yadabhisikto daksas tu
brahmana paramesthina
prajapatinam sarvesam
adhipatye smayo ’bhavat
yada—when; abhisiktah—appointed; daksahDaksa; tu—but; brahmana—by Brahma; paramesthina—the supreme teacher; prajapatinam—of the Prajapatis; sarvesam—of all; adhipatye—as the chief; smayah—puffed up; abhavat—he became.
When Lord Brahma appointed Daksa the chief of all the Prajapatis, the progenitors of population, Daksa became very much puffed up.
Although he was envious and was inimical towards Lord Siva, Daksa was appointed the chief of all Prajapatis. That was the cause of his excessive pride. When a man becomes too proud of his material possessions, he can perform any disastrous act, and therefore Daksa acted out of false prestige. That is described in this chapter.

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