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Canto 10

Durlabha Mânava

 

 

Chapter 59: Mura and Bhauma Killed and the Prayers of Bhûmi

(1) The honorable king said: 'Please tell me about this adventure of the wielder of the S'ârnga [Krishna]. How was Bhaumâsura [the demon Naraka], who captured these women, killed by the Supreme Lord?'

(2-3) S'rî S'uka said: 'Bhauma had  stolen lord Indra's Varuna parasol, the earrings of his relative [his mother Aditi, see 8.17] as also a certain location [called Mani-parvata] on the mountain of the gods [Mandara hill, see 8.6: 22-23]. Lord Indra then informed Him [Lord Krishna] about what Bhaumâsura all had done. Together with His wife [Satyabhâmâ see *] seated on Garuda He thereupon traveled to the city of Prâgjyotisha [Bhauma's capital, now Tejpur of Assam], which lay protected surrounded by mountains and weapons, fire, water and wind. The place was fortified by a [mura-pâs'a] fence consisting of tens of thousands of tough and dreadful wires on all sides. (4) With His club He broke through the rock fortifications, with His arrows He defeated the weapon systems, with His disc He forced a way through the fire, the water and wind defenses and with His sword He likewise got through the fence. (5) Resounding His conch shell He broke the seals [of the fortress] as also the hearts of the brave warriors and with His heavy mace Gadâdhara broke through the ramparts. (6) Hearing the vibration of the Lord's Pâñcajanya that sounded like the thunder at the end of the universe, the five-headed demon Mura rose up who lay asleep in the water [of the moat]. (7) With his trident raised and with an effulgence as terrible as the fire of the sun most difficult to behold, he, as if he with his five mouths would swallow the three worlds, launched his attack the way the son of Târkshya [Garuda] would attack a snake. (8) Whirling his trident he threw it with all his strength at Garuda with such a tumultuous roar from his five mouths, that the earth, the sky and the outer space in all directions of the egg like shell of the universe reverberated. (9) Lord Krishna then with two arrows broke the trident flying at Garuda in three pieces and next with great force hit his faces with more arrows. The demon furiously hurled his club at Him.  (10) That club flying at Him on the battlefield was by Gadâgraja [Krishna as the Elder Brother of Gada] broken into thousands of pieces [by His own club]. But when he next with his arms raised rushed forward at Him, the unconquerable One with ease sliced off his heads with His disc. (11) Lifeless he with his heads severed fell into the water, as if Indra with his force had split off a mountain peak. His seven sons, feeling greatly distressed upon their father's death, thereupon angrily moved into action to retaliate.

(12) Incited by Bhaumâsura, Tâmra, Antariksha, S'ravana, Vibhâvasu, Vasu, Nabhasvân and  the seventh son Aruna with their weapons stepped forward on the battlefield headed by their general Pîthha. (13) In their attack they furiously used swords, clubs, spears, lances and tridents against the Invincible One, but the Supreme Lord of Infallible Prowess with His arrows cut their complete mountain of weapons into tiny pieces. (14) Cutting off their heads, thighs, arms, legs and armor, He sent the ones who were headed by Pîthha all to the abode of Yamarâja. Bhauma, the son of mother earth, who saw that his army and leaders succumbed to the arrows and disc of Krishna, could not accept that and marched forward with elephants in rut that were born from the milk ocean. (15) Seeing Lord Krishna with His wife sitting on Garuda like a cloud with lightning sitting above the sun, he released his S'ataghnî [spiked missile] at Him while at the same time all his soldiers attacked. (16) The Supreme Lord, the Elder Brother of Gada, turned their bodies as also the bodies of the horses and elephants of Bhaumâsura's army, with differently feathered sharp arrows into a collection of severed arms, thighs and necks. (17-19) Each of the sharp and shafted weapons that the warriors employed oh hero of the Kurus, were by Krishna with three arrows at a time cut to pieces. Garuda who carried Him, stroke the elephants with his two large wings and thus defeated them. Harassed by his wings, beak and talons they moved back into the city while Naraka ['hell' or Bhauma] continued with the battle. (20) Bhauma, annoyed to see his army forced in retreat because of Garuda, struck him with the spear that [once] withstood the thunderbolt [of Indra]. But he was not shaken more by it than an elephant being hit with a flower garland. (21) Bhauma, frustrated in his endeavors, next took up his trident to kill Acyuta, the Infallible One, but before he could even release it, the Lord with the razor-sharp edge of His cakra cut off the head of Naraka as he was sitting on his elephant. (22) That head, complete with its brilliant, shining decorations of earrings and a nice helmet, fell to the ground. [There were exclamations of] 'Alas, alas' and 'Bravo bravo!', while the sages and ruling demigods showered Lord Krishna with flower garlands.

