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Canto 1

Mahâmantra 1



 
Chapter 1: Questions by the Sages
(1) Sages at Naimisharanya.Let there be the salutation of the original appearance of Him, Vâsudeva, the Fortunate One, from whom, being present here and in the beyond, for the purpose of recollection and full independence, the Vedic knowledge was imparted in the heart of the first created being [Lord Brahmâ]. About Him the enlightened [as surely also the ordinary] souls are, like with a mirage of water to the [fire of the] sun, in a state of illusion wherein, through the action and reaction of the modes of material nature, there is the [apparent] certainty of the factual. I meditate upon Him who is always self-sufficient, the transcendental [supreme and absolute] truth and the negation free from illusion.

(2) 
In this book deceitful religiosity [of ulterior motives] is rejected. One finds in it the highest that can be comprehended by selfless, truth-loving people. Herein that is offered what factually implies the well-being that uproots the threefold miseries [as caused by oneself, others and by nature]. What would be the need of other stories when one finds in this book the beautiful story of the Fortunate One that was compiled by the great sage [Vyâsadeva] which, with the help of the pious ones who are diligently of service, forthwith establishes the Controller in the heart. (3) It is the ripened fruit from the desire tree of the Vedic literatures that flowing from the lips of S'ukadeva manifested as sweet nectar perfect in every way. Oh you expert and thoughtful ones delighting in devotion, ever relish the home of the S'rîmad Bhâgavatam!

(4) In the forest of Naimishâranya, a spot favored by Vishnu, sages headed by the sage S'aunaka performed a thousand-year sacrifice for the Lord of heaven and the devotees on earth. (5) One morning, burning the sacrificial fire, the sages asked with due respect S'rîla Sûta Gosvâmî, who was offered a seat of honor, the following: (6) "You, free from all vice as you are and familiar with the stories and historical records, are said to be well versed in the religious scriptures that you explained as well. (7) As the eldest of the scholars of the Vedas you know Vyâsadeva, the Lord among them - and Sûta, you know also the other ones well versed in physical and metaphysical knowledge. (8) Please your honor tell us therefore, because you are well-informed, pure and simple by their grace, about the secrets you as a submissive disciple have learned from those spiritual masters. (9) Being blessed therefore with a long life, please tell us in simple terms from your heart of goodness what you could ascertain to be the absolute and ultimate good that all people deserve. (10) In general, oh honorable one, the people in this age of Kali are lazy, misguided, unlucky and above all disturbed. (11) There are many scriptures with as many prescribed duties that each separately demand attention. Therefore oh sage, tell us for the good of all living beings what, to the best of your knowledge, would be the essence that satisfies the soul. (12) You are blessed Sûta because you know the purpose for which the Supreme One, the protector of the devotees, appeared in the womb of Devakî as the son of Vasudeva. (13) Please Sûta you should, according to the tradition, tell us who are aching for it about His incarnation for the good and upliftment of all living beings. (14) Entangled in the complications of birth and death we will find liberation even if we are not fully aware engaged in respecting the name of the Lord who is feared by fear itself. (15) Oh Sûta, those who have taken shelter of the lotus feet of the great sages who are absorbed in devotion immediately find purification by simply associating with them, whereas such purification with the water of the Ganges is only achieved when one cultivates it. (16) Is there anyone eager for liberation who wouldn't rather want to hear about the Lord His worshipable, virtuous deeds and glories as the sanctifier for the Age of Quarrel [Kali]? (17) He is hailed by the great souls for His transcendental glories. Please tell us, eager believers, about the pastimes of His descent in time. (18) Describe for that reason to us, oh sagacious one, the auspicious adventures and pastimes of the multiple incarnations of the Supreme Controller His personal energies. (19) We who know to appreciate the taste are never tired of continually praying and hearing about the adventures of The One Glorified that delight us time and again. (20) In the guise of a human being He with Balarâma [His elder brother] was of a superhuman performance. (21) Knowing of the onset of the Age of Kali, we for a longer period have assembled to sacrifice here at this place reserved for the devotees and take time to listen to the stories about the Lord. (22) We by providence have met your goodness who can help us, as a captain on a ship, through this insurmountable age of Kali that constitutes such a threat to one's good qualities. (23) Please tell us to whom we should turn to take shelter now the Lord of Yoga, S'rî Krishna, who is the Absolute Truth and the protector of the religion, has left for His abode."
 

