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Canto 10

Mahâmantra 2

 

 

Chapter 15: The Killing of Dhenuka, the Ass Demon and Poison in the River 

(1) S'rî S'uka said: 'When They [Râma and Krishna] in Vraja attained the age of boyhood [six to ten years old],  the two who rendered Vrindâvana most pleasurable with Their footprints, were old enough to be cowherds. Together with Their friends they thereupon were commissioned to tend the cows [*]. (2) Mâdhava ['the Sweet Lord'], eager to play, surrounded by the gopas who were chanting His fame, sounding His flute and keeping the animals together with Balarâma in front of Him, entered the forest that had many flowers and a lot of nourishment for the cows.  (3) The most enchanting forest was filled with the sounds of bees, animals and birds. There was a lake with water as clear as the minds of the great [sages] and it had a fragrance originating from hundred-petalled lotuses that was carried by the wind. When the Supreme Lord saw this He decided to play there. (4) The moment the Original Personality saw the beauty everywhere of the stately trees that with the tips of their branches touched His feet with their heavy load of fruits, flowers and reddish buds, He joyfully, almost laughing, spoke to His elder brother. (5) The Supreme Lord said: 'Oh Best of the Gods, these trees at Your lotus feet that are worshiped by the demigods, with their heads bowing down are presenting offerings of flowers and fruits to put an end to the ignorance because of which they were born in their form. (6) Oh Original Personality, these bees following You, as the most intimate great sages among Your devotees, do - despite Your hiding in the forest - not abandon You as their personal deity oh Sinless One while singing their worship of You, the place of pilgrimage for all the worlds! (7) These peacocks oh Worshipable One, are dancing with joy. These doe are pleasing You with their glances as if they were the gopîs and the cuckoos do Vedic prayers. They as residents of the forest being blessed with such a saintly nature, are all as fortunate as to see You who now arrives at their place. (8) Blessed is now this earth, her grasses and bushes that receive the touch of Your feet. Blessed are the trees and creepers struck by Your fingernails. The rivers, mountains, birds and animals are blessed with the mercy of Your glances and blessed are the gopîs in Your arms that are constantly craved by the Goddess of Fortune.'

(9) S'rî S'uka said: 'Lord Krishna this way being satisfied by all of Vrindâvana's beauty, took delight in pasturing together with His companions the animals on the river banks at the foot of the mountain [Govardhana]. (10-12) Sometimes, when His companions together with Balarâma on their way sang about His glories, He sang along with the humming bees that were blind under His influence. He sometimes imitated the chattering broken speech of the parrots and then cuckooed with the charming cuckooing of the cuckoos. Sometimes He cooed along with the swans and sometimes He danced hilariously in front of a peacock. With a voice [rumbling] like the clouds He sometimes affectionately called the animals that wandered off by their names and spoke endearingly with the cows and their protectors. (13) He cried out in imitation of the cakora birds, the curlews, the ruddy geese, the skylarks and the peacocks and then again acted with the smaller creatures as if He [also] was afraid of the tigers and lions. (14) Sometimes when His elder brother being tired of playing used the lap of a gopa for a pillow, He would personally relieve Him by massaging His feet and performing other services. (15) When the cowherd boys so now and then danced, sang, moved about and wrestled, They stood hand in hand laughing and praised them. (16) At times when He was tired of the wrestling He sought His refuge at the foot of a tree to lay on a bed of twigs and leaves and use the lap of a gopa for a pillow. (17) Some of them, who were all great souls, massaged His feet while others, free from all sin, fanned Him nicely with fans. (18) Others befitting the occasion oh great King, would sing [songs] reflecting the spirit of the Great Soul while their hearts slowly melted of love. (19) He in His activities pretending to be a cowherd, concealed His personal opulence with the help of His mystic potency. He whose tender feet are served by the Goddess of Fortune, enjoyed like a villager with the villagers, even though He with His heroic deeds had proven Himself to be the Master and Controller.

