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Canto 10

Nârada Muni

  

 

 

Chapter 11: A New Residence, the Fruit Vendor and Vatsâsura and Bakâsura Defeated

(1) S'rî S'uka said: 'The cowherd men led by Nanda heard the tumult of the falling trees and, afraid that it had been the thunder, went to the spot oh best of the Kurus. (2) Discovering that the two arjunas had fallen to the ground they, flabbergasted, had no idea what the cause of this apparent crash would be. (3) Who could have done this? The child, dragging the wooden mortar that He was bound to by the rope? How could this wondrous thing have happened? They were perplexed. (4) The other children said: 'He has done it, with the mortar getting across. He dragged it in between the trees! And there were also two personalities. We saw it with our own eyes!' (5) They could not believe what they said. 'That is not possible! How could such a small child have uprooted the trees?' But some of them had doubts [and deemed it very well possible].  (6) When Nanda saw that his son with a rope being tied to a big mortar was dragging around with it, he had to smile and released Him.

(7) The Supreme Lord encouraged by the gopîs, sometimes danced or sang for them, as if He was a simple, ordinary child they could control like a wooden doll. (8) Sometimes He on request carried a wooden seat, a measuring jug or a pair of shoes, to which He made fun with His relatives by striking His arms [as if He would be a strong adult]. (9) By acting like a child to the pleasure of everyone, the Supreme Lord in Vraja showed the world to what extent He submits to His devotees.

(10) Krishna [one day] heard a fruit vendor calling: 'Oh people, come and get your fruits!' And so the Infallible One, the Bestower of all Fruits who wanted some fruits, quickly grabbed some paddy and came to buy fruit. (11) What He had to offer  had slipped from the palms of His hands [on the way], but the fruit lady filled them [nevertheless] with fruits. Thereupon the entire basket of fruits filled with gold and jewels!

(12) After the incident with the arjunas Rohinî Devî once called for Krishna and Râma who were absorbed in their playing with the other children at the riverside. (13) When the boys immersed in their games upon being called did not show up, Rohinî sent mother Yas'odâ to take care of the sons. (14) As she was calling for her son Krishna and for the other boys whom He so late still was playing with, because of her love the milk flowed from her breasts. (15) 'Krishna, oh Krishna my lotus-eyed one, oh darling, stop playing and drink some milk. You must be tired and hungry my son! (16) Oh Râma, please come right now together with Your younger brother oh love of the family. You enjoyed Your breakfast this morning and You now must be needing some more! (17) Oh scion of Dâs'ârha ['worthy of service', the Yadus], the king of Vraja wants to eat and is waiting for You. Come here, be nice and let the other boys go home. (18) You are covered with dirt my son, come and take a bath. Today is the day of Your birth star, be clean and then we'll give cows to the brahmins! (19) Just see how the boys of Your age, being washed by their mothers, are all dressed up. You too with a bath, having eaten and being decorated should enjoy now.' (20) Mother Yas'odâ thus in her intense love considering the Highest of them All to be her son oh ruler of man, took Krishna and Râma by the hand and brought them home to get them presentable.'

(21) S'rî S'uka said: 'The elderly gopas who witnessed the great disturbances in the Big Forest came together with Nanda to discuss what was happening in Vraja. (22) Upananda [Nanda's elder brother], the oldest and wisest one with the greatest experience, said in that meeting what, according to the time and circumstances, to the interest of Râma and Krishna would be the best thing to do: (23) 'We who wish the best for our Gokula, should leave this place all together. Great disturbances are occurring here with the evil intent to kill the boys. (24) The reason for this is that, somehow or other with the grace of the Lord, He, this boy, was delivered from the hands of the Râkshasî [Pûtanâ] who came here to kill the children and because of the fact that the falling handcart almost hit Him. (25) And then the Lord of the Suras had to save Him from the demon in the form of a whirlwind who transported Him into the sky and so dangerously collapsed on the rocky ground. (26) Being protected by the infallible One the child and the other children also escaped from dying because of the two [falling] trees He got stuck in between. (27) As long as that devil [behind these attacks] is harassing us, we cannot stay in this cow place. To the interest of the boys we all together have to move to another place, before it is too late. (28) There is a[nother] forest named Vrindâvana [the 'clustered forest' *] with lots of fresh greenery and serene rock formations that with its variety of plants and wealth of grasses is a very suitable place for gopa, gopî and cow [go]. (29) Let us therefore immediately go there today and not waste any time. We get all carts ready and be on our way with the cows, our wealth, in front - if you all agree.'

