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Canto 10

Bhajahû Re Mana

 

 

 

Chapter 82: All Kings and the Inhabitants of Vrindâvana on Pilgrimage Reunite with Krishna

(1) S'rî S'uka said: 'When Balarâma and Krishna lived in Dvârakâ, there was one day [*] an eclipse of the sun as great as the one at the end of the kalpa [a day of Brahmâ]. (2) The people knowing that beforehand oh King, came from everywhere to the field of Samanta-pañcaka ['the five lakes' at Kurukshetra] in the hope that that would work in their favor. (3-6) It is the place where Lord Paras'urâma, the greatest hero among the warriors, rid the earth of its [tyrannical] rulers and with the streams of their blood created the great lakes [see 9.16: 18-19]. Even though Bhagavân Lord Paras'urâma was unaffected by karmic reactions, He, in order to set an example for the common man, was there of worship like a normal person who wishes to dispel the sin. To that occasion therefore, oh son of Bharata, a great number of people of Bhârata came there on a holy pilgrimage. Vrishnis like Gada, Pradyumna and others as also [the elders] Akrûra, Vasudeva and Âhuka [Ugrasena] who all wanted to eradicate their sins, went to that holy place. Aniruddha together with Sucandra, S'uka, Sârana and the army commander Kritavarmâ remained behind to guard [the city]. (7-8) As effulgent Vidyâdharas they in chariots resembling heavenly vehicles moved on in waves of horses, bellowing elephants and masses of foot soldiers. Resplendent with their wives, with golden necklaces, flower garlands, attire and armor, they appeared on the road as supremely divine and majestic as [demigod] sky travelers. (9) The greatly pious Yâdavas bathing and fasting there, carefully saw to it that cows, garments, garlands, gold and necklaces were donated to the brahmins. (10) After once more in the lakes of Paras'urâma as prescribed having taken a bath [the next day to conclude their fast], they fed the leading brahmins with the finest food and prayed thereto: 'Let there be our devotion for Krishna.' (11) The Vrishnis thereupon with the permission of Krishna, their exclusive deity, comfortably sat down to eat in the cool shade of the trees. (12-13) Having arrived there they saw the Matsyas, Us'înaras, Kaus'alyas, Vidarbhas, Kurus, Sriñjayas, Kâmbojas, Kaikayas, Madras, Kuntîs, Ânartas and Keralas; hundreds of allied and adversary kings and others who were their friends and relatives oh King. They also saw their dear friends, the gopas and gopîs headed by Nanda who had been aching [to see them] for so long. (14) Meeting again, with their hearts and faces blooming as beautiful as lotuses because of the emotions, they embraced each other firmly and thus experienced the greatest delight with streams of tears, goose pimples and a choked-up voice. (15) The women looking at one another, with great eyes filled with tears of pure love, smiled with the greatest friendship and closed each other in their arms, pressing breasts to breasts that were smeared with kunkum paste. (16) Thereupon they paid their respects to the elders and received obeisances from their younger relatives. Having inquired after their well-being and having discussed the comfort of their journey, they next started to talk with each other about Krishna.



(17) Kuntî saw her brothers and sisters with their children, her parents, her sisters-in-law and Mukunda and gave up her sorrow while talking to them. (18) Kuntî said: 'Oh respectable brother, I feel most unfulfilled in my prayers because you who are so very good, forgot what happened to me during my times of emergency [see also 1.8: 24]! (19) Friends, relatives, sons, brothers and even parents, easily forget the one [among them] suffering misfortune.'

(20) S'rî Vasudeva said: 'Dear sister, do not be cross with us, men are the playthings of fate. Whether someone acts of his own accord or follows the directions of others, he always falls under the control of the Lord. (21) Pestered by Kamsa we scattered in all directions [see 10.2: 7 and 10.4]. Only now we by Divine Ordinance have returned to our places oh sister.'

