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Story of Kavyamata and the Avatars of Vishnu

Story of Kavyamata is found in the Devi Bhagavatha, 4th Skanda. She was so pious and pure that it was due to her curse that God Vishnu had to take numerous avatars on earth and suffer among human beings. Kavyamata is the mother of Shukracharya, the guru of Asuras (demons). She had done intense austerities and performed penance as result she had extraordinary powers.

Once in a fierce war, the Asuras were defeated by the Devas. Asuras sought the help of Shukracharya but all his attempts to help Asuras failed as the Devas were helped by Vishnu.
To attain more powers to help Asuras, Shukracharya went to Kailasa and performed penance to gain knowledge from Shiva. This continued for several years.
Taking advantage of the absence of Shukracharya, the Devas, led by Indra, attacked the Asuras. After a fierce battle, Asuras were left clueless and so they approached Kavyamata.
With a mere glance, she sent the Devas to long sleep. Such was her power that Indra, the King of Devas, became paralyze…

The body is mortal, but he who dwells in the body is said to be immortal and immeasurable – Bhagavad Gita

When the senses contact sense objects, we experience cold or heat, pleasure or pain. These are fleeting; they come and go. Bear them patiently.

The person who is unaffected by the sense objects, who is the same in pleasure and pain, is truly wise and fit for immortality. Assert your strength to realize this.
The impermanent has not reality; reality lies in the eternal. Those who have seen the boundary between these two have attained the end of all knowledge.
Realize that which pervades the universe and is indestructible; no power can affect this unchanging, imperishable Reality.
The body is mortal, but he who dwells in the body is said to be immortal and immeasurable.
Bhagavad Gita