Canto 6: Prescribed Duties for Mankind

  1. The History of the Life of Ajāmilaplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigSB 6.1: The History of the Life of Ajāmila

    The History of the Life of Ajāmila

    Throughout Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam there are descriptions of ten subject matters, including creation, subsequent creation and the planetary systems. Śukadeva Gosvāmī, the speaker of
  2. Ajāmila Delivered by the Viṣṇudūtasplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigSB 6.2: Ajāmila Delivered by the Viṣṇudūtas

    Ajāmila Delivered by the Viṣṇudūtas

    In this chapter the messengers from Vaikuṇṭha explain to the Yamadūtas the glories of chanting the holy name of the Lord. The Viṣṇudūtas said, “
  3. Yamarāja Instructs His Messengersplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigSB 6.3: Yamarāja Instructs His Messengers

    Yamarāja Instructs His Messengers

    As related in this chapter, the Yamadūtas approached Yamarāja, who very exhaustively explained bhāgavata-dharma, the religious principle of devotional service. Yamarāja thus satisfied the Yamadūtas, who had been very disappointed. Yamarāja said,
  4. The Haṁsa-guhya Prayersplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigSB 6.4: The Haṁsa-guhya Prayers

    The Haṁsa-guhya Prayers

    After Mahārāja Parīkṣit appealed to Śukadeva Gosvāmī to describe in further detail the creation of the living entities within this universe, Śukadeva Gosvāmī informed him that when the Pracetās, the ten sons of Prācīnabarhi, entered the sea to execute austerities, the planet earth was neglected because of the absence of a king. Naturally many weeds and unnecessary trees grew, and no food grains were produced. Indeed, all the land became like a forest. When the ten Pracet…
  5. Nārada Muni Cursed by Prajāpati Dakṣaplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigSB 6.5: Nārada Muni Cursed by Prajāpati Dakṣa

    Nārada Muni Cursed by Prajāpati Dakṣa

    This chapter relates how all the sons of Dakṣa were delivered from the clutches of the material energy by following the advice of Nārada, who was therefore cursed by Dakṣa.
  6. The Progeny of the Daughters of Dakṣaplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigSB 6.6: The Progeny of the Daughters of Dakṣa

    The Progeny of the Daughters of Dakṣa

    As described in this chapter, Prajāpati Dakṣa begot sixty daughters in the womb of his wife Asiknī. These daughters were given in charity to various persons to increase the population. Since these offspring of Dakṣa were women, Nārada Muni did not try to lead them toward the renounced order of life. Thus the daughters were saved from Nārada Muni. Ten of the daughters were given in marriage to Dharmarāja, thirteen to Kaśyapa Muni, and twenty-seven to the moo…
  7. Indra Offends His Spiritual Master, Bṛhaspatiplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigSB 6.7: Indra Offends His Spiritual Master, Bṛhaspati

    Indra Offends His Spiritual Master, Bṛhaspati

    As related in this chapter, Indra, the King of heaven, committed an offense at the feet of his spiritual master, Bṛhaspati. Bṛhaspati therefore left the demigods, who then had no priest. However, at the request of the demigods, Viśvarūpa, the son of the
  8. The Nārāyaṇa-kavaca Shieldplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigSB 6.8: The Nārāyaṇa-kavaca Shield

    The Nārāyaṇa-kavaca Shield

    This chapter describes how Indra, the King of heaven, was victorious over the soldiers of the demons, and it also describes the shield of the Viṣṇu mantra.

    To take protection from this shield, one must first touch
  9. Appearance of the Demon Vṛtrāsuraplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigSB 6.9: Appearance of the Demon Vṛtrāsura

    Appearance of the Demon Vṛtrāsura

    As described in this chapter, Indra, the King of heaven, killed Viśvarūpa, and therefore Viśvarūpa’s father performed a yajña to kill Indra. When Vṛtrāsura appeared from that
  10. The Battle Between the Demigods and Vṛtrāsuraplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigSB 6.10: The Battle Between the Demigods and Vṛtrāsura

