.

“Go and destroy the yajna of Daksha,” said Siva.

Swami Krishnananda
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A Summary of the Srimad Bhagavata Mahapuranam-4.6.

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4.The Stories of Siva and Sati, and Rishabhadeva and Bharata-6.

Sati stood up, and loudly proclaimed in a ferocious language, “Due to the impropriety of this yajna where the great master Siva is not invited, it cannot be called a divine sacrifice when the chief divinity is not present. Fie upon all you gods!

Shamelessly you have attended the yajna of this irresponsible Daksha, whom I no longer regard as my father. Siva is being disrespected.

The two words ‘si’ and ‘va’ are sufficient to give salvation to people, and such a divinity is being disregarded here.

Is this a divine sacrifice?

Are you gods?

Have you any sense?

Daksha did not invite Lord Siva, and you come and sit here at the feet of this terrible person whom I shamelessly called father.

I am very sorry that I was born to him.”

Swami Krishnananda
To be continued ....


A Summary of the Srimad Bhagavata Mahapuranam-4.5.

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4.The Stories of Siva and Sati, and Rishabhadeva and Bharata-5.

With great expectations of glory before her, she went to the yajna and stood at the gate. She expected someone to come and receive her, but nobody looked at her. Daksha gave scarce regard for her, and for fear of Daksha, no other god would utter a word. Of course, her mother and associates came and hugged her, but she rejected their greeting, perhaps because her father was not concerned with her. She looked here and there.

“What is happening? How is it that no one is receiving me?” Sati thought. Then she remembered the words of Siva. “I disregarded him, and came here. Now neither can I stand here, nor can I go back to him shamefacedly.” She expected somebody to come. Nobody came. Time passed like this, and the yajna was going on. The gods turned their backs to her. It was a very serious situation.

Swami Krishnananda
To be continued ....


A Summary of the Srimad Bhagavata Mahapuranam-4.4.

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

Daksha went on shouting like this for a long time, and all the gods shut their ears because they could not bear to hear it. Siva also heard all the abuses poured upon him by Daksha, but he did not utter even one word. He just walked out of the palace and returned to his abode in Kailasa, where he lived with Sati.

One day, Sati observed celestials travelling in their aerial cars. She looked up and asked them, “Where are you going?”

“You don’t know?” asked one of the gods, “How is it that you do not know? Your own father is performing a glorious yajna, to which he has invited all the celestials, and we are all going there. How is it that you, his daughter, do not know?”

Sati was in great chagrin that an invitation had not been extended to Siva. She was disturbed that her father had ignored both her and Siva, but as he was her father, she told Siva, “I want to go to my father’s yajna.”

Lord Siva said, “It is not proper for …