God’s Celibacy

English: Amor stringing his bow, Roman copy af...
Amor stringing his bow 

Here’s a little something to whet your appetite for Volume 2 of Beautiful Tales of the All Attractive. This is the Śrīmad Bhāgavatam’s Second Canto, Seventh Chapter – ślokas 6 and 7.

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6

Brahmā: He was born as Nārāyaṇa and Nara, from Mūrti – daughter of Dakṣa and wife of Dharma, to display the power of celibacy. The armies of Eros tried to destroy their vows, but when they saw themselves and many other divine beauties emanating from the All-Attractive they realized they could never win.

Nārada: Nara and Nārāyaṇa defeated Cupid’s armies without struggle and without anger!

7

Brahmā: Yes! Sometimes great personalities can control lust, but not anger. Śiva, for example, destroys lust by glancing wrathfully and it. That wrath controls lust, but itself refuses to submit to control. Wrath, however, is terrified to enter within the All-Attractive, so how can lust ever hope to find a place within his mind?

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