brahman vrtrasya papmanah
katham asid drdha matih
sri-pariksit uvaca—King Pariksit inquired; rajah—of the mode of passion; tamah—and of the mode of ignorance; sva-bhavasya—having a nature; brahman—O learned brahmana; vrtrasya—of Vrtrasura; papmanah—who was supposedly sinful; narayane—in Lord Narayana; bhagavati—the Supreme Personality of Godhead; katham—how; asit—was there; drdha—very strong; matih—consciousness.
King Pariksit inquired from Sukadeva Gosvami: O learned brahmana, demons are generally sinful, being obsessed with the modes of passion and ignorance. How, then, could Vrtrasura have attained such exalted love for the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Narayana?
In this material world, everyone is obsessed with the modes of passion and ignorance. However, unless one conquers these modes and comes to the platform of goodness, there is no chance of one’s becoming a pure devotee. This is confirmed by Lord Krsna Himself in Bhagavad-gita (7.28):
“Persons who have acted piously in previous lives and in this life, whose sinful actions are completely eradicated and who are freed from the duality of delusion, engage themselves in My service with determination.” Since Vrtrasura was among the demons, Maharaja Pariksit wondered how it was possible for him to have become such an exalted devotee.
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