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Canto 10

Parama Koruna

 

 

Chapter 73: Lord Krishna Blesses the Liberated Kings

(1-6) S'rî S'uka said: 'The twenty thousand eight hundred [kings] who in battle were defeated [by Jarâsandha] came out of the fortress of Giridronî [the capital] being filthy and with dirty clothes. Emaciated by hunger, with dried up faces and because of their imprisonment being greatly weakened, they drank Him in with their eyes and appeared to be licking Him up with their tongues, to be smelling Him with their nostrils and embracing Him with their arms. For Him, dark grey like a rain cloud, in yellow clothing, marked by the S'rîvatsa, with His four arms, charming eyes pinkish as the whorl of a lotus, pleasant face and the gleaming makara [seamonster shaped] earrings; for Him with a lotus, a club, a conch shell and a disc in His hands, adorned with a helmet, necklace, golden bracelets, a belt and armlets and with the splendid, brilliant jewel and a forest flower garland around His neck; for Him they, whose sins were destroyed, bowed their heads down at His feet. (7) And the same moment the kings with joined palms praised the Master of the Senses with their words, the weariness of their imprisonment was dispelled by the ecstasy of seeing Krishna.

(8) The kings said: 'We offer You our obeisances oh God of the Gods, oh Lord of the Surrendered Souls and Remover of Distress. Oh Inexhaustible One, please oh Krishna, save us who take refuge in You in our despondency about this terrible material existence. (9) Oh Madhusûdana, we do not want to blame the ruler of Magadha oh Master, for it is by Your grace oh Almighty One, that the kingdoms of the rulers of man [who defy You] fall down. (10) Intoxicated by his wealth and power of rule a king looses his self-restraint and does not obtain the real benefit, because he, deluded by Your mâyâ, takes his temporary assets for permanent. (11) The same way a child takes a mirage for a reservoir of water, those lacking in discrimination take the illusory affair that is subject to transformation, for substantial. (12-13) We who in the past, in our lusting about the wealth, were blinded and quarreled with each other about ruling this earth, have very mercilessly harassed our citizens oh Master and have with [You in the form of] death standing before us, arrogantly disregarded You. We oh Krishna, have been forced to part with our opulence and were hurt in our pride by Your mercy in the form of the irresistible power of the Time that moves so mysteriously. We beg You to allow us to live in the remembrance of Your feet. (14) We henceforth no longer hanker for a kingdom that, appearing like a mirage, must constantly be served by the material body that is subjected to demise and constitutes a source of disease. Nor do we oh Almighty One, hanker for the fruits of pious work in an hereafter that is so attractive to our ears [compare B.G. 1: 32-35]. (15) Please instruct us in the means by which we may remember Your lotus feet, despite the fact that we cannot stop returning over and over to this world [see B.G. 8: 14]. (16) Again and again we offer our obeisances to Krishna the son of Vasudeva, the Lord and Supersoul of those who know to surrender, to Govinda, the Destroyer of the Distress.'

(17) S'rî S'uka said: 'The Supreme Lord, the Giver of Shelter, in this spirit being praised by the kings who were freed from their bondage dear King, mercifully spoke to them with kind words. (18) The Supreme Lord said: 'Oh Kings, I assure you, as from now, as you wish, in you there will rise a very firm devotion to Me, the Self and Controller of All. (19) Your resolve is a fortunate one oh rulers, for I see you truthfully speak about the impudent infatuation with the opulence and power that drives mankind to madness. (20) Haihaya [or Kârtavîryârjuna 9.15: 25], Nahusha [9.18: 1-3], Vena [see 4.14], Râvana [9.10], Naraka [or Bhauma 10.59: 2-3] and others fell from their positions as gods, demons and men, because they were intoxicated by the opulence. (21) Understanding that this material body and such have a beginning and an end, you, with [Vedic] sacrifices being connected to Me in worship, have the duty to protect your citizens in accordance with the dharma. (22) Engaged in begetting generations of progeny and encountering the facts of happiness and distress, birth and death, you should fix your minds in My worship. (23) Neutral in respect of the body and everything to it and steadfast to the vows being satisfied within, you, fully focussing your minds upon Me, will finally reach Me, the Absolute of the Truth [compare B.G. 4: 9; 8: 7; 9: 28; 12: 3-4].'

