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Diti and Kasyapa

Diti and Kasyapa

Diti begged her husband, the great sage Kasyapa, to have intercourse with her in the evening in order to beget a child. The sun was setting, and the sage was sitting in trance after offering oblations to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Visnu. In that place the beautiful Diti expressed her desire: “O learned one, Cupid is taking his arrows and distressing me forcibly, as a mad elephant troubles a banana tree. Therefore you should be kind towards me by showing me complete mercy by fulfilling my desire. I desire to have sons. When someone in distress approaches a great person, his pleas should never go in vain.”

Kasyapa replied, “I shall satisfy your desire. However, this particular time is most inauspicious because at this time the horrible-looking ghosts and constant companions of the lord of the ghosts are visible.”

Diti neglected all the Vedic principles of scriptural injunction, and therefore, although she was very anxious for auspicious children, she was informed that her children would be demons, who kill poor, faultless living entities. In fact, these demons, Hiranyakasipu and Hiranyaksa, were liberated persons and gatekeepers of spiritual Vaikuntha planet, the abode of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The Lord Himself ordered them to go down to the material world to become His enemies so that He could fight with them and His fighting desires would be satisfied by the service of His personal devotees.

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