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Canto 10

Hari Haraye Namah

 

 

Chapter 86: Arjuna Kidnaps Subhadrâ, and Krishna Instructs Bahulas'va and S'rutadeva

(1) The honorable king (Parîkchit) said: 'O brahmin, we'd like to know how she who is my grandmother, the sister of Krishna and Râma [Subhadrâ, see 9.24: 53-55], got married to Arjuna.'

(2-3) S'rî S'uka said: 'Arjuna, the great lord, gone on a pilgrimage to Prabhâsa, heard as he wandered the earth that Râma intended to give his maternal cousin away to Duryodhana and to no one else, and so went he, desirous of her, to Dvârakâ disguised as a renunciate with a tridanda [*]. (4) Determined to fulfill his purpose, resided he there during the months of the rainy season and was he [according the custom] honored by the citizens and by Râma without them being aware who he was. (5) One day invited as a guest was he brought to Balarâma's house where He faithfully presented him a meal. (6) When he there, with eyes blossoming of happiness, saw the wonderful girl who enchanted heroes, put he, smitten, his mind on her. (7) She also seeing him who stole each woman's heart, fixed her heart and eyes upon him as she with desire gave him a bashful smile and look. (8) Thinking of nothing but her awaiting the right opportunity could Arjuna, with his heart trembling of the strongest desire, find no peace. (9) When during an important religious festival she rode out of the fortress in a chariot, seized the mighty warrior the girl who had stolen his heart. That took place with the consent of her parents [see 1o.1: 56] and Krishna. (10) Standing on the chariot raising his bow drove he, like the king of the animals claiming his share, back the heroes and guards who, while her relatives were shouting in anger, tried to stop him. (11) Hearing this was Râma as disturbed as the ocean is during a badly aspected moon [astrological conjunction or opposition]. Lord Krishna and His family had to grasp Him respectfully by His feet in order to pacify Him. (12) He thereupon was pleased to sent presents of great value, elephants and horses and male and female servants as a wedding gift for the groom and bride.'

(13) S'rî S'uka continued: 'Of Lord Krishna there was S'rutadeva, one of the best among the twice-born, known for his fullness of realization - his serenity, learning and freedom from sense gratification - in exclusive devotion to Krishna. (14) He, as a householder dwelling in Mithilâ in the kingdom of Videha, carried out his obligations unconcerned about what came to him for his sustenance. (15) Day by day doing his duties as required was he happy with just that - and nothing more - what he by providence acquired as his share for his sober maintenance. (16) The ruler of that kingdom from the line of King Mithilâ [Janaka] was known by the name of Bahulâs'va and was likewise selfless minded, my dearest. They were both equally dear to Acyuta. (17) Pleased with the two of them mounted the Supreme Lord His chariot that was brought by Dâruka, and mounting together with a group of sages went the Master to Videha. (18) Along came Nârada, Vâmadeva, Atri, Krishna Dvaipâyana Vyâsa, Paras'urâma, Asita, Aruni, I [S'uka], Brihaspati, Kanva, Maitreya and Cyavana and others. (19) Everywhere He came approached the citizens and villagers carrying arghya [offerings of water] to greet Him who was as the risen sun surrounded by the planets. (20) In Ânarta [where Dvârakâ is], Dhanva [the desert region], Kuru-jângala [Thaneswar and Kurukshetra], Kanka, Matsya [Jaipur and Aloyar], Pañcâla [the Ganges region], Kunti, Madhu, Kekaya [northeast Punjab], Kos'ala [from Kâs'î to the Himalayas], Arna [east of Mithilâ] and in many other kingdoms, drank the men and women with their eyes in the lotus face that was so generous with His smiles and affectionate glances, o King. (21) The Spiritual Master of the Three Worlds put an end to the blindness of their eyes by bestowing upon them the fearlessness of the spiritual vision. As He thus by and by reached Videha, heard He how by the God-conscious and the commoners His glories were sung, the glories that eradicate all misfortune and purify every corner of the universe. (22) The moment the villagers and citizens heard that Acyuta had arrived, o King, came they joyfully forward to greet Him with offerings in their hands. (23) Seeing Him Who is Praised in the Verses, bowed they with their faces and hearts blossoming of love down with their joined palms held to their heads, as they also did before the sages they only knew from hearsay. (24) Each of the kings of Mithilâ and S'rutadeva prostrated at the feet supposing that the Spiritual Master of the Universe had arrived to be of mercy for especially him. (25) Bahulâs'va and S'rutadeva simultaneously joining their palms, then invited the Descendant of Das'ârha and the twice-born to be their guests. (26) The Supreme Lord eager to please the two of them accepted their offer by entering each his house without them knowing that of each other [He did so at the same time in vaibhava-prakâs'a]. (27-29) The descendent of Janaka [Bahulas'va] who later that day saw them, fatigued, coming from a distance to his house, mindfully brought out fine seats for them so that they could comfortably sit. Overjoyed at heart with intense devotion and eyes clouded with tears bowed he down to wash those feet of which the water is able to purify the entire world. Together with his family taking it on his head, honored he the Lords [and sages] with sandalwood paste, garlands, clothing, jewelry, incense, lamps, arghya, cows and bulls. (30) When they had eaten their fill, said he while happily massaging the feet of Vishnu on his lap, in order to please them in a gentle voice slowly the following.

