Srimad-Bhagavatam 03.18 – The Battle Between Lord Boar and the Demon Hiranyaksa

Srimad-Bhagavatam 03.18 – The Battle Between Lord Boar and the Demon Hiranyaksa


Maitreya continued: The proud and falsely
glorious Daitya paid little heed to the words of Varuna. O dear Vidura, he learned from
Narada the whereabouts of the Supreme Personality of Godhead and hurriedly betook himself to
the depths of the ocean. He saw there the all-powerful Personality
of Godhead in His boar incarnation, bearing the earth upward on the ends of His tusks
and robbing him of his splendor with His reddish eyes. The demon laughed: Oh, an amphibious
beast! The demon addressed the Lord: O best of the
demigods, dressed in the form of a boar, just hear me. This earth is entrusted to us, the
inhabitants of the lower regions, and You cannot take it from my presence and not be
hurt by me. You rascal, You have been nourished by our
enemies to kill us, and You have killed some demons by remaining invisible. O fool, Your
power is only mystic, so today I shall enliven my kinsmen by killing You.
The demon continued: When You fall dead with Your skull smashed by the mace hurled by my
arms, the demigods and sages who offer You oblations and sacrifice in devotional service
will also automatically cease to exist, like trees without roots.
Although the Lord was pained by the shaftlike abusive words of the demon, He bore the pain.
But seeing that the earth on the ends of His tusks was frightened, He rose out of the water
just as an elephant emerges with its female companion when assailed by an alligator.
The demon, who had golden hair on his head and fearful tusks, gave chase to the Lord
while He was rising from the water, even as an alligator would chase an elephant. Roaring
like thunder, he said: Are You not ashamed of running away before a challenging adversary?
There is nothing reproachable for shameless creatures!
The Lord placed the earth within His sight on the surface of the water and transferred
to her His own energy in the form of the ability to float on the water. While the enemy stood
looking on, Brahma, the creator of the universe, extolled the Lord, and the other demigods
rained flowers on Him. The demon, who had a wealth of ornaments,
bangles and beautiful golden armor on his body, chased the Lord from behind with a great
mace. The Lord tolerated his piercing ill words, but in order to reply to him, He expressed
His terrible anger. The Personality of Godhead said: Indeed, We
are creatures of the jungle, and We are searching after hunting dogs like you. One who is freed
from the entanglement of death has no fear from the loose talk in which you are indulging,
for you are bound up by the laws of death. Certainly We have stolen the charge of the
inhabitants of Rasatala and have lost all shame. Although bitten by your powerful mace,
I shall stay here in the water for some time because, having created enmity with a powerful
enemy, I now have no place to go. You are supposed to be the commander of many
foot soldiers, and now you may take prompt steps to overthrow Us. Give up all your foolish
talk and wipe out the cares of your kith and kin by slaying Us. One may be proud, yet he
does not deserve a seat in an assembly if he fails to fulfill his promised word.
Sri Maitreya said: The demon, being thus challenged by the Personality of Godhead, became angry
and agitated, and he trembled in anger like a challenged cobra.
Hissing indignantly, all his senses shaken by wrath, the demon quickly sprang upon the
Lord and dealt Him a blow with his powerful mace.
The Lord, however, by moving slightly aside, dodged the violent mace-blow aimed at His
breast by the enemy, just as an accomplished yogi would elude death.
The Personality of Godhead now exhibited His anger and rushed to meet the demon, who bit
his lip in rage, took up his mace again and began to repeatedly brandish it about.
Then with His mace the Lord struck the enemy on the right of his brow, but since the demon
was expert in fighting, O gentle Vidura, he protected himself by a maneuver of his own
mace. In this way, the demon Haryaksa and the Lord,
the Personality of Godhead, struck each other with their huge maces, each enraged and seeking
his own victory. There was keen rivalry between the two combatants;
both had sustained injuries on their bodies from the blows of each other’s pointed maces,
and each grew more and more enraged at the smell of blood on his person. In their eagerness
to win, they performed maneuvers of various kinds, and their contest looked like an encounter
between two forceful bulls for the sake of a cow.
O descendant of Kuru, Brahma, the most independent demigod of the universe, accompanied by his
followers, came to see the terrible fight for the sake of the world between the demon
and the Personality of Godhead, who appeared in the form of a boar.
After arriving at the place of combat, Brahma, the leader of thousands of sages and transcendentalists,
saw the demon, who had attained such unprecedented power that no one could fight with him. Brahma
then addressed Narayana, who was assuming the form of a boar for the first time.
Lord Brahma said: My dear Lord, this demon has proved to be a constant pinprick to the
demigods, the brahmanas, the cows and innocent persons who are spotless and always dependent
upon worshiping Your lotus feet. He has become a source of fear by unnecessarily harassing
them. Since he has attained a boon from me, he has become a demon, always searching for
a proper combatant, wandering all over the universe for this infamous purpose.
Lord Brahma continued: My dear Lord, there is no need to play with this serpentine demon,
who is always very skilled in conjuring tricks and is arrogant, self-sufficient and most
wicked. Brahma continued: My dear Lord, You are infallible.
Please kill this sinful demon before the demoniac hour arrives and he presents another formidable
approach favorable to him. You can kill him by Your internal potency without doubt.
My Lord, the darkest evening, which covers the world, is fast approaching. Since You
are the Soul of all souls, kindly kill him and win victory for the demigods.
The auspicious period known as abhijit, which is most opportune for victory, commenced at
midday and has all but passed; therefore, in the interest of Your friends, please dispose
of this formidable foe quickly. This demon, luckily for us, has come of his
own accord to You, his death ordained by You; therefore, exhibiting Your ways, kill him
in the duel and establish the worlds in peace.

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