maghavan dvisatah pasya
sampraty upacitan bhuyah
kavyam aradhya bhaktitah
maghavan—O Indra; dvisatah—your enemies; pasya—just see; praksinan—being very weak (formerly); guru-atikramat—because of disrespecting their guru, Sukracarya; samprati—at the present moment; upacitan—powerful; bhuyah—again; kavyam—their spiritual master, Sukracarya; aradhya—worshiping; bhaktitah—with great devotion; adadiran—may take away; nilayanam—the abode, Satyaloka; mama—my; api—even; bhrgu-devatah—who are now strong devotees of Sukracarya, the disciple of Bhrgu.
O Indra, your enemies, the demons, were extremely weak because of their disrespect toward Sukracarya, but since they have now worshiped Sukracarya with great devotion, they have again become powerful. By their devotion to Sukracarya, they have increased their strength so much that now they are even able to easily seize my abode from me.
Lord Brahma wanted to point out to the demigods that by the strength of the guru one can become most powerful within this world, and by the displeasure of the guru one can lose everything. This is confirmed by the song of Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura:
“By the mercy of the spiritual master one is benedicted by the mercy of Krsna. Without the grace of the spiritual master, one cannot make any advancement.” Although the demons are insignificant in comparison to Lord Brahma, because of the strength of their guru they were so powerful that they could even seize Brahmaloka from Lord Brahma. We therefore pray to the spiritual master:
By the mercy of the guru, even a dumb man can become the greatest orator, and even a lame man can cross mountains. As advised by Lord Brahma, one should remember this sastric injunction if one desires success in his life.
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