(31) S'rî Bahulâs'va said: 'You indeed the Self-illumined Witness and Soul of All Created Beings, o Almighty One, have now become visible to us who are remembering Your lotus feet. (32) To be true to the statement You made that 'No one, not even Ananta, S'rî or the Unborn Brahmâ is as dear to Me as the unalloyed devotee', have You appeared before our eyes [see also 7.7: 51-52, 10.9: 20-21, 10.47: 58-63]. (33) What person knowing this would abandon Your lotus feet when You give Yourself to sages who are peaceful from not striving for possessions? (34) Descending in the Yadu dynasty for the sake of those who are caught in worldly love [samsâra] have You, to put a stop to it, disseminated Your fame which removes the sins of the three worlds. (35) All glories to You Krishna, the Supreme Lord ever fresh in His intelligence, to Nara-Nârâyana, the One perfect of peace in undergoing the austerities. (36) Please o Omnipresent One, dwell, joined by the twice-born, for a few days in our home and sanctify with the dust of Your feet this dynasty of Nimi.'

(37) S'rî S'uka said: 'Thus invited by the king stayed the Supreme Lord and Maintainer of the Entire World there and thus brought good fortune to the men and women of Mithilâ. (38) S'rutadeva, just as Bahulas'va receiving Krishna in his house, bowed down to the sages to the occasion of which he in delight danced with waving clothes. (39) He made them sit on mats of darbha grass which were brought, greeted them with words of welcome and washed next pleased together with his wife their feet. (40) With the water sprinkled he, overjoyed of having all his desires fulfilled, most piously himself, his house and his family. (41) With offerings of fruits, aromatic root [us'îra], pure nectarean sweet water, fragrant clay, tulsî leaves, kus'a grass and lotus flowers honored he them with all items of worship available and with food conducive to the mood of goodness [see B.G. 17: 8]. (42) He wondered: 'How could it happen that I who fell down in the blind well of family life, may enjoy this association with Krishna and these godly people in whom He resides; it is indeed the dust of their feet that constitutes the dignity of all holy places.' (43) With them comfortably seated and having proven the hospitality, spoke S'rutadeva, as his wife, relatives and children were sitting close, while he massaged His feet.

(44) S'rutadeva said: 'It is not for the first time that we see the Supreme Personality present before us; in fact is that happening ever since He, creating this universe with His energies, entered it in His own state of [transcendental] being [as an avatâra]. (45) He enters this world the way a sleeping person appears in his own dream: alone with his mind creates he by his own imagination a separate world. (46) You appear within the hearts of those people who with a pure mind again and again hear about You, speak of You, glorify You, worship You and converse about You. (47) Even though You're situated in the heart are You far removed from minds agitated by material affairs, and even though one can't get hold of You by one's own powers, are You near to those who appreciate Your qualities [see also B.G. 7: 25]. (48) Let there be my obeisances unto You, the Supersoul from whom we know the Absolute of the Truth, the One who [as the Time] calls for the death of the conditioned soul; the One who assumes forms that have a cause [the universe] and do not have a cause [the transcendental], and thus [respectively] obstructs matters and [then again descending for Your devotees] broadens the outlook by Your own deluding potency. (49) You as that Supersoul, please command us Your servants. What o God should we do? Oh, having this of You, Your good Self, visible before our eyes is what puts an end to the troubles of humanity!'

