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Canto 11

Nrisimha Pranâma

 


Chapter 6: Retirement on the Advise of Brahmâ and Uddhava Addressed in Private

(1) S'rî S'uka said: 'Thereafter lord Brahmâ arrived [in Dvârakâ] being surrounded by his sons, the gods and the lords of man. Lord Bhava [S'iva] also came, the for all living beings favorable controller, who was accompanied by a host of ghostly beings. (2-4) Also Indra the powerful controller and his gods [the Maruts] came, the sons of Aditi, the good ones of clarity [the Vasus], the protectors of health [the As'vins], the artists [the Ribhus], the descendants of Angirâ, the expansions of S'iva [the Rudras], the demigods of the intellect [the Vis'vedevas], of commerce [the Sâdhyas] and other demigods, the singers and dancing girls of heaven [Gandharvas and Apsaras], the ones of excel [the Nâgas], the perfected ones [Siddhas] and the venerable souls [Câranas], the treasure keepers [Guhyakas], the seers [the Rishis], the forefathers [Pitas] and the scientists [Vidyâdharas] as also the ones of special talents [the Kinnaras], all came together in Dvârakâ eager to see Krishna, the Supreme Lord who removes the impurities everywhere in the universe, who with His transcendental form enchants the entire human society and spreads His fame throughout all the worlds. (5) In that splendid city rich with a great abundance they with their hungry eyes saw Lord Krishna who is so wonderful to behold.

(6) After having covered the best of the Yadus with flower garlands brought from the gardens of heaven, they praised Him, the Lord of the Living Being, and expressed themselves in all kinds of amazing ideas and words. (7) The gods said: 'We with all our intelligence, senses, vital air, mind and words bow down at Your lotus feet oh Lord, the feet upon which they meditate in their heart who are connected in the love of striving for liberation from the powerful grip of karmic consequences. (8) You, by [engaging] the material energy consisting of the three modes, create, protect and destroy the inconceivable cosmic manifestation within Yourself while being situated within those modes. [Nevertheless] You are by them not entangled in karmic activities at all oh Unconquerable One, because You, the irreproachable Lord, are always absorbed in Your unrestricted happiness [see also B.G. 3: 22]. (9) Oh Worshipable One, the purification of those persons who have a contaminated consciousness is not as much brought about by incantations, respecting injunctions, study of the scriptures, charity, penances and rituals, oh Greatest of All, as it is caused by listening to those souls who are situated in pure goodness and have a fully matured and transcendental faith in Your glories [see also 4.29: 36-38]. (10) May there for us be Your lotus feet, the fire that annihilates our inauspicious mentality and that by sages desiring the real benefit is carried in their appeased hearts, the fire of Your four forms [of soul, ego, mind and intelligence, the catur-vyûha] that three times a day is worshiped by the self-controlled devotees so as to reach beyond the [material] heavens and acquire an opulence like Yours. (11) Upon them [Your feet] they are meditating oh Lord, who, having folded their hands, pour the ghee they took into the fire of sacrifice in the [nirukta] process of understanding the three Vedas. Upon them the yoga practitioners are meditating who, inquisitive about Your [yoga-]mâyâ mystic potency, are united in the realization of the True Self. [But] they are fully attained [only] by the most elevated devotees [see uttama and 11.2: 45-47]. (12) With the withered flower garland that we offer You, Your Lordship's consort S'rî [dwelling there], oh Almighty One, feels challenged like a jealous co-wife, for You accept this offering as being properly performed [see also B.G. 9: 26]. May there always be Your lotus feet, the fire that consumes our impure desires! (13) Your feet that like flags decorating flagpoles with three mighty steps [defeat the possessiveness and bring down the water of the Ganges] in each of the three worlds [see 8.20], create fear among the armies of the demons and fearlessness among the troops of the God-fearing souls. For the virtuous souls they are there for the attainment of heaven and for the mischievous ones they are there for exactly the opposite oh Most Powerful One. May these feet oh Supreme Lord, free us Your worshipers from our sins. (14) Brahmâ and all the other embodied beings have their existence like oxen bound by a rope through their nose. Being controlled by Time they trouble each other. May the lotus feet of You, the Supreme Personality transcendental to both material nature and the individual person, bring us transcendental happiness [compare 1.13: 42, 6.3: 12]. (15) You are the cause of the creation, maintenance and annihilation of this [universe]. You are the cause of the unseen, the individual soul and the complete whole of the manifest reality. They say that You, this very same personality, are the time factor controlling all who appears as a wheel divided in three [summer, winter and spring/autumn]. One says that You are the Supreme Personality who in the form of Time uninterrupted in Your flow effects the decay of everything [*]. (16) The living being [beginning with Mahâ-Vishnu] acquires its power [potency] from that [time aspect] of Yours. You establish the vastness of matter with it [mahat-tattva]. United with that same nature You therefrom generate - the way an ordinary fetus is produced - the golden primeval egg of the universe endowed with its [seven] outer layers [see kos'a]. (17) You are therewith the original Controller of everything that moves and keeps its place. You after all, are in Your activities oh Master of the Senses, never affected Yourself by the change of the objects of the senses that presents itself because of the operating modes of nature. Others by contrast, engaged of their own accord [in austerities], having turned away live in fear [see also B.G. 16: 23-24]. (18) Your sixteen thousand wives were enchanting every time they launched the arrows of Cupid by showing their feelings with their eyebrows, smiles and glances. But they were not able to perturb Your senses by all the methods of their messages and advances of conjugal love [see also 1.11: 36]. (19) The rivers of nectar of Your stories and the rivers resulting from the bathing of Your feet, can put an end to all the impurities of the three worlds. Those who strive for purification and seek association, approach [You therefore] in two places: by making their ears listen to the stories the tradition offers [in the temples] and by bringing their bodies [in the rivers] in contact with the water that flows from Your feet.'

