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Canto 10

Dâmodarâshthaka

  

 

Chapter 19: Krishna Swallows Again a Forest Fire

(1) S'rî S'uka said: 'With the gopas being absorbed in their games, their cows wandered far off. Grazing on their own they hungry for grass entered the thickets. (2) The goats, cows and buffalo going from one part of the forest to the other entered a cane forest where they, thirsty because of the heat, complained loudly. (3) The gopas led by Krishna and Râma not seeing the animals, regretted it not to have kept an eye on the cows and started searching for their trail. (4) Anxious about the loss of their livelihood they all followed the hoofprints of the cows on the path that was marked by the blades of grass that were broken by the hooves and the teeth of the cows. (5) Their cows and the other animals who had lost their way, they found back in the Muñjâ forest, tired crying because of thirst. Thereupon they all turned back. (6) When they heard the sound of their names being shouted by the Supreme Lord with a voice as loud as the rumbling clouds, they answered most joyfully.

(7) All of a sudden, from all sides a huge and terrible conflagration appeared that with its tongues of fire threatened all moving and non-moving beings in the forest with a gruesome storm of sparks that was driven by their charioteer, the wind. (8) From all sides being caught by the forest fire the gopas and the cows looked about in fear. Just like anyone else who troubled by the fear of death seeks the Supreme Personality, they thereupon in their distress addressed Krishna and His Strength, Balarâma. (9) 'Krishna, oh Krishna, oh Greatest Hero! Oh Râma of a never failing power, please save us surrendered souls from being scorched by the forest fire. (10) We, Your friends oh Krishna, with You, the perfect knower of all dharma, as our Lord we are devoted to, for sure can never deserve it to suffer destruction!'

(11) S'rî S'uka said: 'The Supreme Lord Hari, thus hearing the pitiable words of His friends, said: 'Do not be afraid, just close your eyes.' (12) 'All right', they said and having closed their eyes the Supreme Lord, the Controller of Yoga, delivered them from the danger by swallowing the terrible fire. (13) When they thereupon opened their eyes again, they stood amazed. Together with the cows they had been saved ànd transported to Bhândîra [the banyan tree, see 10.18: 22, ten miles away, so they say]. (14) Having witnessed their deliverance from the burning forest by dint of the yogic power of Krishna's internal control over the deluding material energy, they considered Him an immortal divine being. (15) Together with Râma and the cows returning late that afternoon to the cowherd village, Krishna on the road sounded His flute while He was praised by the gopas. (16) The young cowherd girls were exited to the greatest degree of bliss to see Govinda present again. For them it seemed to take a hundred ages to be without Him but for a moment.'

 

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Text 1

S'rî S'uka said: 'With the gopas being absorbed in their games, their cows wandered far off. Grazing on their own they, hungry for grass, entered the thickets.
S'rî S'uka said: 'As the gopas were absorbed in their playing wandered their cows far off and entered they, grazing on their own, hungry for grass the thickets. (Vedabase)

 

Text 2

The goats, cows and buffalo going from one part of the forest to the other entered a cane forest where they, thirsty because of the heat, complained loudly.

The goats, cows and buffalo going from one part of the forest to the other entered a cane-forest and cried it out thirsty of the heat. (Vedabase)

 

Text 3

The gopas led by Krishna and Râma not seeing the animals, regretted it not to have kept an eye on the cows and started searching for their trail.

The gopas led by Krishna and Râma not seeing the animals then felt sorry not to know where they were and searched out the cows their trail. (Vedabase)

     

Text 4

Anxious about the loss of their livelihood they all followed the hoofprints of the cows on the path that was marked by the blades of grass that were broken by the hooves and the teeth of the cows.

=From the blades of grass broken by the hooves and the teeth of the cows followed they the hoofprints of the cows on the path all being anxious about the loss of their livelihood. (Vedabase)

 

Text 5

Their cows and the other animals who had lost their way, they found back in the Muñjâ forest, tired crying because of thirst. Thereupon they all turned back.

