SB 9.9.8

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Srimad-Bhagavatam - Ninth Canto - Chapter 9: The Dynasty of Aḿśumān
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His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada



TEXT 8

ity uktvā sa nṛpo devaṁ
tapasātoṣayac chivam
kālenālpīyasā rājaṁs
tasyeśaś cāśv atuṣyata


SYNONYMS

iti uktvā—after saying this; saḥ—he; nṛpaḥ—the King (Bhagīratha); devam—unto Lord Śiva; tapasā—by executing austerities; atoṣayat—pleased; śivam—Lord Śiva, the all-auspicious; kālena—by time; alpīyasā—which was not very long; rājan—O King; tasya—upon him (Bhagīratha); īśaḥ—Lord Śiva; ca—indeed; āśu—very soon; atuṣyata—became satisfied.


TRANSLATION

After saying this, Bhagīratha satisfied Lord Śiva by performing austerities. O King Parīkṣit, Lord Śiva was very quickly satisfied with Bhagīratha.


PURPORT

The words āśv atuṣyata indicate that Lord Śiva was satisfied very soon. Therefore another name for Lord Śiva is Āśutoṣa. Materialistic persons become attached to Lord Śiva because Lord Śiva bestows benedictions upon anyone and everyone very quickly, not caring to know how his devotees prosper or suffer. Although materialistic persons know that material happiness is nothing but another side of suffering, they want it, and to get it very quickly they worship Lord Śiva. We find that materialists are generally devotees of many demigods, especially Lord Śiva and mother Durgā. They do not actually want spiritual happiness, for it is almost unknown to them. But if one is serious about being happy spiritually, he must take shelter of Lord Viṣṇu, as the Lord personally demands:

sarva-dharmān parityajya
mām ekaṁ śaraṇaṁ vraja
ahaṁ tvāṁ sarva-pāpebhyo
mokṣayiṣyāmi mā śucaḥ

"Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reaction. Do not fear." (BG 18.66)


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