(23) Mother earth thereupon approached Krishna and presented  golden earrings glowing with shining jewels and a Vaijayantî garland of forest flowers. She gave Him the parasol of Varuna and the Great Gem [the peak of Mandara]. (24) Oh King, the goddess with a mind full of devotion then folded her palms, bowed down and praised the Lord of the Universe who is worshiped by the best of the demigods. (25) Bhûmi said: 'I offer You my obeisances oh God of Gods, oh Lord, oh holder of the conch, the disc and the club who to the desire of Your devotees have assumed Your forms oh Supreme Soul. Let there be the praise unto You. (26) I worship Him with the lotus-like depression in His belly, my reverence for the One with the garland of lotuses, my respects for He whose glance is as cool as a lotus, my praise unto You who have feet that are like lotuses [as in 1.8: 22]. (27) My obeisances unto You, the Supreme Lord, Vâsudeva, Vishnu, the Original Person, the Primeval Seed and the Complete of Knowledge, unto You my salutations. (28) May there be the veneration for You, the Unborn Progenitor, the Unlimited Absolute, the Soul of the higher and lower energies, the Soul of the Creation, the Supersoul! (29) Desiring to create oh Master, You stand out as being the Unborn One [as Brahmâ], for the purpose of annihilation You adopt the mode of ignorance [as S'iva] and for the sake of maintenance You are [manifested as] the goodness [as the Vishnu-avatâras] of the Universe. [Yet You are] not covered [by these modes] oh Lord of Jagat [the Living Being that is the Universe]. Being Kâla [time], Pradhâna [the unmanifested state of matter, the primal ether] and Purusha [the Original Person] You nevertheless exist independently thereof. (30) This self of mine [the earth], the water, the fire, the air and the ether, the sense objects, the demigods, the mind, the senses and the doer, the total material energy - in sum everything that moves around or does not move around, constitutes the bewilderment oh Supreme Lord [when one supposes that it would exist independently of You]. Everything after all resides within You, the One Without a Second [see also siddhânta]! (31) This son of him [called Bhagadatta, son of Bhauma, Bhûmi's grandson] has in his fear approached the lotus feet of You who removes the distress of those who take shelter. Please protect him and place on his head Your lotus hand that eradicates all sins.'

(32) S'rî S'uka said: 'The Supreme Lord, with these words being entreated by Bhûmi with devotion and humility, took his fear away and entered the residence of Bhauma that was equipped with all conveniences. (33) The Lord found there sixteen thousand [**] maidens of the royal order who by Bhaumâsura by force were taken away from the kings. (34) When the women saw Him enter, the most excellent of all men, they enchanted chose for Him, who by fate was brought to them, as the husband of their desire. (35) Absorbed in Krishna they thought: 'May providence make that He becomes my husband.' Thus contemplating they, one after the other, all installed Him in their heart. (36) After they were properly washed and clad in spotless clothes, He sent them off in palanquins to Dvârakâ together with the enormous treasure of chariots, horses and a great number of other valuables [that was captured]. (37) Kes'ava also dispatched sixty-four swift white elephants with four tusks from the family of Airâvata [Indra's elephant]. (38-39) Thereupon He went to the abode of the king of the gods and gave Aditi her earrings. Then He together with His beloved [Satyabhâmâ] was worshiped by Indra, the head of the thirty [chief] demigods, and the great king's wife. Urged by His own wife He uprooted the [heavenly tree, the] pârijâta and placed it on Garuda. He defeated the demigods including Indra [who wanted to prevent that] and brought it to His city. (40) All the way from heaven being followed by the bees that were greedy for its sweet fragrance and juice, the tree beautified the garden of Satyabhâmâ's residence after being planted there. (41) [Indra] that great soul among the demigods, had bowed down, touched His feet with the tips of his crown and begged Acyuta to fulfill his desire, but now that he had achieved his purpose [viz. the Lord], he nevertheless started to quarrel with Him [about the pârijâta]. To hell [those demigods] with their wealth, what an ignorance [see also: 3.3: 5]! (42) The Supreme Lord then properly married with all those women, at the same time living in various residences with them and for that purpose the Imperishable One assumed as many forms [see 10.58: 45, 10.69: 19-45 and B.G. 9: 15; 13: 31]. (43) Happily engaged with the women who were eager to please Him, He who performs the most inconceivable deeds, never left their unequalled and superior palaces. Even though He is perfectly satisfied within, He carried out His duties as a householder and enjoyed life like any other man [see also 1.11: 37-39]. (44) The women shared in an ever-increasing pleasure the always fresh, loving attraction of associating with Him in smiles and glances, intimate talks and bashfulness. Thus having obtained the Husband of Ramâ they this way managed to attain Him in a manner that is not even available to Brahmâ and the other gods. (45) Even though they had hundreds of maidservants, they were personally of service to the Lord by approaching Him to offer a seat, be of first-class worship and wash His feet as also to serve Him with betel nut, massages and fanning, fragrances, garlands and dressing His hair, arranging His bed, bathing and presenting gifts.' 
 

