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Canto 6

Nârada Muni

 
 

Chapter 11: The Transcendental Qualities of Vritrâsura

(1) S'rî S'uka said: 'Afraid and disturbed as they were intent on fleeing, oh King, they [the commanders of Vritrâsura] didn't take heed of the words of their master who thus was stressing the dharma. (2-3) When the best of the Asuras saw that the asura army, as if there was no one to protect them, was scattered and chased by the demigods now that the moment offered them the opportunity, the enemy of Indra was in great pain. Not able to tolerate this, he angry with great force stepped in their way to rebuke them with the following words: (4) 'Of what interest are these shitty mummy's boys to you? There is certainly no glory to be found in attacking from behind and killing someone who flees in fear. Someone who thus thinks to be a hero, will not attain a better world. (5) If you believe in your battle, if you have patience in your hearts and if you're free from desiring worldly happiness oh insignificant souls, then just keep standing in front of me for a moment.'

(6)
Indra marches against the Asuras Thus with his extremely powerful, physical presence roaring full of  anger he threatened the demigods, his enemies and scared everyone out of his wits. (7) Because of that outburst of Vritra factually all the God-conscious ones fell unconscious to the ground as if they were struck by lightning. (8) The entire sura army that in fear had closed its eyes was trampled asunder. Arrogantly, like a mad elephant running through a forest of hollow bamboos, he holding his trident high, that violently stepped around on the field that the earth shook beneath his feet. (9) Seeing him in such a rage the carrier of the thunderbolt [Indra] indignantly ran towards his enemy and threw the mightiest of clubs at him. But the demon caught the difficult to withstand weapon in its flight very easily with his left hand. (10) That incensed Vritrâsura even more. Roaring loudly he then with his club struck Indra's elephant that was so famous for its strength on the head. This feat commanded the respect of all the soldiers on the battlefield oh ruler of man. (11) Airâvata, struck by the club in Vritra's hand shook like a mountain hit by a thunderbolt and was, in great pain and spitting blood with a broken jaw, together with Indra thrown back a fourteen yards.

(12) The great soul [though] refrained from using the club again [when he saw how] Indra, innerly shaken about what had happened to his carrier that didn't die, by the touch of his nectarean hand relieved the animal from all pains and injuries so that he stood up before him. (13) When he thus saw Indra who armed with a thunderbolt wanted to fight his enemy oh King Parîkchit, he again remembered that Indra in the past had killed his brother. Mad in his grief about that great and cruel sin, he sarcastically laughing addressed him. (14) S'rî Vritra said: 'What a fortune to encounter your lordship as my enemy, you the slayer of a brahmin who was your guru and my brother. How lucky I am today to be soon relieved from my debt to my brother by piercing my trident straight through your heart of stone, oh you total falsehood in person! (15) You desiring heaven, mercilessly severed with your sword the three heads from the trunk of our innocent elder brother like he was an animal. He was a fully qualified and selfrealized brahmin. He was your spiritual teacher entrusted with the task of leading the sacrifices! (16) You bereft of all shame, mercy, beauty and glory are by your actions condemnable even to creatures below the human level [like the Râkshasas]. You will have to die in great pain after my trident has pierced your body which as a corpse will not be burned but be eaten by the vultures.

