Jaya and Vijay, the gatekeepers of Vaikuntha, offended the four Kumaras, Sanaka, Sanandana, Sanatana, and Sanat, the manasputras of Brahma (sons born from the mind of Brahma), who visited Vaikuntha to meet Lord Vishnu. As a result, they were cursed by them to fall down temporarily in the material world for three births as enemies of Vishnu. In the first birth they came as ‘Hiranyaksha and Hiranyakashipu’ in Satya Yug, in the second birth as ‘Ravan and Kumbhakarna’ in Treta Yug, and in the third birth as ‘Shishupal and Dantvakra’ in Dwapar Yug. In all these three births they became arch-enemies of Vishnu Tattva and commited hundreds of offenses against the pure devotees of the Lord. Hiranyakashipu tortured Prahlad Maharaj. Hiranyaksha brutally assaulted the Mother Earth. Ravan tried to kidnap Sita and also burnt the tail of Lord Hanuman. Kumbhakarna injured Lord Hanuman and ate many monkeys who were fighting from Lord Ram’s side. Shishupal and Dantwakra also tried to harm the associates of Lord Krishna in Dwaraka repeatedly. As a result of their gross misdeeds and demoniac nature they all were mercilessly killed by the Supreme Lord. Although, one who is personally killed by the Supreme Lord attains liberation, the real liberation is the attainment of loving devotional service which they always failed to achieve.
gora abatare tanra sri jaya-bijaya
nabadvipe satru-bhave hoilo udoy
“Along with His fair incarnation His own devotees Jaya and Vijaya have also appeared in Navadvipa in the mood of being the enemy of the Lord.”
(Caitanya Candrer Lila Samudra Apar, Kalyana Kalpataru, Shrila Bhaktivinod Thakur)
However, in Kali Yug, in their fourth secret birth (just like Gaur-Krishna’s incarnation in Kali Yug is secret), they experienced an unexpected twist of fate. This time they did not receive Lord Varah Dev’s blows, or Lord Narasimha Dev’s claws, or Lord Ram’s arrows or Lord Krishna’s disk throws, but instead they received the transcendental mellows of pure devotional service by the loving embrace of Gaur-Krishna. This sudden and strange turn of their fate was indeed a miracle and it was effected by a mere glance of the most merciful Lord Nitai. As a matter of fact, this time also they performed the same gross misdeeds and possessed the same demoniac mentality like before and thus were destined to be annihilated by the Sudarshana Chakra of the Superme Lord once again. It was only Dayal Nitai who saved them. He not only saved them, but also awarded them the highest Prema-bhakti which was not possessed by them even when they were in Vaikuntha. This is a very strong proof of the fact that Nitai forgives even the Vaishnava aparadhis. Although their offenses against the Vaishnavas were part of Lila but still it teaches us a great lesson. In fact the curse of the four Kumaras turned out to be a bendediction for both of them as they got the highest love of Golok and the direct participation in the Sankirtan Lila of Shri Shri Nitai Gaur which are rarely attained even by eternal residents of Vaikuntha. This further proves that the curses given by Mahajanas are always great benedictions in diguise.