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Text 1

The honorable king said: 'Please tell me about this adventure of the wielder of the S'ârnga [Krishna]. How was Bhaumâsura [the demon Naraka], who captured these women, killed by the Supreme Lord?'
The honorable king said: 'Please tell me of this adventure of the wielder of S'ârnga [Krishna]: how was Bhauma, who captured these women, killed by the Supreme Lord?' (Vedabase)

 

Text 2-3

S'rî S'uka said: 'Bhauma had  stolen lord Indra's Varuna parasol,  the earrings of his relative [his mother Aditi, see 8.17] as also a certain location [called Mani-parvata] on the mountain of the gods [Mandara hill, see 8.6: 22-23]. Lord Indra then informed Him [Lord Krishna] about what Bhaumâsura all had done. Together with His wife [Satyabhâmâ see *] seated on Garuda He thereupon traveled to the city of Prâgjyotisha [Bhauma's capital, now Tejpur of Assam], which lay protected surrounded by mountains and weapons, fire, water and wind. The place was fortified by a [mura-pâs'a] fence consisting of tens of thousands of tough and dreadful wires on all sides.

S'rî S'uka said: 'Informed by Indra, whose parasol [or badge of royalty] of Varuna and a place [called Mani-parvata] on the mountain of the gods [Mandara hill, see 8.6: 22-23] had been stolen and whose relative [mother Aditi, see 8.17] had been robbed of her earrings, went He [Lord Krishna answering ] to what Bhaumâsura all had done together with His wife [Satyabhâmâ see *] seated on Garuda to the city of Prâgjyotisha [Bhauma's capital now Tejpur of Assam], which lay protected surrounded by mountains and weapons, fire, water and wind and was fortified by a [mura-pâs'a] fence consisting of tens of thousands of tough and dreadful wires on all sides. (Vedabase)

 

Text 4

With His club He broke through the rock fortifications, with His arrows He defeated the weapon systems, with His disc He forced a way through the fire, the water and wind defenses and with His sword He likewise got through the fence.

With His club broke He through the rock fortifications, with His arrows defeated He the weapon systems, with His disc He broke through the fire, water and wind defense and with His sword came He likewise trough the fence. (Vedabase)

 

Text 5

Resounding His conch shell He broke the seals [of the fortress] as also the hearts of the brave warriors and with His heavy mace Gadâdhara broke through the ramparts.

With the resounding of His conchshell breaking the seals [of the fortress] and the hearts of the brave warriors, broke Gadâdhara with His heavy mace through the ramparts. (6) Hearing the vibration of the Lord His Pañcajanya, that sounded like the thunderclap at the end of the universe, rose up the five-headed demon Mura who lay asleep in the water [of the moat]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 6

Hearing the vibration of the Lord's Pâñcajanya that sounded like the thunder at the end of the universe, the five-headed demon Mura rose up who lay asleep in the water [of the moat].

Raising his trident, most difficult to behold with an effulgence as terrible as the fire of the sun, attacked he, as if he with his five mouths would swallow the three words, like the son of Târkshya [Garuda] attacks a snake. (Vedabase)

 

Text 7

With his trident raised and with an effulgence as terrible as the fire of the sun most difficult to behold, he, as if he with his five mouths would swallow the three worlds, launched his attack the way the son of Târkshya [Garuda] would attack a snake.