(20) The honorable son of Vyâsa [S'uka] said: 'After he who commands hundreds [of sages, Brahmâ] together with S'iva and the demigods thus had praised Govinda, the Supreme Lord, he addressed Him offering his obeisances from his position in the sky. (21) S'rî Brahmâ said: 'Oh Lord, we requested You previously to diminish the burden of the earth. Oh Unlimited Soul, You have fulfilled that request the way we wanted it. (22) Having established the principles of dharma among both the pious souls and the seekers of truth, it is indeed Your glory spread by You in all directions, that removes the impurity of all the worlds. (23) For the benefit of the universe assuming a form and descending in the Yadu dynasty, You with magnanimous deeds have performed incomparable activities. (24) Oh Lord, those saintly souls who in the age of Kali hear and chant about Your activities, will easily overcome the darkness [see also 10.14]. (25) Oh Supreme Personality, since Your descent in the Yadu-vams'a one hundred and twenty-five autumns have passed oh Master. (26-27) Oh You Foundation of Everything, for You there is no longer any obligation to the God-fearing souls and the remaining part of the dynasty has factually been annihilated by this curse of the brahmins [see 11.1]. Therefore we ask You whether You intend to leave for Your Supreme Abode and if You please want to protect us, the servants of Vaikunthha and the guardians of all worlds and their inhabitants.'

(28) The Supreme Lord said: 'I have understood what you said oh controller of the demigods. All the work has been accomplished for your sake, the burden of the earth has been removed. (29) This same Yadu family that [with My appearance has] expanded its power, courage and opulence, threatened to devour the entire world and has therefore been checked by Me just like an ocean is checked by its shore. (30) If I would not withdraw the vast dynasty of overly proud Yadus, this world would be destroyed by that flood. (31) Because of the brahmins' curse right now the annihilation of the family has begun. After that has taken place oh sinless Brahmâ, I will pay a visit to your abode.'

