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Canto 10

Nârada Muni

 


 

Chapter 77: S'âlva and the Saubha fortress Finished

(1) S'rî S'uka said: 'After touching water, fastening His armor and picking up His bow He [Pradyumna] said to His charioteer: 'Take Me to the warrior Dyumân.' (2) Dyumân [in His absence] had decimated His troops, but now the son of Rukminî with a smile counterattacking struck back with eight nârâca arrows [made of iron]. (3) With four of them He struck the four horses, with one the driver, with two the bow and flag and with one his head. (4) Gada, Sâtyaki, Sâmba and others killed the army of the master of Saubha. All occupants of Saubha fell into the ocean with their throats cut. (5) For twenty-seven days and nights the tumultuous and fearsome fight between the Yadus and the followers of S'âlva striking one another thus continued. (6-7) Krishna who was called away by [Yudhishthhira,] the son of Dharma, stayed in Indraprastha [see 10.71] and noticed there, after the Râjasûya was completed and S'is'upâla had been killed, very bad omens. He took leave of the Kuru elders, the sages and Prithâ and her sons and headed for Dvârakâ. (8) He said to Himself: 'With Me coming to this place accompanied by My honorable elder brother, the kings siding with S'is'upâla very well may be attacking My city.'

(9) When He saw king S'âlva's Saubha and the destruction going on of all that belonged to Him, Kes'ava arranged for the protection of the city and said to Dâruka: (10) 'Bring Me My chariot oh driver, and quickly take Me near S'âlva; and take care not to be outsmarted by this lord of Saubha, he is a great magician.'

(11) With that command taking the reigns Dâruka drove the chariot forward so that, with Him arriving there, all of His own men and the soldiers of the opposing party could see [the emblem of] Garuda ['the younger brother of Aruna']. (12) S'âlva, who as the chief of a practically completely destroyed army, saw Lord Krishna on the battlefield, hurled his spear, that made a scary sound, at Krishna's charioteer. (13) In its flight illumining all directions like it was a great meteor, it was by Krishna midair swiftly cut into a hundred pieces. (14) Like being the sun with its rays in the sky, He pierced him with six arrows and struck the Saubha fortress that was moving about with torrents of them. (15) But when S'âlva struck S'auri's left arm, the arm with His bow, most amazingly, the S'ârnga fell from the hand of S'ârngadhanvâ. (16) From all the living beings witnessing it a great cry of dismay arose. The lord of Saubha roared loudly and said this to Janârdana: (17-18) 'Because You oh fool, right before our eyes stole away the bride of our brother and friend [S'is'upâla 10.53] and he unsuspecting by You within the assembly was killed [10.74], You Yourself, who are so convinced of Your invincibility, will today with my sharp arrows be sent to the land of no return, provided You have the guts to stand in front of me!'

(19) The Supreme Lord said: 'You dullard, boast in vain not seeing your impending death. Heroes do not prattle, they rather demonstrate their prowess!'

(20) Having spoken thus the Supreme Lord infuriated with a frightening power and speed struck S'âlva with His club on the collarbone so that he reeled and had to vomit blood. (21) But when He lifted His club again S'âlva had disappeared and a moment later a man bowing his head appeared before Krishna who lamenting spoke the words: 'Mother Devakî has sent me! (22) Krishna, oh Krishna, oh Mighty-armed One so full of love for Your parents, Your father has been captured and led away by S'âlva like a domestic animal by a butcher being led to the slaughterhouse.'

 
(23) Hearing these disturbing words Krishna, who had assumed the nature of a human being, spoke out of love disconsolate and with compassion, like He was a normal man: (24) 'How could that petty S'âlva abduct My father and defeat Balarâma who is never confounded or defeated by Sura or Asura? Fate indeed is powerful!' 

(25) After Govinda had said this, the master of Saubha approached Krishna like he was leading Vasudeva before Him and then said the following: (26) 'He here is the one who begot You and for whom You live in this world. I will kill him straight before Your eyes. Save him if You can, You ignoramus!' 