(50) S' S'uka said: 'Having heard what he thus said to Him, spoke the Supreme Lord, the Destroyer of the Distress of the Surrendered, to him with a broad smile taking his hand into His. (51) The Supreme Lord said: 'O brahmin, you should know that these sages came along for the purpose of blessing you; wandering with Me, they purify all the worlds with the dust of their feet. (52) The deities, pilgrimage sites and sacred rivers being visited, being touched and being worshiped purify gradually, but by the glance of the one who is the most worshipable is that all attained at the same time [see also 4.30: 37, 7.9: 44, 10.9: 21, 10.84: 11]. (53) A brahmin is by birth the best of all living beings, and what more wouldn't he mean to Me when he by his austerity, his learning and his contentment is endowed with a grip on the time [of this age of Kali, see also ** and kâla]! (54) This four-armed form is not as dear to Me as a brahmin is; a man of [brahminical] learning comprises all the Vedas indeed the way I comprise all the gods [see also 10.84: 12]. (55) Those who corrupted in their intelligence fail to understand it this way, behave in neglect enviously towards the man of [brahminical] learning, their guru, Me factually, their very self, while they do regard the visible form of an idol worthy of worship. (56) The moving and nonmoving of this universe as well as the elementary categories basic to it are by man of learning of respect for Me kept in mind as being My forms [see also B.G. 5: 18]. (57) Therefore o brahmin just worship, with the same faith you have in Me, these brahmin seers, and thus will you directly be of worship for Me, not by any other way as [e.g. offering] vast riches [and such].'

(58) S'rî S'ûka said: 'He as also the king of Mithilâ who were thus instructed by the Lord, attained by the single-minded devotion for Krishna and His company of most exalted twice-born ones, the transcendental destination. (59) The Supreme Lord of Devotion for His Own Devotees, thus staying and teaching the two devotees the path of the truthful [***], o King, then returned to Dvârakâ.'

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Text 1

The honorable king (Parîkchit) said: 'O brahmin, we'd like to know how she who is my grandmother, the sister of Krishna and Râma [Subhadrâ, see 9.24: 53-55], got married to Arjuna.

The honorable king (Parîkchit) said: 'O brahmin, we'd like to know how she who is my grandmother, the sister of Krishna and Râma [Subhadrâ, see 9.24: 53-55], got married to Arjuna.' (Vedabase)

 

Text 2-3

S'rî S'uka said: 'Arjuna, the great lord, gone on a pilgrimage to Prabhâsa, heard as he wandered the earth that Râma intended to give his maternal cousin away to Duryodhana and to no one else, and so went he, desirous of her, to Dvârakâ disguised as a renunciate with a tridanda [*].

S'rî S'uka said: 'Arjuna, the great lord, gone on a pilgrimage to Prabhâsa wandering the earth, heard that Râma intended to give his maternal cousin away to Duryodhana and to no one else, and so went he, desirous of her, to Dvârakâ changed into a renunciate with a tridanda [*]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 4

Determined to fulfill his purpose, resided he there during the months of the rainy season and was he [according the custom] honored by the citizens and by Râma without them being aware who he was.

There did he, sure to fulfill his purpose, reside during the months of the rainy season and was he for the time honored by the citizens and by Râma unaware of who he was. (Vedabase)

 

Text 5

One day invited as a guest was he brought to Balarâma's house where He faithfully presented him a meal.

One day invited as a guest was he brought to Balarâma's house where He presented him with faith food for him to eat. (Vedabase)

 

Text 6

When he there, with eyes blossoming of happiness, saw the wonderful girl who enchanted heroes, put he, smitten, his mind on her.

There, with eyes blossoming of happiness seeing the wonderful girl enchanting the heroes, did he, smitten, put his mind on her. (Vedabase)

  

Text 7

She also seeing him who stole each woman's heart, fixed her heart and eyes upon him as she with desire gave him a bashful smile and look.

She also seeing him who stole each woman's heart, with desire giving him a bashful smile and look, fixed her heart and eyes upon him. (Vedabase)

 

Text 8

Thinking of nothing but her awaiting the right opportunity could Arjuna, with his heart trembling of the strongest desire, find no peace.