    The Battle Between the Demigods and Vṛtrāsura

    As described in this chapter, after Indra obtained the body of Dadhīci, a thunderbolt was prepared from Dadhīci’s bones, and a fight took place between Vṛtrāsura and the demigods.
  11. The Transcendental Qualities of Vṛtrāsuraplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigSB 6.11: The Transcendental Qualities of Vṛtrāsura

    The Transcendental Qualities of Vṛtrāsura

    This chapter describes Vṛtrāsura’s great qualities. When the prominent commanders of the demons fled, not hearing Vṛtrāsura’s advice. Vṛtrāsura condemned them all as cowards. Speaking very bravely, he stood alone to face the demigods. When the demigods saw Vṛtrāsura
  12. Vṛtrāsura's Glorious Deathplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigSB 6.12: Vṛtrāsura’s Glorious Death

    Vṛtrāsura’s Glorious Death

    This chapter describes how Indra, the King of heaven, killed Vṛtrāsura despite great reluctance.

    After Vṛtrāsura finished speaking, he released his trident against King Indra with great anger, but Indra, using his thunderbolt, which was many times more powerful than the trident, broke the trident to pieces and cut off one of Vṛtrāsura
  13. King Indra Afflicted by Sinful Reactionplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigSB 6.13: King Indra Afflicted by Sinful Reaction

    King Indra Afflicted by Sinful Reaction

    This chapter describes Indra’s fear at having killed a brāhmaṇa (Vṛtrāsura), and it also describes how he fled and was saved by the grace of Lord Viṣṇu.
  14. King Citraketu's Lamentationplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigSB 6.14: King Citraketu’s Lamentation

    King Citraketu’s Lamentation

    In this Fourteenth Chapter, Parīkṣit Mahārāja asks his spiritual master, Śukadeva Gosvāmī, how such a demon as Vṛtrāsura could become an exalted devotee. In this connection the previous life of Vṛtrāsura is discussed. This involves the story of Citraketu and how he was victimized by lamentation because of the death of his son.
  15. The Saints Nārada and Aṅgirā Instruct King Citraketuplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigSB 6.15: The Saints Nārada and Aṅgirā Instruct King Citraketu

    The Saints Nārada and Aṅgirā Instruct King Citraketu

    In this chapter, Aṅgirā Ṛṣi, along with Nārada, consoles Citraketu as far as possible. Aṅgirā and Nārada Ṛṣi came to relieve the King from excessive lamentation by instructing him about the spiritual significance of life.
  16. King Citraketu Meets the Supreme Lordplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigSB 6.16: King Citraketu Meets the Supreme Lord

    King Citraketu Meets the Supreme Lord

    As related in this chapter, Citraketu was able to talk with his dead son and hear from him the truth of life. When Citraketu was appeased, the great sage Nārada gave him a
  17. Mother Pārvatī Curses Citraketuplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigSB 6.17: Mother Pārvatī Curses Citraketu

    Mother Pārvatī Curses Citraketu

    The Seventeenth Chapter is summarized as follows. This chapter describes Citraketu’s receiving the body of an asura, or demon, because of joking with Lord Śiva.

    After personally talking with the Supreme Personality of Godhead, King Citraketu enjoyed life in his airplane with the women of the Vidyādhara planet. Engaging in the congregational chanting of the glories of the Lord, he began flying his plane and traveling in outer space. One day while traveling like t…
  18. Diti Vows to Kill King Indraplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigSB 6.18: Diti Vows to Kill King Indra

    Diti Vows to Kill King Indra

    This chapter gives the history of Diti, the wife of Kaśyapa, and how she followed a vow to have a son who would kill Indra. It also describes how Indra attempted to foil her plan by cutting to pieces the son within her womb.
  19. Performing the Puṁsavana Ritualistic Ceremonyplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigSB 6.19: Performing the Puṁsavana Ritualistic Ceremony

    Performing the Puṁsavana Ritualistic Ceremony

    This chapter explains how Diti, Kaśyapa Muni’s wife, executed Kaśyapa Muni’s instructions on devotional service. During the first day of the bright fortnight of the moon in the month of Agrahāyaṇa (November-December), every woman, following in the footsteps of Diti and following the instructions of her own husband, should begin this