(24) S'rî S'uka said: 'Krishna, the Supreme Lord and Controller of All the Worlds, who thus had instructed the kings, then engaged menservants and women to give them a bath. (25) Oh descendant of Bharata, He took care that Sahadeva [Jarâsandha's son] served them with the clothing, ornaments, garlands and sandalwood paste that befitted them. (26) Properly bathed and well decorated they were fed with excellent food and bestowed with various pleasures worthy of kings, like betel nut etc. (27) Honored by Mukunda the kings freed from their distress shone splendidly with their gleaming earrings, like they were the planets at the end of the rainy season. (28) After assigning chariots to them adorned with gold and jewels and pulled by fine horses He, gratifying them with pleasing words, sent them off to their kingdoms. (29) They who thus by Krishna, the greatest of all personalities, were liberated from hardship, went away with in their minds nothing but the deeds of Him, the Lord of the Living Being that is the Universe. (30) With their ministers and other associates they discussed what the Supreme Personality had done and then attentively carried out what the Lord had instructed. (31) After having Jarâsandha killed by Bhîmasena, Kes'ava accepted worship from Sahadeva and departed accompanied by the two sons of Prithâ. (32) Arriving in Indraprastha they blew the conch shells that previously had made the enemies unhappy they defeated, but now brought delight to their well-wishers. (33) The residents of Indraprastha were pleased in their hearts to hear that sound. They understood that Jarâsandha was put to rest and that the king [Yudhishthhira] had achieved his purpose. (34) Having offered the king their obeisances, Arjuna, Bhîma and Janârdana recounted everything they had done. (35) The king of dharma could not utter a word when he heard that. In ecstasy over Krishna's mercy he shed tears out of love.'

 

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Text 1-6

S'rî S'uka said: 'The twenty thousand eight hundred [kings] who in battle were defeated [by Jarâsandha] came out of the fortress of Giridronî [the capital] being filthy and with dirty clothes. Emaciated by hunger, with dried up faces and because of their imprisonment being greatly weakened, they drank Him in with their eyes and appeared to be licking Him up with their tongues, to be smelling Him with their nostrils and embracing Him with their arms. For Him, dark grey like a rain cloud, in yellow clothing, marked by the S'rîvatsa, with His four arms, charming eyes pinkish as the whorl of a lotus, pleasant face and the gleaming makara [seamonster shaped] earrings; for Him with a lotus, a club, a conch shell and a disc in His hands, adorned with a helmet, necklace, golden bracelets, a belt and armlets and with the splendid, brilliant jewel and a forest flower garland around His neck; for Him they, whose sins were destroyed, bowed their heads down at His feet.
S'rî S'uka said: 'The twenty thousand eight hundred [kings] who in battle were defeated came out of the fortress of Giridronî [the capital] dirty and with dirty clothes. Emaciated of hunger, with dried up faces and of their imprisonment greatly weakened drank they in with their eyes and were they as if licking with their tongues, as if smelling Him with their nostrils and embracing Him with their arms, the One dark gray like a cloud, in yellow clothing, marked by the s'rîvatsa, by four arms, charming eyes pinkish as the whorl of a lotus, a pleasant face, the gleaming makara [seamonster shaped] earrings; with a lotus, a club, a conchshell and a disc in His hands; a helmet, necklace, golden bracelets, a belt and armlets decorating Him and with the splendid brilliant jewel and a forest flower garland around His neck. They, whose sins were destroyed, bowed, with their heads down at his feet. (7) As the kings with joined palms with their words praised the Master of the Senses was by the ecstasy of seeing Krishna the weariness of the imprisonment eradicated. (Vedabase)

 

Text 7

And the same moment the kings with joined palms praised the Master of the Senses with their words, the weariness of their imprisonment was dispelled by the ecstasy of seeing Krishna.

The kings said: 'Obeisances to You, o God of the Gods, o Lord of the Surrendered and Remover of Distress, o Inexhaustible One; please o Krishna save us, surrendered ones despondent from the terrible of a material existence. (Vedabase)

 

Text 8

The kings said: 'We offer You our obeisances oh God of the Gods, oh Lord of the Surrendered Souls and Remover of Distress. Oh Inexhaustible One, please oh Krishna, save us who take refuge in You in our despondency about this terrible material existence.

O Mâdhava, we do not point our finger, o master, at the ruler of Magadha since it is by Your furthering of the good, o Almighty One, that kings [in defiance] fall from their position. (Vedabase)

   

Text 9

Oh Madhusûdana, we do not want to blame the ruler of Magadha oh Master, for it is by Your grace oh Almighty One, that the kingdoms of the rulers of man [who defy You] fall down.

