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Canto 10

Jaya Râdhâ Mâdhava 1

 

 

Chapter 76: The Battle Between S'âlva and the Vrishnis (c)

(1) S'rî S'uka said: 'Please oh King, now listen how Krishna, in His body playing the human, in yet another wonderful deed killed the lord of Saubha. (2) S'âlva as he was called, was a friend of S'is'upâla. He came to Rukminî's wedding and was together with Jarâsandha and others by the Yadus defeated in battle [see 10.54 and also 10.50]. (3) Before all the kings listening he swore: 'Wait and see, I will, with all I can, rid the earth of the Yâdavas!'

(4) The foolish king this way vowed, only once a day ate a handful of dust while worshiping as his master the lord who protects the animalistic ones [Pas'upati or S'iva *]. (5) After a year had passed Âs'utosha [S'iva, as the one who is quickly pleased] offered the master of Umâ, S'âlva who had approached him for shelter, the choice of a benediction. (6) He chose a vehicle terrifying to the Vrishnis with which he could travel at will and that could not be destroyed by the gods, the demons, the humans, the singers of heaven, the serpents or the wild men. (7) Giris'a [S'iva as the Lord of the mountain] said 'so be it' and ordered Maya Dânava, who was there to conquer the cities of the enemies [see 7.10: 53], to build a [flying] fortress made of iron named Saubha and offer it to S'âlva. (8) The vehicle filled with darkness, moved as one liked and was unassailable. When S'âlva obtained it he, remembering the enmity the Vrishnis had shown, went to Dvârakâ with it. (9-11) Oh best of the Bharatas, S'âlva besieged the city with a large army and destroyed the parks, the gardens and  the towers, gateways, mansions, outer walls, outlook posts and recreational areas surrounding it. From his superior vimâna torrents of weapons came down including stones and trees, thunderbolts, snakes and hailstones. A fierce whirlwind rose that covered all the directions with dust. (12) The city of Krishna thus terribly being tormented by Saubha oh King, could find no peace, just as the earth could not with [the besieging by the threefold flying fortress of ] Tripura [see 7.10: 56].

(13) The Great Lord Pradyumna seeing how His subjects were being harassed then said to them: 'Do not fear!', after which the great hero, who was of an untold glory, mounted His chariot. (14-15) Eminent leaders among chariot heroes like Sâtyaki, Cârudeshna, Sâmba, Akrûra and his younger brothers, Hârdikya, Bhânuvinda as also Gada, S'uka, Sârana and other bowmen, came forward [from the city] in armor, being protected by chariotry, elephantry, cavalry and infantry. (16) Thereupon a hair-raising battle commenced between the Yadus and the followers of S'âlva, that was as tumultuous as the battle between the demons and the demigods [see 8.10]. (17) The way the warm rays of the sun dissipate the darkness of the night, by the son of Rukminî with His divinely empowered weapons in an instant the magical tricks were destroyed of the master of Saubha. (18-19) With twenty-five iron-tipped, in their joints perfectly smoothened arrows with golden shafts He struck S'âlva's commander-in-chief [Dyumân]. With a hundred of them He pierced S'âlva, with one shaft He pierced each of his soldiers, with ten shafts he pierced each of his charioteers and with three shafts he pierced each of his carriers [elephants, horses]. (20) When they saw that amazing, mighty feat of Pradyumna, the great personality, He was honored by all the soldiers of His side and the side of the enemy. (21) The magical illusion created by Maya that then was seen in many forms, next seen in a single form and then again was not seen at all, constituted an inconstancy that made it impossible for his opponent to locate him. (22) Moving hither and thither like a whirling firebrand the airship of Saubha never stayed in one place; from one moment to the next it was seen on the earth, in the sky, on a mountain top or in the water. (23) Wherever S'âlva with his soldiers appeared with his Saubha ship, at that spot the arrows were aimed by the army commanders of the Yadus. (24) S'âlva lost his grip because of his enemy, for his army and fortress had to suffer from the arrows shot that, striking like fire and the sun, were as intolerable as snake poison. (25) Even though the heroes of Vrishni, eager for the victory here and in the hereafter, were extremely pained by the floods of weapons launched by the commanders of S'âlva, they did not leave their positions. (26) S'âlva's companion named Dyumân who was previously hurt by Pradyumna, then positioned himself before Him with a club of maura iron and struck Him with a powerful roar. (27) Pradyumna, the subduer of the enemies, received a full blow in the chest. His chariot driver, the son of Dâruka, knew what his duty was and removed Him from the battlefield.