(30) Hearing that, the gopas said unanimously: 'That is the right way, the correct approach', and began to assemble the cows and load their belongings. (31-32) Putting the elders, the children and women on the bullock carts and next their belongings, the gopas with the greatest care took their bows and arrows and departed together with the priests oh King, thereby keeping the cows in front and loudly vibrating their horns and bugles all around. (33) The gopîs, nicely dressed with their gold around their necks and their bodies decorated with fresh kunkum, sang during the ride on the carts with great pleasure about Krishna's pastimes. (34) Yas'odâ and Rohinî, beautifully together with Krishna and Balarâma being seated on one cart, were very happy to hear the stories being sung. (35) Reaching Vrindâvana, a place most agreeable throughout all seasons, they settled for a cow compound by placing their carts in a semi-circle like the form of the moon. (36) Oh ruler of man, when Râma and Mâdhava saw Vrindâvana with Govardhana hill and the banks of the Yamunâ, they were very happy. (37) The two boys with Their children's games and broken language thus delighted the inhabitants of the cow community [the new Vraja]. In due course of time They were old enough to take care of the calves. (38) Sporting in different ways with all kinds of games, They together with the other cowherd boys, tended the calves close to the lands of Vraja. (39-40) Sometimes blowing their flutes, sometimes hurling with a sling [for the fruits], sometimes moving their feet for the tinkling [of their ankle bells], sometimes playing cow and bull while bellowing loudly imitating the animals that fought with each other and sometimes imitating the sounds of other animals, They wandered around just like two normal children.

 

(41) One day on the bank of the Yamunâ tending their calves with their playmates, a demon [Vatsâsura] appeared on the scene with the intent to kill Krishna and Balarâma. (42) Assuming the form of a calf he had mixed with the other calves. But the Lord spotted him and, gesturing to Baladeva, pointed him out while He inconspicuously slowly moved in his direction. (43) Acyuta caught him by the hind legs and his tail, whirled him heavily around and next threw him lifeless on top of a kapittha tree [**]. There the body of the demon assumed a giant size whereupon he together with the tree, fell to the ground. (44) The boys who all had witnessed this incident, were greatly amazed and praised Him, exclaiming: 'Well done, very good!', and the gods being pleased showered flowers. (45) This couple, the Sole Protectors of All the Worlds who had turned into protectors of calves, that morning finished their breakfast and next wandered around tending the young animals.

(46) With each of them being responsible for his own group of calves, they one day wishing to quench their thirst arrived at a reservoir where they drenched the animals and thereupon themselves also drank from the water. (47) There the boys saw a gigantic body looking like a mountain peak broken off by a thunderbolt and fallen down, that frightened them. (48) It belonged to a big demon called Bakâsura, who had assumed the body of a gigantic heron [a baka ***]. All of a sudden most powerfully rising up he with his sharp beak swallowed Krishna. (49) Seeing Krishna being devoured by the heron all the boys headed by Râma were flabbergasted and stood completely overwhelmed and stared, nailed to the ground. (50) He, the son of a cowherd, the Master of the Lord of the Universe [Brahmâ], started deep in its throat to burn like fire and was instantly angrily released without a scratch. The heron thereupon immediately tried to kill Him again with its sharp beak. (51) With Bakâsura attacking again, He with His arms caught the beak of that friend of Kamsa, after which He, as the Master of the Truthful Ones and to the pleasure of the denizens of heaven, before the eyes of the boys, tore it apart as easily as one splits a blade of grass. (52) At that moment the gods of all places accompanied by drums, conches and prayers, showered jasmine and other flowers from Indra's paradise [Nandana-kânana] and congratulated the enemy of Bakâsura. Seeing this, the cowherd sons were struck with wonder. (53) The way the senses return to life [when one regains consciousness], the boys headed by Balarâma returned to life when He was released from the beak of the heron. Freed from the danger they embraced Him, assembled their calves and returned to Vraja. There they loudly declared [that Krishna had defeated another demon]. (54) The gopas and the gopîs were astounded when they heard all the stories. Eagerly staring at them as if they had returned from death, they filled with admiration most delighted could not turn their eyes away from the boys. (55) [They said to themselves:] What a miracle that this boy, having faced so many life threats, is still around, while all those who gave rise to fear themselves had to experience the hatefulness they gave in to. (56) Even though they had approached with the intent to kill this boy, none of the evil planners who appeared so grotesque in their malice, managed to succeed. Besieging Him they all died like flies in the fire. (57) That is how it is: the words of the knowers of Brahman never ever prove false. That what by the supreme master [Garga] was predicted has happened exactly so [see 10.8: 8-9]!' (58) This way Nanda's gopas delighted in the pleasure to talk about the stories about Krishna and Balarâma without ever running into the pains of the world [see also 1.7: 6]. (59) The two boys thus passed their childhood in the cow-community with different children's games like playing hide and seek, building dams and jumping around like they were monkeys.' 