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You who proved yourself so cruel, I will together with all the others who thoughtlessly following you attacked me with raised swords, with their severed heads on my pointy trident sacrifice to [Bhairava] the leader of the evil ghosts and his hordes. (18) But in case you oh heroic lordship of mine, with your thunderbolt in this battle manage to cut off my head and destroy my army, I having falling prey to the scavengers, will on the other hand be relieved of all debts and achieve the dust of the feet of the great sages. (19) Oh master of the godly, why don't you hurl your thunderbolt at me, your enemy standing in front of you? Do not doubt its infallibility, the bolt may succeed unlike the club that is just as useless as a request for money with a miser. (20) This thunderbolt of yours oh Indra, that is empowered by the prowess of Vishnu and the penance of Dadhîci, for certain without fail will kill your enemy. Whatever that is established by Lord Vishnu will bring the Lord's victory and all His opulences and qualities. (21) By the force of your thunderbolt the rope of my material attachment will be cut. And when I give up this world then I, with my mind fixed on the lotus feet of Lord Sankarshana, will exactly as He has said [see 5.25: 8] reach the destination of the munis. (22) Persons advanced in spiritual life He recognizes as His own. He will not bestow upon them the opulences found in the divine, earthly and hellish spheres because they lead to envy, anxiety, agitation, pride, quarrel, distress and belligerence. (23) Oh Indra the endeavors of a person to attain the three goals of life [settled religion, economy and sense satisfaction] are obstructed by our Lord. This is to be recognized as the special mercy of the Fortunate One [leading to stability, happiness and consciousness] which is easy to reach for unalloyed devotees but so very difficult to attain by others [who always get entangled in the consequences of their actions]. (24) [And therefore I pray:] 'Oh my Lord, shall I be reborn as a servant of Your servant whose only shelter is to be at Your lotus feet? May my mind remember the transcendental qualities of You oh Lord of my life, may my words be of praise and my body be engaged in working for You! (25) I do not desire a place in heaven or the topmost position [of Brahmâ], not the rule over the world nor to dictate the lower worlds. I do not desire the perfections [the siddhis] of yoga nor to be freed from rebirth oh source of all opportunity, all I want is not to be separated from You! (26) Like small birds who unable to fly are looking for their mother, like a calf distressed with hunger looking for the udder, like a lover morose about the beloved who left, my mind the same way longs to see You oh lotus-eyed One. (27) May there for me who because of his karma wanders around in this world of birth and death, be the friendship with Your people [Your devotees], oh Lord praised in the scriptures and not so much with those people whose minds by Your external manifestation are attached to their bodies, children, wife and home.' 


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Text 1

S'rî S'uka said: 'Afraid and disturbed as they were intent on fleeing, oh King, they [the commanders of Vritrâsura] didn't take heed of the words of their master who thus was stressing the dharma.
S'rî S'uka said: 'Afraid and intent upon fleeing with their minds divided, o King, did they [the commanders of Vritrâsura] not take heed of the words of their master who was thus stressing the dharma. (Vedabase)

 

Text 2-3

When the best of the Asuras saw that the asura army, as if there was no one to protect them, was scattered and chased by the demigods now that the moment offered them the opportunity, the enemy of Indra was in great pain. Not able to tolerate this, he angry with great force stepped in their way to rebuke them with the following words:

When the best of the asura's saw that the asura army, chased by the demigods who took the opportunity, was being shattered as if there was no one to protect them, was he, the enemy of Indra, pained and angry and did he, unable to bear that, rebuke them blocking them with great force, o King, sure in saying this: (Vedabase)

  

Text 4

'Of what interest are these shitty mummy's boys to you? There is certainly no glory to be found in attacking from behind and killing someone who flees in fear. Someone who thus thinks to be a hero, will not attain a better world.

'Of what interest are these fleeing shitty sons to you killing them from the back; there is for certain no glory in killing someone afraid nor does that lead those, who think themselves thus to be heroes, to a better world. (Vedabase)

 

Text 5

If you believe in your battle, if you have patience in your hearts and if you're free from desiring worldly happiness oh insignificant souls, then just keep standing in front of me for a moment.'

If you believe in your battle, have patience in your hearts and are free from desiring sensual pleasure, o small ones, then just stand still in front of me for a minute.' (Vedabase)

 

Text 6

Thus with his extremely powerful, physical presence roaring full of  anger he threatened the demigods, his enemies and scared everyone out of his wits.

Thus being very angry were the demigods, his enemies, terrified by the roaring presence of that big mouth that scared the wits out of everyone. (Vedabase)

 

Text 7

Because of that outburst of Vritra factually all the God-conscious ones fell unconscious to the ground as if they were struck by lightning.

Of that tumult of Vritra swooned indeed all the godly so that they fell to the ground as if they were struck by a thunderbolt. (Vedabase)

 

Text 8

The entire sura army that in fear had closed its eyes was trampled asunder. Arrogantly, like a mad elephant running through a forest of hollow bamboos, he holding his trident high, that violently stepped around on the field that the earth shook beneath his feet.

The sura army in fear having closed the eyes was trampled asunder as he arrogantly, just like a mad elephant running over a forest of hollow bamboo's, stepped around the field with all his force shaking the earth holding his trident high. (Vedabase)

 

Text 9

Seeing him in such a rage the carrier of the thunderbolt [Indra] indignantly ran towards his enemy and threw the mightiest of clubs at him. But the demon caught the difficult to withstand weapon in its flight very easily with his left hand.