(22) S'rî S'uka said: 'All the kings who there were honored by Vasudeva, Ugrasena and the other Yâdavas, found peace in the supreme happiness of seeing Acyuta. (23-26) Bhîshma, Drona, the son of Ambikâ [Dhritarâshthra], Gândhârî with her sons as also the Pândavas and their wives, Kuntî, Sañjaya, Vidura and Kripa; Kuntîbhoja and Virâtha, Bhîshmaka, the great Nagnajit, Purujit, Drupada, S'alya, Dhrishthaketu and the king of Kâs'i; Damaghosha, Vis'âlâksha, the kings of Maithila, Madra and Kekaya, Yudhâmanyu, Sus'armâ, Bâhlika and others with their sons, as also, oh best of kings, many other kings resorting under Yudhishthhira, were all amazed to see the personal form of S'âuri, [Krishna] the abode of S'rî, there together with His wives. (27) After from both Balarâma and Krishna having received proper proof of respect, the kings in their turn filled with joy, enthusiastically praised the Vrishnis, the personal associates of Krishna: (28) 'Oh master of the Bhojas [Ugrasena], you have chosen a commendable birth among men in this world, for you continually see Krishna, He who even by the yogis is rarely seen. (29-30) His fame as praised in the Vedas, the water washing from His feet and the words of the revealed scriptures thoroughly purify this universe [see also B.G. 15: 15]. Even though her wealth had been ravaged by Time, the earth's vitality has been awakened by the touch of His lotus feet with her fulfilling all our desires like an abundance of rain. By seeing Him in person, by touching Him and walking with Him, conversing, lying down, sitting, eating, being bound through marriage with Him and having Him as a blood-relative, you [normally] following the hellish path of family life have now found Vishnu, liberation and heaven [in person] who constitutes the cessation [of one's searching in life. See also 5.14 and 7.14 and B.G. 11: 41-42].'

(31) S'rî S'uka said: 'When Nanda found out that the Yadus headed by Krishna had arrived there,  he went to meet Him, accompanied by the gopas with their belongings on their wagons. (32) In their delight excited to enjoy His presence after so long a time, the Vrishnis revived as if awakened from death and embraced Him firmly. (33) When Vasudeva, beside himself of love overjoyed embraced Him, he remembered the troubles created by Kamsa because of which he had to leave his sons behind in Gokula [see 10.3 & 10.5]. (34) Krishna and Râma embraced Their [foster] parents and offered Their respects but could, with throats filled with tears of love, not utter a word, oh greatest hero of the Kurus. (35) The so very fortunate couple, Nanda and Yas'odâ, in their turn raised their sons on their laps, held Them in their arms and gave up their sorrow [of having been separated from Them]. (36) Thereupon Rohinî and Devakî embraced the queen of Vraja and addressed her with their throats full of tears, remembering what she had done [for them] in her friendship: (37) 'Which woman can forget your unceasing friendship oh queen of Vraja? Not even obtaining the wealth of Indra would suffice to repay you in this world! (38) When these Two [boys] had not yet met Their [real] parents They, residing with the two of you as Their [foster] parents, received the education and affection, nourishment and protection. My good lady, in the custody of you saintly souls, strange to no one and as protective as eyelids to eyes, They had nothing to fear.'

(39) S'rî S'uka said: 'The gopîs seeing Krishna, their object of desire after such a long time, the One for seeing whom they would curse the creator of their eyelids [see 10.31: 15], all, by their eyes, took Him into their hearts to embrace Him there to their satisfaction and thus attained the ecstatic absorption that even for souls constantly united [with Him in meditation] is difficult to attain. (40) The Supreme Lord approached them more privately, embraced them, informed after their health and with a smile said the following: (41) 'Dear girlfriends, do you still remember Us, We who intent on destroying the enemy party for that purpose stayed away so long? (42) Maybe you think ill of Us being afraid that We have put you out of Our mind - but in fact it is the Supreme Lord who brings together and separates the living beings. (43) The way the wind brings together masses of clouds, grass, cotton and dust and scatters them again, the same way the Creator of the living beings brings together and scatters His subjects [compare 10.5: 24-25]. (44) By the love for Me that you fortunately developed on your part, you have obtained Me; it is indeed the devotion unto Me that leads the living beings to immortality [compare B.G. 9.33]. (45) Oh ladies, being present both inside and outside, I am both the beginning and the end of all created beings, the same way ether, water, earth, air and fire applies to all material things [see also e.g. 10.9: 13-14]. (46) These material entities, who thus [on the one hand] exist within the elements of creation and [on the other hand] according to their true nature pervade those elements in the form of the âtmâ [the Soul, self and person], you should both ways consider as being present within Me, within the Imperishable, Supreme Truth [see also e.g. 1.3: 1, 3.26: 51, 10.59: 29, B.G. 9: 15 and siddhânta].'