(32) S'rî S'uka said: 'Thus being addressed by the Lord of the World, the self-born one fell down at His feet to offer Him his obeisances. The godhead then returned to his abode together with the different gods. (33) The Supreme Lord thereafter observed the development of serious portents in the city of Dvârakâ. He spoke to the assembled Yadu elders. (34) The Supreme Lord said: 'These very serious disturbances appearing everywhere are a consequence of the curse the brahmins pronounced against our family, it is impossible to counteract. (35) We should not stay here if we want to continue with our lives. Let us not delay oh venerable souls, and this very day go to Prabhâsa, that so very pious place [**]. (36) The king of the stars [the moon god] who was seized by consumption because of a curse of Daksha, once took a bath there, was immediately freed from his offense and resumed the waxing of his phases. (37-38) When we also bathe there to the satisfaction of the forefathers, offer different kinds of foodstuff to the demigods and the venerable scholars and also distribute gifts with faith in them as being worth the charity, we will overcome the terrible danger, just as one with boats overcomes the ocean.'

(39) S'rî S'uka said: 'Oh child of the Kurus, the Yâdavas who were thus instructed by the Fortunate One, decided after due consideration to go to the holy site and yoked their horses to their chariots. (40-41) Oh King, Uddhava [see also 3.2 and 10.46 & 47] as an ever faithful follower of Krishna came to hear what the Lord had said. Facing the fearful evil omens [see also 1.14: 2-5] he approached the Lord of the lords of the universe in private and addressed Him with folded hands bowing down his head at His feet. (42) S'rî Uddhava said: 'Oh Lord and God of Gods, oh Master of Yoga, oh Piety of Hearing and Singing, You are about to withdraw this family now and give up this world. Even though You as the Supreme Controller are very well capable of it, You are not willing to counteract the curse of the brahmins! (43) Oh Kes'ava, I cannot even for half a moment tolerate to give up Your lotus feet, please take me also to Your abode [see also 3.29: 13]! (44) Your pastimes are supremely auspicious oh Krishna, they are nectar to the human ear. Once people have the taste of them they forsake all desire for other things. (45) How can we, who were always devoted to You when we were lying down, sitting, walking, standing, bathing, recreating and eating and such, ever abandon You, our dear most Self? (46) Eating the food remnants and adorned with the garlands, fragrances, garments and ornaments that You enjoyed, we, Your servants, will conquer the illusory energy for certain. (47) The but in air clad sinless, peaceful members of the renounced order, who as sages of strict observance always send their seed upwards, go to the abode known as Brahman [see ûrdhva retah and also 10.2: 32]. (48-49) We on the other hand oh Greatest of All Yogis, who in this world wander on the paths of fruitive labor, will together with Your devotees pass beyond the hard to conquer darkness by discussing the topics that make us remember and glorify Your deeds, words, movements, broad smiles, glances and Your amorous sports after the example of the human world.'

(50) S'rî S'uka said: 'Thus being informed oh King, the Supreme Lord, the son of Devakî, for a long time spoke in private with His dear servant Uddhava.'

 

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Text 1

S'rî S'uka said: 'Thereafter lord Brahmâ arrived [in Dvârakâ] being surrounded by his sons, the gods and the lords of man. Lord Bhava [S'iva] also came, the for all living beings favorable controller, who was accompanied by a host of ghostly beings. 
S'rî S'uka said: 'Then [after Nârada had left] did lord Brahmâ surrounded by his sons, the gods and the lords of man, arrive [in Dvârakâ] together with lord Bhava [S'iva], for all living beings the controller favorable, who was accompanied by a host of ghostly beings. (Vedabase)

 

Text 2-4

Also Indra the powerful controller and his gods [the Maruts] came, the sons of Aditi, the good ones of clarity [the Vasus], the protectors of health [the As'vins], the artists [the Ribhus], the descendants of Angirâ, the expansions of S'iva [the Rudras], the demigods of the intellect [the Vis'vedevas], of commerce [the Sâdhyas] and other demigods, the singers and dancing girls of heaven [Gandharvas and Apsaras], the ones of excel [the Nâgas], the perfected ones [Siddhas] and the venerable souls [Câranas], the treasure keepers [Guhyakas], the seers [the Rishis], the forefathers [Pitas] and the scientists [Vidyâdharas] as also the ones of special talents [the Kinnaras], all came together in Dvârakâ eager to see Krishna, the Supreme Lord who removes the impurities everywhere in the universe, who with His transcendental form enchants the entire human society and spreads His fame throughout all the worlds.