Exhilarated with the sovereignty and opulence clamoring does a king, deluded by Your mâyâ thinking the temporary assets to be permanent, not obtain the real benefit. (Vedabase)

     

Text 10

Intoxicated by his wealth and power of rule a king looses his self-restraint and does not obtain the real benefit, because he, deluded by Your mâyâ, takes his temporary assets for permanent.

The same way as a child considers a mirage a reservoir of water, do those lacking in discrimination see the illusory subject to transformation as substantial. (Vedabase)

   

Text 11

The same way a child takes a mirage for a reservoir of water, those lacking in discrimination take the illusory affair that is subject to transformation, for substantial.

We who before by lusting for the wealth, having lost their sight quarreled with one another for conquering this earth, very merciless harassed our own citizens, o Master, and have with death in front of us arrogantly disregarded You. They, we indeed o Krishna, have been forced to part from our opulence in our pride destroyed by the mercy of Your personal form, the irresistible power of Time moving so mysteriously; may we please live in memory of Your feet. (Vedabase)

  

Text 12-13

We who in the past, in our lusting about the wealth, were blinded and quarreled with each other about ruling this earth, have very mercilessly harassed our citizens oh Master and have with [You in the form of] death standing before us, arrogantly disregarded You. We oh Krishna, have been forced to part with our opulence and were hurt in our pride by Your mercy in the form of the irresistible power of the Time that moves so mysteriously. We beg You to allow us to live in the remembrance of Your feet.

Henceforward we no longer hanker for a kingdom that appearing like a mirage must constantly be served by the material body that subject to demise is a source of disease; nor do we, o Almighty One, hanker for the fruit of pious work in an hereafter so attractive to the ears [compare B.G. 1.32-35]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 14

We henceforth no longer hanker for a kingdom that, appearing like a mirage, must constantly be served by the material body that is subjected to demise and constitutes a source of disease. Nor do we oh Almighty One, hanker for the fruits of pious work in an hereafter that is so attractive to our ears [compare B.G. 1: 32-35].

Please instruct us in the means by which we may remember Your lotuslike feet, even though we time and again keep returning to this world [see B.G. 8: 14]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 15

Please instruct us in the means by which we may remember Your lotus feet, despite the fact that we cannot stop returning over and over to this world [see B.G. 8: 14].

Over and over our obeisances for Krishna the son of Vasudeva, the Lord and Supersoul of the ones of salute; to Govinda, the Destroyer of the Distress.' (Vedabase)

 

Text 16

Again and again we offer our obeisances to Krishna the son of Vasudeva, the Lord and Supersoul of those who know to surrender, to Govinda, the Destroyer of the Distress.'

Over and over our obeisances for Krishna the son of Vasudeva, the Lord and Supersoul of the ones of salute; to Govinda, the Destroyer of the Distress.' (Vedabase)

 

Text 17

S'rî S'uka said: 'The Supreme Lord, the Giver of Shelter, in this spirit being praised by the kings who were freed from their bondage dear King, mercifully spoke to them with kind words.

S'rî S'uka said: 'The Supreme Lord, the Giver of Shelter, commendably praised by the kings freed from their bondage, my dear, mercifully spoke to them with gentle words. (Vedabase)

 

Text 18

The Supreme Lord said: 'Oh Kings, I assure you, as from now, as you wish, in you there will rise a very firm devotion to Me, the Self and Controller of All.

The Supreme Lord said: 'I assure you, as from now, o Kings, as you wish will rise your very firm devotion to Me, the Self and Controller of All. (Vedabase)

  

Text 19

Your resolve is a fortunate one oh rulers, for I see you truthfully speak about the impudent infatuation with the opulence and power that drives mankind to madness.

Your resolve is fortunate, o rulers, as I see you truthfully speak of the clamoring infatuation with the opulence and power so maddening to the human being. (Vedabase)

 

Text 20

Haihaya [or Kârtavîryârjuna 9.15: 25], Nahusha [9.18: 1-3], Vena [see 4.14], Râvana [9.10], Naraka [or Bhauma 10.59: 2-3] and others fell from their positions as gods, demons and men, because they were intoxicated by the opulence.

Haihaya [or Kârtavîryârjuna 9.15: 25], Nahusha [9.18: 1-3], Vena [see 4.14], Râvana [9.10], Naraka [or Bhauma 10.59: 2-3] and others came to fall from their positions as gods, demons and men because of their being intoxicated by the opulence. (Vedabase)

 

Text 21

Understanding that this material body and such have a beginning and an end, you, with [Vedic] sacrifices being connected to Me in worship, have the duty to protect your citizens in accordance with the dharma.