 

 

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Text 1

S'rî S'uka said: 'The cowherd men led by Nanda heard the tumult of the falling trees and, afraid that it had been the thunder, went to the spot oh best of the Kurus.
S'rî S'uka said: 'The cowherd men lead by Nanda hearing the tumult of the trees falling down went, afraid of the thunder, to the spot, o best of the Kurus. (Vedabase)

 

Text 2

Discovering that the two arjunas had fallen to the ground they, flabbergasted, had no idea what the cause of this apparent crash would be. 

Discovering there the two arjunas fallen to the ground had they flabbergasted not a clue what the cause of this apparent crash would be. (Vedabase)

    

Text 3

Who could have done this? The child, dragging the wooden mortar that He was bound to by the rope? How could this wondrous thing have happened? They were perplexed.

Who would have done this? The kid, dragging the wooden mortar bound to Him by the rope? How could this wondrous thing have happened? Thus they were perplexed. (Vedabase)

 

Text 4

The other children said: 'He has done it, with the mortar getting across. He dragged it in between the trees! And there were also two personalities. We saw it with our own eyes!' 

The other kids said: 'He has done it, with the mortar getting across dragging it in between the trees! And there were also two personalities. We saw it with our own eyes!' (Vedabase)

 

Text 5

They could not believe what they said. 'That is not possible! How could such a small child have uprooted the trees?' But some of them had doubts [and deemed it very well possible].

They couldn't believe what they said, 'That can't be; how could such a small child have uprooted the trees?', but some of them had doubts in their mind. (Vedabase)

 

Text 6

When Nanda saw that his son with a rope being tied to a big mortar was dragging around with it, he had to smile and released Him.

Seeing his son bound by the rope dragging the mortar made Nanda smile and so he set Him free. (Vedabase)

  

Text 7

The Supreme Lord encouraged by the gopîs, sometimes danced or sang for them, as if He was a simple, ordinary child they could control like a wooden doll.

By the gopîs encouraged, sang the Supreme Lord at times, playing silly, fooling them as if He'd be an ordinary child under their control like a wooden doll. (Vedabase)

 

Text 8

Sometimes He on request carried a wooden seat, a measuring jug or a pair of shoes, to which He made fun with His relatives by striking His arms [as if He would be a strong adult].

Sometimes being ordered He would carry the load of a wooden seat, a measure or shoes, making fun with His relatives striking His arms [as if He'd be a man of power]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 9

By acting like a child to the pleasure of everyone, the Supreme Lord in Vraja showed the world to what extent He submits to His devotees.

For the whole world to know Him showed He how much taken in by His servants the Supreme Lord is, endeavoring as a child indeed performing to the pleasure of all of Vraja. (Vedabase)


Text 10

Krishna [one day] heard a fruit vendor calling: 'Oh people, come and get your fruits!' And so the Infallible One, the Bestower of all Fruits who wanted some fruits, quickly grabbed some paddy and came to buy fruit.

'O people all around, get your fruits!', thus Krishna heard a fruit vendor calling out, and quickly the Infallible One, the Bestower of all Fruits, grabbing some paddy went over there to buy fruit. (Vedabase)

 

Text 11

What He had to offer  had slipped from the palms of His hands [on the way], but the fruit lady filled them [nevertheless] with fruits. Thereupon the entire basket of fruits filled with gold and jewels!

