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Canto 10

Dāmodarāshthaka

 


 

Chapter 85: Lord Krishna Instructs Vasudeva and Retrieves Devakī's Sons

(1) The son of Vyāsa said: 'One day, Sankarshana and Acyuta, the two sons of Vasudeva, visited Their father who, after They had honored his feet, welcomed Them affectionately and spoke to Them. (2) Having heard the words of the sages referring to the superhuman qualities of his two sons, he became convinced of Their heroic deeds. Addressing Them by name he said: (3) 'Krishna, oh Krishna, oh greatest yogi, oh eternal Sankarshana, I know that the two of You are the direct [representatives] of the original nature [or pradhāna] and the supreme male principle [the purusha or person] of this universe. (4) You are directly the Supreme Lord, the masters of the original substance and the person. Whatever comes into existence whenever for whatever reason, originates from You, is created by You and exists within You, is there for Your sake and belongs to You. (5) Oh Lord of the Beyond, this variegated universe that You created from Yourself, is maintained by You oh Unborn One, You enter it as the Supersoul [the Paramātma] and [constitute therewith] the life principle of the vitality [prāna] and the individuality [jīva]. (6) Of both [the animate, and inanimate] entities that, different as they are and all belonging to the Supreme, are thus dependent, You are the One who constitutes the creative potency that is active within the life air and the other basic forces of the universe [see also 2.5: 32-33]. (7) The glow, brilliance, luminosity and the particular existence of the moon, the fire, the sun, the stars and lightning B.G. 15: 12], the permanence of the mountains and the fragrance and sustaining power of the earth, are all You in fact. (8) The quenching and the vitalizing capacity of water as also the water itself and its taste are You oh Lord. Oh Controller, on the basis of Your air [the oxygen...] there is the body heat, the mental and physical vigor, the endeavor and the movement [see also B.G. 11: 39]. (9) You are the directions and the spaces they describe, the omnipresent ether and the elemental sound belonging thereto. You are the [primeval] sound that constitutes the syllable AUM and its differentiation in particular forms [of language, see also B.G. 7: 8]. (10) You are the power of sense perception, You are their gods [see also see also 3.12: 26] and of them You are the mercy [granting these sensations]. You are of the intelligence the power to decide and of the living being the power to remember things correctly [B.G. 7: 10 & 15: 15]. (11) You, the primeval Cause of all Causes [the non-manifest original substance pradhāna], are the source of the physical elements [tamas], the passions of the senses [rajas] and the stream of consciousness of the creative gods [sattva, see also B.G. 14]. (12) Among the entities that are subject to destruction in this world You are the imperishable being, even as the substance of something is observed [and not lost] with its transformations. (13) The modes of goodness, passion and ignorance and their functions are in this [imperishable] way regulated within You, within the Supreme Absolute Truth, by Your internal potency [the yogamāyā of Your pastimes]. (14) On that account there is in You [Yourself] no question of these modifications. When they are conditioned by You [and in You] as products of creation, they have You inside of them, You who otherwise are not material [eternally free, nitya-mukta, see also B.G. 2: 12, 9: 4-5 & 8: 19]. (15) In this world they are ignorant who impelled by their karma [eternally bound, nitya-bandha] move around in the cycle of rebirth because they fail to understand the transcendental destination that is the Soul of the Complete. (16) I was as fortunate to acquire with this life this difficult to attain, most suitable form of human existence, but because of Your deluding energy [māyā] I have spent my entire life in confusion about what one's own purpose in life would be. (17) With You who in this world ties everyone together with the ropes of affection, there is with the body and the progeny and other relations the 'this I am' and 'these are mine' to it [see also e.g. 2.9: 2, 4.28: 17, 4.29: 5, 5.5: 8 and 6.16: 41]. (18) The two of You are not our sons but evidently the Lords of pradhāna and purusha who descended to remove the burden of rulers from the earth, as You have said [10.50: 7-10]. (19) I therefore today seek the shelter of Your lotus feet that, from the surrendered, from the distressed souls, take away the fear of being entangled [in the material world] oh Friend, and that is all. Enough, I have enough of that hankering for sense enjoyment that binds me to the mortal frame and makes me think of You, the Supreme One, as being my child. (20) In the maternity room You indeed said [see 10.3: 44] that You were the Unborn Soul who age after age having taking birth with us thus operates to defend Your dharma and therewith just like a cloud [changing form] assume and give up various bodies [see B.G. 4: 8]. Oh, who can understand the mystic potency and powerful expansions of You, the all-pervading, most glorified Lord?'

