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Jay and Vijay Cursed

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Sri Nabadwip Dham Parikrama, Day Two
Evening class, 24 March 2021, part 3
Translated from Bengali


Jay and Vijay were two gatekeepers in Vaikuntha. One time, Brahma's four sons, four young boys, came to the gate stark naked. It is said in the Bhagavatam that although they looked like five-year old small boys, but this is not who they actually are—they are actually great sages, first-born sons of Adi Brahma, therefore they were the oldest of all living creatures. By the will of the Lord, these great sages lived disguised as four small boys. Their names are Sanak, Sanatan, Sanandan, Sanat-kumar. They had been roaming the three worlds and came to Vishnu Loka where Lord Narayan lives. When Jay and Vijay saw the four small naked boy trying to enter the gate of Vaikuntha, they prohibited them to go inside.

There is a sloka of Madhvacharya that says that the associates of the Lord that reside in Vaikuntha are eternally liberated souls, and whenever they receive any blessing or curse, they always remain liberated. Those who enter Vaikuntha do not have a material body, and if someone becomes cursed and has to take a material body in this world, they still remain liberated.

When the four kumars were denied entrance to Vaikuntha, they cursed Jay and Vijay. As a result of that curse, Jay and Vijay had to get material body. Somebody can ask—they are liberated souls residing in Vaikuntha, how can they be cursed? They may have been cursed, but when they were cursed, they accepted the form of demons and when they were defeated by the Lord, they again came to Vaikuntha. That curse did not last long—as soon as that material body was finished, they again came to the liberated position. Although they had to fall down to the material world, the extremely merciful Supreme Lord told them, "O gatekeepers! You will again return to Vaikuntha after three births. Your sin will be removed." So, in other words, they had to stay in the material world for three days, and after that they would come back to Vaikuntha.

In this way, Jay and Vijay were born in this world as two brothers, Hiranyakasipu an Hiranyaksa...


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