 You, understanding that this material body and such is subject to birth and an end, should, connected to Me in worship with sacrifices, protect your citizens according the dharma. (Vedabase)

  

 Text 22

Engaged in begetting generations of progeny and encountering the facts of happiness and distress, birth and death, you should fix your minds in My worship.

Encountering happiness and distress, birth and death, you should go about begetting generations of progeny, with minds fixed in acceptance of Me. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 23

Neutral in respect of the body and everything to it and steadfast to the vows being satisfied within, you, fully focussing your minds upon Me, will finally reach Me, the Absolute of the Truth [compare B.G. 4: 9; 8: 7; 9: 28; 12: 3-4].'

(23) Neutral to the body and all that and firm to the vows satisfied within, will you, fully concentrating the mind upon Me, in the end reach Me, the Absolute of the Truth [compare B.G. 4: 9; 8: 7; 9: 28; 12: 3-4].' (Vedabase)

   

Text 24

S'rî S'uka said: 'Krishna, the Supreme Lord and Controller of All the Worlds, who thus had instructed the kings, then engaged menservants and women to give them a bath.

S'rî S'uka said: 'Krishna, the Supreme Lord and Controller of All the Worlds, thus instructing the kings engaged menservants and women in the work of bathing them. (Vedabase)

 

Text 25

Oh descendant of Bharata, He took care that Sahadeva [Jarâsandha's son] served them with the clothing, ornaments, garlands and sandalwood paste that befitted them.

O descendent of Bharata, he had Sahadeva [Jarâsandha's son] serve them befittingly with clothing, ornaments, garlands and sandalwood paste. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 26

Properly bathed and well decorated they were fed with excellent food and bestowed with various pleasures worthy of kings, like betel nut etc.

Properly bathed and well decorated were they fed with excellent food and bestowed with various pleasures worthy of kings like betelnut etc. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 27

Honored by Mukunda the kings freed from their distress shone splendidly with their gleaming earrings, like they were the planets at the end of the rainy season.

Honored by Mukunda shone the kings freed from their distress splendidly with their gleaming earrings like they were the planets at the end of the rainy season. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 28

After assigning chariots to them adorned with gold and jewels and pulled by fine horses He, gratifying them with pleasing words, sent them off to their kingdoms.

Having them mount chariots with fine horses adorned with gold and jewels sent He, gratifying them with pleasing words, off to their own kingdoms. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 29

They who thus by Krishna, the greatest of all personalities, were liberated from hardship, went away with in their minds nothing but the deeds of Him, the Lord of the Living Being that is the Universe.

They, the greatest of personalities, thus by Krishna liberated from all difficulty went away exclusively meditating on the deeds of Him, the Lord of the Living Being that is the Universe. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 30

With their ministers and other associates they discussed what the Supreme Personality had done and then attentively carried out what the Lord had instructed.

To their ministers and other associates they spoke of the activities of the Supreme Personality and as the Lord had instructed so they carried it out without laxity. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 31

After having Jarâsandha killed by Bhîmasena, Kes'ava accepted worship from Sahadeva and departed accompanied by the two sons of Prithâ.

Having had Jarâsandha killed by Bhîmasena, departed, being worshiped by Sahadeva, Kes'ava, accompanied by the two sons of Prithâ. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 32

Arriving in Indraprastha they blew the conch shells that previously had made the enemies unhappy they defeated, but now brought delight to their well-wishers.

Arriving in Indraprastha blew they their conchshells bringing discomfiture to the enemies they defeated and [now] delight to their well-wishers. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 33

The residents of Indraprastha were pleased in their hearts to hear that sound. They understood that Jarâsandha was put to rest and that the king [Yudhishthhira] had achieved his purpose.

The residents of Indraprastha pleased in their heart to hear that, understood that Jarâsandha was put to rest and that the king [Yudhishthhira] his objectives were met. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 34

Having offered the king their obeisances, Arjuna, Bhîma and Janârdana recounted everything they had done.

 To the king then offering their respects told Arjuna, Bhîma and Janârdana about everything they had done. (Vedabase)

 

Text 35

The king of dharma could not utter a word when he heard that. In ecstasy over Krishna's mercy he shed tears out of love.'

The king of the dharma hearing that couldn't speak a word, shedding tears out of love in ecstasy of Krishna's mercy. (Vedabase)

 

 

 

 

 

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