What He had to offer had fallen from the palms of His hands, but the fruitlady filled them [nevertheless] with fruits. In exchange was the entire basket of fruits filled with gold and jewels. (Vedabase)

 

Text 12

After the incident with the arjunas Rohinî Devî once called for Krishna and Râma who were absorbed in their playing with the other children at the riverside.

After the incident with the arjunas Rohinî Devî once called out for Krishna and Râma lost in their play with the other kids at the riverside. (Vedabase)

 

Text 13

When the boys immersed in their games upon being called did not show up, Rohinî sent mother Yas'odâ to take care of the sons.

When the sons immersed in their games upon being called didn't show up, sent Rohinî mother Yas'odâ after them with her loving care for the sons. (Vedabase)

 

Text 14

As she was calling for her son Krishna and for the other boys whom He so late still was playing with, because of her love the milk flowed from her breasts.

Calling for Krishna, her son and the other boys He so late was still playing with, flowed in her love the milk from her breasts. (Vedabase)

 

Text 15

'Krishna, oh Krishna my lotus-eyed one, oh darling, stop playing and drink some milk. You must be tired and hungry my son!

'Krishna, o Krishna my lotuseyes, o darling, stop playing, drink some milk; You must be tired and hungry my son!' (Vedabase)

   

Text 16

O Râma, please come right now together with Your younger brother oh love of the family. You  enjoyed Your breakfast this morning and You now must be needing some more!

O Râma, please come right now together with Your younger brother, o love of the family, You sure enjoyed Your breakfast this morning, so You need some more now! (Vedabase)

  

Text 17

Oh scion of Dâs'ârha ['worthy of service', the Yadus], the king of Vraja wants to eat and is waiting for You. Come here, be nice and let the other boys go home.

O Dâs'ârha ['worthy of service'], the king of Vraja is waiting for the both of You desirous to eat, come here, do us a favor and let the other boys go to their homes. (Vedabase)

 

Text 18

You are covered with dirt my son, come and take a bath. Today is the day of Your birth star, be clean and then we'll give cows to the brahmins!

You're all covered with dirt my son, come now and wash; this day is the day of Your birth star, be clean and donate cows to the learned ones! (Vedabase)

 

Text 19

Just see how the boys of Your age, being washed by their mothers, are all dressed up. You too with a bath, having eaten and being decorated should enjoy now.'

See, look how the boys of Your age, washed by their mothers, are all dressed up, so You also with a bath and having eaten should enjoy now with them in your finest.' (Vedabase)


Text 20

Mother Yas'odâ thus in her intense love considering the Highest of them All to be her son oh ruler of man, took Krishna and Râma by the hand and brought them home to get them presentable.'

Yas'odâ this way in her intense love considering the Highest of them All her son, o ruler of man, took Krishna and Râma by the hand and brought them then home to get them ready to appear. (Vedabase)

  

Text 21

S'rî S'uka said: 'The elderly gopas who witnessed the great disturbances in the Big Forest came together with Nanda to discuss what was happening in Vraja.

S'rî S'uka said: 'The elder gopas witnessing the great disturbances in the Big Forest held a meeting with Nanda to deliberate on what was going on in Vraja. (Vedabase)


Text 22

Upananda [Nanda's elder brother], the oldest and wisest one with the greatest experience, said in that meeting what, according to the time and circumstances, to the interest of Râma and Krishna would be the best thing to do:

There did Upânanda [Nanda's elder brother], the oldest and wisest with the greatest experience, say what to the time and circumstances with Râma and Krishna would be the best thing to do: (Vedabase)


Text 23

'We who wish the best for our Gokula, should leave this place all together. Great disturbances are occurring here with the evil intent to kill the boys.

'We all who wish our Gokula the best place to be, should leave from here, many things with the evil intent to kill the boys are occurring here. (Vedabase)

 

Text 24

The reason for this is that, somehow or other with the grace of the Lord, He, this boy, was delivered from the hands of the Râkshasî [Pûtanâ] who came here to kill the children and because of the fact that the falling handcart almost hit Him.