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Text 1
Let there be the salutation of the original appearance of Him, Vâsudeva, the Fortunate One, from whom, being present here and in the beyond, for the purpose of recollection and full independence, the Vedic knowledge was imparted  in the heart of the first created being [Lord Brahmâ]. About Him the enlightened [as surely also the ordinary] souls are, like with a mirage of water to the [fire of the] sun, in a state of illusion wherein, through the action and reaction of the modes of material nature, there is the [apparent] certainty of the factual. I meditate upon Him who is always self-sufficient, the transcendental [supreme and absolute] truth and the negation free from illusion.
My obeisances unto the personality of Godhead, Vâsudeva [Lord  S'rî Krishna, the son of Vasudeva], the primeval Lord of the creation, destruction and sustenance of the manifested universe. Directly [present] and indirectly [outside of it] is He, for the purpose of consciousness, the fully independent one imparting the vedic knowledge in the heart of the original created being. About Him even the great sages and demi-gods are illusioned like one can be with a mirage of water to the [fire of the] sun, as through the action and reaction of the modes of material nature He creates the illusion of the factual. Upon Him I meditate who is always self-sufficient and of the transcendental, the negation free from illusion and the Absolute of the truth. (Vedabase)
 
Text 2
In this book deceitful religiosity [of ulterior motives] is rejected. One finds in it the highest that can be comprehended by selfless, truth-loving people. Herein that is offered what factually implies the well-being that uproots the threefold miseries [as caused by oneself, others and by nature]. What would be the need of other stories when one finds in this book the beautiful story of the Fortunate One that was compiled by the great sage [Vyâsadeva] which, with the help of the pious ones who are diligently of service, forthwith establishes the Controller in the heart.
Herein [in this book] is rejected deceitful religiosity [of ulterior motives], and finds one the highest, comprehensible to selfless truthloving ones. Herein is offered the factual substance of well-being that uproots the threefold miseries [as caused by oneself, others and by nature]. What is the need of others [other stories] when in here is found the beautiful story of the Fortunate One as compiled by the great sage [Vyâsadeva] which, with help of the ones pious and diligently of service, forthwith in the heart confines the Controller. (Vedabase)
 
Text 3
It is the ripened fruit from the desire tree of the Vedic literatures that flowing from the lips of  S'ukadeva manifested as sweet nectar perfect in every way. Oh you expert and thoughtful ones delighting in devotion, ever relish the home of the  S'rîmad Bhâgavatam!
It is the ripened fruit of the desire tree of the vedic literature taken as nectar from the lips of  S'ukadeva [the son of Vyâsadeva], who made it, perfect as it is, even more sweet and relishable - even to ones already expert and thoughtful in relating to the Lord. (Vedabase)
 
Text 4
In the forest of Naimishâranya, a spot favored by Vishnu, sages headed by the sage  S'aunaka performed a thousand-year sacrifice for the Lord of heaven and the devotees on earth.
In the forest of Naimishâranya, a spot favored by Vishnu, sages headed by the sage S'aunaka performed a thousand-year sacrifice for the Lord of heaven and the devotees on earth. (Vedabase)
 
Text 5
One morning, burning the sacrificial fire, the sages asked with due respect  S'rîla Sûta Gosvâmî, who was offered a seat of honor, the following:
One morning, burning the sacrificial fire, with due respect, the sages asked S'rîla Sûta Gosvâmî, who was offered a seat of honor, the following: (Vedabase
 
Text 6
"You, free from all vice as you are and familiar with the stories and historical records, are said to be well versed in the religious scriptures that you explained as well.
"You, free from all vice as you are and familiar with the stories and historical records, are said to be well versed in the religious scriptures having explained them also. (Vedabase)
 
Text 7
As the eldest of the scholars of the Vedas you know Vyâsadeva, the Lord among them - and Sûta, you know also the other ones well versed in physical and metaphysical knowledge.
As the eldest of the scholars of the Vedas you know Vyâsadeva, the Lord among them - and Sûta, you know as well the other ones well versed in physical and metaphysical knowledge. (Vedabase)
 
Text 8
Please your honor tell us therefore, because you are well-informed, pure and simple by their grace, about the secrets you as a submissive disciple have learned from those spiritual masters.
Being well conversant, pure and simple by their grace, tell us, your Honor, of the secrets you have learned as a submissive disciple from those spiritual masters. (Vedabase)
 