(47) S'rî S'uka said: 'The gopîs, this way being instructed by Krishna's teaching about the âtmâ, eradicated the subtle covering of their soul [their false ego, see linga, 7.2: 47 and 4.29] by constantly meditating on Him and were thus fulfilled by Him. (48) They said: 'With that what You said, oh Lord with the Lotus navel, we wish that our minds, however being engaged in household affairs, are ever vigilant at Your lotus feet, the feet that the great yogis and highly learned philosophers keep in mind to meditate upon, for they constitute, for those who fell into the dark pit of a material existence, the only shelter of deliverance [see also 7.5: 5, 10.51: 46, 7.9: 28, 7.15: 46].'

 

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Third revised edition, loaded December 3, 2014.

 

 

 

Previous Aadhar edition and Vedabase links:

Text 1

S'rî S'uka said: 'When Balarâma and Krishna lived in Dvârakâ, there was one day [*] an eclipse of the sun as great as the one at the end of the kalpa [a day of Brahmâ].
S'rî S'uka said: 'Then, as Râma and Krishna were living in Dvârakâ, was there one day [*] an eclipse of the sun as impressive as the end of the day of Brahmâ. (Vedabase)

 

Text 2

The people knowing that beforehand oh King, came from everywhere to the field of Samanta-pañcaka ['the five lakes' at Kurukshetra] in the hope that that would work in their favor.

The people knowing that beforehand, o King, came from everywhere to the field of Samanta-pañcaka ['the five lakes' at Kurukshetra] in the hope to benefit therefrom. (Vedabase)

  

Text 3-6

It is the place where Lord Paras'urâma, the greatest hero among the warriors, rid the earth of its [tyrannical] rulers and with the streams of their blood created the great lakes [see 9.16: 18-19]. Even though Bhagavân Lord Paras'urâma was unaffected by karmic reactions, He, in order to set an example for the common man, was there of worship like a normal person who wishes to dispel the sin. To that occasion therefore, oh son of Bharata, a great number of people of Bhârata came there on a holy pilgrimage. Vrishnis like Gada, Pradyumna and others as also [the elders]  Akrûra, Vasudeva and Âhuka [Ugrasena] who all wanted to eradicate their sins, went to that holy place. Aniruddha together with Sucandra, S'uka, Sârana and the army commander Kritavarmâ remained behind to guard [the city].

It is the place where Lord Paras'urâma, the greatest wielder of weapons, having rid the earth of its rulers, with the streams of blood of the kings, created the great lakes [see 9.16: 18-19]. Bhagavân Paras'urâma to that, even though untouched by karmic reactions, was as the Controller to instruct the world in general of worship there like he was another [a common] person wishing to dispel the sin. So came, o son of Bharata, for the occasion a great number of people of Bhârata there on a holy pilgrimage. The Vrishnis, including Akrûra, Vasudeva, Âhuka [Ugrasena] and others wishing to eradicate their sins, went all to that holy place while Gada, Pradyumna and others with Sucandra, S'uka and Sârana and the army commander Kritavarmâ, remained for guarding at home. (Vedabase)


Text 7-8

As effulgent Vidyâdharas they in chariots resembling heavenly vehicles moved on in waves of horses, bellowing elephants and masses of foot soldiers. Resplendent with their wives, with golden necklaces, flower garlands, attire and armor, they appeared on the road as supremely divine and majestic as [demigod] sky travelers.

