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Chapter 14: The Impregnation of Diti in the Evening

(1) S’rî S’uka said: ‘After hearing from the sage the description of the story about the Supreme Personality who for lifting up the world appeared as a boar, did Vidura, vowed as he was, request him with folded hands for more, since he didn’t feel completely satisfied. (2) Vidura said: ‘O chief among the sages, attending to you I heard that the demon Hiranyâksha was slain by the Supreme Person, the original object of sacrifices. (3) For what reason had He in His pastimes, while He was lifting the planet earth up on His tusks, o brahmin, a fight with the king of the demons? (4) Please tell this faithful person, this devotee, about His appearance in detail, o great sage, for I, with my most curious mind, am not yet satisfied.

(5) Maitreya said: ‘Dear devotee, great hero, that what you, from your good self, ask me about the topics concerning the Supreme Personality is the source of liberation from birth and death for those who are destined to die. (6) Because he as a child heard about them from Nârada, did the son of King Uttânapâda [Dhruva], as he [at his death] ascended to the abode of the Lord, put his foot on the head of death. (7) The history about these happenings I heard being described long ago by Brahmâ, the god of gods, upon questions from the demigods.

(8) O Vidura, one evening Diti, the daughter of Daksha, in distress of sex-desire begged her husband Kas’yapa, the son of Marîci, in order to have a child. (9) He, after worshiping the Original Personality of All Sacrifices with oblations to the tongue of the sacrificial fire, sat fully absorbed in the temple room while the sun was setting.

(10) Diti said: ‘O learned one, Cupid has unto me for you taken up all his arrows, distressing my poor self like a mad elephant attacking a bananatree. (11) Be therefore so good to me, I am upset seeing how well-to-do your other wives are; do me this favor of granting me in every respect the prosperity unto you. (12) The fame of the husband who loves his woman will spread in the world as from the children of a good husband like yourself, the society surely does expand. (13) Long ago our father, the most opulent Daksha, affectionately asked each of his daughters: ‘Who do you prefer for your husband, my child?’ (14) He, as the well-wisher of his children, handed, with respect for their wishes, all the thirteen of them over; they are now all faithful to you in their behavior. (15) Therefore be so kind to fulfill my wishes, o lotus-eyed one; the pleas of the distressed who approach a great person, o great one, surely wouldn’t be in vain, would they?’

(16) Thus, o hero, replied the son of Marîci the poor and talkative one with pacifying words, for she was highly agitated from the contamination of lust. (17) ‘Whatever you ask of me I shall do, my dearest one so troubled. From whom else but you would the three perfections of liberation [dharma, artha, kâma: the settling of religion, economy and sense gratification] be achieved? (18) Living with a wife a person completing all stages of life and following his own vocation can cross over the dangerous ocean of material existence like one crosses over an ocean with seagoing vessels. (19) A wife is, with all [the perfections to what] she desires, said to be the better half of one’s body. Leaving to her, o respectful one, all [material] responsibilities, will make a man move without anxieties. (20) The senses are, for other orders of life than the householders, difficult to conquer enemies; we who thus take shelter can easily conquer them like a fort commander can with invading plunderers. (21) Never will we be able to return what you have done for us, o queen of the home, not in all our life nor in the next, nor will others appreciative of your qualities. (22) That said, let me forthwith take care of this interest of yours; just wait a few seconds so that I may not be reproached for it. (23) This very time is most unsuitable, it is the horrid time at which the ghastly ghosts and their master are one’s constant companion indeed. (24) At this time of the day, o chaste one, at dusk, is [S’iva] the Lord and well-wisher of the ghostly ones that surround him, traveling as their king on the back of the bull [Nandî]. (25) With the beauty of the spotless radiating body of the demigod smeared by the dust and smoke that blew from the burning of the dead, and with his matted hair covered by ashes, looks your [sister’s, viz. Satî’s] husband [upon all] with his triple vision [of sun, moon and fire]. (26) He regards none in the world as his relative nor is one unconnected to him; he sees no one as greater nor does he regard anyone a criminal either; vowed we duly worship his feet assuring us of the remnants of what he rejected of the food sacrificed. (27) Even though in respect of his irreproachable character, that is followed by the sages in their desire to dismantle the nescience of the masses, there is no one of an equal greatness, does he nevertheless, for the attainment of the devotees, personally perform like an antagonist [walking naked and smeared with ashes]. (28) The unfortunate ones who in their activities indeed laugh at him, not knowing about his purpose of engagement in the self, caress their bodies – that are ultimately only dogfood – like the true self, with luxuries as clothing, garlands and ointments. (29) Gods like Brahmâ are, as the protectors of the rites, in their engagements aligned with him, the controller of the material energy under whose order the creation finds its existence; the antagonistic actions are of this great character, by God, simply an imitation [in taking upon himself the karma].

