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Canto 3

Râdhâ Mâdhava 2

 

Chapter 18: The Battle Between Lord Boar and the Demon Hiranyâksha

(1) Maitreya continued: 'Having heard the proud words of the Lord of the seas, the vainglorious demon took little heed of them. From Nârada having learned about the whereabouts of the Lord, oh dear Vidura, he hurriedly betook himself to the depths of the ocean. (2) There he saw how the Victorious One bearing the earth high on the tips of His tusks, was putting him in His shadow with His radiant, reddish eyes. He laughed and said: 'Oh, a beast of the wilderness!' (3) He  told the Lord: 'Come and fight, oh fool, leave the earth to us inhabitants of the lower worlds. The creator of the universe entrusted this earth to us. Me seeing You here having assumed the form of a boar, oh lowest of the gods, will not be conducive to Your wellbeing! (4) Have our enemies called for You in order to kill us, You who by remaining invisible deceptively kills those who are attached to the world? The power of Your bewildering internal potency is of no importance. I will erase the grief of my relatives by killing You, oh rascal! (5) When I have killed You by smashing Your skull with the mace in my hand, all the sages and God-conscious people who where presenting their offerings to You, will be released and automatically cease to exist without You as their foundation.'

(6) The moment He, being hurt by the assailing abuse of words of the enemy, saw that the earth He carried on the tips of His tusks was frightened, He bore the pain and came out of the water like a male elephant who in the company of his wives is attacked by a crocodile. (7) With Him appearing from the water he, with his golden hair and frightening teeth, chased Him like a crocodile would chase an elephant. He roared like thunder: 'Is there anything a condemned poor devil [like You running away from me] would be ashamed of?' (8) With the enemy looking on He [Lord Boar] placed the earth within His sight on the water and  invested her with the power of His own strength [to stay afloat]. [For that] He was praised by the creator of the universe and honored with flowers by the demigods. (9) Hiranyâksha, following Him closely behind with his wealth of golden ornaments, his huge mace and his beautiful golden armor, constantly pierced the core of His heart with terribly angry abuses. But He laughed about it and addressed him. (10) The Supreme Lord said: 'We [boars] are indeed creatures of the jungle, engaged in killing dogs like you, mischievous one. Heroes [like Us] who are free from the bondage of death take no notice of the loose talk of someone [like you] who is bound. (11) We stole away the inhabitants of the lower worlds and are not ashamed of it. Despite being chased by your mace, we this way or another have to stay right here. Where can one go having challenged such a mighty adversary? (12) As the leader of the army commanders you have to take steps to defeat Us forthwith, without further consideration. Killing Us you wipe the tears away of your kith and kin. Is it not so that he who does not fulfill the words of his promise deserves no place in an assembly?'

(13) Maitreya said: 'The attacker, thus being insulted and ridiculed by the Supreme One of Devotion got seriously agitated and became as furious as a challenged cobra. (14) Angrily hissing and stirred in all his senses for his wrath, the demon attacked with great speed and threw his mace at the Lord. (15) The Lord however stepped aside to evade the blow of the mace thrown by the enemy, just like an accomplished yogi eluding death. (16) After picking up his mace again, he brandished it about repeatedly and bit his lip in the rage of his anger to rush towards the Lord for the second time. (17) The Lord then struck the enemy on His right brow with His mace. But the demon, as an expert with the mace, warded off the blow with his own. (18) And so Hiranyâksha and the Lord, both eager for the victory, were furiously striking each other with their huge maces. (19) The two combatants with their bodies injured by the pointed maces, smelled the oozing blood, which even more drove them to perform diverse maneuvers in their effort to win. It looked like an encounter between two bulls fighting about a cow.