(20) The gopa S'rîdâmâ, a friend of Râma and Kes'ava, together with others like Subala and Stokakrishna [one day] lovingly said the following: (21) 'Râma, oh Râma, oh Mighty-armed One, oh Krishna, Destroyer of the Wicked Ones, not far away from here there is a very great forest full of palm trees [called Tâlavana]. (22) Many fruits there have fallen from the trees, but they are checked by Dhenuka, the evil one. (23) Oh Râma, oh Krishna, he is a very powerful demon who has assumed the form of an ass and he is surrounded by other companions that are as strong as he is. (24) He has killed human beings, everyone is afraid to go there oh Killer of the Enemies. All kinds of animals and flocks of birds have abandoned it. (25) There are fragrant fruits that we have never tasted. The aroma they spread is noticed everywhere. (26) Please oh Krishna give them to us whose hearts are craving because of the fragrance. The desire is so strong oh Râma, let us go there if You consider it a good idea.'

(27) Having heard these words from Their friends, the two masters laughed and went, wishing to please Their comrades, surrounded by the gopas [compare 3.28: 31-33] to the Tâlavana forest. (28) Balarâma having arrived there, employed His great strength and shook with His two arms the trees to all sides like a mad elephant so that the fruits fell down. (29) When he heard the fruits falling the donkey demon ran hither with a heavy gallop that made the earth and the trees tremble. (30) Meeting Him the powerful demon struck Balarâma's chest quickly with his two hind legs and then ran about producing an ugly ass bray. (31) The furious, screaming beast approached Him again and angrily hurled with his back turned forward, his two legs at Balarâma oh King. (32) [But] He seized him by the hooves, whirled him around with one hand and threw him, [being dashed against a palmyra] with his life spun out of him, in the top of a palm tree. (33) The big palm tree shook heavily with its large crown because of that blow and next broke down along with another one that started to shake next to it. That tree on its turn took down another one and so it went further. (34) Balarâma with His game of donkey corpse throwing made all the palm trees [of the forest] shake and hit each other as if they were blown about by a hurricane. (35) This feat of war of the Fortunate One is not that surprising at all, for He is the Unlimited, One Controller of the Universe in whom the length and width of the world[s] is [woven] like the threads of [the warp and woof] of a piece of cloth. (36) Then, enraged about the death of their friend, all the asses that were Dhenuka's intimates attacked Krishna and Râma. (37) But attacking Krishna and Râma oh King, one after the other was easily seized by the hind legs and dashed against the stately palm trees. (38) The earth being covered with heaps of fruits, palm treetops and lifeless daitya bodies, offered a view as radiating as the sky decorated with clouds. (39) When the demigods and other transcendentalists heard about that immense triumph of the Two, they showered a rain of flowers, played music and offered prayers. (40) With Dhenuka being killed the fruits of the palm trees could be eaten by the people who were no longer afraid and the animals could graze in the forest.

(41) Krishna the Lord with the lotus petal eyes about whom it is so auspicious to hear and chant, returned with His elder brother to Vraja, glorified by the gopas who followed Them. (42) All the gopîs with eyes hungry to see Him came to meet Him who still had the dust in His hair that was thrown up by the cows, He with His peacock feather, forest flowers, charming eyes and beautiful smile who played His flute and whose glories were sung by the gopas. (43) Entering the cowherd village He heartily welcomed the ladies of Vraja who in their veneration being bashful, humble and laughing, like bees searching for honey, with sidelong glances were drinking in the face of Mukunda, He who constituted their liberation. And therewith they gave up the grief they had suffered during the day because they had been separated from Him. (44) Mother Yas'odâ and Rohinî most lovingly catered to the desires of their two sons by presenting Them at the right time the finest offerings. (45) The weariness of the road vanished with a bath and a massage and such, after which They were dressed with a charming cloth around Their waist and were decorated with divine garlands and fragrances. (46) With the delicious preparations offered to Them They ate Their fill and thus being pampered by Their mothers They fell happily asleep in Their fine beds in Vraja.