(21) S'rī S'uka said: 'Having heard these statements of His father, the Supreme Lord, the best of the Sātvatas, with humility bowed down and then replied broadly smiling in a gentle voice. (22) The Supreme Lord said: 'I consider these meaningful words of yours appropriate oh father, since by referring to Us, your Sons, you have expressed the complete of reality. (23) I, you, He, My brother, and these residents of Dvārakā, must together with everything that moves and not moves, all be considered the same way [as expansions of Me] oh best of the Yadus [B.G. 9: 5 & 15 and the siddhānta]. (24) The Supreme Soul being indeed one, self-luminous, eternal and distinct, by means of the modes, from Himself has created the material entities that belong to those modes. Being free from the modes He is thus seen as many. (25) It is as with the ether, the air, the fire, the water and the earth that, being single elements, depending their locations, in their manifest and unmanifest, small and large products appear as many [see also B.G. 13: 31].'

(26) S'rī S'uka said: 'Vasudeva thus having been addressed by the Supreme Lord oh King, was liberated from his thinking in opposites and became silent, being satisfied within. (27-28) Then at that place oh best of the Kurus, Devakī, the worshipable goddess of all who to her utter amazement had heard of [the retrieval of] the son of Their guru [10.45], asked Krishna and Rāma loudly and clear to bring back her own sons who were murdered by Kamsa. With that in mind looking back, she spoke sad and distraught with tears in her eyes. (29) S'rī Devakī said: 'Rāma, oh Rāma, oh Immeasurable Soul; oh Krishna, Master of the Yoga Masters, I know that the two of You are the Original Personalities, the Lords of the Creators of the Universe [see also catur-vyūha]. (30) Having taken birth from me You have now descended because of the kings who, living in defiance of the scriptures and with their good qualities destroyed by the time [of Kali-yuga], became a burden to the earth. (31) Oh Soul of All That Be, today I have come to seek shelter with You, who by a partial expansion [the modes] of an expansion [the material energy] of an expansion [Nārāyana] of Yours gives rise to the generation, prospering and dissolution of the universe [see also 2.5]. (32-33) One says that Your guru ordered You to retrieve his son wo had died a long time ago. You brought him from the place of the forefathers to Your spiritual master as a gift of gratitude to the teacher. Please oh You two Masters of the Yoga Masters, fulfill the same way my desire. I would like to see my sons brought back who were killed by Kamsa [see 10.4].'



(34) The rishi [S'uka] said: 'Thus entreated by Their mother oh descendant of Bharata, Rāma and Krishna entered the nether world of Sutala utilizing Their internal potency [see 5.24: 18]. (35) The daitya king [Bali] who saw Them entering stood immediately up to bow down to Them together with his entourage. He was overwhelmed with joy of seeing Them, the Supreme Soul and Self of the Universe who were his favorite divinity of worship. (36) Bringing Them royal seats, They were happy to sit down there. He washed the feet of the two Great Souls and together with his followers took the water [upon their heads] that purifies [everyone] up to Brahmā. (37) He worshiped Them by presenting all the wealth of himself and his family: the most valuable riches, garments, ornaments, fragrant pastes, bethel nut, lamps, nectarean food and so on [*]. (38) He who had conquered Indra [see 8.15], over and over took hold of the Supreme Lord's feet. With a heart melting of love, with tears of happiness in his eyes and with his hair standing on end oh King, he spoke with a choked up voice. (39) Bali said: 'My obeisances to Ananta, the Greatest Being and Krishna, the Absolute Truth, the Supersoul, the Disseminator and Creator of analytical knowledge [sānkhya, see 3.25-32] and [the science of bhakti] yoga. (40) To see You is indeed something rarely achieved by the living beings. But [if You endeavor to reach us] on Your own accord it lies even within the reach of people like us whose natures are of passion and ignorance [see B.G. 3: 21-23]. (41-43) The sons of Diti and Dāna, the singers of heaven, the perfected souls, the scientists, the venerable persons, the wealth keepers, the wild, the carnivorous and the paranormal ones, the mystics, the politicians, we and others like them are constantly fixed in a grudge against the physical presence of You, the direct embodiment of the revealed scriptures who are of pure goodness. Some are obstinate with hatred and some are of devotion with a certain lust [an ulterior motive], while the enlightened souls predominated by the mode of goodness are not attracted in that [negative] way [compare: the ātmārāma-verse 1.7: 10]. (44) Oh Master of the Yoga Masters, when not even expert yogis know Your bewildering power of yoga that for the greater part is characterized by terms like this [svarūpa and vis'esha inborn and modal game of identity], what then to expect of us? (45) Have therefore mercy with me and lead me out of the blind well of a householder's life towards the other shelter of Your lotus feet that is sought by selfless souls. Thus I may wander everywhere alone or else under the protection of those [saints, devotees, Vaishnavas, desire trees] who are willing to help everyone in the world, the ones at whose feet one finds peace and obtains what one needs in life [the 'vritti']. (46) Please direct us oh Controller of the ones [self-]controlled, make us sinless oh Master, turn us into a person who executes with faith and is thus freed from [scriptural, ritual] fixations.'

