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Srimad Bhagavatam. Canto 1 – Chapter 8 –Text 24-28 Devotees protected by the Lord - Part 2. Text 24. viṣān mahāgneḥ puruṣāda-darśanād asat-sabhāyā vana-vāsa-kṛcchrataḥ mṛdhe mṛdhe ’ neka-mahārathāstrato drauṇy-astrataś cāsma hare ’ bhirakṣitāḥ

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Srimad bhagavatam


Canto 1 – Chapter 8 –Text 24-28

Devotees protected by the Lord - Part 2

Text 24
Text 24




drauṇy-astrataścāsma hare ’bhirakṣitāḥ

My dear Kṛṣṇa, Your Lordship has protected us from a poisoned cake, from

a great fire, from cannibals, from the vicious assembly, from sufferings during our

exile in the forest and from the battle where great generals fought. And now You have

saved us from the weapon of Aśvatthāmā.

Seeking krsna s shelter
Seeking Krsna’s shelter

  • Kuntīdevī and her sons were put into one difficulty after another for years and years more so than Devaki.

  • Every time Duryodana put them in trouble, Krsna saved them.

  • 1. Bhima being poisoned, 2. House made of shellac was put to fire, 3. Dishonored Draupadi, 4. They were exiled to forest, 5. Bhimahad to fight with Hidimbarakshasa, 6. Battle of Kurukshetra, 7. Brahmastra by Asvattamaand many more.

  • Lord saved them in every situation.

Text 25
Text 25





I wish that all those calamities would happen again and again so that

we could see You again and again, for seeing You means that we will

no longer see repeated births and deaths.

Devotees even invite calamities gracefully
Devotees even invite calamities gracefully

  • Generally the distressed, the needy, the intelligent and the inquisitive, worship or begin to worship the Lord. 

  • Onecannotapproach the Supreme due to being misled by the illusory energy. 

  • Constantly remembering the lotus feet of the Lord means preparing for liberation from birth and death. 

  • Calamities giveanopportunity to remember the Lord, which means liberation.

  • By taking the shelter of Lord liberation becomes as easy as one leap over the hole made by the hoofs of a calf. 

Devotees even invite calamities gracefully1
Devotees even invite calamities gracefully

  • This material world is certified by the Lord in the Bhagavad-gītā as a dangerous place full of calamities. 

  • Less intelligent persons prepare plans to adjust to those calamities.

  • They have no information of the abode of the Lord, which is full of bliss and without trace of calamity.

  • Contact with the Lord by any one of the nine devotional services is always a forward step on the path going back to Godhead.

Text 26
Text 26





My Lord, Your Lordship can easily be approached, but only by those who

are materially exhausted. One who is on the path of [material] progress, trying to

improve himself with respectable parentage, great opulence, high education and bodily

beauty, cannot approach You with sincere feeling.

Materially exhausted seeks krsna
Materially exhausted seeks Krsna

  • All materialistic men are mad after possessing all these material opulences: taking birth in an aristocratic family and possessing great wealth, an education and attractive personal beauty. This is known as the advancement of material civilization. 

  • Result is that by possessing all these material assets one becomes artificially puffed up, intoxicated by such temporary possessions. 

  • such materially puffed up persons are incapable of uttering the holy name of the Lord by addressing Him feelingly, “O Govinda, O Kṛṣṇa.” 

Materially exhausted seeks krsna1
Materially exhausted seeks Krsna

  • It is said in the śāstras that by once uttering the holy name of the Lord, the sinner gets rid of a quantity of sins that he is unable to commit.

  • The intensity with which one utters the holy names of Krsna makes the difference.

  • The principle of life should be to decrease the degree of material intoxication which leads one to be more and more illusioned about the aim of life.

  • Grossly illusioned persons are quite unfit for entrance into the kingdom of God.