(27) The magician thus mocking Him cut off the head of the 'Ânakadundubhi', took the head and climbed in the Saubha vehicle that hovered in the sky. (28) In spite of His full knowledge and great powers of perception He, out of love for the ones dear to Him, for a moment remained absorbed in His normal humanity. But then it dawned on Him that S'âlva had used a demoniac, magic trick designed by Maya Dânava. (29) Alerted on the battlefield as if He awoke from a dream, He saw neither the messenger nor His father's body anywhere. Noticing His enemy sitting in his Saubha that moved about in the sky, Acyuta prepared to kill him. (30) That is how some sages say it who do not reason correctly oh seer among the kings. They most certainly then contradict the words they once spoke but have forgotten again [compare e.g. 10.3: 15-17; 10.11: 7; 10.12: 27; 10.31: *; 10.33: 37; 10.37: 23; 10.38: 10; 10.50: 29; 10.52: 7 and 10.60: 58].  (31) In what way would the lamentation, bewilderment, affection or fear that are born from ignorance, belong to the Infinite One in whom one finds the undivided complete of wisdom, spiritual knowledge and opulence? (32) Those who, encouraged by service in self-realization at His feet, dispel the bodily concept of life that bewildered man since time immemorial, attain the eternal glory in a personal relationship with Him [svarûpa] - so how could there be any bewilderment then with Him, the Supreme Destination of the Truthful Ones? (33) And while S'âlva with great force attacked Him with torrents of weapons, Lord Krishna whose prowess never fails, pierced his armor, bow and crest jewel with His arrows and smashed the Saubha vehicle of His enemy with His club. (34) Shattered into thousands of pieces by the club in Krishna's hand, it fell into the water. S'âlva thereupon abandoned it, took position and rushed forward with his club in his hands towards Acyuta. (35) As he ran toward Him carrying his club, Krishna severed his arm with a bhalla cutting arrow. In  order to kill S'alva He next raised His wonderful disc weapon. Looking like a mountain beneath a rising sun, He shone with a radiation resembling the light at the end of time. (36) The Lord severed the head of that master of great magic with it, complete with earrings and crown, the way lord Indra with his thunderbolt severed Vritrâsura's head [see 6.12]. From his men then rose a loudly voiced 'alas, alas!'

(37) After the sinner had fallen and the Saubha fortress was destroyed by the club, kettledrums sounded in the sky oh King, played by a host of demigods. And then... it was Dantavakra who, in order to avenge his friends, furiously ran forward.'

 

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Text 1

S'rî S'uka said: 'After touching water, fastening His armor and picking up His bow He [Pradyumna] said to His charioteer: 'Take Me to the warrior Dyumân.'
S'rî S'uka said: 'Touching water, fastening His armor and picking up His bow He [Pradyumna] said to His charioteer: 'Take Me to where the warrior Dyumân is.' (Vedabase)

 

Text 2

Dyumân [in His absence] had decimated His troops, but now the son of Rukminî with a smile counterattacking struck back with eight nârâca arrows [made of iron].

With Dyumân devastating His troops struck the son of Rukminî back with a smile, counterattacking with eight nârâca arrows [iron types]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 3

With four of them He struck the four horses, with one the driver, with two the bow and flag and with one his head.

He struck with four for the four horses, one for the driver, with two for the bow and flag and with one for his head. (Vedabase)

 

Text 4

Gada, Sâtyaki, Sâmba and others killed the army of the master of Saubha. All occupants of Saubha fell into the ocean with their throats cut.

Gada, Sâtyaki, Sâmba and others finished off the army of the master of Saubha; all inside Saubha fell into the ocean with their necks cut through. (Vedabase)

 

Text 5

For twenty-seven days and nights the tumultuous and fearsome fight between the Yadus and the followers of S'âlva striking one another thus continued.