(20) Oh descendant of Kuru, Brahmā, the self-born one, desired to witness the fight that was fought for the sake of the world, and came, being accompanied by the sages, for the Daitya Hiranyâksha and the Supersoul of all sacrifices who had engaged His potency to appear in the form of a boar. (21) Upon seeing the power the Daitya Hiranyâksha had acquired and how he, unafraid, had arrived at an unavoidable opposition, the respectable  Brahmâ, the leader of thousands of sages, addressed the original Lord Nârâyana in His boar form. (22-23) Brahmâ said: 'This one, oh God of heaven, is to the gods, the brahmins, the cows, the normal living beings and the innocent souls who obtained Your feet, an evil-doer, a source of fear doing wrong by the power of a boon obtained from me. Wandering about as a pain to everyone, he as a demon has searched all the universe missing a proper adversary. (24) Play no innocent game with him oh god of heaven. Once aroused he is a snake full of tricks, arrogant, self-righteous and most wicked. (25) Please my Lord, oh Infallible One, engage Your  internal potency and forthwith kill the sinner so that he will not have the chance to further increase the formidable power he acquired. (26) This encroaching dark of night destroys the world, oh Soul of Souls, please bring victory to the God-conscious souls. (27) This auspicious moment called abhijit [the eight muhûrta, about midday] has almost passed now. For the welfare of us, Your friends, quickly dispose of this formidable foe. (28) The death of this one, who fortunately arrived here of his own accord, was ordained by You. Show him Your power in the duel, kill him and restore the peace of the worlds.'

  

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Text 1

Maitreya continued: 'Having heard the proud words of the Lord of the seas, the vainglorious demon took little heed of them. From Nârada having learned about the whereabouts of the Lord, oh dear Vidura, he hurriedly betook himself to the depths of the ocean.
Maitreya continued: 'Having heard the proud words of the Lord of the seas, did the vainglorious one take little heed of them. From Nârada having learned about the whereabouts of the Lord, o dear Vidura, he hurried to find himself at the place of punishment. (Vedabase)

 

Text 2

There he saw how the Victorious One bearing the earth high on the tips of His tusks, was putting him in His shadow with His radiant, reddish eyes. He laughed and said: 'Oh, a beast of the wilderness!'

There he saw how the Victorious One, bearing the earth high on the tips of His tusks, was robbing him of his light with His radiant reddish eyes. He laughed out: 'O beast of the wilderness!', (Vedabase)

 

Text 3

He  told the Lord: 'Come and fight, oh fool, leave the earth to us inhabitants of the lower worlds. The creator of the universe entrusted this earth to us. Me seeing You here having assumed the form of a boar, oh lowest of the gods, will not be conducive to Your wellbeing!

and told the Lord: 'Come and fight, o fool, leave the earth to us, inhabitants of the lower worlds; the creator of the universe entrusted us this earth - my seeing You here will not be to Your wellbeing, o summit of divinity that took the form of a boar. (Vedabase)

 

Text 4

Have our enemies called for You in order to kill us, You who by remaining invisible deceptively kills those who are attached to the world? The power of Your bewildering internal potency is of no importance. I will erase the grief of my relatives by killing You, oh rascal!

It is You that deceptively maintained Himself for finishing us by means of our enemies, killing the worldly ones, while remaining out of view Yourself; of Your bewildering power there will be little left after I killed You and wiped out the grief of my kinsmen, o fool!  (Vedabase)


Text 5

When I have killed You by smashing Your skull with the mace in my hand, all the sages and God-conscious people who where presenting their offerings to You, will be released and automatically cease to exist without You as their foundation.'

When You are killed by my mace smashing Your skull, all those sages and godly ones who where presenting their offerings to You, will be released and automatically cease to exist without that root.' (Vedabase)

 

Text 6

The moment He, being hurt by the assailing abuse of words of the enemy, saw that the earth He carried on the tips of His tusks was frightened, He bore the pain and came out of the water like a male elephant who in the company of his wives is attacked by a crocodile.

When He, being pained by the assailing abuse of words of the enemy, saw that the earth He was bearing on his tusks end was frightened, came He out of the water like an elephant in the company of his female under the attack of a crocodile. (Vedabase)

  

Text 7

With Him appearing from the water he, with his golden hair and frightening teeth, chased Him like a crocodile would chase an elephant. He roared like thunder: 'Is there anything a condemned poor devil [like You running away from me] would be ashamed of?'