(47) Oh King, Krishna, the Supreme Lord who thus operated in Vrindâvana, went one day, without Balarâma and in the company of His friends, to the Kâlindi [the Yamunâ, see also **]. (48) The cows who together with the gopas suffered from the glaring summer sun, tormented by thirst drank from the water of the river, but it was polluted, it was spoiled by poison. (49-50) Because they got in touch with that poisoned water they lost their consciousness and all fell lifeless down at the waterside oh best of the Kurus. Lord Krishna, the Master of all Masters of Yoga who saw them in that state, thereupon brought them back to life by casting His glance - which is as a shower of nectar - on them who had accepted Him as their master. (51) Regaining their senses [their 'memory'], they got up at the waterside and all stood most surprised looking at each other. (52) They came to the conclusion that they, after having drunk the poison and had fallen dead oh King, by the grace of Govinda's merciful glance had risen again.'

 

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Text 1

S'rî S'uka said: 'When They [Râma and Krishna] in Vraja attained the age of boyhood [six to ten years old],  the two who rendered Vrindâvana most pleasurable with Their footprints, were old enough to be cowherds. Together with Their friends they thereupon were commissioned to tend the cows [*].
S'rî S'uka said: 'Then, when they in Vraja attained the age of boyhood [six to ten], were the two, rendering Vrindâvana most auspicious with their footprints, old enough to be cowherds and commissioned to tend the cows along with their friends [*]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 2

Mâdhava ['the Sweet Lord'], eager to play, surrounded by the gopas who were chanting His fame, sounding His flute and keeping the animals together with Balarâma in front of Him, entered the forest that had many flowers and a lot of nourishment for the cows. 

Surrounded by the gopas who were chanting His fame did Mâdhava ['the Sweet Lord'] sounding His flute, with the help of Balarâma keeping the animals in front, eager to play enter the forest rich with flowers and nourishment for the cows. (Vedabase)

    

Text 3

The  most enchanting forest was filled with the sounds of bees, animals and birds. There was a lake with water as clear as the minds of the great [sages] and it had a fragrance originating from hundred-petalled lotuses that was carried by the wind. When the Supreme Lord saw this He decided to play there.

The forest charming was filled with the sounds of bees, animals and birds, had a lake with water alike the minds of the great and had a fragrance carried by the wind of hundred-petalled lotuses; the sight of it made the Supreme Lord decide to play there. (Vedabase)

 

Text 4

The moment the Original Personality saw the beauty everywhere of the stately trees that with the tips of their branches touched His feet with their heavy load of fruits, flowers and reddish buds, He joyfully, almost laughing, spoke to His elder brother.

He, the Original Personality seeing the beauty all around of the stately trees with the tips of their branches touching His feet with their heavy load of fruits, flowers and reddish buds, with joy at the brink of laughter spoke to His elder brother. (Vedabase)

 

Text 5

The Supreme Lord said: 'Oh Best of the Gods, these trees at Your lotus feet that are worshiped by the demigods, with their heads bowing down are presenting offerings of flowers and fruits to put an end to the ignorance because of which they were born in their form.

The Supreme Lord said: 'Oh Best of the Gods, these, at Your lotusfeet that are worshiped by the immortals, are presenting with their heads bowing down offerings of flowers and fruits so that they find salvation from the ignorance that prepared them their births as trees. (Vedabase)

 

Text 6

Oh Original Personality, these bees following You, as the most intimate great sages among Your devotees, do - despite Your hiding in the forest - not abandon You as their personal deity oh Sinless One while singing their worship of You, the place of pilgrimage for all the worlds!