Like effulgent vidyâdharas came they in chariots resembling the seats of the gods, moving in waves with horses and bellowing elephants and masses of foot soldiers. Resplendent with their wives, with golden necklaces, flower garlands, attire and armor, appeared they as supremely divine and majestic on the road as the travelers of the sky. (Vedabase)

     

 Text 9

The greatly pious Yâdavas bathing and fasting there, carefully saw to it that cows, garments, garlands, gold and necklaces were donated to the brahmins.

The greatly pious Yâdavas bathing and fasting there, with careful attention for the brahmins donated cows, garments, garlands, gold and necklaces. (Vedabase)

 

Text 10

After once more in the lakes of Paras'urâma as prescribed having taken a bath [the next day to conclude their fast], they fed the leading brahmins with the finest food and prayed thereto: 'Let there be our devotion for Krishna.'

In the lakes of Paras'urâma as prescribed once more taking a bath [the next day to conclude their fast], prayed the Vrishnis, feeding the twiceborn sumptuously with the finest food: 'Let there be our devotion unto Krishna.' (Vedabase)

 

Text 11

The Vrishnis thereupon with the permission of Krishna, their exclusive deity, comfortably sat down to eat in the cool shade of the trees.

Then did the Vrishnis, with Krishna as their exclusive deity, with His permission eat, to their comfort sitting down in the cool shade of the trees. (Vedabase)

 

Text 12-13

Having arrived there they saw the Matsyas, Us'înaras, Kaus'alyas, Vidarbhas, Kurus, Sriñjayas, Kâmbojas, Kaikayas, Madras, Kuntîs, Ânartas and Keralas; hundreds of allied and adversary kings and others who were their friends and relatives oh King. They also saw their dear friends, the gopas and gopîs headed by Nanda who had been aching [to see them] for so long.

They, having arrived there, saw their friends and relatives, the kings of the Matsyas, Us'înaras, Kaus'alyas, Vidarbhas, Kurus, Sriñjayas, Kâmbojas, Kaikayas, Madras, Kuntîs, Ânartas, Keralas and others as also hundreds of allies and adversaries, o King, as well as their friends, the gopas and gopîs headed by Nanda for so long anxious [to see them]. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 14

Meeting again, with their hearts and faces blooming as beautiful as lotuses because of the emotions, they embraced each other firmly and thus experienced the greatest delight with streams of tears, goose pimples and a choked-up voice.

Seeing one another embraced they, from the emotions with their hearts and faces blooming as beautiful as lotuses, them tightly with streams of tears, goose-pimpels and a choked-up voice experiencing the greatest delight. (Vedabase)

    

 Text 15

The women looking at one another, with great eyes filled with tears of pure love, smiled with the greatest friendship and closed each other in their arms, pressing breasts to breasts that were smeared with kunkum paste.

The women seeing one another, with great eyes of purity filled with tears of love, smiled with the greatest friendship and closed each other in their arms pressing breast to breasts smeared with kunkum paste. (Vedabase)

 

Text 16

Thereupon they paid their respects to the elders and received obeisances from their younger relatives. Having inquired after their well-being and having discussed the comfort of their journey, they next started to talk with each other about Krishna.

Next proving their respects to their elders and receiving obeisances from younger relatives, inquired they after their well-being and the comfort of their journey and started they amongst each other to talk about Krishna. (Vedabase)

 

Text 17

Kuntî saw her brothers and sisters with their children, her parents, her sisters-in-law and Mukunda and gave up her sorrow while talking to them.

Kuntî seeing her brothers and sisters and their children, as well as her parents, her sisters-in-law and Mukunda, gave up her sorrow as she talked to them. (Vedabase)

 

Text 18

Kuntî said: 'Oh respectable brother, I feel most unfulfilled in my prayers because you who are so very good, forgot what happened to me during my times of emergency [see also 1.8: 24]!

Kuntî said: 'O respectable one, o brother, I feel myself frustrated in my desires as indeed you all most saintly, didn't think of what happened to me being so unfortunate [see also 1.8: 24]! (Vedabase)

 

Text 19

Friends, relatives, sons, brothers and even parents, easily forget the one [among them] suffering misfortune.'