Whirling about his trident threw he it with great force at Garuda with the roaring of his five mouths penetrating the earth, the sky and outer space in all directions so massively that the egglike shell of the universe reverberated. (Vedabase)

 

Text 8

Whirling his trident he threw it with all his strength at Garuda with such a tumultuous roar from his five mouths, that the earth, the sky and the outer space in all directions of the egg like shell of the universe reverberated.

Lord Krishna then with two arrows broke the trident flying at Garuda in three pieces and next struck him forcefully in his faces with more arrows, upon which the demon in anger hurled his club at Him. (Vedabase)

 

Text 9

Lord Krishna then with two arrows broke the trident flying at Garuda in three pieces and next with great force hit his faces with more arrows. The demon furiously hurled his club at Him.

That club flying at Him was by the Elder Brother of Gada [Gadâgraja, Krishna] on the battlefield broken into thousands of pieces and as he with his arms raised rushed at Him, sliced the unconquerable One with ease the heads off with His disc. (Vedabase)

 

Text 10

That club flying at Him on the battlefield was by Gadâgraja [Krishna as the Elder Brother of Gada] broken into thousands of pieces [by His own club]. But when he next with his arms raised rushed forward at Him, the unconquerable One with ease  sliced off his heads with His disc.

As he lifeless fell into the water with his heads severed as if Indra with his force had split off a mountain peak, roused his seven sons angered into action to retaliate, feeling greatly distressed upon their fathers death. (Vedabase)

 

Text 11

Lifeless he with his heads severed fell into the water, as if Indra with his force had split off a mountain peak. His seven sons, feeling greatly distressed upon their father's death, thereupon angrily moved into action to retaliate.

Engaged by Bhaumâsura came Tâmra, Antariksha, S'ravana, Vibhâvasu, Vasu, Nabhasvân and Aruna the seventh with Pîthha leading as their general out to the battlefield carrying their weapons. (Vedabase)

 

Text 12

Incited by Bhaumâsura, Tâmra, Antariksha, S'ravana, Vibhâvasu, Vasu, Nabhasvân and  the seventh son Aruna with their weapons stepped forward on the battlefield headed by their general Pîthha.

In attack they angry and fierce used swords, clubs, spears, lances and tridents against the Invincible One, but at no time in his prowess frustrated by their mountain of weapons cut the Supreme Lord them with His arrows into smithereens. (Vedabase)

   

Text 13

In their attack they furiously used swords, clubs, spears, lances and tridents against the Invincible One, but the Supreme Lord of Infallible Prowess with His arrows cut their complete mountain of weapons into tiny pieces.

Them, headed by Pîthha, He sent to the abode of Yamarâja cutting off their heads, thighs, arms, legs and armor so that Bhauma, the son of mother earth, seeing how his army and leaders succumbed to the arrows and disc of Krishna, unable to bear that came out with mada exuding elephants born from the milk ocean. (Vedabase)

 

Text 14

Cutting off their heads, thighs, arms, legs and armor, He sent the ones who were headed by Pîthha all to the abode of Yamarâja. Bhauma, the son of mother earth, who saw that his army and leaders succumbed to the arrows and disc of Krishna, could not accept that and marched forward with elephants in rut that were born from the milk ocean.

Seeing Lord Krishna with His wife sitting upon Garuda like lightning to a cloud above the sun, released he his S'ataghnî [spiked missile] at him and attacked at the same time all his soldiers. (Vedabase)

 

Text 15

Seeing Lord Krishna with His wife sitting on Garuda like a cloud with lightning sitting above the sun, he released his S'ataghnî [spiked missile] at Him while at the same time all his soldiers attacked.

The Supreme Lord, the Elder Brother of Gada, turned their bodies - and at the same time the bodies of the horses and elephants - with diversely feathered sharp arrows into [a heap of] severed arms, thighs and necks. (Vedabase)

 

Text 16

The Supreme Lord, the Elder Brother of Gada, turned their bodies as also the bodies of the horses and elephants of Bhaumâsura's army, with differently feathered sharp arrows into a collection of severed arms, thighs and necks.

Each of the sharp and shafted weapons that the warriors employed, o hero of the Kurus, were by Krishna with three arrows at a time cut to pieces. Carried by the great winged one, Garuda, striking with both his wings, were the elephants beaten. The elephants because of his wings, beak and talons distressed moved back into the city while Naraka ['hell' or Bhauma] continued the battle. (Vedabase)

    

Text 17-19

Each of the sharp and shafted weapons that the warriors employed oh hero of the Kurus, were by Krishna with three arrows at a time cut to pieces. Garuda who carried Him, stroke the elephants with his two large wings and thus defeated them. Harassed by his wings, beak and talons they moved back into the city while Naraka ['hell' or Bhauma] continued with the battle.