Despite Your hiding in the forest, o Original Personality, do these bees as the most intimate great sages among Your devotees not abandon You as their personal deity, o Sinless One, with their all the way singing in worship of You, the place of pilgrimage for all the worlds! (Vedabase)

   

Text 7

These peacocks oh Worshipable One, are dancing with joy. These doe are pleasing You with their glances as if they were the gopîs and the cuckoos do Vedic prayers. They as residents of the forest being blessed with such a saintly nature, are all as fortunate as to see You who now arrives at their place.

These peacocks, o Worshipable One, are dancing with joy; these doe are pleasing You with their glances as if they were the gopîs and the cuckoos do vedic prayers; they're all so fortunate with such a saintly nature indeed to see You, as residents of the forest, arriving at their home. (Vedabase)

 

Text 8

Blessed is now this earth, her grasses and bushes that receive the touch of Your feet. Blessed are the trees and creepers struck by Your fingernails. The rivers, mountains, birds and animals are blessed with the mercy of Your glances and blessed are the gopîs in Your arms that are constantly craved by the Goddess of Fortune.'

Blessed is now this earth, her grasses and bushes receiving the touch of Your feet; the trees and creepers struck by your fingernails; the rivers, mountains, birds and animals with the mercy of Your glances; and the gopîs in Your arms to the desire of the Goddess of Fortune.' (Vedabase)

  

Text 9

S'rî S'uka said: 'Lord Krishna this way being satisfied by all of Vrindâvana's beauty, took delight in pasturing together with His companions the animals on the river banks at the foot of the mountain [Govardhana].

S'rî S'uka said: 'Lord Krishna this way satisfied with all of Vrindâvana so beautiful took delight in together with His companions pasturing the animals at the river banks below the mountain [Govardhana]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 10-12

Sometimes, when His companions together with Balarâma on their way sang about His glories, He sang along with the humming bees that were blind under His influence. He sometimes imitated the chattering broken speech of the parrots and then cuckooed with the charming cuckooing of the cuckoos. Sometimes He cooed along with the swans and sometimes He danced hilariously in front of a peacock. With a voice [rumbling] like the clouds He sometimes affectionately called the animals that wandered off by their names and spoke endearingly with the cows and their protectors.

Sometimes, while on their way His companions together with Balarâma sang of His fame, sang He along with the humming bees blind of intoxication, imitated He sometimes the chattering broken speech of the parrots and then the charming cuckoos of a cuckoo; sometimes He cooed along with the swans and sometimes He danced hilariously in front of a peacock; with a voice like the clouds [rumbling] He sometimes by their names called out for the animals strayed away and spoke endearing affectionately with the cows and their protectors. (Vedabase)

 

Text 13

He cried out in imitation of the cakora birds, the curlews, the ruddy geese, the skylarks and the peacocks and then again acted with the smaller creatures as if He [also] was afraid of the tigers and lions.

Together with the other creatures, the cakora-birds, the curlews, the ruddygeese, the skylarks and the peacocks He cried out in imitation as if He were afraid of the tigers and lions. (Vedabase)

   

Text 14

Sometimes when His elder brother being tired of playing used the lap of a gopa for a pillow, He would personally relieve Him by massaging His feet and performing other services.

Sometimes when His elder brother tired of playing used the lap of a gopa for a pillow, would He personally relieve Him by massaging His feet and do other services. (Vedabase)

 

Text 15

When the cowherd boys so now and then danced, sang, moved about and wrestled, They stood hand in hand laughing and praised them.

Holding hands with one another laughed and praised they the cowherd boys as they danced, sang, moved about and wrestled at times. (Vedabase)

 

Text 16

At times when He was tired of the wrestling He sought His refuge at the foot of a tree to lay on a bed of twigs and leaves and use the lap of a gopa for a pillow.

Now and then of the wrestling fatigued lay He worn out on beds made of twigs and leaves, taking shelter at the base of a tree with the lap of a gopa for a pillow. (Vedabase)

  

Text 17

Some of them, who were all great souls, massaged His feet while others, free from all sin, fanned Him nicely with fans.