(28) The son of Krishna quickly regained His consciousness and said to His chariot driver: 'It is not right oh driver, for Me to be removed from the battlefield! (29) Except for Me, no one born in the house of Yadu has ever been known to have abandoned the battlefield. Now My reputation is stained because of a driver who thinks like a eunuch! (30) What should I having fled from the battlefield say now when I meet My fathers Râma and Krishna? How should I excuse Myself being questioned concerning the matter? (31) My sisters-in-law certainly will deride Me saying: 'Oh hero, how could Your enemies succeed in turning You into a coward in battle?'

(32) The charioteer said: 'Oh Long-lived One, what I did I have done in full awareness of my prescribed duty oh Lord. A driver should protect the master who ran into danger, just as the master should protect the driver. (33) With that in mind I removed You from the battlefield. Seeing you knocked unconscious by the enemy, I thought You were wounded!'

 

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Third revised edition, loaded October 17, 2014.

 

 

 

 

Previous Aadhar edition and Vedabase links:

Text 1

S'rî S'uka said: 'Please oh King, now listen how Krishna, in His body playing the human, in yet another wonderful deed killed the lord of Saubha.

S'rî S'uka said: 'Please, o King, now hear how Krishna, in His body playing the human, in yet another wonderful deed of His killed the lord of Saubha. (Vedabase)

 

Text 2

S'âlva as he was called, was a friend of S'is'upâla. He came to Rukminî's wedding and was together with Jarâsandha and others by the Yadus defeated in battle [see 10.54 and also 10.50].

He with the name of S'âlva, came, as a friend of S'is'upâla to Rukminî's wedding and was by the Yadus defeated in battle together with Jarâsandha and others [see 10: 54 and also 10.50]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 3

Before all the kings listening he swore: 'Wait and see, I will, with all I can, rid the earth of the Yâdavas!'

Before all the kings listening he made the pledge: 'Wait and see, I'll rid the earth of the Yâdavas with all I can.' (Vedabase)

 

Text 4

The foolish king vowed thus ate only once a day a handful of dust in worshiping as his master the lord protecting the animallike [pictured as Pas'upati or S'iva with S'âlva praying as a boy together with Yama].

The foolish king vowed with this eating once a day a handful of dust, worshiped as his master the lord protecting the animallike [pictured as Pas'upati or S'iva with S'âlva praying as a boy together with Yama]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 5

After a year had passed Âs'utosha [S'iva, as the one who is quickly pleased] offered the master of Umâ, S'âlva who had approached him for shelter, the choice of a benediction.

At the end of a year gave the great lord quickly pleased [Âs'utosha], the master of Umâ, S'âlva, who had approached him for shelter, the choice of a benediction. (Vedabase)

 

Text 6

He chose a vehicle terrifying to the Vrishnis with which he could travel at will and that could not be destroyed by the gods, the demons, the humans, the singers of heaven, the serpents and the wild men.

He chose a vehicle terrifying to the Vrishnis with which he could travel at will and which would be indestructible to the gods, the demons, the humans, the singers of heaven, the serpents and the wild men. (Vedabase)

     

Text 7

Giris'a [S'iva as the Lord of the mountain] said 'so be it' and ordered Maya Dânava, who was there to conquer the cities of the enemies [see 7.10: 53], to build a [flying] fortress made of iron named Saubha and offer it to S'âlva.

With the lord of the mountain saying 'so be it' was Maya Dânava, there for outdoing the cities of the enemies [see 7.10: 53], commissioned to construct for, and offer to S'âlva a [flying] fortress made of iron named Saubha. (Vedabase)

 

Text 8

The vehicle filled with darkness, moved as one liked and was unassailable. When S'âlva obtained it he, remembering the enmity the Vrishnis had shown, went to Dvârakâ with it.