Friends, relatives - sons, brothers and parents even - do not remember those belonging to them whom Providence is unfavorable.' (Vedabase)

   

Text 20

S'rî Vasudeva said: 'Dear sister, do not be cross with us, men are the playthings of fate. Whether someone acts of his own accord or follows the directions of others, he always falls under the control of the Lord.

S'rî Vasudeva said: 'Dearest, don't be cross with us, men are the playthings of fate, for a person, acting on his own or directed by others, is under the control of the Lord. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 21

Pestered by Kamsa we scattered in all directions [see 10.2: 7 and 10.4]. Only now we by Divine Ordinance have returned to our places oh sister.'

Severely troubled by Kamsa we all went away in various directions [see 10.2.7 and 10.4]; only now are we by Divine ordinance brought back to our proper positions, o sister.' (Vedabase)

 

 Text 22

S'rî S'uka said: 'All the kings who there were honored by Vasudeva, Ugrasena and the other Yâdavas, found peace in the supreme happiness of seeing Acyuta.

S'rî S'uka said: 'All the kings there honored by Vasudeva, Ugrasena and the other Yâdavas, found peace in the supreme ecstacy of seeing Acyuta. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 23-26

Bhîshma, Drona, the son of Ambikâ [Dhritarâshthra], Gândhârî with her sons as also the Pândavas and their wives, Kuntî, Sañjaya, Vidura and Kripa; Kuntîbhoja and Virâtha, Bhîshmaka, the great Nagnajit, Purujit, Drupada, S'alya, Dhrishthaketu and the king of Kâs'i; Damaghosha, Vis'âlâksha, the kings of Maithila, Madra and Kekaya, Yudhâmanyu, Sus'armâ, Bâhlika and others with their sons, as also, oh best of kings, many other kings resorting under Yudhishthhira, were all amazed to see the personal form of S'âuri, [Krishna] the abode of S'rî, there together with His wives.

Bhîshma, Drona, the son of Ambikâ [Dhritarâshthra], Gândhârî with her sons as also the Pândavas and their wives, Kuntî, Sañjaya, Vidura and Kripa; Kuntîbhoja and Virâtha, Bhîshmaka, the great Nagnajit, Purujit, Drupada, S'alya, Dhrishthaketu, and he, the king of Kâsi; Damaghosha, Vis'âlâksha, the kings of Maithila, Madra and Kekaya, Yudhâmanyu and Sus'armâ and Bâhlika and others with their sons, and, o best of kings, many other kings resorting under Yudhishthhira, were all amazed to see the abode of S'rî, the personal form of S'âuri, along with His wives. (Vedabase)

  

 Text 27

After from both Balarâma and Krishna having received proper proof of respect, the kings in their turn filled with joy, enthusiastically praised the Vrishnis, the personal associates of Krishna:

They then, duely from Râma and Krishna having received proof of respect, filled with joy, enthusiastically praised the Vrishnis, the personal associates of Krishna: (Vedabase)

 

 Text 28

'Oh master of the Bhojas [Ugrasena], you have chosen a commendable birth among men in this world, for you continually see Krishna, He who even by the yogis is rarely seen.

'O master of the Bhoja's [Ugrasena], you've taken a birth worthwile among men in this world, because you repeatedly see Krishna, who even by the yogîs is rarely seen. (Vedabase)

  

 Text 29-30

His fame as praised in the Vedas, the water washing from His feet and the words of the revealed scriptures thoroughly purify this universe [see also B.G. 15: 15]. Even though her wealth had been ravaged by Time, the earth's vitality has been awakened by the touch of His lotus feet with her fulfilling all our desires like an abundance of rain. By seeing Him in person, by touching Him and walking with Him, conversing, lying down, sitting, eating, being bound through marriage with Him and having Him as a blood-relative, you [normally] following the hellish path of family life have now found Vishnu, liberation and heaven [in person] who constitutes the cessation [of one's searching in life. See also 5.14 and 7.14 and B.G. 11: 41-42].'