Seeing him in such a rage against his own ran the carrier of the thunderbolt [Indra] at his enemy and threw he the mightiest club at him, but the demon caught the difficult to withstand weapon flying towards him very easily with his left hand. (Vedabase)

 

Text 10

That incensed Vritrâsura even more. Roaring loudly he then with his club struck Indra's elephant that was so famous for its strength on the head. This feat commanded the respect of all the soldiers on the battlefield oh ruler of man.

That incensed Vritrâsura even more and with the club he, roaring loudly in the fight, struck Indra's elephant so famous for its strength on the head. That feat was lauded by all the soldiers on the field, o ruler of man. (Vedabase)

 

Text 11

Airâvata, struck by the club in Vritra's hand shook like a mountain hit by a thunderbolt and was, in great pain and spitting blood with a broken jaw, together with Indra thrown back a fourteen yards.

Airâvata, struck by the club in Vritra's hand shook like a mountain hit by a thunderbolt and was, in great pain and spitting blood with a broken mouth, together with Indra thrown back a fourteen yards. (Vedabase)

   

Text 12

The great soul [though] refrained from using the club again [when he saw how] Indra, innerly shaken about what had happened to his carrier that didn't die, by the touch of his nectarean hand relieved the animal from all pains and injuries so that he stood up before him.

The great soul though refrained from using the club again when Indra, thus wasted and innerly shaken about what had happened to his carrier, relieved the animal by the touch of his nectarean hand from all pains and injuries and next stood up before him. (Vedabase)

 

Text 13

When he thus saw Indra who armed with a thunderbolt wanted to fight his enemy oh King Parîkchit, he again remembered that Indra in the past had killed his brother. Mad in his grief about that great and cruel sin, he sarcastically laughing addressed him.

Seeing him he remembered that he, his enemy desiring to fight him with the thunderbolt made of Dadhîci, o King Parîkchit, once had killed his brother and in bewilderment of the lamentation about that great and cruel sin, he sarcastically laughing addressed him. (Vedabase)

 

Text 14

S'rî Vritra said: 'What a fortune to encounter your lordship as my enemy, you the slayer of a brahmin who was your guru and my brother. How lucky I am today to be soon relieved from my debt to my brother by piercing my trident straight through your heart of stone, oh you total falsehood in person!

S'rî Vritra said: 'I have the good fortune that I may encounter your lordship as my enemy, you as the murderer of a brahmin, the killer of his own guru and the slayer of my own brother; how lucky I am today to be relieved from my debt to my brother, o total of falsehood, with me soon piercing my trident right through your heart of stone! (Vedabase)
 
Text 15

You desiring heaven, mercilessly severed with your sword the three heads from the trunk of our innocent elder brother like he was an animal. He was a fully qualified and selfrealized brahmin. He was your spiritual teacher entrusted with the task of leading the sacrifices!

Like he was an animal did you, desirous after heaven, merciless sever with your sword the three heads from him, our elder brother, who was a fully qualified and selfrealized brahmin and your spiritual teacher free from all sin entrusted the lead of the sacrifices. (Vedabase)

 

Text 16

You bereft of all shame, mercy, beauty and glory are by your actions condemnable even to creatures below the human level [like the Râkshasas]. You will have to die in great pain after my trident has pierced your body which as a corpse will not be burned but be eaten by the vultures.

You, bereft of all shame, mercy, beauty and glory are by your actions condemnable for even the infra-human; you will have to die slowly by my trident piercing your body which will not be burnt but be eaten by the vultures. (Vedabase)

 

Text 17

You who proved yourself so cruel, I will together with all the others who thoughtlessly following you attacked me with raised swords, with their severed heads on my pointy trident sacrifice to [Bhairava] the leader of the evil ghosts and his hordes.

If you in this so cruel together with the others, who have no idea who they're dealing with, attack me with raised swords, shall I, with their severed heads on my pointy trident, make them an offering to the leader of the ghosts and his hordes. (Vedabase)


Text 18   

But in case you oh heroic lordship of mine, with your thunderbolt in this battle manage to cut off my head and destroy my army, I having falling prey to the scavengers, will on the other hand be relieved of all debts and achieve the dust of the feet of the great sages.

At the other hand, o Lordship of mine, if you with your thunderbolt, o hero, in this battle manage to cut my head off and destroy my army will I, in that case relieved of all debts, fall prey to the scavengers and achieve the dust of the feet of the great sages. (Vedabase)

 

Text 19

Oh master of the godly, why don't you hurl your thunderbolt at me, your enemy standing in front of you? Do not doubt its infallibility,  the bolt may succeed unlike the club that is just as useless as a request for money with a miser.