To be specific because, somehow or other, by the grace of the Lord He, this boy, was delivered from the hands of the râkshasî [Pûtanâ] who was out here for killing kids and because of the handcart falling over that missed Him. (Vedabase)

 

Text 25

And then the Lord of the Suras had to save Him from the demon in the form of a whirlwind who transported Him into the sky and so dangerously collapsed on the rocky ground.

And then the demon in the form of a whirlwind that took Him away to the sky and next so dangerously fell to the rocky ground, from whom the Controller of the Godfearing saved Him. (Vedabase)

 

Text 26

Being protected by the infallible One the child and the other children also escaped from dying because of the two [falling] trees He got stuck in between.

Nor did that child, nor another one, die from the two trees He got into between; even then He was saved by the Infallible One. (Vedabase)

 

Text 27

As long as that devil [behind these attacks] is harassing us, we cannot stay in this cow place. To the interest of the boys we all together have to move to another place, before it is too late.

As long as the devil is harassing can we not stay in this cow-place and must we for the time being to the interest of the boys leave from here; let us, with all who belong to us, go someplace else. (Vedabase)

 

Text 28

There is a[nother] forest named Vrindâvana [the 'clustered forest' *] with lots of fresh greenery and serene rock formations that with its variety of plants and wealth of grasses is a very suitable place for gopa, gopî and cow [go].

There is another forest named Vrindâvana [the 'clustered forest' *] with young groves which is a very suitable place for gopa, gopî and cow with serene rock-formations, lush and rich with grasses. (Vedabase)

 

Text 29

Let us therefore immediately go there today and not waste any time. We get all carts ready and be on our way with the cows, our wealth, in front - if you all agree.'

Therefore let us immediately go there today, waste no time, get all carts ready and all be on our way with the wealth of our cows in front - if you can all agree.' (Vedabase)

 

Text 30

Hearing that, the gopas said unanimously: 'That is the right way, the correct approach', and began to assemble the cows and load their belongings.

Hearing that said all the gopas then unanimously 'Right so, right so', and started to assemble the cows and load their belongings. (Vedabase)

 

Text 31-32

Putting the elders, the children and women on the bullock carts and next their belongings, the gopas with the greatest care took their bows and arrows and departed together with the priests oh King, thereby keeping the cows in front and loudly vibrating their horns and bugles all around.

The old aged, the children and women with the greatest care came first and next, o King, with all their necessities on the bullock carts departed the gopas complete with their bows and arrows together with the priests and the cows in front of them, loudly vibrating all around with their horns and bugles. (Vedabase)

 

Text 33

The gopîs, nicely dressed with their gold around their necks and their bodies decorated with fresh kunkum, sang during the ride on the carts with great pleasure about Krishna's pastimes.

The gopîs nicely dressed with the gold around their necks and their bodies decorated with fresh kunkum, while riding the carts with great pleasure sang of Krishna's pastimes. (Vedabase)

 

Text 34

Yas'odâ and Rohinî, beautifully together with Krishna and Balarâma being seated on one cart, were very happy to hear the stories being sung.

Yas'odâ and Rohinî together seated on one cart beautifully with Krishna and Balarâma were most happy to listen to the stories sung. (Vedabase)

 

Text 35

Reaching Vrindâvana, a place most agreeable throughout all seasons, they settled for a cow compound by placing their carts in a semi-circle like the form of the moon.

Reaching Vrindâvana, a place agreeable in all seasons, settled they for the cow compound placing their carts in a semicircle resembling the moon. (Vedabase)

 

Text 36

Oh ruler of man, when Râma and Mâdhava saw Vrindâvana with Govardhana hill and the banks of the Yamunâ, were they enraptured with the greatest pleasure.

O ruler of man, when Râma and Mâdhava saw Vrindâvana with Govardhana hill and the banks of the Yamunâ, were they enraptured with the greatest pleasure. (Vedabase)

 

Text 37

The two boys with Their children's games and broken language thus delighted the inhabitants of the cow community [the new Vraja]. In due course of time They were old enough to take care of the calves.

All the inhabitants of the cow-community [the new Vraja] thus were delighted with the child-play and broken language of them who in due course of time were old enough to take care of the calves. (Vedabase)

 

Text 38

Sporting in different ways with all kinds of games, They together with the other cowherd boys, tended the calves close to the lands of Vraja.