His fame as vibrated by the Vedas, the water washing from His feet and the words of the revealed scriptures [the s'âstric] thoroughly purifies this universe [see also B.G. 15: 15]; by the touch of His lotuslike feet has, even though her good fortune was ravaged by Time, the vitality of the earth awakened and does she abundantly rain upon us all that we desire. With seeing Him, touching Him and walking, conversing, lying down, sitting, eating, being married to and connected as a blood-relative with Him, have you traveling the [normally] hellish path of family life now found Vishnu, the cessation [of the quest for], heaven and liberation in person [see also 5.14 and 7.14 and B.G. 11: 41-42].' (Vedabase)

  

 Text 31

S'rî S'uka said: 'When Nanda found out that the Yadus headed by Krishna had arrived there, he went to meet Him, accompanied by the gopas with their belongings on their wagons.

S'rî S'uka said: 'Nanda finding out that the Yadus with Krishna going first had arrived there, went to see Him, accompanied by the gopas with their belongings on their wagons. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 32

In their delight excited to enjoy His presence after so long a time, the Vrishnis revived as if awakened from death and embraced Him firmly.

Delighted to see him sprung the Vrishnis to life as if awakened from death and embraced they him firmly, all exited with the presence after so long a time. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 33

When Vasudeva, beside himself of love overjoyed embraced Him, he remembered the troubles created by Kamsa because of which he had to leave his sons behind in Gokula [see 10.3 & 10.5].

Vasudeva, beside himself of love overenjoyed embracing, remembered the troubles created by Kamsa because of which he had to leave his sons in Gokula [see 10.3 & 10.5]. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 34

Krishna and Râma embraced Their [foster] parents and offered Their respects but could, with throats filled with tears of love, not utter a word, oh greatest hero of the Kurus.

Krishna and Râma embracing their [foster] parents offered Their respects and said, with throats filled with tears of love, nothing, o greatest hero of the Kurus. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 35

The so very fortunate couple, Nanda and Yas'odâ, in their turn raised their sons on their laps, held Them in their arms and gave up their sorrow [of having been separated from Them].

Raising their sons on their laps holding Them in their arms gave the so very fortunate two, he and Yas'odâ, up their sorrow [of being separated]. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 36

Thereupon Rohinî and Devakî embraced the queen of Vraja and addressed her with their throats full of tears, remembering what she had done [for them] in her friendship:

Rohinî and Devakî next embracing the queen of Vraja with in mind what she had done [for them] in friendship, addressed her with throats full of tears: (Vedabase)

 

 Text 37

'Which woman can forget your unceasing friendship oh queen of Vraja? Not even obtaining the wealth of Indra would suffice to repay you in this world!

'What woman can forget the unceasing friendship of the two of you, o queen of Vraja; not even obtaining the wealth of Indra would do to repay you in this world. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 38

When these Two [boys] had not yet met Their [real] parents They, residing with the two of you as Their [foster] parents, received the education and affection, nourishment and protection. My good lady, in the custody of you saintly souls, strange to no one and as protective as eyelids to eyes, They had nothing to fear.'

Before these Two could see their parents received They, residing with the two of you as their parents, the education and affection, nourishment and protection, my good lady; in the custody of you saints, strange to no one and as good as eyelids to the eyes, had They nothing to fear.' (Vedabase)

 

 Text 39

S'rî S'uka said: 'The gopîs seeing Krishna, their object of desire after such a long time, the One for seeing whom they would curse the creator of their eyelids [see 10.31: 15], all, by their eyes, took Him into their hearts to embrace Him there to their satisfaction and thus attained the ecstatic absorption that even for souls constantly united [with Him in meditation] is difficult to attain.

S'î S'uka said: 'The gopîs after so long a time seeing Krishna, their object of desire - for seeing whom they'd curse the maker of their eyelids [see 10.31: 15] - all took with their eyes Him into their hearts to embrace Him to their satisfaction and attained the ecstatic absorbtion that even for the ones constantly engaged in meditation is difficult to attain. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 40

The Supreme Lord approached them more privately, embraced them, informed after their health and with a smile said the following:

The Supreme Lord approaching them more privately informed, embracing them, after their health and said, laughing, this: (Vedabase)

 

 Text 41

'Dear girlfriends, do you still remember Us, We who intent on destroying the enemy party for that purpose stayed away so long?