(30) Maitreya said: ‘In spite of thus being informed by her husband, caught she, with her senses pressed by Cupid, hold of the clothing of the great brahmin sage, like she was a shameless public woman. (31) He then, understanding his wife’s obstinacy to the forbidden act, offered the worshipable fate his obeisances and lay with her in seclusion. (32) Thereafter taking a bath meditated he, with the help of the pure spirit of the Absolute in prayer controlling his breath and voice, on the light of the eternal. (33) O son of Bharata, Diti, ashamed of the faulty act approached the learned sage with her face turned downwards and spoke politely to him. (34) Diti said: ‘Let this pregnancy of mine, o brahmin, noblest of all, not be ended by Rudra, as surely I have committed an offense against the master of the living beings. (35) My obeisances to Rudra, the ferocious great demigod who fulfills all desires, the all-auspicious and forgiving one, who immediately angrily chastises. (36) May he, the supreme, great and merciful person and brother-in-law married to Satî [‘the chaste one’, the sister of Diti] be pleased with us, he who is a god to all women and even of mercy with the wicked.’

(37) Maitreya said: ‘Desiring the welfare in the world for her own children and trembling from having turned away from the rules and regulations of the evening, the wife was addressed by this father of mankind. (38) Kas’yapa said: ‘Because of your polluted mind, your defiling the holiness of the moment and also your being too negligent about my directions, you were too inattentive towards the gods. (39) O unlucky one, from your condemned womb two contemptuous sons will take birth, that will cause constant lamentation with the rulers of all the three worlds, o haughty one. (40) They will kill poor and innocent living entities, torment women and enrage the great souls. (41) When that happens the Supreme Personality and Lord of the Universe, in great anger of desiring the welfare of the people in general, will kill them descending in person as if He were the smasher of mountains with the thunderbolt [Indra].’

(42) Diti said: ‘To be killed on the spot by the discus in the hand of the Fortunate One is the best; I wish that my sons may never come to an end from the rage of the brahmins, o my husband. (43) A person chastised by a brahmin’s curse and he who rouses fear with living beings, will not even enjoy the favor of the ones living in hell, whatever the species of life the offender is born into [in a next life].’

(44-45) Kas’yapa said: ‘Having lamented and being penitent in an immediate proper confession and of your great adoration for the Supreme Personality, Lord S’iva and your respect for me, there for sure will of one of the two sons [Hiranyakas’ipu] be born a son [Prahlâda] that will carry the approval of the devotees; his transcendental glory will be broadcast as being equal to the glory of the Supreme Lord. (46) Like the way gold of an inferior quality is rectified, will saintly persons, who seek purification in striving for freedom from animosity, follow the footsteps of the character of this soul. (47) He, the Supreme Lord, by whose mercy this universe finds happiness because of His omnipotency in taking special care of His devotees, will be very pleased by his unwavering intelligence. (48) He will certainly be the topmost devotee, the greatest soul with the greatest influence and well matured by devotional service [*]; with his mind in ecstatic love, he will no doubt reach Vaikunthha [the place of no fear, heaven] quitting this material world. (49) He will be a virtuous and qualified reservoir of all good qualities; he will rejoice on the happiness of others and be distressed when others are unhappy; he will be without enemies and he will put and end to all lamentation in the world like the moon does after the distress of the summer sun. (50) Your grandson will, within and without, behold the spotless form [of the Lord] with the lotus eyes, who assumes the form His devotee desires, who is the ornament of the beautiful Goddess of Fortune and whose face is decorated with brilliant earrings.’

(51) Maitreya said: ‘From hearing that her grandson was to be a great devotee did Diti take great pleasure and also knowing of the killing of her two sons by Krishna she became highly pleased in mind.