Close by the lands of their Vraja tended they with the other boys that lived for the cows, the small calves, sporting in diverse ways with all kinds of playthings. (Vedabase)

 

Text 39-40

Sometimes blowing their flutes, sometimes hurling with a sling [for the fruits], sometimes moving their feet for the tinkling [of their ankle bells], sometimes playing cow and bull while bellowing loudly imitating the animals that fought with each other and sometimes imitating the sounds of other animals, They wandered around just like two normal children.

Sometimes blowing their flutes, sometimes with a sling hurling [for the fruits], sometimes moving their feet for the tinkling [of their ankle bells], sometimes playing cow and bull, roaring loudly imitating the animals fighting with one another and sometimes mimicking the cries of the animals, they wandered around like two normal children. (Vedabase)

 

Text 41

One day on the bank of the Yamunâ tending their calves with their playmates, a demon [Vatsâsura] appeared on the scene with the intent to kill Krishna and Balarâma.

Some day at the bank of the Yamunâ tending their calves with their playmates arrived there a demon [Vatsâsura] with the intent to kill Krishna and Balarâma. (Vedabase)

 

Text 42

Assuming the form of a calf he had mixed with the other calves. But the Lord spotted him and,  gesturing to Baladeva, pointed him out while He inconspicuously slowly moved in his direction.

Noticing him who assuming the form of a calf had mixed with the other calves, pointed the Lord him out gesturing to Baladeva, meanwhile inconspicuously slowly getting near him. (Vedabase)


Text 43

Acyuta caught him by the hind legs and his tail, whirled him heavily around and next threw him lifeless on top of a kapittha tree [**]. There the body of the demon assumed a giant size whereupon he together with the tree, fell to the ground.

Catching him by the hind legs along with his tail whirled Acyuta him heavily around and threw He him lifeless on top of a kapittha tree [**] where the body of the demon assumed a giant size and dead together with the tree fell to the ground. (Vedabase)

 

Text 44

The boys who all had witnessed this incident, were greatly amazed and praised Him, exclaiming: 'Well done, very good!', and the gods being pleased showered flowers.

All the boys observing this incident were greatly amazed and praised Him high exclaiming 'Well done, good so!', and the gods pleased gave Him a shower of flowers. (Vedabase)

 

Text 45

This couple, the Sole Protectors of All the Worlds who had turned into protectors of calves, that morning finished their breakfast and next wandered around tending the young animals.

They, the One Protectors of All the Worlds having turned into protectors of the young, that morning finished their breakfast and wandered along tending the calves. (Vedabase)

 

Text 46

With each of them being responsible for his own group of calves, they one day wishing to quench their thirst arrived at a reservoir where they drenched the animals and thereupon themselves also drank from the water.

With each of them having their own group of calves came they one day near a reservoir to drench the animals after which they also drank from the water. (Vedabase)

 

Text 47

There the boys saw a gigantic body looking like a mountain peak broken off by a thunderbolt and fallen down, that frightened them.

For all the boys to see was there situated a gigantic body that, fallen like a mountain peak broken off by a thunderbolt, frightened them. (Vedabase)

 

Text 48

It belonged to a big demon called Bakâsura, who had assumed the body of a gigantic heron [a baka ***]. All of a sudden most powerfully rising up he with his sharp beak swallowed Krishna.

That one was named Bakâsura, a big demon who had assumed the body of a gigantic heron [a baka ***]; getting there he most powerfully all of a sudden with his sharp beak swallowed Krishna. (Vedabase)

 

Text 49

Seeing Krishna being devoured by the heron all the boys headed by Râma were flabbergasted and stood completely overwhelmed and stared, nailed to the ground.

Witnessing the event of Krishna being devoured by the heron were all the boys headed by Râma overwhelmed in all their senses and stood they dumbfounded lifeless. (Vedabase)

 

Text 50

He, the son of a cowherd, the Master of the Lord of the Universe [Brahmâ], started deep in its throat to burn like fire and was instantly angrily released without a scratch. The heron thereupon immediately tried to kill Him again with its sharp beak.