Bhauma, tormented to see how by Garuda the army was forced in retreat, struck him with the spear that [once] withstood the thunderbolt [of Indra], but he wasn't shaken by it like an elephant isn't being hit with a flower. (Vedabase)

  

Text 20

Bhauma, annoyed to see his army forced in retreat because of Garuda, struck him with the spear that [once] withstood the thunderbolt [of Indra]. But he was not shaken more by it than an elephant being hit with a flower garland.

To kill Krishna took Bhauma, frustrated in his endeavors, up His trident, but before he could even release it, cut the Lord with the razor-sharp edge of His cakra off the head of Bhaumâsura as he sat on his elephant. (Vedabase)

 

Text 21

Bhauma, frustrated in his endeavors, next took up his trident to kill Acyuta, the Infallible One, but before he could even release it, the Lord with the razor-sharp edge of His cakra cut off the head of Naraka as he was sitting on his elephant.

Brilliant, shining decorated with earrings and a nice helmet, fell it all together to the ground, and worshiped [exclaiming] 'Alas, alas' and 'Bravo, bravo!' the sages and ruling gods Lord Krishna showering Him with flowers. (Vedabase)

  

Text 22

That head, complete with its brilliant, shining decorations of earrings and a nice helmet, fell to the ground. [There were exclamations of] 'Alas, alas' and 'Bravo bravo!' while the sages and ruling demigods showered Lord Krishna with flower garlands.

Next then approaching Krishna presented mother earth golden earrings glowing with shining jewels, a vaijayanti garland of forest flowers and gave she the parasol of Varuna and the Great Gem [the peak of Mandara]. (Vedabase)

  

Text 23

Mother earth thereupon approached Krishna and presented  golden earrings glowing with shining jewels and a Vaijayantî garland of forest flowers. She gave Him the parasol of Varuna and the Great Gem [the peak of Mandara].

The goddess then, o King, with a mind full of devotion folding her palms and bowing down, praised the Lord of the Universe who is worshiped by the best of the gods. (Vedabase)

  

Text 24

Oh King, the goddess with a mind full of devotion then folded her palms, bowed down and praised the Lord of the Universe who is worshiped by the best of the demigods.

The goddess then, o King, with a mind full of devotion folding her palms and bowing down, praised the Lord of the Universe who is worshiped by the best of the gods. (Vedabase)

 

Text 25

Bhûmi said: 'I offer You my obeisances oh God of Gods, oh Lord, oh holder of the conch, the disc and the club who to the desire of Your devotees have assumed Your forms oh Supreme Soul. Let there be the praise unto You.

Bhûmi said: 'To You my obeisances o God of Gods, o Lord, holder of the conch, the disc and the club, Who to the desire of Your devotees has assumed Your forms, o Supreme Soul; let there be the praise unto You. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 26

I worship Him with the lotus-like depression in His belly, my reverence for the One with the garland of lotuses, my respects for He whose glance is as cool as a lotus, my praise unto You who have feet that are like lotuses [as in 1.8: 22].

My homage is for Him with the lotuslike depression in his belly, my reverence for the One with the garland of lotuses, my respects for He whose glance is as cool as a lotus, my praise unto You with the feet that are like lotuses [as in 1.8: 22]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 27

My obeisances unto You, the Supreme Lord, Vâsudeva, Vishnu, the Original Person, the Primeval Seed and the Complete of Knowledge, unto You my salutations.

My obeisances unto You, the Supreme Lord, Vâsudeva, Vishnu, the Original Person, the Seed and Full of Knowledge, unto You my salutations. (Vedabase)

Text 28

May there be the veneration for You, the Unborn Progenitor, the Unlimited Absolute, the Soul of the higher and lower energies, the Soul of the Creation, the Supersoul!

May there be the veneration for You, the Unborn Progenitor, the Unlimited Absolute, the Soul of the energies higher and lower, the Soul of the Creation, the Supersoul! (Vedabase)

 

Text 29

Desiring to create oh Master, You stand out as being the Unborn One [as Brahmâ], for the purpose of annihilation You adopt the mode of ignorance [as S'iva] and for the sake of maintenance You are [manifested as] the goodness [as the Vishnu-avatâras] of the Universe. [Yet You are] not covered [by these modes] oh Lord of Jagat [the Living Being that is the Universe]. Being Kâla [time], Pradhâna [the unmanifested state of matter, the primal ether] and Purusha [the Original Person] You nevertheless exist independently thereof.