Indra the powerful controller and his gods [the maruts], the sons of Aditi, the good of clarity [the vasus], the protectors of the health [the as'vins], the artists [the ribhus], the descendants of Angirâ, the expansions of S'iva [the rudras], the gods of the intellect [the vis'vedevas], and the gods of commerce [the sâdhyas], and other demigods; the singers and dancing girls of heaven [ghandharvas and apsaras], the ones of excel [the nâgas], the perfected [siddhas] and the venerable [câranas], the treasure keepers [guhyakas], the seers [the rishis], the forefathers [pitas] as also the scientists [vidyâdharas] and the ones of special talents [the kinnaras] all together arrived in Dvârakâ eager to see Krishna, the Supreme Lord eradicating the impurities of all places who by His transcendental form enchanting the entire human society spread His fame through all the worlds. (Vedabase)

 

Text 5

In that splendid city rich with a great abundance they with their hungry eyes saw Lord Krishna who is so wonderful to behold.

In that resplendent city rich in a great abundance saw they with their hungry eyes Lord Krishna so wonderful to behold. (Vedabase)

 

Text6

After having covered the best of the Yadus with flower garlands brought from the gardens of heaven, they praised Him, the Lord of the Living Being, and expressed themselves in all kinds of amazing ideas and words.

With covering Him, the best of the Yadus, with flower garlands brought from the gardens of heaven praised they Him, the Lord of the Living Being, expressing themselves in ideas and words of charm. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 7

The gods said: 'We with all our intelligence, senses, vital air, mind and words bow down at Your lotus feet oh Lord, the feet upon which they meditate in their heart who are connected in the love of striving for liberation from the powerful grip of karmic consequences.

The gods said: 'We with our intelligence, senses, vital air, mind and words do bow down to Your lotusfeet, o Lord, which are meditated upon within the heart by those united in the love of striving for liberation from the great bondage of karmic reactions. (Vedabase)

 

Text 8

You, by [engaging] the material energy consisting of the three modes, create, protect and destroy the inconceivable cosmic manifestation within Yourself while being situated within those modes. [Nevertheless] You are by them not entangled in karmic activities at all oh Unconquerable One, because You, the irreproachable Lord, are always absorbed in Your unrestricted happiness [see also B.G. 3: 22].

You, by the material energy made up of the three modes, protect and destroy with the inconceivable of Yourself the manifestation, but situated within the modes of that material nature are You by these modes not entangled in karmic activities at all, o You Unconquerable One, since You, the Unimpeded and Unimpeachable One, are always absorbed in Your happiness [see also B.G. 3.22]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 9

Oh Worshipable One, the purification of those persons who have a contaminated consciousness is not as much brought about by incantations, respecting injunctions, study of the scriptures, charity, penances and rituals, oh Greatest of All, as it is caused by listening to those souls who are situated in pure goodness and have a fully matured and transcendental faith in Your glories [see also 4.29: 36-38].

O Worshipable One, the purification of those persons who have a contaminated consciousness is by incantations, obeying the injunctions, studying the s'âstras, charity, penances and rituals not as effected as by the faithful listening to the greatest of those situated in goodness who are fully matured in the transcendental glories of You [see also 4.29: 36-38]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 10

May there for us be Your lotus feet, the fire that annihilates our inauspicious mentality and that by sages desiring the real benefit is carried in their appeased hearts, the fire of Your four forms [of soul, ego, mind and intelligence, the catur-vyûha] that three times a day is worshiped by the self-controlled devotees so as to reach beyond the [material] heavens and acquire an opulence like Yours.

May there for us be the lotus feet, the fire annihilating our inauspicious mentality which by the sages desiring the real benefit is carried in hearts appeased, which by the truthful of self-control is carried for gaining a likewise opulence; it is of worshiping three times a day the inciting of You [the catur-vyûha] that one reaches beyond the heavens [see also 11.5: 34]. (Vedabase)


 Text 11

Upon them [Your feet] they are meditating oh Lord, who, having folded their hands, pour the ghee they took into the fire of sacrifice in the [nirukta] process of understanding the three Vedas. Upon them the yoga practitioners are meditating who, inquisitive about Your [yoga-]mâyâ mystic potency, are united in the realization of the True Self. [But] they are fully attained [only] by the most elevated devotees [see uttama and 11.2: 45-47].

