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(9) She said: 'Protect me, protect me, o worshiped of the worshiped, Lord of the Universe; I see no one else fearless than You, in this world of death and duality. (10) O all powerful Lord, a fiery iron is coming towards me. Let it burn me, o protector, but save my embryo'."
(11) Sûta said: "Patiently hearing her words the Supreme Lord, who is the caretaker of the devotees, understood that this was the result of a brahmâstra-weapon of the son of Drona who wanted to end the existence of all Pândava descendants. (12) O Chief of the Muni's [S'aunaka], seeing the glaring brahmâstra heading towards them, the Pândavas each took up their own five weapons. (13) Seeing that they were in great danger with no other means available, the Almighty took up His own Sudars'ana disc for the protection of His devotees.(14) Being within the soul of all living beings, the Supreme Lord of Yoga by His personal energy covered the embryo of Uttarâ for the protection of the progeny of the Kuru-dynasty. (15) O S'aunaka, although the brahmâstra weapon went unhindered by counteractions, it was, being confronted with the strength of Vishnu, neutralized. (16) Do not think of all this as something wondrous, since, of all of the all-mysterious and infallible, it is the Lord who is considered to be the One who is transcendental by His own energy in creating, maintaining and destroying, although in fact He is unborn.
(17) Being saved from the radiation of the weapon, the chaste Kuntî along with her sons, addressed Lord Krishna who was about to leave
Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 8 Verses 9-17 Source
Lord Krsna, who specifically protects His devotees, saw that the whole population of Dvaraka was most perturbed by the presence of the great fiery demon. He immediately began to smile and assured them, "Don't worry. I shall give you all protection." The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krsna, is all-pervading. He is within everyone's heart, and He is without also in the form of the cosmic manifestation. He could understand that the fiery demon was a creation of Lord Siva, and in order to vanquish him He took His Sudarsana-cakra and ordered him to take the necessary steps. The Sudarsana-cakra appeared with the effulgence of millions of suns, his temperature being as powerful as the fire created at the end of the cosmic manifestation. By his own effulgence, the Sudarsana-cakra began to illuminate the entire universe, on the surface of the earth as well as in outer space. Then the Sudarsana-cakra began to freeze the fiery demon created by Lord Siva. In this way, the fiery demon was checked by the Sudarsana-cakra of Lord Krsna, and being defeated in his attempt to devastate the city of Dvaraka, he turned back.
and it also says this about it:
but because the King of Kasi and his son Sudaksina were against Lord Krsna, the Visnu-cakra Sudarsana (the disc weapon of Lord Krsna) devastated the whole city by burning all these important places. This excursion was more ravaging than modern bombing. The Sudarsana-cakra, having thus finished his duty, came back to his Lord Sri Krsna at Dvaraka.
KRISHNA - `Black.’ This name occurs in the Rig-veda, but without any relation to the great deity of later times. The earliest mention of Krishna, the son of Devaki, is in the Chhandogya Upanishad, where he appears as a scholar. There was a Rishi of the name who was a son of Viswaka. There was also a great Asura so named, who with 10,000 followers committed fearful devastation, until he was defeated and skinned by Indra. In another Vedic hymn, 50,000 Krishnas are said to have been slain, and it is added in another that his pregnant wives were slain with him that he might leave no posterity. This is supposed to have reference to the Rakshasas or to the dark-coloured aborigines of India.
The modern deity Krishna is the most celebrated hero of Indian mythology, and the most popular of all the deities. He is said to be the eighth Avatara or incarnation of Vishnu, or rather a direct manifestation of Vishnu himself.
With Arjuna he propitiated Agni in the Khandava forest, and obtained the fiery weapon the discus.
Siva gave Vishnu the Sudarsana Chakra or discus, being very much pleased with His devotion. It is this Sudarsana Chakra which Vishnu always bears. This discus is itself an embodiment of devotion.
The discuss is called 'Sudarsana' (Beauteous sight). It represents the Universal mind, the limit less power which invents and destroys all the spheres and forms of the universe, the nature of which is to revolve.
There are many things, which are beyond the work of human domain. These were the areas where divine intervention was sought by the ancient seers. This is where the mantras play a vital role. The mantras were the tools, which were used by the sages to free the world from sufferings. mantaram trayate iti mantra mantras are mystic syllables that free the chanter from inflictions. In the Vaishnava agamas the Sudharsana mantra is a very prominent one.
The Sudharsana Chakra or the divine disc of Maha Vishnu is one of the Lords prominent weapons in annihilating evil forces. The Sudharsana yantra is also as important as the Sudharsana mantra.
Sudarsana (Sanskrit) Good-looking, beautiful; the chakra or circular weapon of Vishnu-Krishna, a flaming weapon called the disc of the sun. Occultly, it is that power possessed by the highest initiates and semi-divine men, avataras, buddhas, etc., which is an emanation or out-pouring from their spiritually intellectual or buddhi-manasic principle. Intellect in its smooth and magical operations is sudarsana (beautiful to consider), and of immense power even among men on our low plane. When used as a power or "weapon" by god-men or similar beings it is virtually irresistible.
Originally posted by ProphetOfYahweh
worldwatcher what path of Hinduism do you follow? Raja Yoga, Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Jnana Yoga, etc?
[edit on 17-1-2005 by ProphetOfYahweh]
we're all going to end up in the same place whether you realize it or not.