Meanwhile did he, with his golden hair, chase Him, coming out of the water, like the crocodile would do with the elephant and with his fearfull teeth roaring like thunder he said: 'What a shame indeed to be so scandalous in fleeing from the truth'. (Vedabase)

 

Text 8

With the enemy looking on He [Lord Boar] placed the earth within His sight on the water and  invested her with the power of His own strength [to stay afloat]. [For that] He was praised by the creator of the universe and honored with flowers by the demigods.

With the enemy looking on He placed the earth within His sight on the water investing her with the power of His own existence, for which He was praised by the creator of the universe and pleased with flowers by the ones in charge. (Vedabase)

 

Text 9

Hiranyâksha, following Him closely behind with his wealth of golden ornaments, his huge mace and his beautiful golden armor, constantly pierced the core of His heart with terribly angry abuses. But He laughed about it and addressed him.

Following Him closely behind with his wealth of golden ornaments, his huge mace and his beautiful golden armor, did Hiranyâksha constantly pierce the core of His heart with terribly angry abuses. But He addressed him laughing. (Vedabase)

 

Text 10

The Supreme Lord said: 'We [boars] are indeed creatures of the jungle, engaged in killing dogs like you, mischievous one. Heroes [like Us] who are free from the bondage of death take no notice of the loose talk of someone [like you] who is bound.

The Supreme Lord said: 'We are indeed creatures from the jungle, as I am searching to kill dogs just like You, o mischievous one. Heroes who are free from the bondage of death take no notice of the loose talk of one who is bound. (Vedabase)  

 

Text 11

We stole away the inhabitants of the lower worlds and are not ashamed of it. Despite being chased by your mace, we this way or another have to stay right here. Where can one go having challenged such a mighty adversary?

We both are shameless thieves of what was entrusted to the inhabitants of the lower world. Roaming shamelessly with the mace, we nevertheless will somehow have to stay on the battlefield - where else can we go having raised enmity with such a powerful enemy? (Vedabase)  

 

Text 12

As the leader of the army commanders you have to take steps to defeat Us forthwith, without further consideration. Killing Us you wipe the tears away of your kith and kin. Is it not so that he who does not fulfill the words of his promise deserves no place in an assembly?'

Being the commander of the leaders of footsoldiers one has to take steps to defeat promptly, without further consideration - and having killed, are us the tears wiped away of kith and kin. He who does not fulfill his words of promise deserves no place in an assembly'.' (Vedabase)

  

Text 13

Maitreya said: 'The attacker, thus being insulted and ridiculed by the Supreme One of Devotion got seriously agitated and became as furious as a challenged cobra.

Maitreya said: 'The attacker, thus being insulted and ridiculed by the Supreme One of Devotion got seriously agitated and as angry as a challenged cobra. (Vedabase)

 

Text 14

Angrily hissing and stirred in all his senses for his wrath, the demon attacked with great speed and threw his mace at the Lord.

Hissing of anger and beyond his senses of wrath the demon quickly attacked and threw his mace at the Lord. (Vedabase)

 

Text 15

The Lord however stepped aside to evade the blow of the mace thrown by the enemy, just like an accomplished yogi eluding death.

The Lord however evaded the blow of the thrown mace stepping aside, eluding death like an accomplished yogi. (Vedabase)

 

Text 16

After picking up his mace again, he brandished it about repeatedly and bit his lip in the rage of his anger to rush towards the Lord for the second time.

Having picked up his mace, he again rushed towards the Lord, repeatedly brandishing it about and biting his lip in the rage of his anger.  (Vedabase)


Text 17

The Lord then struck the enemy on His right brow with His mace. But the demon, as an expert with the mace, warded off the blow with his own.