You, desiring to create o Master stand out Unborn indeed [as Brahmâ], for annihilation adopt the ignorance [as S'iva] and are for maintenance [manifest as] the goodness [as Vishnu-avatâras] of the Universe [and yet are You] not covered [by these modes], o Lord of Jagat [the Living Being that is the Universe]; being Kâla [time], Pradhâna [the original state of matter] and Purusha [the complete as the Original Person] are You yet separate therefrom. (Vedabase)

 

Text 30

This self of mine [the earth], the water, the fire, the air and the ether, the sense objects, the demigods, the mind, the senses and the doer, the total material energy - in sum everything that moves around or does not move around, constitutes the bewilderment oh Supreme Lord [when one supposes that it would exist independently of You]. Everything after all resides within You, the One Without a Second [see also siddhânta]!

This self of mine, the water, the fire and the air, the ether, the sense objects, the demigods, the mind, the senses, the doer, the total material energy, in sum everything that moves around or doesn't move, is [on itself] perplexity o Supreme Lord, as this all resides within You, the One Without a Second [see also siddhânta]! (Vedabase)

 

 Text 31

This son of him [called Bhagadatta, son of Bhauma, Bhûmi's grandson] has in his fear approached the lotus feet of You who removes the distress of those who take shelter. Please protect him and place on his head Your lotus hand that eradicates all sins.'

This son of him [Bhauma's son, Bhûmi's grandson] afraid has approached the lotusfeet of You who removes the distress of those who take shelter; please protect him and place on his head Your lotushand eradicating all sins.' (Vedabase)

  

Text 32

S'rî S'uka said: 'The Supreme Lord, with these words being entreated by Bhûmi with devotion and humility, took his fear away and entered the residence of Bhauma that was equipped with all conveniences.

S'rî S'uka said: 'The Supreme Lord, with these words entreated by Bhûmi with devotion and humility, entered, to take away the fear, the residence of Bhauma rich with all opulences. (Vedabase)

 

Text 33

The Lord found there sixteen thousand [**] maidens of the royal order who by Bhaumâsura by force were taken away from the kings.

There the Lord saw sixteen thousand [**] maidens of the royal order that by Bhaumâsura by force were stolen from the kings. (Vedabase)

 

Text 34

When the women saw Him enter, the most excellent of all men, they enchanted chose for Him, who by fate was brought to them, as the husband of their desire.

The women seeing Him, the most excellent of all men, entering, enchanted chose for Him, who was brought by fate, as the husband they desired. (Vedabase)

    

Text 35

Absorbed in Krishna they thought: 'May providence make that He becomes my husband.' Thus contemplating they, one after the other, all installed Him in their heart.

Absorbed in Krishna thinking: 'May providence make that He becomes my husband', installed they Him thus all individually in their hearts. (Vedabase)

 

Text 36

After they were properly washed and clad in spotless clothes, He sent them off in palanquins to Dvârakâ together with the enormous treasure of chariots, horses and a great number of other valuables [that was captured].

Them, well-cleaned and in spotless clothes, He sent in palanquins off to Dvârakâ together with great treasures, chariots and horses and a great number of other valuables. (Vedabase)

 

Text 37

Kes'ava also dispatched sixty-four swift white elephants with four tusks from the family of Airâvata [Indra's elephant].

Kes'ava dispatched also sixty-four swift and white elephants with four tusks from the family of Airâvata [Indra's elephant]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 38-39

Thereupon He went to the abode of the king of the gods and gave Aditi her earrings. Then He together with His beloved [Satyabhâmâ] was worshiped by Indra, the head of the thirty [chief] demigods, and the great king's wife. Urged by His own wife He uprooted the [heavenly tree, the] pârijâta and placed it on Garuda. He defeated the demigods including Indra [who wanted to prevent that] and brought it to His city.

Going to the abode of the king of the gods and giving Aditi her earrings was He together with His beloved [Satyabhâmâ] worshiped by Indra the head of the [chief] thirty demigods and the great king his wife. (Vedabase)

  

Text 40

All the way from heaven being followed by the bees that were greedy for its sweet fragrance and juice, the tree beautified the garden of Satyabhâmâ's residence after being planted there.

