Bhāgavatam 4.7.16 ~ 25
With forgiveness from Generous Śiva, and permission from Wise Brahmā, Dakṣa set his priests and experts once again upon completing his endeavor. First they had to re-establish sanctity in the arena, which had been destroyed by warfare, so the topmost brāhmaṇas offered three pots of Soma to Viṣṇu as the priest offered grains and butter-oil into the fire, and Dakṣa, the leader of the sacrifice, meditated on Hari with a completely purified mind.
Then a great brilliance illuminated all ten directions at once, outshining every other brilliance. Tarkṣya’s Son, the great eagle Garuḍa, approached with Vedic mantras resounding from the movement of his wings. Śyāma Hari was atop Garuḍa, his dark black complexion beautiful like monsoon clouds, highlighted by the dazzling sunshine of his golden cloth and crown. The buzzing bees of jet-black curls, and the humming birds of swaying earrings surrounded his blossoming lotus-like face. His eight gold-bedecorated hands held a conchshell, lotus, discus, arrow, bow, mace, sword, and shield. His beloved bride and a necklace of forest-flowers embraced his chest. The instants of his affectionate, joyful smiles and glances made the universe delightful. At his sides white cāmara fans swayed like royal swans. Above his head rose a white umbrella, as beautiful as the moon.
Seeing him approach, Wise Brahmā, Three-Eyed Śiva, and all the divine hosts led by Indra stood up to offer respectful praṇām with folded hands atop their heads. They tried to glorify him, but their tongues had become timid and afraid; his brilliance stole their own luster. Yet somehow Self-born Brahmā and the others became inspired by his compassionate beauty to express a few prayerful words of glorification, as well as they might.
Dakṣa was delighted to take the very best of all the pots of Soma and give it to the Master of Sacrifices, who is superior to all Creators and gurus, and to his beloved associates like Sunanda and Nanda, who always accompany him. With folded hands and meek humility, he began to glorify Hari.
“First they had to re-establish sanctity in the arena, which had been destroyed by warfare, so the topmost brāhmaṇas offered three pots of Soma to Viṣṇu”
During Rudra’s attack, the arena was desecrated to the extreme. Before the sacrifice could be completed, the desecration had to be purified. This was done by invoking Viṣṇu, the supreme purifier (the phrase which means “three pots” – tri-kapāla – also means “three worlds”, indicating that Viṣṇu can purify any situation, anywhere).
It is significant that the presence of Brahmā and Śiva did not purify the arena. Viṣṇu had to be invoked.
“the priest offered grains and butter-oil into the fire, and Dakṣa, the leader of the sacrifice, meditated on Hari with a completely purified mind. Then a great brilliance illuminated all ten directions at once, outshining every other brilliance.”
Dakṣa is the performer of the sacrifice, but it is impossible for one person to do everything, so other persons assist. Just like the thousands of microbial living beings in our body cooperate with the will of the predominant living being in the body, similarly the dozens of persons involved in performing a sacrifice (or any effort) are considered extensions of the main person in charge.
The most important task is reserved for the leader. The most important part of yañja is not the fire or the priests or the offerings or the charity, etc. The most important part is the meditation upon Viṣṇu. (smartavya satatam viṣṇuḥ, vismartavya na jātucit, sarva vidhi-niṣedha-syāt etarād eva kiṅkaraḥ).
As a result of the meditation (not the other stuff) Hari appeared.
We should realize that this is the truth for kīrtan-yajña as well. Hare Krishna will appear as they are, in full spiritual potency, not as a result of everyone having the right tiloka, or having bathed properly, or wearing the right hairdo, or belonging to the right quasi-brāhminical unions and leagues. Hare Krishna will appear (illuminating all ten directions simultaneously) only when our concentration and meditation upon them is pure and unmixed with thoughts that embrace ulterior interests and ambitions.
ataḥ śrī-kṛṣṇa-nāmādi na-bhavet-grāhyaṁ indriyaiḥ, sevonmukhi hi jihvādau svayaṁ-eva sphuratyadaḥ
“Dakṣa was delighted to take the very best of all the pots of Soma and give it to the Master of Sacrifices, who is superior to all Creators and gurus, and to his beloved associates like Sunanda and Nanda, who always accompany him.”
Kṛṣṇaṁ smaran janam ca — This is the principle of real bhakti. Krishna is not worshipped in isolation. We worship Krishna along with the people who delight Krishna and who Krishna adores. If the pot of Soma were offered to Krishna and not to his associates this would be aparādhā, a lack of love, a love without depth or sensitivity.
Vraja Kishor dās