The fight between the Yadus and the followers of S'âlva striking one another, that was thus tumultuous and fearsome, went on for twenty-seven days and nights. (Vedabase)

 

Text 6-7

Krishna who was called away by [Yudhishthhira,] the son of Dharma, stayed in Indraprastha [see 10.71] and noticed there, after the Râjasûya was completed and S'is'upâla had been killed, very bad omens. He took leave of the Kuru elders, the sages and Prithâ and her sons and headed for Dvârakâ.

Krishna as called by the son of Dharma gone to Indraprastha [see 10.71] then, with the râjasûya completed, S'is'upâla being killed and noticing very bad omens, took leave of the Kuru-elders, the sages and Prithâ and her sons, and went to Dvârakâ. (Vedabase)

     

Text 8

He said to Himself: 'With Me coming to this place accompanied by My honorable elder brother, the kings siding with S'is'upâla very well may be attacking My city.'

He said to Himself: 'With Me accompanied by My illustrious elder brother coming to this place, may the kings siding with S'is'upâla well be attacking My city.' (Vedabase)

 

Text 9

When He saw king S'âlva's Saubha and the destruction going on of all that belonged to Him, Kes'ava arranged for the protection of the city and said to Dâruka:

Kes'ava, when He saw king S'âlva's Saubha and the destruction going on of all of His, arranged for the protection of the city and said to Dâruka: (Vedabase)

  

Text 10

'Bring Me My chariot oh driver, and quickly take Me near S'âlva; and take care not to be outsmarted by this lord of Saubha, he is a great magician.'

'Bring Me My chariot, o driver, and quickly take me near S'alva; and mind, don't fall victim getting bewildered of this lord of Saubha, he's a great magician.' (Vedabase)

 

Text 11

With that command taking the reigns Dâruka drove the chariot forward so that, with Him arriving there, all of His own men and the soldiers of the opposing party could see [the emblem of] Garuda ['the younger brother of Aruna'].

Thus commanded taking control drove he forward the chariot and saw, [with Him] entering there, each of His own men and the opposing party the emblem [of Garuda]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 12

S'âlva, who as the chief of a practically completely destroyed army, saw Lord Krishna on the battlefield, hurled his spear, that made a scary sound, at Krishna's charioteer.

S'âlva, as the master of a practically completely destroyed army seeing Lord Krishna on the battlefield, hurled his spear with a scary roar at Krishna's charioteer. (Vedabase)

 

Text 13

In its flight illumining all directions like it was a great meteor, it was by Krishna midair swiftly cut into a hundred pieces.

Flying forward illumining all directions like it was a great meteor, was it by Krishna midair swiftly cut in a hundred pieces. (Vedabase)

 

Text 14

Like being the sun with its rays in the sky, He pierced him with six arrows and struck the Saubha fortress that was moving about with torrents of them.

Like the sun with its rays in the sky, pierced He him with six penetrating arrows and the Saubha-fortress moving about with torrents of them. (Vedabase)

 

Text 15

But when S'âlva struck S'auri's left arm, the arm with His bow, most amazingly, the S'ârnga fell from the hand of S'ârngadhanvâ.

But when S'âlva struck S'auri's left arm, the arm with His bow, fell, most amazingly, the S'ârnga from the hand of S'ârngadhanvâ. (Vedabase)

 

Text 16

From all the living beings witnessing it a great cry of dismay arose. The lord of Saubha roared loudly and said this to Janârdana:

As from all living beings witnessing arose a great cry of dismay, roared the lord of Saubha, saying this to Janârdana: (Vedabase)

 

Text 17-18

'Because You oh fool, right before our eyes stole away the bride of our brother and friend [S'is'upâla 10.53] and he unsuspecting by You within the assembly was killed [10.74], You Yourself, who are so convinced of Your invincibility, will today with my sharp arrows be sent to the land of no return, provided You have the guts to stand in front of me!'