They are meditated upon by the ones who, having folded their hands, take the ghee into the fire of sacrifice by the [nirukta] process of understanding the three Veda's; they are meditated upon by the yogapracticioners who, inquisitive about Your [yoga-]mâyâ, are united in realizing the True Self and [even more] perfectly are they worshiped by the most elevated of the devotees [see uttama and 11.2: 45-47 ]. (Vedabase)

  

 Text 12  

With the withered flower garland that we offer You, Your Lordship's consort S'rî [dwelling there], oh Almighty One, feels challenged like a jealous co-wife, for You accept this offering as being properly performed [see also B.G. 9: 26]. May there always be Your lotus feet, the fire that consumes our impure desires!

S'rî, Your Lordship's consort, does with the withered flower garland of You, o Almighty One, in this feel as competitive as a jealous co-wife because You accept our offering as being properly brought [see also B.G. 9: 26]; may there always be the lotusfeet, the fire of the destruction of our impure desires! (Vedabase)

 

Text 13

Your feet that like flags decorating flagpoles with three mighty steps [defeat the possessiveness and bring down the water of the Ganges] in each of the three worlds [see 8.20], create fear among the armies of the demons and fearlessness among the troops of the God-fearing souls. For the virtuous souls they are there for the attainment of heaven and for the mischievous ones they are there for exactly the opposite oh Most Powerful One. May these feet oh Supreme Lord, free us Your worshipers from our sins.

Your feet with three mighty steps falling [with the water of the Ganges] in each of the three worlds [see 8.20] and as a flag adorning a pole creating fear and fearlessness among the asuras and the godly their respective armies, are there to the saintly for the attainment of heaven and for the envious there for just the opposite, o Most Powerful One; may these feet, o Supreme Lord, purify us, who are worshiping You, from our sins. (Vedabase)

  

 Text 14

Brahmâ and all the other embodied beings have their existence like oxen bound by a rope through their nose. Being controlled by Time they trouble each other. May the lotus feet of You, the Supreme Personality transcendental to both material nature and the individual person, bring us transcendental happiness [compare 1.13: 42, 6.3: 12].

As oxen bound through the nose do Brahmâ and all the other embodied beings exist, struggling among each other under the control of the Time; may the lotus feet of You, the Supreme Personality in the beyond of both the material nature ànd the individual person, for us spread the transcendental fortune [compare 1.13: 42, 6.3: 12]. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 15  

You are the cause of the creation, maintenance and annihilation of this [universe]. You are the cause of the unseen, the individual soul and the complete whole of the manifest reality. They say that You, this very same personality, are the time factor controlling all who appears as a wheel divided in three [summer, winter and spring/autumn]. One says that You are the Supreme Personality who in the form of Time uninterrupted in Your flow effects the decay of everything [*].

You are the cause of this creation, maintenance and annihilation, the cause of the unseen, the individual soul and the greater of the manifest reality; You, this same personality, are said to be the controlling factor of time appearing as a wheel in three, who, as the Time uninterrupted in its flow effecting the diminution of everything, is the Supreme Personality [*]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 16

The living being [beginning with Mahâ-Vishnu] acquires its power [potency] from that [time aspect] of Yours. You establish the vastness of matter with it [mahat-tattva]. United with that same nature You therefrom generate - the way an ordinary fetus is produced - the golden primeval egg of the universe endowed with its [seven] outer layers [see kos'a].

The masculine [of Mahâvishnu] from You [as the Time] acquiring the potential seed of this creation, impregnates the greater of matter of which He, whose semen is never wasted, joined with that same nature generated from the Self, like an ordinary fetus is produced brought forth the golden primeval egg of the universe endowed with its [seven, see kosha] outer layers. (Vedabase)

 

Text 17  

You are therewith the original Controller of everything that moves and keeps its place. You after all, are in Your activities oh Master of the Senses, never affected Yourself by the change of the objects of the senses that presents itself because of the operating modes of nature. Others by contrast, engaged of their own accord [in austerities], having turned away live in fear  [see also B.G. 16: 23-24].