Thinking of nothing but her awaiting the right opportunity could Arjuna, with his heart trembling of the strongest desire, find no peace. (Vedabase)

 

Text 9

When during an important religious festival she rode out of the fortress in a chariot, seized the mighty warrior the girl who had stolen his heart. That took place with the consent of her parents [see 1o.1: 56] and Krishna.

When during an important religious festival she rode out from the fortress in a chariot, did the mighty warrior, with her parents [see 1o.1: 56] and Krishna consenting, seize her who had stolen his heart. (Vedabase)

      

Text 10

Standing on the chariot raising his bow drove he, like the king of the animals claiming his share, back the heroes and guards who, while her relatives were shouting in anger, tried to stop him.

Standing on the chariot raising his bow drove he, like the king of the animals claiming his share, back the heroes and guards who, as his relatives were shouting in anger, tried to stop him. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 11

Hearing this was Râma as disturbed as the ocean is during a badly aspected moon [astrological conjunction or opposition]. Lord Krishna and His family had to grasp Him respectfully by His feet in order to pacify Him.

Hearing this was Râma, being as disturbed as the ocean during a moon in conflict [astrological conjunction or opposition], by Lord Krishna and His family grasped by the feet and carefully pacified. (Vedabase)

 

Text 12

He thereupon was pleased to sent presents of great value, elephants and horses and male and female servants as a wedding gift for the groom and bride.'

So He with pleasure sent presents of great value, elephants and horses and male and female [servants] as a wedding gift for the groom and bride.' (Vedabase)

 

Text 13

S'rî S'uka continued: 'Of Lord Krishna there was S'rutadeva, one of the best among the twice-born, known for his fullness of realization - his serenity, learning and freedom from sense gratification - in exclusive devotion to Krishna.

S'rî S'uka continued: 'Of Lord Krishna there was S'rutadeva, one of the best among the twice born, known for his fullness of realization - his serenity, learning and freedom from sense gratification - in exclusive devotion to Krishna. (Vedabase)

 

Text 14

He, as a householder dwelling in Mithilâ in the kingdom of Videha, carried out his obligations unconcerned about what came to him for his sustenance.

He, as a householder dwelling in Mithilâ in the kingdom of Videha, carried out his obligations unconcerned about what came to him for his sustenance. (Vedabase)

 

Text 15

Day by day doing his duties as required was he happy with just that - and nothing more - what he by providence acquired as his share for his sober maintenance.

Day by day doing his duties as required was he happy with just that - and nothing more - what to his sober maintenance by providence fell to his share. (Vedabase)

 

Text 16

The ruler of that kingdom from the line of King Mithilâ [Janaka] was known by the name of Bahulâs'va and was likewise selfless minded, my dearest. They were both equally dear to Acyuta.

The ruler of that kingdom from the line of King Mithilâ [Janaka] known as Bahulâs'va was likewise selfless-minded, my dearest; both indeed were dear to Acyuta. (Vedabase)

 

Text 17

Pleased with the two of them mounted the Supreme Lord His chariot that was brought by Dâruka, and mounting together with a group of sages went the Master to Videha.

Pleased with the two of them mounted the Supreme Lord His chariot brought forth by Dâruka, and mounting together with a group of sages went the Master to Videha. (Vedabase)

   

Text 18

Along came Nârada, Vâmadeva, Atri, Krishna Dvaipâyana Vyâsa, Paras'urâma, Asita, Aruni, I [S'uka], Brihaspati, Kanva, Maitreya and Cyavana and others.

Along came Nârada, Vâmadeva, Atri, Krishna-dvaipâyana Vyâsa, Paras'urâma, Asita, Aruni, I [S'uka], Brihaspati, Kanva, Maitreya and Cyavana and others. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 19

Everywhere He came approached the citizens and villagers carrying arghya [offerings of water] to greet Him who was as the risen sun surrounded by the planets.

Everywhere He came approached the citizens and villagers carrying arghya [offerings of water] to greet Him who was as the risen sun surrounded by the planets. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 20

In Ânarta [where Dvârakâ is], Dhanva [the desert region], Kuru-jângala [Thaneswar and Kurukshetra], Kanka, Matsya [Jaipur and Aloyar], Pañcâla [the Ganges region], Kunti, Madhu, Kekaya [northeast Punjab], Kos'ala [from Kâs'î to the Himalayas], Arna [east of Mithilâ] and in many other kingdoms, drank the men and women with their eyes in the lotus face that was so generous with His smiles and affectionate glances, o King.