Since by You, o fool, right from under our eyes the bride of Your brother [nephew factually], a friend [S'is'upâla], was stolen [10.53] and he, my friend thus, in his heedlessness by You within the assembly was killed [10.74], will You Yourself, so convinced of Your invincibility, today with my sharp arrows be sent to the land of no return, if You dare to stand in front of me!' (Vedabase)

 

Text 19

The Supreme Lord said: 'You dullard, boast in vain not seeing your impending death. Heroes do not prattle, they rather demonstrate their prowess!'

The Supreme Lord said: 'You, moron, boast in vain not seeing death at hand; heroes rather demonstrate their prowess, they don't prattle!' (Vedabase)

  

Text 20

Having spoken thus the Supreme Lord infuriated with a frightening power and speed struck S'âlva with His club on the collarbone so that he reeled and had to vomit blood.

Speaking thus struck the Supreme Lord S'âlva infuriated with frightening power and speed with His club on the collarbone so that he trembling vomited blood. (Vedabase)

 

Text 21

But when He lifted His club again S'âlva had disappeared and a moment later a man bowing his head appeared before Krishna who lamenting spoke the words: 'Mother Devakî has sent me! 

But when the club was withdrawn had S'âlva disappeared and came a moment later a man bowing his head before Krishna who crying spoke the words: 'Mother Devakî has sent me! (Vedabase)

   

 Text 22

Krishna, oh Krishna, oh Mighty-armed One so full of love for Your parents, Your father has been captured and led away by S'âlva like a domestic animal by a butcher being led to the slaughterhouse.'

Krishna, o Krishna, o Mighty-armed One so affectionate with Your parents, Your father has been captured and taken away by S'âlva, like a butcher seizing a domestic animal.' (Vedabase)

   

Text 23

Hearing these disturbing words Krishna, who had assumed the nature of a human being, spoke out of love disconsolate and with compassion, [acting] like He was a normal man:

Hearing these disturbing words spoke Krishna, having assumed the nature of a human being, out of love with compassion disconsolate, like He was a normal man: (Vedabase)

 

Text 24

'How could that petty S'âlva abduct My father and defeat Balarâma who is never confounded or defeated by Sura or Asura? Fate indeed is powerful!'

'With Balarâma never confounded, invincibly defeating sura and asura, how could that petty S'âlva abduct My father; how mighty fate is!' (Vedabase)

 

 Text 25

After Govinda had said this, the master of Saubha approached Krishna like he was leading Vasudeva before Him and then said the following:

With Govinda speaking thus came the master of Saubha up to Krishna as if he was leading Vasudeva and said he the following: (Vedabase)

 

 Text 26

'He here is the one who begot You and for whom You live in this world. I will kill him straight before Your eyes. Save him if You can, You ignoramus!'

'This is the one who begot You and for whose sake You live in this world; I'll kill him right before You; save him if You can, You child!'  (Vedabase)

 

 Text 27

The magician thus mocking Him cut off the head of the 'Ânakadundubhi', took the head and climbed in the Saubha vehicle that hovered in the sky.

The magician thus vilifying cut off the head of 'Ânakadundubhi' and climbed, taking the head, in the Saubha-vehicle hovering in the sky. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 28

In spite of His full knowledge and great powers of perception He, out of love for the ones dear to Him, for a moment remained absorbed in His normal humanity. But then it dawned on Him that S'âlva had used a demoniac, magic trick designed by Maya Dânava.

Then, though fully cognizant, for a moment being absorbed in the normal keeping to His affection for the ones dear to Him, recognized He, with His great powers of perception, that as the demoniac illusory magic utilized by S'âlva to the designs of Maya Dânava.  (Vedabase)

 

 Text 29

Alerted on the battlefield as if He awoke from a dream, He saw neither the messenger nor His father's body anywhere. Noticing His enemy sitting in his Saubha that moved about in the sky, Acyuta prepared to kill him.