O master of the godly, why don't you hurl your thunderbolt at me, your enemy standing in front of you; don't doubt its infallibility, unlike the club that just like a request for money with a miser had no effect, may the bolt succeed. (Vedabase)

 

Text 20

This thunderbolt of yours oh Indra, that is empowered by the prowess of Vishnu and the penance of Dadhîci, for certain without fail will kill your enemy. Whatever that is established by Lord Vishnu will bring the Lord's victory and all His opulences and qualities.

Certainly will by this thunderbolt of yours o Indra, empowered by as well the prowess of Vishnu as the penance of Dadhîci, without fail your enemy be killed; whatever ordained by Lord Vishnu will bring the Lord His victory wherever and right there will all His opulences and qualities be found. (Vedabase)

  

Text 21

By the force of your thunderbolt the rope of my material attachment will be cut. And when I give up this world then I, with my mind fixed on the lotus feet of Lord Sankarshana, will exactly as He has said [see 5.25: 8] reach the destination of the munis.

I, firmly fixing the mind shall, just as was said by our Lord Sankarshana His lotusfeet [see 5.25], by the force of your thunderbolt see the rope of material attachment cut and achieve the destination of the muni's having given up on this material world. (Vedabase)


Text 22

Persons advanced in spiritual life He recognizes as His own. He will not bestow upon them the opulences found in the divine, earthly and hellish spheres because they lead to envy, anxiety, agitation, pride, quarrel, distress and belligerence.

Upon persons advanced in the spiritual that He recognizes as His own will He not bestow the opulences found in the divine, the earthly or the hellish spheres as from those there are the envy, anxiety, agitation, pride, quarrel, distress and belligerence. (Vedabase)

 

Text 23

Oh Indra the endeavors of a person to attain the three goals of life [settled religion, economy and sense satisfaction] are obstructed by our Lord. This is to be recognized as the special mercy of the Fortunate One [leading to stability, happiness and consciousness] which is easy to reach for unalloyed devotees but so very difficult to attain by others [who always get entangled in the consequences of their actions].

O Indra the endeavors of a selfrealizing person for the three goals of life [religion, economy, satisfaction] are beaten back by our Lord and from that can the special mercy of the Fortunate One be inferred that, being so close for the devoted, is so very difficult to obtain by others. (Vedabase)

 

Text 24

[And therefore I pray:] 'Oh my Lord, shall I be reborn as a servant of Your servant whose only shelter is to be at Your lotus feet? May my mind remember the transcendental qualities of You oh Lord of my life, may my words be of praise and my body be engaged in working for You!

Will I, o my Lord, whose only shelter is to be at Your lotus feet, become the servant of Your servant again; may my mind remember the transcendental attributes of You, o Lord of my life, may my words be of the chanting and may my body be engaged in working for You? (Vedabase)

 

Text 25

I do not desire a place in heaven or the topmost position [of Brahmâ], not the rule over the world nor to dictate the lower worlds. I do not desire the perfections [the siddhis] of yoga nor to be freed from rebirth oh source of all opportunity, all I want is not to be separated from You!

Not the heavenly planets nor the Supreme Abode, not the rule over the world nor to dictate the lower worlds is what I want; I do not desire the perfections [the siddhi's] of yoga or to be freed from rebirth, o source of all opportunity, all I want is not to be separated from You! (Vedabase)

 

Text 26

Like small birds who unable to fly are looking for their mother, like a calf distressed with hunger looking for the udder, like a lover morose about the beloved who left, my mind the same way longs to see You oh lotus-eyed One.

Like smalls birds unable to fly looking for their mother, just like a young calf distressed of being hungry for the udder, just like a lover morose of the beloved that has departed, just as eager is my mind to see You, o lotus-eyed One. (Vedabase)


Text 27

May there for me who because of his karma wanders around in this world of birth and death, be the friendship with Your people [Your devotees], oh Lord praised in the scriptures and not so much with those people whose minds by Your external manifestation are attached to their bodies, children, wife and home.'

As one who knows You as the one hailed by the scriptures, as one wandering around in this repetition of birth and death, I seek your friendship; may there be, o Lord, an end to me as one whose mind by Your external manifestation is bound to his own fruitive labor, body, children and home.'  (Vedabase)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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