In Ânarta [where Dvârakâ is], Dhanva [the desert region], Kuru-jângala [Thaneswar and Kurukshetra], Kanka, Matsya [Jaipur and Aloyar], Pañcâla [the Ganges region], Kunti, Madhu, Kekaya [northeast Punjab], Kos'ala [from Kas'i to the Himalayas], Arna [east of Mithilâ] and in many other kingdoms, drank the men and women with their eyes in the lotus face generous with smiles and affectionate glances, o King. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 21

The Spiritual Master of the Three Worlds put an end to the blindness of their eyes by bestowing upon them the fearlessness of the spiritual vision. As He thus by and by reached Videha, heard He how by the God-conscious and the commoners His glories were sung, the glories that eradicate all misfortune and purify every corner of the universe.

As the Spiritual Master of the Three Worlds, destroying the blindness of their eyes, bestowed on them the fearlessness of the spiritual vision, heard He, by and by reaching Videha, His glories that eradicate all misfortune and purify every corner of the universe, being sung by the godly and the commoners. (Vedabase)

  

 Text 22

The moment the villagers and citizens heard that Acyuta had arrived, o King, came they joyfully forward to greet Him with offerings in their hands.

As soon as the villagers and citizens heard that Acyuta had arrived, o King, came they joyfully out to Him with offerings in their hands. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 23

Seeing Him Who is Praised in the Verses, bowed they with their faces and hearts blossoming of love down with their joined palms held to their heads, as they also did before the sages they only knew from hearsay.

Seeing Him Who is Praised in the Verses, bowed they with their faces and hearts blossoming of love down with their joined palms held to their heads, as they also did before the sages they knew from hearsay. (Vedabase)

  

 Text 24

Each of the kings of Mithilâ and S'rutadeva prostrated at the feet supposing that the Spiritual Master of the Universe had arrived to be of mercy for especially him.

The king of Mithilâ and S'rutadeva each fell at the feet thinking that the Spiritual Master of the Universe had arrived to be of mercy to him. (Vedabase)

  

 Text 25

Bahulâs'va and S'rutadeva simultaneously joining their palms, then invited the Descendant of Das'ârha and the twice-born to be their guests.

Bahulâs'va and S'rutadeva simultaneously joining their palms, invited the Descendant of Das'ârha along with the twiceborn to be their guest. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 26

The Supreme Lord eager to please the two of them accepted their offer by entering each his house without them knowing that of each other [He did so at the same time in vaibhava-prakâs'a].

The Supreme Lord eager to please the two of them entered, accepting them both, each his house without them seeing that [He did so at the same time in vaibhava-prakâs'a]. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 27-29

The descendent of Janaka [Bahulas'va] who later that day saw them, fatigued, coming from a distance to his house, mindfully brought out fine seats for them so that they could comfortably sit. Overjoyed at heart with intense devotion and eyes clouded with tears bowed he down to wash those feet of which the water is able to purify the entire world. Together with his family taking it on his head, honored he the Lords [and sages] with sandalwood paste, garlands, clothing, jewelry, incense, lamps, arghya, cows and bulls.

The descendent of Janaka [Bahulas'va] then seeing them, fatigued, from a distance coming to his home, mindfully brought out fine seats to them so that they could comfortably sit. Overjoyed at heart with intense devotion and eyes clouded with tears bowed he down to wash those feet of which the water is able to purify the whole world. Together with his family taking it on their heads, worshiped he the Lords [and sages] with paste, garlands, clothing, jewelry, incense, lamps, arghya, cows and bulls. (Vedabase)

  

 Text 30

When they had eaten their fill, said he while happily massaging the feet of Vishnu on his lap, in order to please them in a gentle voice slowly the following.

To them gratified with the food said he slowly, happily massaging the feet of Vishnu on his lap, the following, trying to please in a gentle voice. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 31

S'rî Bahulâs'va said: 'You indeed the Self-illumined Witness and Soul of All Created Beings, o Almighty One, have now become visible to us who are remembering Your lotus feet.