Alert on the battlefield, like in a dream seeing there nor the messenger nor His father's body, and noticing His enemy sitting in his Saubha moving through the sky, prepared Acyuta to kill him. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 30

That is how some sages say it who do not reason correctly oh seer among the kings. They most certainly then contradict the words they once spoke but have forgotten again [compare e.g. 10.3: 15-17; 10.11: 7; 10.12: 27; 10.31: *; 10.33: 37; 10.37: 23; 10.38: 10; 10.50: 29; 10.52: 7 and 10.60: 58].

And so is it said by some sages, o seer among the kings, who don't reason correctly; they for sure are contradicted by their own words if they fail to remember the way it is [compare e.g. 10.3: 15-17; 10.11: 7; 10.12: 27; 10.31: *; 10.33: 37; 10.37: 23; 10.38: 10; 10.50: 29; 10.52: 7 en 10.60: 58]. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 31

In what way would the lamentation, bewilderment, affection or fear that are born from ignorance, belong to the Infinite One in whom one finds the undivided complete of wisdom, spiritual knowledge and opulence?

What of the lamentation, bewilderment, affection or fear all born out of ignorance, relative to the infinite perception, knowledge and opulence of the Infinite One? (Vedabase)

 

 Text 32

Those who, encouraged by service in self-realization at His feet, dispel the bodily concept of life that bewildered man since time immemorial, attain the eternal glory in a personal relationship with Him [svarûpa] - so how could there be any bewilderment then with Him, the Supreme Destination of the Truthful Ones?

He by whose feet those harnessed by service in self-realization dispel the misidentification to the beginningless Self and attain in a personal relationship the eternal glory - how in the world can there be bewilderment for Him, the Supreme Destination of the Truthful? (Vedabase)

 

 Text 33

And while S'âlva with great force attacked Him with torrents of weapons, Lord Krishna whose prowess never fails, pierced his armor, bow and crest jewel with His arrows and smashed the Saubha vehicle of His enemy with His club.

As S'âlva with great force was attacking Him with torrents of weapons, pierced Lord Krishna unerring in His prowess, with His arrows his armor, bow and crest-jewel and smashed He with His club the Saubha-vehicle of His enemy. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 34

Shattered into thousands of pieces by the club in Krishna's hand, it fell into the water. S'âlva thereupon abandoned it, took position and rushed forward with his club in his hands towards Acyuta.

Shattered into thousands of pieces by the club wielded by Krishna's hand, fell it into the water whereupon S'âlva abandoning it standing on the ground took up his club and rushed forward in attack of Acyuta. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 35

As he ran toward Him carrying his club, Krishna severed his arm with a bhalla cutting arrow. In  order to kill S'alva He next raised His wonderful disc weapon. Looking like a mountain beneath a rising sun, He shone with a radiation resembling the light at the end of time.

Running toward Him carrying his club was his arm severed with a bhalla cutting arrow and held He, shining like a mountain against the rising sun, in order to kill S'âlva next up His disc-weapon that appeared exactly like the burst of light at the end of time. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 36

The Lord severed the head of that master of great magic with it, complete with earrings and crown, the way lord Indra with his thunderbolt severed Vritrâsura's head [see 6.12]. From his men then rose a loudly voiced 'alas, alas!' 

With it the Lord proceeded to remove the head of that master of great magic, complete with earrings and crown, just like lord Indra with his thunderbolt did with Vritrâsura [see 6.12]; to which from his men rose a loudly voiced 'Alas, Alas!' (Vedabase)

 

 Text 37

After the sinner had fallen and the Saubha fortress was destroyed by the club, kettledrums sounded in the sky oh King, played by a host of demigods. And then... it was Dantavakra who, in order to avenge his friends, furiously ran forward.'

With the sinner fallen and the Saubha-fortress destroyed by the club, sounded kettledrums in the sky, o King, played by groups of demigods, while Dantavakra angry, out to revenge his friends, ran forward. (Vedabase)

 

 

 

 

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