TEXT 42
tatah karatali-krtya
vyapi halahalam visam
abhaksayan maha-devah
krpaya bhuta-bhavanah
SYNONYMS
tatah—thereafter; karatali-krtya—taking in his hand; vyapi—widespread; halahalam—called halahala; visam—poison; abhaksayat—drank; maha-devah—Lord Siva; krpaya—out of compassion; bhuta-bhavanah—for the welfare of all living entities.
TRANSLATION
Thereafter, Lord Siva, who is dedicated to auspicious, benevolent work for humanity, compassionately took the whole quantity of poison in his palm and drank it.
PURPORT
Although there was such a great quantity of poison that it spread all over the universe, Lord Siva had such great power that he reduced the poison to a small quantity so that he could hold it in his palm. One should not try to imitate Lord Siva. Lord Siva can do whatever he likes, but those who try to imitate Lord Siva by smoking ganja and other poisonous things will certainly be killed because of such activities.

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