Canto 4: Creation of the Fourth OrderChapter 3: Talks Between Lord Śiva and Satī

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 4.3.2

yadābhiṣikto dakṣas tu

brahmaṇā parameṣṭhinā

prajāpatīnāḿ sarveṣām

ādhipatye smayo 'bhavat


yadā — when; abhiṣiktaḥ — appointed; dakṣaḥDakṣa; tu — but; brahmaṇā — by Brahmā; parameṣṭhinā — the supreme teacher; prajāpatīnām — of the Prajāpatis; sarveṣām — of all; ādhipatyeas the chief; smayaḥ — puffed up; abhavathe became.


When Lord Brahmā appointed Dakṣa the chief of all the Prajāpatis, the progenitors of population, Dakṣa became very much puffed up.


Although he was envious and was inimical towards Lord Śiva, Dakṣa was appointed the chief of all Prajāpatis. That was the cause of his excessive pride. When a man becomes too proud of his material possessions, he can perform any disastrous act, and therefore Dakṣa acted out of false prestige. That is described in this chapter.

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