Some of them, all great souls, massaged His feet while others, free from all sin, fanned Him nicely with fans. (Vedabase)

 

Text 18

Others befitting the occasion oh great King, would sing [songs] reflecting the spirit of the Great Soul while their hearts slowly melted of love.

Others would, with their hearts slowly melting of love, sing befitting the occasion, o great King, [songs] appealing to the mind of the Great Soul. (Vedabase)

 

Text 19

He in His activities pretending to be a cowherd, concealed His personal opulence with the help of His mystic potency. He whose tender feet are served by the Goddess of Fortune, enjoyed like a villager with the villagers, even though He with His heroic deeds had proven Himself to be the Master and Controller.

In His activities pretending to be a cowherd this way with His mystic potency hiding His personal opulence, enjoyed He whose tender feet are attended by the Goddess of Fortune, notwithstanding His feats as the Controller, like a villager with the villagers. (Vedabase)


  Text 20

The gopa S'rîdâmâ, a friend of Râma and Kes'ava, together with others like Subala and Stokakrishna [one day] lovingly said the following:

The gopa S'rîdâmâ, a friend of Râma and Kes'ava, and others like Subala and Stokakrishna [one day] with love said the following: (Vedabase)

 

Text 21

'Râma, oh Râma, oh Mighty-armed One, oh Krishna, Destroyer of the Wicked Ones, not far away from here there is a very great forest full of palm trees [called Tâlavana].

'Râma, o Râma, o Mighty-armed One, o Krishna, Destroyer of the Wicked, not far from here there is a very great forest full of palm trees [called Tâlavana]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 22

Many fruits there have fallen from the trees, but they are checked by Dhenuka, the evil one.

Many fruits there fall from the trees and lie around, they are kept back however by Dhenuka, the evil one. (Vedabase)

 

Text 23

Oh Râma, oh Krishna, he is a very powerful demon who has assumed the form of an ass and he is surrounded by other companions that are as strong as he is.

He, having taken the form of an ass surrounded by other companions as strong as he is, is such a mighty demon, o Râma, o Krishna! (Vedabase)

 

Text 24

He has killed human beings, everyone is afraid to go there oh Killer of the Enemies. All kinds of animals and flocks of birds have abandoned it.

Human beings have been killed by him, the people are afraid to go there, o Killer of the Enemies, and all kinds of animals and flocks of birds have abandoned it. (Vedabase)

 

Text 25

There are fragrant fruits that we have never tasted. The aroma they spread is noticed everywhere.

There are fragrant fruits we've never tasted yet of which the aroma spreading is that strong that it is noticed everywhere. (Vedabase)

 

Text 26

Please oh Krishna give them to us whose hearts are craving because of the fragrance. The desire is so strong oh Râma, let us go there if You consider it a good idea.'

Please o Krishna give them to us, whose minds are craving of the fragrance; the desire is so strong, o Râma, let's go there if You think it a good idea.' (Vedabase)

 

Text 27

Having heard these words from Their friends, the two masters laughed and went, wishing to please Their comrades, surrounded by the gopas [compare 3.28: 31-33] to the Tâlavana forest.

Thus hearing the words of their friends went the two masters, willing to do their friends the favor, surrounded by the gopas laughing [compare 3.28: 31-33] to the Tâlavana forest. (Vedabase)

 

Text 28

Balarâma having arrived there, employed His great strength and shook with His two arms the trees to all sides like a mad elephant so that the fruits fell down.

Balarâma entering by His strength shook like a mad elephant with His two arms the trees to all sides so that the fruits came to fall. (Vedabase)

 

Text 29

When he heard the fruits falling the donkey demon ran hither with a heavy gallop that made the earth and the trees tremble.

Hearing the sounds of the fruits falling ran the donkey demon forward making the earth together with its trees tremble. (Vedabase)

 

Text 30

Meeting Him the powerful demon struck Balarâma's chest quickly with his two hind legs and then ran about producing an ugly ass bray.