'Dear girlfriends, do you still remember Us, who intent on destroying the party of Our enemies, for that duty stayed away so long? (Vedabase)

 

 Text 42

Maybe you think ill of Us being afraid that We have put you out of Our mind - but in fact it is the Supreme Lord who brings together and separates the living beings.

Maybe you hold Us in contempt suspecting that We'd put you out of Our mind - but in fact is it the Supreme Lord who brings together and separates the living beings. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 43

The way the wind brings together masses of clouds, grass, cotton and dust and scatters them again, the same way the Creator of the living beings brings together and scatters His subjects [compare 10.5: 24-25].

As the wind bringing together masses of clouds, grass, cotton and dust, again throws them apart, is likewise the Creator of the living dealing with His beings [compare 10.5: 24-25]. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 44

By the love for Me that you fortunately developed on your part, you have obtained Me; it is indeed the devotion unto Me that leads the living beings to immortality [compare B.G. 9.33].

By the love for Me that in good fortune developed on the part of your good selves, have You obtained Me; and indeed is it the devotional service to Me what leads the living to immortality [compare B.G. 9.33]. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 45

Oh ladies, being present both inside and outside, I am both the beginning and the end of all created beings, the same way ether, water, earth, air and fire applies to all material things [see also e.g. 10.9: 13-14].

Like the ether, the water, the earth, the air and the fire of material things, o ladies, am I indeed inside and outside, the beginning and end of all created beings [see also e.g. 10.9: 13-14]. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 46

These material entities, who thus [on the one hand] exist within the elements of creation and [on the other hand] according to their true nature pervade those elements in the form of the âtmâ [the Soul, self and person], you should both ways consider as being present within Me, within the Imperishable, Supreme Truth [see also e.g. 1.3: 1, 3.26: 51, 10.59: 29, B.G. 9: 15 and siddhânta].'

These material entities, this manner indeed existing within the elements of creation and [as well] as the âtmâ [the Soul, self and person] in its own true identity being pervasive [to them], you should see as both manifested within Me, that is, the Imperishable, Supreme Truth [see also e.g. 1.3: 1, 3.26: 51, 10.59: 29, B.G. 9.15 and siddhânta].' (Vedabase)

 

 Text 47

S'rî S'uka said: 'The gopîs, this way being instructed by Krishna's teaching about the âtmâ, eradicated the subtle covering of their soul [their false ego, see linga, 7.2: 47 and 4.29] by constantly meditating on Him and were thus fulfilled by Him.

S'rî S'uka said: 'The gopîs, thus with instruction about the âtmâ being taught by Krishna, eradicated by constant meditation on Him the subtle covering of the soul [see linga, 7.2: 47 and 4.29] and came to understand Him. (Vedabase)


 Text 48

They said: 'With that what You said, oh Lord with the Lotus navel, we wish that our minds, however being engaged in household affairs, are ever vigilant at Your lotus feet, the feet that the great yogis and highly learned philosophers keep in mind to meditate upon, for they constitute, for those who fell into the dark pit of a material existence, the only shelter of deliverance [see also 7.5: 5, 10.51: 46, 7.9: 28, 7.15: 46].'

They said: 'With that what You said o Lord with the lotusnavel, we wish that the minds of us, however engaged in household affairs, are ever wakefull to Your lotusfeet which, by the great yogîs and highly learned philosophers kept within their heart to meditate upon, are the only shelter to cross over for those who fell in the dark well of a material existence [see also 7.5: 5, 10.51: 46, 7.9: 28, 7.15: 46].' (Vedabase)


*: According to S'rîla Sanâtana Gosvâmî in his Vaishnava-toshanî commentary this event, described in retrospect, would have occurred after Balarâma's visit to Vraja (10.65) and before Mahârâja Yudhishthhira's Râjasûya sacrifice (in 10.74) because the enmity within the Kuru family, the exile of the Pândavas and the ensuing war at Kurukshetra arose directly after the sacrifice.

 

 


 

 

 

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The picture is titled: "Krishna and Balarama Arrive in the Forest".
Folio from a Bhagavata Purana (Ancient Stories of the Lord), India, Orissa, South Asia circa 1800-1825.
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