(47) The Supreme Lord said: 'Once, during the first Manu, Marīci fathered six sons born from Ūrnā. They were demigods who laughed when they saw that the loving one ['kam', or Brahmā in this case] wanted to copulate with his daughter [called Vāk, see 3.12: 28-35, compare 3.20: 23]. (48-49) Because of that offense they immediately entered a womb to be born to Hiranyakas'ipu. They were then by Yogamāyā transferred to be born from the womb of Devakī oh King. They were murdered by Kamsa. She laments over them as being her own sons. These same sons are living here near you [see also ** and 10.2*]. (50) We would like to take them from here in order to dispel their mother's sadness. When thereafter the curse is lifted they, being freed from the misery, will come back to their own [heavenly] world. (51) By My grace these six - Smara [Kīrtimān, see 10.1: 57], Udgītha, Parishvanga, Patanga, Kshudrabhrit and Ghrinī - will return to the destination of the saintly souls.'

(52) Thus having spoken They, both being honored by Bali, took the sons back to Dvārakā and presented  them to their mother. (53) When she saw the boys, the breasts of the goddess flowed because of her affection for her sons. She placed them on her lap and embraced them, over and over smelling their heads. (54) Bewildered by the illusory energy of Vishnu because of which the creation comes into being, she lovingly allowed her sons to drink from her breasts that were wet as they touched them. (55-56) Having drunk her nectarean milk, that had remained from the milk the Wielder of the Club had drank [before Vasudeva carried Him to Gokula], they, because of [thus] coming in touch with the body of Nārāyana, regained the awareness of their original selves. Bowing down to Govinda, Devakī, their father and Balarāma they, for everyone to see, went to [heaven,] the abode where the gods reside. (57) Seeing this return and departure of the dead, divine Devakī thought in great amazement about the magic that was arranged by Krishna oh King. (58) Oh descendant of Bharata, there are of Krishna, the Supreme Soul unlimited in His valor, countless heroic acts like this.'

(59) S'rī Sūta said [at Naimishāranya, 1.1: 4]: "Whoever devoutly hears or recounts the way this pastime of Murāri whose glories are unlimited is described by Vyāsa's respected son, will by thus fixing his mind on the Supreme Lord, go to His all-auspicious heavenly abode, for this true delight for His devotees' ears fully annihilates the sins of the living being."

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  Third revised edition, loaded December 24, 2014. 

  

 

 

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Text 1

The son of Vyāsa said: 'One day, Sankarshana and Acyuta, the two sons of Vasudeva, visited Their father who, after They had honored his feet, welcomed Them affectionately and spoke to Them.

The son of Vyāsa said: 'Then, one day, came Sankarshana and Acyuta, the two sons of Vasudeva, to him who, after They had honored his feet, greeting Them spoke affectionately. (Vedabase)

 

Text 2

Having heard the words of the sages referring to the superhuman qualities of his two sons, he became convinced of Their heroic deeds. Addressing Them by name he said:

Having heard the words of the sages referring to the powers of his two sons, had with him in regard of their valorous deeds the conviction developed and said he, addressing Them by name: (Vedabase)

 

Text 3

'Krishna, oh Krishna, oh greatest yogi, oh eternal Sankarshana, I know that the two of You are the direct [representatives] of the original nature [or pradhāna] and the supreme male principle [the purusha or person] of this universe.