Meeting Him he stroke Balarâma's chest fast with his two hind legs and then ran about giving an ugly ass bray. (Vedabase)

 

Text 31

The furious, screaming beast approached Him again and angrily hurled with his back turned forward, his two legs at Balarâma oh King.

The furious, crying beast approaching Him again angrily hurled with his back forward his two legs at Balarâma, o King. (Vedabase)

 

Text 32

[But] He seized him by the hooves, whirled him around with one hand and threw him, [being dashed against a palmyra] with his life spun out of him, in the top of a palm tree.

He seized him by the hooves, whirled him around with one hand and threw him, with the life slung out of him, in the top of a palm tree. (Vedabase)

 

Text 33

The big palm tree shook heavily with its large crown because of that blow and next broke down along with another one that started to shake next to it. That tree on its turn took down another one and so it went further.

With that striking the big palm tree shook its large crown and broke it down along with another one shaken besides it that on its turn took down a next one and a yet another one. (Vedabase)

 

Text 34

Balarâma with His game of donkey corpse throwing made all the palm trees [of the forest] shake and hit each other as if they were blown about by a hurricane.

Balarâma in His play throwing the corpse of the donkey made all the trees touching one another shake as if blown by a hurricane. (Vedabase)

 

Text 35

This feat of war of the Fortunate One is not that surprising at all, for He is the Unlimited, One Controller of the Universe in whom the length and width of the world[s] is [woven] like the threads of [the warp and woof] of a piece of cloth.

This is not so surprising of the Supreme Lord who indeed is the Unlimited One Controller of the Universe upon whom it long and wide is resting like a piece of cloth on its threads. (Vedabase)

 

Text 36

Then, enraged about the death of their friend, all the asses that were Dhenuka's intimates attacked Krishna and Râma.

Then, enraged about the death of their friend, attacked the asses that were Dhenuka's intimates Krishna and Râma. (Vedabase)

 

Text 37

But attacking Krishna and Râma oh King, one after the other was easily seized by the hind legs and dashed against the stately palm trees.

One after the other were they, attacking Krishna and Râma o King, easily seized by their hind legs and thrown into the palm trees. (Vedabase)

 

Text 38

The earth being covered with heaps of fruits, palm treetops and lifeless daitya bodies, offered a view as radiating as the sky decorated with clouds.

The earth covered with the heaps of fruits and the lifeless daitya bodies in the tree tops shone forth like the sky with the clouds below. (Vedabase)

 

Text 39

When the demigods and other transcendentalists heard about that immense triumph of the Two, they showered a rain of flowers, played music and offered prayers.

Hearing of that very great triumph showered the gods and alike a rain of flowers, playing music and offering prayers. (Vedabase)

 

Text 40

With Dhenuka being killed the fruits of the palm trees could be eaten by the people who were no longer afraid and the animals could graze in the forest.

Now that Dhenuka was killed were the fruits of the palm trees eaten by the people no longer afraid and grazed the animals in the forest. (Vedabase)

 

Text 41

Krishna the Lord with the lotus petal eyes about whom it is so auspicious to hear and chant, returned with His elder brother to Vraja, glorified by the gopas who followed Them.

Krishna with His lotus petal eyes - about whom it is so auspicious to hear and to chant -, returned with His elder brother to Vraja, glorified by the gopas following Them. (Vedabase)

 

Text 42

All the gopîs with eyes hungry to see Him came to meet Him who still had the dust in His hair that was thrown up by the cows, He with His peacock feather, forest flowers, charming eyes and beautiful smile who played His flute and whose glories were sung by the gopas.