In the Muñjâ forest they found their cows and other animals who, having lost their way, were tired crying of thirst, whereupon they all turned back. (Vedabase)

 

Text 6

When they heard the sound of their names being shouted by the Supreme Lord with a voice as loud as the rumbling clouds, they answered most joyfully.

They, when they heard the sound of their names shouted by the Supreme Lord with a voice aloud as the rumbling clouds, answered overjoyed. (Vedabase)

   

Text 7

All of a sudden, from all sides a huge and terrible conflagration appeared that with its tongues of fire threatened all moving and non-moving beings in the forest with a gruesome storm of sparks that was driven by their charioteer, the wind.

Then, on all sides suddenly appeared a huge and terrible conflagration that licking threatened all beings in the forest moving and non-moving with a gruesome storm of sparks driven by their charioteer, the wind. (Vedabase)

 

Text 8

From all sides being caught by the forest fire the gopas and the cows looked about in fear. Just like anyone else who troubled by the fear of death seeks the Supreme Personality, they thereupon in their distress addressed Krishna and His Strength, Balarâma.

That forest fire falling upon them from all sides made the gopas and the cows, looking about in fear, address Krishna and His Strength Balarâma for shelter, the way all people troubled by the fear of death seek the Supreme Personality: (Vedabase)

  

Text 9

'Krishna, oh Krishna, oh Greatest Hero! Oh Râma of a never failing power, please save us surrendered souls from being scorched by the forest fire.

'Krishna, o Krishna, o Greatest Hero, o Râma of a never failing power, please save us, the surrendered scorched by the forest fire. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 10

We, Your friends oh Krishna, with You, the perfect knower of all dharma, as our Lord we are devoted to, for sure can never deserve it to suffer destruction!'

It, for sure, can never be so that we, Your friends, o Krishna, having You, the perfect knower of all natures, for our Lord, deserve it to be let down suffering!' (Vedabase)

   

Text 11

S'rî S'uka said: 'The Supreme Lord Hari, thus hearing the pitiable words of His friends, said: 'Do not be afraid, just close your eyes.'

S'rî S'uka said: 'The Supreme Lord Hari hearing the pitiable words of His friends thus said: 'don't be afraid, just close your eyes'. (Vedabase)

 

Text 12

'All right', they said and having closed their eyes the Supreme Lord, the Controller of Yoga, delivered them from the danger by swallowing the terrible fire.

'All right', they said and having closed their eyes delivered the Supreme Lord, the Controller of Yoga, them from the danger taking the terrible fire in with His mouth. (Vedabase)

 

Text 13

When they thereupon opened their eyes again, they stood amazed. Together with the cows they had been saved ànd transported to Bhândîra [the banyan tree, see 10.18: 22, ten miles away, so they say].

And when they then opened their eyes again were they amazed that, with themselves and the cows being saved, they were brought to Bhândîra [the banyan, see 10.18: 22, that was ten miles away so one says]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 14

Having witnessed their deliverance from the burning forest by dint of the yogic power of Krishna's internal control over the deluding material energy, they considered Him an immortal divine being.

Witnessing the deliverance of themselves from the burning forest as a consequence of the yogic power of Krishna His internal control over the deluding material energy, thought they of Him as being an immortal. (Vedabase)

  

Text 15

Together with Râma and the cows returning late that afternoon to the cowherd village, Krishna on the road sounded His flute while He was praised by the gopas.

Krishna together with Râma and the cows going, sounding His flute and praised by the gopas, returned late that afternoon to the cowherd village. (Vedabase)

 

Text 16

The young cowherd girls were exited to the greatest degree of bliss to see Govinda present again. For them it seemed to take a hundred ages to be without Him but for a moment.'

With the young cowherd girls rose the greatest happiness to see Govinda present, as for them being without Him but or a moment seemed to take a hundred ages. (Vedabase)

 

 




 

 

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The picture is titled: 'The Cowherds Beg Krishna to Rescue Them from a Forest Fire'.
Page from a dispersed series of the Bhagavata Purana, Gujarat, India, c. 1720.
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