S'rî Bahulâs'va said: 'You indeed the Self-illumined Witness and Soul of All Created Beings, o Almighty One, have now become visible to us who are remembering Your lotusfeet. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 32

To be true to the statement You made that 'No one, not even Ananta, S'rî or the Unborn Brahmâ is as dear to Me as the unalloyed devotee', have You appeared before our eyes [see also 7.7: 51-52, 10.9: 20-21, 10.47: 58-63].

To be true to the statement You made that 'No one, not even Ananta, S'rî or the Unborn Brahmâ is as dear to Me as the unalloyed devotee', have you made Yourself accessible to our eyes [see also 7.7: 51-52, 10.9.20-21, 10. 47: 58-63]. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 33

What person knowing this would abandon Your lotus feet when You give Yourself to sages who are peaceful from not striving for possessions?

Who ever, what person being in knowledge like this, would abandon Your lotusfeet with You giving Yourself to sages who are peaceful with no possessions of their own? (Vedabase)

 

 Text 34

Descending in the Yadu dynasty for the sake of those who are caught in worldly love [samsâra] have You, to put a stop to it, disseminated Your fame which removes the sins of the three worlds.

Descending in the Yadu-dynasty for the people caught in worldly love [samsâra] have You, to call it to a stop, disseminated Your fame which removes the sins of the three worlds. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 35

All glories to You Krishna, the Supreme Lord ever fresh in His intelligence, to Nara-Nârâyana, the One perfect of peace in undergoing the austerities.

All glories to You Krishna, the Supreme Lord ever fresh in His intelligence, to Nara-Nârâyana, perfect of peace in undergoing the austerities. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 36

Please o Omnipresent One, dwell, joined by the twice-born, for a few days in our home and sanctify with the dust of Your feet this dynasty of Nimi.

Please o Omnipresent One, dwell, joined by the twice born, for a few days in our home and sanctify with the dust of Your feet this dynasty of Nimi. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 37

S'rî S'uka said: 'Thus invited by the king stayed the Supreme Lord and Maintainer of the Entire World there and thus brought good fortune to the men and women of Mithilâ.

S'rî S'uka said: 'Thus invited by the king stayed the Supreme Lord and Maintainer of the Entire World, bringing good fortune to the men and women of Mithilâ. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 38

S'rutadeva, just as Bahulas'va receiving Krishna in his house, bowed down to the sages to the occasion of which he in delight danced with waving clothes.

S'rutadeva, just as Bahulas'va receiving Krishna in his house, bowed down to the sages to the occasion of which he delighted danced with waving clothes.(Vedabase)

 

 Text 39

He made them sit on mats of darbha grass which were brought, greeted them with words of welcome and washed next pleased together with his wife their feet.

Making them sit on mats of darbha grass which were brought, greeted he them with words of welcome and washed he pleased together with his wife their feet. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 40

With the water sprinkled he, overjoyed of having all his desires fulfilled, most piously himself, his house and his family.

With the water he, overjoyed of having all desires fulfilled, most piously showered himself, his house and his family. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 41

With offerings of fruits, aromatic root [us'îra], pure nectarean sweet water, fragrant clay, tulsî leaves, kus'a grass and lotus flowers honored he them with all items of worship available and with food conducive to the mood of goodness [see B.G. 17: 8].

With offerings of fruits, aromatic root [us'îra], pure nectarean sweet water, fragrant clay, tulsî leaves, kus'a-grass and lotus flowers honored he them with all items of worship available and with food conducive to the mood of goodness [see B.G. 17: 8]. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 42

He wondered: 'How could it happen that I who fell down in the blind well of family life, may enjoy this association with Krishna and these godly people in whom He resides; it is indeed the dust of their feet that constitutes the dignity of all holy places.'

He tried to understand: 'For what reason could befall me, fallen in the blind well of a family life, this association with Krishna and these godly people in whom He resides; it is indeed the dust of their feet that is the dignity of all holy places. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 43

With them comfortably seated and having proven the hospitality, spoke S'rutadeva, as his wife, relatives and children were sitting close, while he massaged His feet.

With them comfortably seated and proven the hospitality, spoke S'rutadeva, with his wife, relatives and children sitting near, while massaging His feet. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 44

S'rutadeva said: 'It is not for the first time that we see the Supreme Personality present before us; in fact is that happening ever since He, creating this universe with His energies, entered it in His own state of [transcendental] being [as an avatâra].