You are therefore of everything mobile and stationary the original Controller, for even though You o Master of Each His Senses engaging with the sense objects Yourself are never touched by them, are others, on their own account being of control, in fear because of these objects who, raised from the transformation of the modes of that material nature, did accumulate [see also B.G. 16: 23-24]. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 18

Your sixteen thousand wives were enchanting every time they launched the arrows of Cupid by showing their feelings with their eyebrows, smiles and glances. But they were not able to perturb Your senses by all the methods of their messages and advances of conjugal love [see also 1.11: 36].

The sixteen thousand [of Your wives] so enchanting in the moments of their displays of feeling as they with their eyebrows, smiles and glances launched the arrows of Cupid, were with their messages and advances of conjugal love, by all their devices not able to perplex Your senses [see also 1.11: 36]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 19

The rivers of nectar of Your stories and the rivers resulting from the bathing of Your feet, can put an end to all the impurities of the three worlds. Those who strive for purification and seek association, approach [You therefore] in two places: by making their ears listen to the stories the tradition offers [in the temples] and by bringing their bodies [in the rivers] in contact with the water that flows from Your feet.'

The full rivers of Your nectarean topics and the rivers flowing from bathing Your feet are able to destroy all contamination of the three worlds; it is of the hearing with the ears to the tradition and the being in physical contact taking to [the waters of] Your feet that those who strive for purification approach to associate with these two aims of pilgrimage of You.' (Vedabase)

 

Text 20

The honorable son of Vyâsa [S'uka] said: 'After he who commands hundreds [of sages, Brahmâ] together with S'iva and the demigods thus had praised Govinda, the Supreme Lord, he addressed Him offering his obeisances from his position in the sky.

The honorable son of Vyâsa [S'uka] said: 'Along with S'iva and the demigods thus praising Govinda, the Lord, offered he commanding the hundreds [Brahmâ], from his position in the sky, his obeisances. (Vedabase)

 

Text 21

S'rî Brahmâ said: 'Oh Lord, we requested You previously to diminish the burden of the earth. Oh Unlimited Soul, You have fulfilled that request the way we wanted it.

S'rî Brahmâ said: 'You o Lord, o Unlimited Soul, by us for the sake of diminishing the burden of the earth being requested previously, have fulfilled that request as it was expressed. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 22

Having established the principles of dharma among both the pious souls and the seekers of truth, it is indeed Your glory spread by You in all directions, that removes the impurity of all the worlds.

Having established the principles of dharma among the pious and among the seekers of truth are it indeed the glories of You, thus by You disseminated in all directions, which remove the contamination of all worlds. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 23

For the benefit of the universe assuming a form and descending in the Yadu dynasty, You with magnanimous deeds have performed incomparable activities.

Descending in the Yadu-dynasty have You, for the benefit of the universe assuming a form, with magnanimous deeds performed incomparable activities. (Vedabase)


 Text 24

Oh Lord, those saintly souls who in the age of Kali hear and chant about Your activities, will easily overcome the darkness [see also 10.14].

O Lord, those saintly humans who in the age of Kali hear and chant about Your activities, will easily cross over the darkness [see also 10.14]. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 25

Oh Supreme Personality, since Your descent in the Yadu-vams'a one hundred and twenty-five autumns have passed oh Master.

O Supreme Personality, having descended in the Yadu-vams'a have one hundred and twenty-five autumns passed, o Master. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 26-27

Oh You Foundation of Everything, for You there is no longer any obligation to the God-fearing souls and the remaining part of the dynasty has factually been annihilated by this curse of the brahmins [see 11.1]. Therefore we ask You whether You intend to leave for Your Supreme Abode and if You please want to protect us, the servants of Vaikunthha and the guardians of all worlds and their inhabitants.'

