|Canto 9: Liberation||Chapter 5: Durvāsā Muni's Life Spared|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 9.5.24
gate 'tha durvāsasi so 'mbarīṣo
ṛṣer vimokṣaḿ vyasanaḿ ca vīkṣya
mene sva-vīryaḿ ca parānubhāvam
gate — on his return; atha — then; durvāsasi — the great mystic yogī Durvāsā; saḥ — he, the King; ambarīṣaḥ — Mahārāja Ambarīṣa; dvija-upayoga — most suitable for a pure brāhmaṇa; ati-pavitram — very pure food; āharat — gave him to eat and he also ate; ṛṣeḥ — of the great sage; vimokṣam — release; vyasanam — from the great danger of being burned by the Sudarśana cakra; ca — and; vīkṣya — seeing; mene — considered; sva-vīryam — about his own power; ca — also; para-anubhāvam — because of his pure devotion to the Supreme Lord.
After one year, when Durvāsā Muni had returned, King Ambarīṣa sumptuously fed him all varieties of pure food, and then he himself also ate. When the King saw that the brāhmaṇa Durvāsā had been released from the great danger of being burned, he could understand that by the grace of the Lord he himself was also powerful, but he did not take any credit, for everything had been done by the Lord.
A devotee like Mahārāja Ambarīṣa is certainly always busy in many activities. Of course, this material world is full of dangers that one has to meet, but a devotee, because of his full dependence on the Supreme Personality of Godhead, is never disturbed. The vivid example is Mahārāja Ambarīṣa. He was the emperor of the entire world and had many duties to perform, and in the course of these duties there were many disturbances created by persons like Durvāsā Muni, but the King tolerated everything, patiently depending fully on the mercy of the Lord. The Lord, however, is situated in everyone's heart (sarvasya cāhaḿ hṛdi sanniviṣṭaḥ), and He manages things as He desires. Thus although Mahārāja Ambarīṣa was faced with many disturbances, the Lord, being merciful to him, managed things so nicely that in the end Durvāsā Muni and Mahārāja Ambarīṣa became great friends and parted cordially on the basis of bhakti-yoga. After all, Durvāsā Muni was convinced of the power of bhakti-yoga, although he himself was a great mystic yogī. Therefore, as stated by Lord Kṛṣṇa in Bhagavad-gītā (6.47):
yoginām api sarveṣāḿ
śraddhāvān bhajate yo māḿ
sa me yuktatamo mataḥ
"Of all yogīs, he who always abides in Me with great faith, worshiping Me in transcendental loving service, is most intimately united with Me in yoga and is the highest of all." Thus it is a fact that a devotee is the topmost yogī, as proved in the dealings of Mahārāja Ambarīṣa with Durvāsā Muni.
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