TEXTS 37–38
vyasubhir vasumadbhir va
surasura-mahoragaih
apratidvandvatam yuddhe
aika-patyam ca dehinam
sarvesam loka-palanam
mahimanam yathatmanah
tapo-yoga-prabhavanam
yan na risyati karhicit
SYNONYMS
vyasubhih—by things that have no life; va—or; asumadbhih—by entities that have life; va—or; sura—by the demigods; asura—the demons; maha-uragaih—by the great serpents who live on the lower planets; apratidvandvatam—without a rival; yuddhe—in battle; aika-patyam—supremacy; ca—and; dehinam—over those who have material bodies; sarvesam—of all; loka-palanam—the predominating deities of all planets; mahimanam—the glory; yatha—just as; atmanah—of yourself; tapah-yoga-prabhavanam—of those whose power is obtained by austerities and the practice of mystic yoga; yat—which; na—never; risyati—is destroyed; karhicit—at any time.
TRANSLATION
Grant me that I not meet death from any entity, living or nonliving. Grant me, further, that I not be killed by any demigod or demon or by any great snake from the lower planets. Since no one can kill you in the battlefield, you have no competitor. Therefore, grant me the benediction that I too may have no rival. Give me sole lordship over all the living entities and presiding deities, and give me all the glories obtained by that position. Furthermore, give me all the mystic powers attained by long austerities and the practice of yoga, for these cannot be lost at any time.
PURPORT
Lord Brahma obtained his supreme position due to long austerities and penances, mystic yoga, meditation and so on. Hiranyakasipu wanted a similar position. The ordinary powers achieved by mystic yoga, austerities and other processes are sometimes vanquished, but the powers obtained by the mercy of the Lord are never vanquished. Hiranyakasipu, therefore, wanted a benediction that would never be vanquished.
Thus end the Bhaktivedanta purports of the Seventh Canto, Third Chapter, of the Srimad-Bhagavatam, entitled “Hiranyakasipu’s Plan to Become Immortal.”

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