O You Foundation of Everything, for You there is no longer a duty to the godly, and the remaining part of the dynasty has virtually been annihilated by this curse of the brahmins [see 11.1]. Therefore we ask You, if You mind, to enter Your Supreme Abode, and please to continue with us, the protectors of all worlds and their inhabitants, to protect the servants of Vaikunthha [Lord Vishnu].' (Vedabase)

  

 Text 28

The Supreme Lord said: 'I have understood what you said oh controller of the demigods. All the work has been accomplished for your sake, the burden of the earth has been removed.

The Supreme Lord said: 'That what you've said is understood by Me, o controller of the demigods; to your favor has all the work been done to remove the burden of the earth. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 29

This same Yadu family that [with My appearance has] expanded its power, courage and opulence, threatened to devour the entire world and has therefore been checked by Me just like an ocean is checked by its shore.

This very Yadu-family has, threatening to devour the whole world in having expanded in its power, courage and opulence, been checked by Me just as an ocean is with a shore. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 30

If I would not withdraw the vast dynasty of overly proud Yadus, this world would be destroyed by that flood.

If I were to leave without withdrawing the vast dynasty of overly proud Yadus, would for that reason the whole world be destroyed by this flood. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 31

Because of the brahmins' curse right now the annihilation of the family has begun. After that has taken place oh sinless Brahmâ, I will pay a visit to your abode.'

Right now has because of the brahmins' curse the annihilation of the family begun; after that will I, o sinless Brahmâ, pay a visit to your abode.' (Vedabase)

 

 Text 32

S'rî S'uka said: 'Thus being addressed by the Lord of the World, the self-born one fell down at His feet to offer Him his obeisances. The godhead then returned to his abode together with the different gods.

S'rî S'uka said: 'Thus being addressed by the Lord of the World, fell the selfborn one down at His feet to offer Him his obeisances along with the different gods and returned the godhead to his abode. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 33

The Supreme Lord thereafter observed the development of serious portents in the city of Dvârakâ. He spoke to the assembled Yadu elders. 

Thereafter, when the Supreme Lord observed the development of serious disturbances in the city of Dvârakâ, spoke He to the assembled Yadu-elders. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 34

The Supreme Lord said: 'These very serious disturbances appearing everywhere are a consequence of the curse the brahmins pronounced against our family, it is impossible to counteract.

The Supreme Lord said: 'These indeed very great disturbances rising here on all sides follow the curse that there of the brahmins was against our family; it is impossible to counteract. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 35

We should not stay here if we want to continue with our lives. Let us not delay oh venerable souls, and this very day go to Prabhâsa, that so very pious place [**].

We should not desire to live residing here, o venerable ones; let's not delay and this very day go to Prabhâsa, that so very holy place of piety [**]. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 36

The king of the stars [the moon god] who was seized by consumption because of a curse of Daksha, once took a bath there, was immediately freed from his offense and resumed the waxing of his phases. 

The king of the stars [the moon god] seized by consumption because of a curse of Daksha, once took a bath there and was immediately freed from the reaction to his sin and resumed the waxing with his phases. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 37-38

When we also bathe there to the satisfaction of the forefathers, offer different kinds of foodstuff to the demigods and the venerable scholars and also distribute gifts with faith in them as being worth the charity, we will overcome the terrible danger, just as one with boats overcomes the ocean.'

We also bathing at that place to the satisfaction of the forefathers, feeding the godly and the worshipable ones of learning by offerings of foodstuffs of different tastes and as well distributing gifts with faith in them as suitable candidates of charity, will by our charity, as with boats over an ocean, get across the danger.' (Vedabase)

 

 Text 39

S'rî S'uka said: 'Oh child of the Kurus, the Yâdavas  who were thus instructed by the Fortunate One, decided after due consideration to go to the holy site and yoked their horses to their chariots.

S'rî S'uka said: 'O child of the Kurus, the Yâdavas, thus by the Fortunate One instructed, having made up their minds yoked their horses to their chariots to head for the holy site. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 40-41

Oh King, Uddhava [see also 3.2 and 10.46 & 47] as an ever faithful follower of Krishna came to hear what  the Lord had said. Facing the fearful evil omens [see also 1.14: 2-5] he approached the Lord of the lords of the universe in private and addressed Him with folded hands bowing down his head at His feet.