Text 9
Being blessed therefore with a long life, please tell us in simple terms from your heart of goodness what you could ascertain to be the absolute and ultimate good that all people deserve.
Being blessed thereof with ease and a long life, from your goodness please tell us, what you could ascertain to be the absolute and ultimate good that all people deserve. (Vedabase)
 
Text 10
In general, oh honorable one, the people in this age of Kali are lazy, misguided, unlucky and above all disturbed.
People educated in the society of modern time are mostly short lived and as a public lazy, misguided, unlucky and above all disturbed in this age. (Vedabase)
 
Text 11
There are many scriptures with as many prescribed duties that each separately demand attention. Therefore oh sage, tell us for the good of all living beings what, to the best of your knowledge, would be the essence that satisfies the soul.
There are many scriptures with many prescribed duties. Therefore tell us for the good of all living beings what to the best of your knowledge is the essence by which the soul is satisfied. (Vedabase)
 
Text 12
You are blessed Sûta, because you know the purpose for which the Supreme One, the protector of the devotees, appeared in the womb of Devakî as the son of Vasudeva.
O honored Sûta, You know why the Supreme One, the protector of the devotees, appeared in the womb of Devakî as the son of Vasudeva. (Vedabase)
 
Text 13
Please Sûta you should, according to the tradition, tell us who are aching for it about His incarnation for the good and upliftment of all living beings.
O Sûta, you should uplift us, who are eager to learn, by telling about Him, who descended for the good of all beings - and about His teachings as passed on by previous teachers. (Vedabase)
 
Text 14
Entangled in the complications of birth and death we will find liberation even if we are not fully aware engaged in respecting the name of the Lord who is feared by fear itself.
Entangled in the complications of birth and death, even not being fully conscious we will find liberation if we respect the name of the Lord who is feared by fear itself. (Vedabase
 
Text 15
Oh Sûta, those who have taken shelter of the lotus feet of the great sages who are absorbed in devotion immediately find purification by simply associating with them, whereas such purification with the water of the Ganges is only achieved when one cultivates it.
O Sûta, simply associating in devotion will sanctify us directly, as Ganges water would do but only after using it. (Vedabase)
 
Text 16
Is there anyone eager for liberation who wouldn't rather want to hear about the Lord His worshipable, virtuous deeds and glories as the sanctifier for the Age of Quarrel [Kali]?
Who eager for liberation wouldn't rather want to hear of the Lord His worshipable virtuous deeds and His glories as the sanctifier in the Age of Quarrel [Kali]? (Vedabase)
 
  Text 17
He is hailed by the great souls for His transcendental glories. Please tell us, eager believers, about the pastimes of His descent in time.
He is hailed by the great souls for His transcendental glories. Please tell us, who are eager to believe, about the pastimes of His descend in time. (Vedabase
 
Text 18
Describe for that reason to us, oh sagacious one, the auspicious adventures and pastimes of the multiple incarnations of the Supreme Controller His personal energies.
Therefore, describe us, o sagacious one, the auspicious adventures and pastimes of the multiple incarnations of the Supreme Controller His internal potency. (Vedabase
 
Text 19
We who know to appreciate the taste are never tired of continually praying and hearing about the adventures of The One Glorified that delight us time and again.
With the heart established like that, one will be fixed in goodness and become happy without further being affected by the lust, desire and yearning that arises from passion and ignorance. (Vedabase)
 
Text 20
In the guise of a human being He with Balarâma [His elder brother] was of a superhuman performance.
The mind enlivened in that association of service to the Lord, will find the reality of liberated wisdom becoming effective. (Vedabase
 
Text 21
Knowing of the onset of the Age of Kali, we for a longer period have assembled to sacrifice here at this place reserved for the devotees and take time to listen to the stories about the Lord.
Seeing the self that way as being the master will certainly cut the knots in the heart and terminate the chain and misery of materially motivated actions [karma]. (Vedabase
 
Text 22
We by providence have met your goodness who can help us, as a captain on a ship, through this insurmountable age of Kali that constitutes such a threat to one's good qualities.
Therefore all transcendentalists have for certain always delighted in the service to Lord Krishna - it enlivens the soul. (Vedabase
 
chbText 23
Please tell us to whom we should turn to take shelter now the Lord of Yoga,  S'rî Krishna, who is the Absolute Truth and the protector of the religion, has left for His abode."
Please tell us with whom we should take shelter, now the Lord of Yoga S'rî Krishna, who is the absolute truth and the protector of the religion, has left for His own abode." (Vedabase)
 
 
 



 


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