Urged by His wife He uprooted the pârijâta, placed it on Garuda and brought it, defeating the demigods [who fought that], to His city. Planted beautified it the garden of Satyabhâmâ's residence to where it was followed by the bees from heaven greedy for its sweet fragrance and juice. (Vedabase)

 

Text 41

[Indra] that great soul among the demigods, had bowed down, touched His feet with the tips of his crown and begged Acyuta to fulfill his desire, but now that he had achieved his purpose [viz. the Lord], he nevertheless started to quarrel with Him [about the pârijâta]. To hell [those demigods] with their wealth, what an ignorance [see also: 3.3: 5]!

After he [Indra] had bowed down with the tips of his crown touching His feet and had begged Acyuta to fulfill his purpose, did he, that great soul indeed of the demigods, having achieved his purpose, quarrel with Him [over the pârijâta]; damned that wealth of them, what an ignorance! [see also: 3.3: 5]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 42

The Supreme Lord then properly married with all those women, at the same time living in various residences with them and for that purpose the Imperishable One assumed as many forms [see 10.58: 45, 10.69: 19-45 and B.G. 9: 15; 13: 31].

Then at the right time married the Supreme Lord, being the same in various residences, those women properly, as the Imperishable One assuming as many forms [see 10.58: 45, 10.69: 19-45 and B.G. 9: 15; 13: 3]. [see B.G. 9: 15; 13: 31 and 10.58: 45]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 43

Happily engaged with the women who were eager to please Him, He who performs the most inconceivable deeds, never left their unequalled and superior palaces. Even though He is perfectly satisfied within, He carried out His duties as a householder and enjoyed life like any other man [see also 1.11: 37-39].

Constantly remaining in their residences performed He inconceivable, unequaled and unexcelled, absorbed in His love His deeds enjoying the pleasing women, like any other man carrying out the duties of a householder [see also 1.11: 37-39]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 44

The women shared in an ever-increasing pleasure the always fresh, loving attraction of associating with Him in smiles and glances, intimate talks and bashfulness. Thus having obtained the Husband of Ramâ they this way managed to attain Him in a manner that is not even available to Brahmâ and the other gods.

The women in this manner obtaining the Husband of Ramâ and knowing means to attain that not even Brahmâ and the other gods know, shared in an ever-increasing pleasure the always fresh loving attraction of associating in smiles and glances, intimate talks and bashfulness. (Vedabase)

 

Text 45

Even though they had hundreds of maidservants, they were personally of service to the Lord by approaching Him to offer a seat, be of first-class worship and wash His feet as also to serve Him with betel nut, massages and fanning, fragrances, garlands and dressing His hair, arranging His bed, bathing and presenting gifts.'

Approaching Him, offering a seat, being of first-class worship, washing His feet, serving with betelnut, massages and fanning, fragrances, garlands, dressing His hair, arranging His bed, bathing and presenting gifts were they, though having hundreds of maidservants, [personally] of service to the Almighty Lord.'  (Vedabase)

 

*: The âcâryas explain that Satyabhâmâ would accompany Krishna to give permission to kill Bhauma despite the promise He once made to Bhûmi, the earth-goddess, not to hurt her son Bhauma without her permission. She would also come along to procure the pârijâta flower tree Krishna had promised her after He brought Rukminî one such flower [see also 10.50: 54 and 3.3: 5]

**: As to the number of Krishna's queens there is no absolute agreement. Here is written 16000. The Vishnu Purâna V.19 - 9.31 mentions 16100 while even others speak of 16001. Not counting the verse 10.90: 29 which again mentions over 16100 of them, would, reasoning from the Bhâgavatam stories only, there be 16008 queens [see also previous footnote *].

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The first painting is titled: 'Krishna Battles the Armies of the Demon Naraka', Page from a Dispersed Bhagavata Purana
(Ancient Stories of Lord Vishnu), Deli-Agra area, India, ca. 1520-30.
The second painting is titled: "The Earth Goddess Returns the Stolen Goods to Krishna and Pays Homage to Him".
Page from a dispersed series of the Bhagavata Purana (Story of the Lord Vishnu)
Probably made in Delhi-Agra area, Uttar Pradesh, India, ca. 1525-40.
Source:
Philadelphia Museum of Art.
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Filognostic Association of The Order of Time.

 

 

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