S'rutadeva said: 'It is not just today that we have obtained the vision of the Supreme Personality; in fact is that so ever since He, creating this universe with His energies, entered it in His own state of [transcendental] existence [as avatâras]. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 45

He enters this world the way a sleeping person appears in his own dream: alone with his mind creates he by his own imagination a separate world.

He appears like a sleeping person enters a dream, alone with his mind by his own imagination creating a separate world. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 46

You appear within the hearts of those people who with a pure mind again and again hear about You, speak of You, glorify You, worship You and converse about You.

For those people who with minds pure again and again hear about You, speak about You and, offering praise, worship You and converse about You, do You appear within the heart. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 47

Even though You're situated in the heart are You far removed from minds agitated by material affairs, and even though one can't get hold of You by one's own powers, are You near to those who appreciate Your qualities [see also B.G. 7: 25].

Though situated in the heart are You very far away to minds agitated by material activities; though one by one's own powers cannot take hold of You, are You near to those hearts who realized Your qualities [see also B.G. 7: 25]. (48) Let there be my obeisances unto You, the Supreme Spirit to those who know the Supersoul, the One [as Time] bringing Death to the conditioned soul; the One assuming forms having a cause [the universe] and not having a cause [the transcendental], [respectively] obstructing and [then again descending for Your devotees] uncovering the vision by Your own deluding potency. (49) You as Him, please command us Your servants. What o God should we do? Oh, having this of You, Your good Self, visible to the eyes, is what puts an end to the troubles of humanity!' (Vedabase)

 

 Text 48

Let there be my obeisances unto You, the Supersoul from whom we know the Absolute of the Truth, the One who [as the Time] calls for the death of the conditioned soul; the One who assumes forms that have a cause [the universe] and do not have a cause [the transcendental], and thus [respectively] obstructs matters and [then again descending for Your devotees] broadens the outlook by Your own deluding potency.

Let there be my obeisances unto You, the Supreme Spirit to those who know the Supersoul, the One [as Time] bringing Death to the conditioned soul; the One assuming forms having a cause [the universe] and not having a cause [the transcendental], [respectively] obstructing and [then again descending for Your devotees] uncovering the vision by Your own deluding potency. (Vedabase)

  

 Text 49

You as that Supersoul, please command us Your servants. What o God should we do? Oh, having this good self of You visible before our eyes is what puts an end to the troubles of humanity!'

You as Him, please command us Your servants. What o God should we do? Oh, having this of You, Your good Self, visible to the eyes, is what puts an end to the troubles of humanity!' (Vedabase)

 

 Text 50

S'rî S'uka said: 'Having heard what he thus said to Him, spoke the Supreme Lord, the Destroyer of the Distress of the Surrendered, to him with a broad smile taking his hand into His.

S'rî S'uka said: 'Hearing what he thus had said to Him, spoke the Supreme Lord, the Destroyer of the Distress of the Surrendered, to him with a broad smile taking his hand into His. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 51

The Supreme Lord said: 'O brahmin, you should know that these sages came along for the purpose of blessing you; wandering with Me, they purify all the worlds with the dust of their feet.

The Supreme Lord said: 'O brahmin, you should know that these sages came for the purpose of blessing you; wandering with Me, they purify all the worlds with the dust of their feet. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 52

The deities, pilgrimage sites and sacred rivers being visited, being touched and being worshiped purify gradually, but by the glance of the one who is the most worshipable is that all attained at the same time [see also 4.30: 37, 7.9: 44, 10.9: 21, 10.84: 11].

The deities, pilgrimage sites and sacred rivers being seen, being touched and being worshiped purify gradually, but by the glance of the one most worshipable is that attained all at the same time [see also 4.30: 37, 7.9: 44, 10.9:21, 10.84: 11]. (Vedabase)

  

 Text 53

A brahmin is by birth the best of all living beings, and what more wouldn't he mean to Me when he by his austerity, his learning and his contentment is endowed with a grip on the time [of this age of Kali, see also kâla]!

