TEXT 56
sri-visnu-parsada ucuh
adyaitad dhari-nara-rupam adbhutam te
drstam nah saranada sarva-loka-sarma
so íyam te vidhikara isa vipra-saptas
tasyedam nidhanam anugrahaya vidmah
SYNONYMS
sri-visnu-parsadah ucuh—the associates of Lord Visnu in Vaikunthaloka said; adya—today; etat—this; hari-nara—of half lion and half human being; rupam—form; adbhutam—very wonderful; te—Your; drstam—seen; nah—of us; sarana-da—the everlasting bestower of shelter; sarva-loka-sarma—which brings good fortune to all the various planets; sah—he; ayam—this; te—of Your Lordship; vidhikarah—order carrier (servant); isa—O Lord; vipra-saptah—being cursed by the brahmanas; tasya—of him; idam—this; nidhanam—killing; anugrahaya—for the special favor; vidmah—we understand.
TRANSLATION
The associates of Lord Visnu in Vaikuntha offered this prayer: O Lord, our supreme giver of shelter, today we have seen Your wonderful form as Lord Nrsimhadeva, meant for the good fortune of all the world. O Lord, we can understand that Hiranyakasipu was the same Jaya who engaged in Your service but was cursed by brahmanas and who thus received the body of a demon. We understand that his having now been killed is Your special mercy upon him.
PURPORT
Hiranyakasipuís coming to this earth and acting as the Lordís enemy was prearranged. Jaya and Vijaya were cursed by the brahmanas Sanaka, Sanat-kumara, Sanandana and Sanatana because Jaya and Vijaya checked these four Kumaras. The Lord accepted this cursing of His servants and agreed that they would have to go to the material world and would then return to Vaikuntha after serving the term of the curse. Jaya and Vijaya were very much perturbed, but the Lord advised them to act as enemies, for then they would return after three births; otherwise, ordinarily, they would have to take seven births. With this authority, Jaya and Vijaya acted as the Lordís enemies, and now that these two were dead, all the Visnudutas understood that the Lordís killing of Hiranyakasipu was special mercy bestowed upon them.
Thus end the Bhaktivedanta purports of the Seventh Canto, Eighth Chapter, of the Srimad-Bhagavatam, entitled ďLord Nrsimhadeva Slays the King of the Demons.Ē

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