He, that son of a cowherd, Lord of the Lord of the Universe, deep in its throat burned like fire and was instantly angrily released without a scratch whereupon the heron immediately tried again to kill Him with its sharp beak. (Vedabase)

 

Text 51

With Bakâsura attacking again, He with His arms caught the beak of that friend of Kamsa, after which He, as the Master of the Truthful Ones and to the pleasure of the denizens of heaven, before the eyes of the boys, tore it apart as easily as one splits a blade of grass.

He with Bakâsura trying again caught that friend of Kamsa with His arms by the beak which He as the Master of the Truthful in service of the denizens of heaven, with the boys watching, as easily tore apart as one splits a blade of grass. (Vedabase)

 

Text 52

At that moment the gods of all places accompanied by drums, conches and prayers, showered jasmine and other flowers from Indra's paradise [Nandana-kânana] and congratulated the enemy of Bakâsura. Seeing this, the cowherd sons were struck with wonder.

At that time, showered the godly of all places jasmine and other flowers and congratulated they Him along with drums, conches and prayers; seeing this were all the cowherd sons wonderstruck. (Vedabase)

 

Text 53

The way the senses return to life [when one regains consciousness], the boys headed by Balarâma returned to life when He was released from the beak of the heron. Freed from the danger they embraced Him, assembled their calves and returned to Vraja. There they loudly declared [that Krishna had defeated another demon].

Like with the senses [when they return to consciousness] was, released from the heron its mouth, life restored to all the boys headed by Balarâma and free from the danger embracing Him returned they, after collecting their calves, to Vraja, loudly declaring [there what had happened]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 54

The gopas and the gopîs were astounded when they heard all the stories. Eagerly staring at them as if they had returned from death, they filled with admiration most delighted could not turn their eyes away from the boys.

The gopas and their gopîs after hearing of it all were astound and, thrilled with supreme delight, unable to turn their eyes away from the boys at whom they eagerly gazed as if they had returned from death. (Vedabase)


Text 55

[They said to themselves:] What a miracle that this boy, having faced so many life threats, is still around, while all those who gave rise to fear themselves had to experience the hatefulness they gave in to.

How amazing that this boy, having faced so many threats of death before, was still around, while all those causes of fear themselves had found their end. (Vedabase)

 

Text 56

Even though they had approached with the intent to kill this boy, none of the evil planners who appeared so grotesque in their malice, managed to succeed. Besieging Him they all died like flies in the fire.

Although they came intent to murder this boy, did they, appearing so grotesque in their malice, sure all fail; approaching Him they were all vanquished like flies in the fire. (Vedabase)

 

Text 57

That is how it is: the words of the knowers of Brahman never ever prove false. That what by the supreme master [Garga] was predicted has happened exactly so [see 10.8: 8-9]!'

How wonderful that the words of the knowers of the Brahman never ever prove false; that what by the supreme master [Garga] was predicted had exactly so happened [see 10.8: 8-9]! (Vedabase)

 

Text 58

This way Nanda's gopas delighted in the pleasure to talk about the stories about Krishna and Balarâma without ever running into the pains of the world [see also 1.7: 6].

And so were all Nanda's gopas delighted to recount the stories about Krishna and Balarâma and enjoyed they with that their lives not at all running into the pains of the world [see also 1.7: 6]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 59

The two boys thus passed their childhood in the cow-community with different children's games like playing hide and seek, building dams and jumping around like they were monkeys.' 

This way passed they their childhood in the cow-community with different childlike pastimes like playing hide and seek, building dams and jumping about like they were monkeys. (Vedabase)

 

*: Vrindâvana is situated between Nandes'vara and Mahâvana.

**: The kapittha is sometimes called kshatbelphala. The pulp of this fruit is very palatable. It is sour-sweet and liked by each and everyone.

***: The heron is regarded a bird of great cunning, deceit and deliberation and so it stands for the hypocrite, the cheat, the rogue.

 

 

 

 

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The first painting of the fruit vendor is of B.K. Mitra.
The second painting is titled: 'Krishna Kills the Crane Demon',
Folio from a Bhagavata Purana (Ancient Stories of the Lord), India, Delhi region or Rajasthan, South Asia 1525-1550.
Source:
LACMA.
Production:
Filognostic Association of The Order of Time.

 

 

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