When he obtained the vehicle that, as an abode of darkness, moving to his liking, was unassailable, went S'âlva to Dvârakâ, bearing in mind the enmity shown by the Vrishnis. (Vedabase)


Text 9-11

Oh best of the Bharatas, S'âlva besieged the city with a large army and destroyed the parks, the gardens and  the towers, gateways, mansions, outer walls, outlook posts and recreational areas surrounding it. From his superior vimâna torrents of weapons came down including stones and trees, thunderbolts, snakes and hailstones. A fierce whirlwind rose that covered all the directions with dust.

O best of the Bharatas, S'âlva, besieging the city with a large army, laid in ruins the parks, the gardens and all the towers, gateways, mansions, outer walls, outlook posts and recreational areas surrounding it. From that finest vimâna of his there fell torrents of weapons, stones and trees as also thunderbolts, snakes and hailstones, while with the rise of a fierce whirlwind all the directions were covered with dust. (Vedabase)

 

Text 12

The city of Krishna thus terribly being tormented by Saubha oh King, could find no peace, just as the earth could not with [the besieging by the threefold flying fortress of ] Tripura [see 7.10: 56].

The city of Krishna thus terribly tormented by Saubha could, just as the earth with Tripura [see 7.10: 56], o King, find no peace. (Vedabase)

 

Text 13

The Great Lord Pradyumna seeing how His subjects were being harassed then said to them: 'Do not fear!', after which the great hero, who was of an untold glory, mounted His chariot.

The Great Lord Pradyumna seeing how His subjects were being harassed then said to them: 'Do not fear!', after which the great hero of untold glory mounted His chariot. (Vedabase)

 

Text 14-15

Eminent leaders among chariot heroes like Sâtyaki, Cârudeshna, Sâmba, Akrûra and his younger brothers, Hârdikya, Bhânuvinda as also Gada, S'uka, Sârana and other bowmen, came forward [from the city] in armor, being protected by chariotry, elephantry, cavalry and infantry.

Sâtyaki, Cârudeshna, Sâmba, Akrûra and his younger brothers, Hârdikya, Bhânuvinda as also Gada, S'uka and Sârana and other eminent leaders of the leading warrior bowmen, went out in armor protected by chariotry, elephantry, cavalry and infantry. (Vedabase)


Text 16

Thereupon a hair-raising battle commenced between the Yadus and the followers of S'âlva, that was as tumultuous as the battle between the demons and the demigods [see 8.10].

Then a hair-raising battle commenced between the Yadus and the followers of S'âlva, that was as tumultuous as the battle between the demons and the demigods [zie 8:10]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 17

The way the warm rays of the sun dissipate the darkness of the night, by the son of Rukminî with His divinely empowered weapons in an instant the magical tricks were destroyed of the master of Saubha.

Like the darkness of night dissipates by the warm rays of the sun, were by the son of Rukminî in an instant with weapons divine the magical tricks destroyed of the master of Saubha. (Vedabase)

 

Text 18-19

With twenty-five iron-tipped, in their joints perfectly smoothened arrows with golden shafts He struck S'âlva's commander-in-chief [Dyumân]. With a hundred of them He pierced S'âlva, with one shaft He pierced each of his soldiers, with ten shafts he pierced each of his charioteers and with three shafts he pierced each of his carriers [elephants, horses].

With twenty-five iron-tipped, in their joints perfectly smoothened arrows with golden shafts struck He S'âlva's commander-in-chief [Dyumân], with a hundred he pierced S'âlva, with one each his soldiers, with ten each his charioteers and with three each of the carriers [elephants, horses]. (Vedabase)

  

Text 20

When they saw that amazing, mighty feat of Pradyumna, the great personality, He was honored by all the soldiers of His side and the side of the enemy.

Seeing that amazing, mighty feat of Pradyumna, the great personality, was He honored by all of his and the enemy soldiers. (Vedabase)

 

Text 21

The magical illusion created by Maya that then was seen in many forms, next seen in a single form and then again was not seen at all, constituted an inconstancy that made it impossible for his opponent to locate him.

