Thursday, February 09, 2006

Lord Varaha's Appearance Day

Today is Lord Varaha’s Appearance Day. Over simplifying the story, even if the earth gets mismanaged into a muddy mess, the Lord will incarnate and save it from the muck and mire. Which is not a justification to live environmentally unsound lifestyles, thinking the Lord will bail you out. It is an extreme example of how, after the inhabitants of the planet suffer grievously for their foolishness, the Lord will intervene to save his handiwork. More efficient that starting from scratch, I guess.

“The floating of the planets in the weightless air is due to the inner constitution of the globes, and the modernized drilling of the earth to exploit oil from within is a sort of disturbance by the modern demons and can result in a greatly harmful reaction to the floating condition of the earth. A similar disturbance was created formerly by the demons headed by Hiranyaksa (the great exploiter of the gold rush), and the earth was detached from its weightless condition and fell down into the Garbhodaka Ocean. The Lord, as maintainer of the whole creation of the material world, therefore assumed the gigantic form of a boar with a proportionate snout and picked up the earth from within the water of Garbhodaka…”

SB 2.7.1

At the risk of offending fundamentalist fanatics, I have included a depiction of Lord Varaha. I hope this doesn’t lead to a boycott of my wife’s crafted gourds.


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