The gopîs with eyes hungry to see Him came all together forth to meet Him, with the dust in His hair thrown up by the cows, the peacock feather, the forest flowers, His charming eyes and beautiful smile, His flute sounded and His glories sung by the gopas. (Vedabase)

 

Text 43

Entering the cowherd village He heartily welcomed the ladies of Vraja who in their veneration being bashful, humble and laughing, like bees searching for honey, with sidelong glances were drinking in the face of Mukunda, He who constituted their liberation. And therewith they gave up the grief they had suffered during the day because they had been separated from Him.

Entering the cowherd village He heartily welcomed the vraja-ladies their veneration in which, bashful, humble and laughing they, like bees eyeing for the honey, with sidelong glances drank in the face of Mukunda, their release, in doing so giving up the grief of separation that they had suffered during the day. (Vedabase)

 

Text 44

Mother Yas'odâ and Rohinî most lovingly catered to the desires of their two sons by presenting Them at the right time the finest offerings.

Mother Yas'odâ and Rohinî most affectionate catering to the desires of their two sons presented them at the right times the finest offerings. (Vedabase)

 

Text 45

The weariness of the road vanished with a bath and a massage and such, after which They were dressed with a charming cloth around Their waist and were decorated with divine garlands and fragrances.

The weariness of the road vanished by bathing and massaging and such, after which they being dressed with a charming cloth around their waist were decorated with divine garlands and fragrances. (Vedabase)

 

Text 46

With the delicious preparations offered to Them They ate Their fill and thus being pampered by Their mothers They fell happily asleep in Their fine beds in Vraja.

Offered delicious preparations ate they their fill and thus pampered by their mothers fell they happily in their fine beds asleep in Vraja. (Vedabase)

 

Text 47

Oh King, Krishna, the Supreme Lord who thus operated in Vrindâvana, went one day, without Balarâma and in the company of His friends, to the Kâlindi [the Yamunâ, see also **].

O King, Krishna, the Supreme Lord thus acting in Vrindâvana, once, without Balarâma, went in the company of His friends to the Kâlindi [the Yamunâ. see also **]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 48

The cows who together with the gopas suffered from the glaring summer sun, tormented by thirst drank from the water of the river, but it was polluted, it was spoiled by poison.

The cows then and the gopas distressed of the glaring summer sun drank tormented of thirst from the water of the river, but it was spoiled by poison. (Vedabase)

 

Text 49-50

Because they got in touch with that poisoned water they lost their consciousness and all fell lifeless down at the waterside oh best of the Kurus. Lord Krishna, the Master of all Masters of Yoga who saw them in that state, thereupon brought them back to life by casting His glance - which is as a shower of nectar -  on them who had accepted Him as their master.

By fate made the mere touch with that poisoned water them loose their consciousness so that they all fell down lifeless at the waterside, o best of the Kurus. Seeing them in that predicament brought Lord Krishna, the Controller of all Masters of Yoga, by His glance - which is as a shower of nectar - those who had accepted Him as their master back to life. (Vedabase)

  

Text 51

Regaining their senses [their 'memory'], they got up at the waterside and all stood most surprised looking at each other.

Regaining their senses, they again stood up from near the water and all became most surprised looking at one another. (Vedabase)

 

Text 52

They came to the conclusion that they, after having drunk the poison and had fallen dead oh King, by the grace of Govinda's merciful glance had risen again.'

They came to the conclusion that they, having drunk the poison and fallen dead, o King, due to the merciful glance of Govinda again had risen to their strength. (Vedabase)

  

*: It is stated in the Kârttika-mâhâtmya section of the Padma Purâna:

s'uklâshthamî kârttike tu
smritâ gopâshthamî budhaih
tad-dinâd vâsudevo 'bhûd
gopah pûrvam tu vatsapah

"The eighth lunar day of the bright fortnight of the month of Kârttika is known by authorities as Gopâshthamî. From that day, Lord Vâsudeva served as a cowherd, whereas previously He had tended the calves."

**: The Kalinda is the name of the mountain from which the river Yamunâ rises.

 

 

 

 

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