A brahmin is by birth the best of all living beings, and what more would he be unto Me, by his austerity, his learning and his contentment being endowed with a grip on the time [of this age of Kali, see also ** and kâla]! (Vedabase)

 

 Text 54

This four-armed form is not as dear to Me as a brahmin is; a man of [brahminical] learning comprises all the Vedas indeed the way I comprise all the gods [see also 10.84: 12].

This four-armed form is not as dear to Me as a brahmin is; a man of [brahminical] learning comprises all the Vedas indeed the way I comprise all the gods [see also 10.84: 12]. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 55

Those who corrupted in their intelligence fail to understand it this way, behave in neglect enviously towards the man of [brahminical] learning, their guru, Me factually, their very self, while they do regard the visible form of an idol worthy of worship.

Those corrupted in their intelligence failing to understand it this way, in neglect behave enviously towards the man of [brahminical] learning, their guru, Me, their very self; while regarding the visible form of an idol worthy of worship. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 56

The moving and nonmoving of this universe as well as the elementary categories basic to it are by man of learning of respect for Me kept in mind as being My forms [see also B.G. 5: 18].

The moving and nonmoving of this universe as well as the elementary categories basic to it are by a learned one in regard of Me kept in mind as being My forms [see also B.G. 5: 18]. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 57

Therefore o brahmin just worship, with the same faith you have in Me, these brahmin seers, and thus will you directly be of worship for Me, not by any other way as [e.g. offering] vast riches [and such].'

Therefore o brahmin just worship, in faith with Me, these brahmin seers, and thus doing so will directly I be worshiped; not by any other way as [e.g. offering] vast riches [and such].' (Vedabase)

 

 Text 58

S'rî S'ûka said: 'He as also the king of Mithilâ who were thus instructed by the Lord, attained by the single-minded devotion for Krishna and His company of most exalted twice-born ones, the transcendental destination.

S'rî S'ûka said: 'He as also the king of Mithilâ this manner being instructed by the Lord, attained by worshiping with single-minded devotion Krishna and His company of the most exalted twice born ones, the transcendental destination. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 59

The Supreme Lord of Devotion for His Own Devotees, thus staying and teaching the two devotees the path of the truthful [***], o King, then returned to Dvârakâ.'

The Supreme Lord of Devotion to the Devotees, thus staying and teaching the two devotees the path of the truthful [***], o King, then returned to Dvârakâ. (Vedabase)

 

* The tridanda is a staff carried by vaishnava sannayâsîs symbolizing the threefold austerity of thought, speech and action. In all these three the renunciate is vowed to serve Vishnu. The staff consists of three sticks wrapped in saffron cloth with a small extra piece wrapped in at the top.

** Time is the Lord His impersonal feature. The paramparâ says: 'It is understood from the Vedic science of epistemology, the 'Nyâya-s'âstra', that knowledge of an object (prameya) depends on a valid means of knowing (pramâna)' (pp 10.86: 54). So would to know Krishna in the form of Time as-He-is (I am the Time, the light of the sun and the moon, as He says in the Gîtâ to be the objective of the universe) - by means of clocks managed validly to His nature, the Sun as with a sundial, and calendars managed validly to His order, the moon, like with its phases - constitute the proper brahminical conduct. With weeks to the moon and clocks to the sun, would standardtime with its mean time deadness, zone time arbitrary false oneness and summertime instability, constitute the time of ignorance in denial of Krishna, the father of Time, even though Krishna affirms the worship of Time with the pragmatical and thus karmic dictate of standardtime, to which He still calls that demigod (...) worship less attractive and wrong [see also cakra, kâla en 1.2: 26, B.G. 9: 23, 10: 21, 30 & 33, 7: 8 and the Bhâgavatam time quotes].

*** Prabhupâda adds here: "The instruction we receive from this incident is that King Bahulâs'va and S'rutadeva the brâhmana were accepted by the Lord on the same level because both were pure devotees. This is the real qualification for being recognized by the Supreme Personality of Godhead."

 

 

 

 

For this original translation was used the Vedabase of the BBT offering the work
that Svâmi Prabhupâda's pupils did to complete his translation of the Bhâgavatam.
See the
S'rîmad Bhâgavatam links-page
for this and more books of Prabhupâda.
The painting of Arjuna and Subhadrâ is of
Raja Ravi Varma.
Production:
Filognostic Association of The Order of Time.


 

 

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