O King, Uddhava [see also 3.2 and 10.46 & 47], as an ever faithful follower of Krishna hearing that what by the Lord had been said, approached, observing the fearful evil omens [see also 1.14: 2-5], in private the one Controller of the Controllers of All the Living Universe and, at His feet bowing down his head, addressed Him with folded hands. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 42

S'rî Uddhava said: 'Oh Lord and God of Gods, oh Master of Yoga, oh Piety of Hearing and Singing, You are about to withdraw this family now and give up this world. Even though You as the Supreme Controller are very well capable of it, You are not willing to counteract the curse of the brahmins!

S'rî Uddhava said: 'O Lord and God of Gods, o Master of Yoga, o Piety by Hearing and Singing, withdrawing this family from this world, do You say that, although as the all-pervading benevolent Controller being capable of revoking the curse of the learned ones, You're unable to do so! (Vedabase)


 Text 43

Oh Kes'ava, I cannot even for half a moment tolerate to give up Your lotus feet, please take me also to Your abode [see also 3.29: 13]!

I'm not even capable to tolerate for half a moment to give up on Your lotusfeet, o Kes'ava; please take me to Your abode as well o Master [see also 3.29: 13]. (Vedabase)


 Text 44

Your pastimes are supremely auspicious oh Krishna, they are nectar to the human ear. Once people have the taste of them they forsake all desire for other things.

Your pastimes supremely auspicious, o Krishna, are nectar for the ears of men; once they have the taste will people relinquish their desires for other things. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 45

How can we, who were always devoted to You when we were lying down, sitting, walking, standing, bathing, recreating and eating and such, ever abandon You, our dear most Self?

How can we, the devotees of You, the dearmost Self, in our lying down, sitting, walking, standing, bathing, recreating and eating and such, ever abandon You? (Vedabase)

 

 Text 46

Eating the food remnants and adorned with the garlands, fragrances, garments and ornaments that You enjoyed, we, Your servants, will conquer the illusory energy for certain.

Eating the food remnants and adorned with the garlands, fragrances, garments and ornaments already enjoyed by You, will we, Your servants, for sure conquer the illusory energy. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 47

The but in air clad sinless, peaceful members of the renounced order, who as sages of strict observance always send their seed upwards, go to the abode known as Brahman [see ûrdhva retah and also 10.2: 32].

The but in air clad sinless members of the renounced order who as sages of strict observance keep their seed going upwards, go to the abode known as brahman [see ûrdhva retah and also 10.2: 32]. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 48-49

We on the other hand oh Greatest of All Yogis, who in this world wander on the paths of fruitive labor, will together with Your devotees pass beyond the hard to conquer darkness by discussing the topics that make us remember and glorify Your deeds, words, movements, broad smiles, glances and Your amorous sports after the example of the human world.'

We on the other hand, o Greatest of Yogîs, wandering in this world on the paths of fruitive labor will, along with Your devotees, cross over the hard to conquer darkness by discussing the topics with which we remember and glorify Your deeds, words, movements, broad smiles, glances and amorous sports in imitation of the human world.' (Vedabase)

 

  Text 50

S'rî S'uka said: 'Thus being informed oh King, the Supreme Lord, the son of Devakî, for a long time spoke in private with His dear servant Uddhava.'

S'rî S'uka said: 'This way being requested, o King, spoke the Supreme Lord, the son of Devakî, in private at length to the dear servant Uddhava.' (Vedabase)

 

*: Time in three can be regarded as the three types of seasons, summer winter and spring/autumn or as the three to the order, the cakra, of the sun, moon and the stars or the past, the present and the future and as the time of nature, culture and the psychological experience [see also tri-kâlika, 5.22: 2, time-quotes and B.G. 10: 30 & 33, 11: 32].

**: Prabhâsa is a famous holy place located near the Veraval railway station, within the region of Junagarah. At the base of the same pippala tree under which Lord Krishna was reported to have reposed there is now a temple. One mile away from the tree, on the seashore, is the Vîra-prabhañjana Mathha, and it is said that from this point the hunter Jarâ fired the arrow which marked the end of His earthly presence [as described in the last two chapters of this Canto].

 

 

 

 

 

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