Lecture on SB 7.9.2 — Mayapur, February 12, 1977
So sakṣat śrī. She is always associated. If anyone tries to separate Śrī from Nārāyaṇa, then he will be vanquished. The example is Rāvaṇa. Rāvaṇa wanted to separate Lakṣmī from Rāma. This attempt is so dangerous that Rāvaṇa, instead of becoming happy… He was so-called happy, materially opulent. But as soon as he separated Lakṣmī from Nārāyaṇa, he became vanquished with all his friend. So don’t try to do that, to separate Lakṣmī from Nārāyaṇa. She cannot be separated. But if anyone attempts like that, he’ll be ruined. He’ll be ruined. The example is Rāvaṇa. So at the present moment people are very much fond of śrī, money. Śrī-aiśvaryā. Śrī-aiśvaryā. Śrī-aiśvaryā prajepsavaḥ. General people, they want śrī, money, or beauty, beautiful woman. Śrī-aiśvaryā: money, riches. Śrī aiśvaryā prajepsavaḥ. Prajā. Prajā means family, society, money. They want. So Śrī is always hankered after, searched after. But do not try to keep Śrī alone. Then you’ll be ruined. This is the instruction. You do not try to keep Śrī alone. Keep always with Nārāyaṇa. Then you’ll be happy. Keep Nārāyaṇa. So those who are riches, those who have got riches, rich, they should worship Nārāyaṇa also with their money. Spend money. Money is meant for service of Nārāyaṇa. So if you have got money, don’t spoil it like Rāvaṇa, but engage it in Kṛṣṇa’s service. If you have got money, just spend it for very costly temple, for installing Lakṣmī-Nārāyaṇa, Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa, Sītā-Rāma, like that. Don’t spoil your money in other way. Then you’ll always remain rich. You’ll never become poor. But as soon as you try to cheat Nārāyaṇa, that “I have taken Your Lakṣmī,” you starve. That policy is very bad.
So anyway, wherever there is Śrī, there is Nārāyaṇa, and wherever there is Nārāyaṇa, there is Śrī. Therefore Nārāyaṇa and Śrī. Nṛsiṁha-deva is Nārāyaṇa, and Lakṣmī, They are constantly assoc… Therefore the devas, the demigods, when they saw that “Nārāyaṇa, Nṛsiṁha-deva, was very, very angry. Nobody can pacify Him,” so they thought that “Lakṣmījī is personal associate, constantly with Nārāyaṇa, so let her go and pacify.” That is stated here. Sākṣāt śrīḥ preṣitā devair. The devas, Lord Brahmā, Lord Śiva and others, they requested, “Mother, you try to pacify your husband. It is not possible by us.” But she also became afraid. She also became afraid. Sākṣāt śrīḥ preṣita devair dṛṣṭvā taṁ mahad adbhutam. She knows that “My husband has appeared as Nṛsiṁha-deva,” but because that wonderful feature of the Lord was so fearful, she did not dare to come before Him. Why? Now, adṛṣṭaśruta-pūrvatvāt: since she also never knew that the her husband can assume the form of Nṛsiṁha-deva. This Nṛsiṁha-deva feature was specifically adopted for Hiraṇyakaśipu. This is all-powerful. Hiraṇyakaśipu took benediction from Lord Brahmā that no god, demigod, can kill him; no man can kill him; no animal can kill him; and so on, so on, so on. Indirectly he made a plan that nobody could kill him. And because first of all he wanted to become immortal, so Lord Brahmā said that “I am not immortal. How can I give you the benediction of becoming…? That is not possible.” So these rākṣasas, demons, they are very intelligent, duṣkṛtina, intelligent—but for sinful activities. That is the feature of the rākṣasa. So he planned something, that “Indirectly I shall take benediction from Lord Brahmā in such a way that I’ll remain immortal.”
So in order to keep Brahmā’s promise, Nārāyaṇa appeared as Nṛsiṁha-deva: half lion and half man. Therefore adṛṣṭāśruta-pūrva. Even Lakṣmī did not see such feature of the Lord, the half man, half lion. This is Nārāyaṇa, or Kṛṣṇa, all-powerful. He can assume any form. That is… Adṛṣṭā aśruta-purva. Never saw. Although she is associated with Nārāyaṇa, but she never saw such wonderful feature of the Nārāyaṇa. Therefore it is said, adṛṣṭā aśruta-pūrvatvāt sā na upeyāya śaṅkitā. Lakṣmījī is chaste. So śaṅkitā: she was fearful, “Maybe He’s different person.” And she is the chaste, the most chaste. How she can mix with different person? Therefore śaṅkitā. This word is used, śaṅkitā. Although she is supposed to know everything, still, she was thinking, “May not be my husband.” This is the ideal chaste, chastity, that even Lakṣmījī, being doubtful about Viṣṇu, she did not talk, did not approach. Śaṅkitā. This is another quality of Lakṣmījī. She became afraid, “He may not be Nārāyaṇa,” because she’s never experienced of her husband such wonderful feature, half lion and half man. So adṛṣṭāśruta-pūrvatvāt sa nopeyāya śaṅkitā.
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