so ’dhiksipto bhagavata
pralabdhas ca rusa bhrsam
kridyamano ’hi-rad iva
maitreyah—the great sage Maitreya; uvaca—said; sah—the demon; adhiksiptah—having been insulted; bhagavata—by the Personality of Godhead; pralabdhah—ridiculed; ca—and; rusa—angry; bhrsam—greatly; ajahara—collected; ulbanam—great; krodham—anger; kridyamanah—being played with; ahi-rat—a great cobra; iva—like.
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.
A cobra is very fierce before ordinary persons, but before an enchanter who can play with him, he is a plaything. Similarly, a demon may be very powerful in his own domain, but before the Lord he is insignificant. The demon Ravana was a fierce figure before the demigods, but when he was before Lord Ramacandra he trembled and prayed to his deity, Lord Siva, but to no avail.
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