But then did the Lord with His mace struck the enemy on his right side, o gentle one [Vidura], and did He as an expert with this weapon thus with His mace save Himself. (Vedabase)

 

Text 18

And so Hiranyâksha and the Lord, both eager for the victory, were furiously striking each other with their huge maces.

In this manner were Hiranyâksha and the Lord, both eager for the victory, furiously striking each other with their huge maces. (Vedabase)

  

Text 19

The two combatants with their bodies injured by the pointed maces, smelled the oozing blood, which even more drove them to perform diverse maneuvers in their effort to win. It looked like an encounter between two bulls fighting about a cow.

The two combatants with their bodies injured by the pointed maces, smelled the oozing blood, which increased their vigour to perform diverse maneuvers trying to win. It looked like an encounter of two bulls fighting about their dominion. (Vedabase)  

  

Text 20

Oh descendant of Kuru, Brahmā, the self-born one, desired to witness the fight that was fought for the sake of the world, and came, being accompanied by the sages, for the Daitya Hiranyâksha and the Supersoul of all sacrifices who had engaged His potency to appear in the form of a boar.

O descendant of Kuru, Brahmâ, the one selfborn in the universe, desired to witness what was happening for the sake of the world and came, accompanied by the sages, for the Daitya Hiranyâksha and the Greatest Soul approached by sacrifice who by His potency had taken the form of a boar. (Vedabase)

 

Text 21

Upon seeing the power the Daitya Hiranyâksha had acquired and how he, unafraid, had arrived at an unavoidable opposition, the respectable Brahmâ, the leader of  thousands of sages, addressed the original Lord Nârâyana in His boar form.

Upon seeing the power the Daitya Hiranyâksha had attained to and how he, unafraid, had formed opposition with the Unopposable, did the respectable Lord Brahmâ, the leader of the thousands of sages, address the original Lord Nârâyana in His boar-form. (Vedabase)

 

Text 22-23

Brahmâ said: 'This one, oh God of heaven, is to the gods, the brahmins, the cows, the normal living beings and the innocent souls who obtained Your feet, an evil-doer, a source of fear doing wrong by the power of a boon obtained from me. Wandering about as a pain to everyone, he as a demon has searched all the universe missing a proper adversary.

Brahmâ said: 'This one, o God, is to the godly ones who obtained Your feet, the brahmins, the cows, the normal living beings and the innocent an offender and source of fear doing wrong from a boon obtained from Me; he has as a demon been searching all over the universe missing a proper adversary, wandering about as a pain to everyone. (Vedabase)

 

Text 24

Play no innocent game with him oh god of heaven. Once aroused he is a snake full of tricks, arrogant, self-righteous and most wicked.

Do not play with him like a child, o God, he is full of tricks, arrogant, self-righteous, most wicked and like a snake once he's aroused. (Vedabase)

  

Text 25

Please my Lord, oh Infallible One, engage Your  internal potency and forthwith kill the sinner so that he will not have the chance to further increase the formidable power he acquired.

Before he gets the chance to make things worse gotten thus far so formidably, please forthwith kill the sinful one, o Infallible One, by means of Your own mystical potency. (Vedabase)

 

Text 26

This encroaching dark of night destroys the world, oh Soul of Souls, please bring victory to the God-conscious souls.

This encroaching darkest evening is destroying the world, o Soul of Souls, bring victory to the God-conscious. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 27

This auspicious moment called abhijit [the eight muhûrta, about midday] has almost passed now. For the welfare of us, Your friends, quickly dispose of this formidable foe.

Now this auspicious moment called abhijit [the eight muhûrta, about midday] has almost passed, dispose for the welfare of us, Your friends, quickly of this formidable foe. (Vedabase)

 

Text 28

The death of this one, who fortunately arrived here of his own accord, was ordained by You. Show him Your power in the duel, kill him and restore the peace of the worlds.'

Fortunately is the death of this one, who came of his own accord, ordained by You; show him Your power in the duel, kill him and establish the peace of the worlds.' (Vedabase)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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