Then seen in many forms, then seen as one only and then not being seen at all, had that magical illusion created by Maya turned into something that could impossibly be located by the opponent. (Vedabase)

   

 Text 22

Moving hither and thither like a whirling firebrand the airship of Saubha never stayed in one place; from one moment to the next it was seen on the earth, in the sky, on a mountain top or in the water.

Moving hither and thither like a whirling firebrand, from one moment to the next seen on the earth, then in the sky, on a mountain top and then in the water, remained that Saubha never in one place. (Vedabase)

   

Text 23

Wherever S'âlva with his soldiers appeared with his Saubha ship, at that spot the arrows were aimed by the army commanders of the Yadus.

Wherever S'âlva with his soldiers appeared with his Saubha, did there and then the army commanders of the Yadus release their arrows. (Vedabase)

 

Text 24

S'âlva lost his grip because of his enemy, for his army and fortress had to suffer from the arrows shot that, striking like fire and the sun, were as intolerable as snake poison.

S'âlva of the enemy, lost his bearings when his army and fortress unbearably had to suffer the arrows hitting like fire and sun that in contact were as snake-venom. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 25

Even though the heroes of Vrishni, eager for the victory here and in the hereafter, were extremely pained by the floods of weapons launched by the commanders of S'âlva, they did not leave their positions.

Though the vrishni-heroes, eager for the victory in this world and the next, were extremely pained by the floods of weapons from the commanders of S'âlva, did they not leave their positions. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 26

S'âlva's companion named Dyumân who was previously hurt by Pradyumna, then positioned himself before Him with a club of maura iron and struck Him with a powerful roar.

S'âlva's companion named Dyumân - previously hurt by Pradyumna - confronting with a club of maura-iron, stroke with a powerful roar. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 27

Pradyumna, the subduer of the enemies, received a full blow in the chest. His chariot driver, the son of Dâruka, knew what his duty was and removed Him from the battlefield.

Pradyumna, the subduer of the enemies, who had his wits blown out by the mace, was then by His chariot driver, a son of Dâruka, well-known with the duties removed from the battlefield. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 28

The son of Krishna quickly regained His consciousness and said to His chariot driver: 'It is not right oh driver, for Me to be removed from the battlefield!

In a moment regaining consciousness, said the son of Krishna to His chariot driver: 'How wrong of you, driver, to take Me away from the battlefield! (Vedabase)

 

 Text 29

Except for Me, has no one born in the house of Yadu ever been known to have abandoned the battlefield; now My reputation is stained because of a driver who thinks like a eunuch!

Except for Me, has no one born in the house of Yadu ever been known to have abandoned the field; I'm blemished because of a driver thinking like a eunuch! (Vedabase)

 

 Text 30

What should I having fled from the battlefield say now when I meet My fathers Râma and Krishna? How should I excuse Myself being questioned concerning the matter?

What now must I say meeting with My fathers Râma and Krishna, altogether having fled from the battle? What if asked would then fit on My behalf? (Vedabase)

 

 Text 31

My sisters-in-law certainly will deride Me saying: 'Oh hero, how could Your enemies succeed in turning You into a coward in battle?'

Certainly My sisters-in-law will deride Me saying: 'How o how, o hero, could Your enemies turn You into a coward in battle?' (Vedabase)

 

 Text 32

The charioteer said: 'Oh Long-lived One, what I did I have done in full awareness of my prescribed duty oh Lord. A driver should protect the master who ran into danger, just as the master should protect the driver.

The charioteer said: 'O Long-lived One, what I did happened was done in good faith of dharma, o Lord; a driver should protect the master that ran into difficulty, just as the master should protect the driver. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 33

With that in mind I removed You from the battlefield. Seeing you knocked unconscious by the enemy, I thought You were wounded!'

Knowing this were You, by the enemy his club factually struck unconscious, removed from the field by me thinking You were hurt!' (Vedabase)

 

*: The Monier-Williams dictionary states: "According to one legend every deity acknowledged himself to be a mere pas'u or animal when entreating S'iva to destroy the Asura Tri-pura."

 

 

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