TEXT 20
vyavasayena te ’nena
duskarena manasvinam
tapo-nisthena bhavata
jito ’ham diti-nandana
SYNONYMS
vyavasayena—by determination; te—your; anena—this; duskarena—difficult to perform; manasvinam—even for great sages and saintly persons; tapah-nisthena—aimed at executing austerity; bhavata—by you; jitah—conquered; aham—I; diti-nandana—O son of Diti.
TRANSLATION
My dear son of Diti, with your great determination and austerity you have done what was impossible even for great saintly persons, and thus I have certainly been conquered by you.
PURPORT
In regard to the word jitah, Srila Madhva Muni gives the following quotation from the Sabda-nirnaya: parabhutam vasa-stham ca jitabhid ucyate budhaih. “If one comes under someone else’s control or is defeated by another, he is called jitah.” Hiranyakasipu’s austerity was so great and wonderful that even Lord Brahma agreed to be conquered by him.

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