'Krishna, o Krishna, o greatest yogī, o eternal Sankarshana, I know You two are directly the primary nature [or pradhāna] and male principle [the purusha or person] out here. (Vedabase)

 

Text 4

You are directly the Supreme Lord, the masters of the original substance and the person. Whatever comes into existence whenever for whatever reason, originates from You, is created by You and exists within You, is there for Your sake and belongs to You.

Whatever, however or whenever, in, by, from, of or unto this [universe] comes into existence, is all directly the Predominator, the Supreme Lord, the primary nature and person, (Vedabase)


Text 5

Oh Lord of the Beyond, this variegated universe that You created from Yourself, is maintained by You oh Unborn One, You enter it as the Supersoul [the Paramātma] and [constitute therewith] the life principle of the vitality [prāna] and the individuality [jīva].

This variegated universe created from Yourself, o Lord of the Beyond, do You, o Unborn One, entering it by Yourself, maintain as the Supreme Soul and principle of vitality and individuality. (Vedabase)

 

Text 6

Of both [the animate, and inanimate] entities that, different as they are and all belonging to the Supreme, are thus dependent, You are the One who constitutes the creative potency that is active within the life air and the other basic forces of the universe [see also 2.5: 32-33].

Of both [the animate, and inanimate] entities which, different as they are, all belonging to the Supreme are thus dependent, are You the One that sets into motion the creative factors and potencies of the life air and that all in the universe [see also 2.5: 32-33]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 7

The glow, brilliance, luminosity and the particular existence of the moon, the fire, the sun, the stars and lightning B.G. 15: 12], the permanence of the mountains and the fragrance and sustaining power of the earth, are all You in fact.

The glow, brilliance, luminosity, the particular of the moon, the fire, the sun, the stars and the lightning [B.G. 15: 12], the permanence of the mountains and the fragrance and sustaining power of the earth, are all in truth You Yourself. (Vedabase)

 

Text 8

The quenching and the vitalizing capacity of water as also the water itself and its taste are You oh Lord. Oh Controller, on the basis of Your air [the oxygen...] there is the body heat, the mental and physical vigor, the endeavor and the movement [see also B.G. 11: 39].

The quenching, the life-giving of water as also the water itself and its taste are You o Lord; o Controller, Yours is the body heat, the vigor mental and physical, the endeavor and the movement [that are all said to be] of the air [see also B.G. 11: 39]. (Vedabase)

      

Text 9

You are the directions and the spaces they describe, the omnipresent ether and the elemental sound belonging thereto. You are the [primeval] sound that constitutes the syllable AUM and its differentiation in particular forms [of language, see also B.G. 7: 8].

You are the directions their spaces, the ether all around, the elemental sound there based, the primeval vibration that is the syllable of AUM and its differentiation in particular forms [of language, see also B.G. 7: 8]. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 10

You are the power of sense perception, You are their gods [see also see also 3.12: 26] and of them You are the mercy [granting these sensations]. You are of the intelligence the power to decide and of the living being the power to remember things correctly [B.G. 7: 10 & 15: 15].

You are of the senses the power to sense, their gods [3.12: 26] and of them the mercy; You are of the intelligence the power to decide and of the living being the power to correctly recall [B.G. 7: 10 15: 15]. (Vedabase)

    

 Text 11

You, the primeval Cause of all Causes [the non-manifest original substance pradhāna], are the source of the physical elements [tamas], the passions of the senses [rajas] and the stream of consciousness of the creative gods [sattva, see also B.G. 14].

You, the Originator before All, are the source of the physical elements [tamas], the passions of the senses [rajas] and the emotions changing with the choice of gods [sattva, see also B.G. 14]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 12

Among the entities that are subject to destruction in this world You are the imperishable being, even as the substance of something is observed [and not lost] with its transformations.

Among the entities that are subject to destruction in this world are You the indestructible, just as the substance itself is, relative to its transformations. (Vedabase)

 

Text 13

The modes of goodness, passion and ignorance and their functions are in this [imperishable] way regulated within You, within the Supreme Absolute Truth, by Your internal potency [the yogamāyā of Your pastimes].

The modes of goodness, passion and ignorance and their functions are this way within You, within the Supreme Absolute Truth, regulated by the internal potency [the yogamāyā of Your pastimes]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 14

On that account there is in You [Yourself] no question of these modifications. When they are conditioned by You [and in You] as products of creation, they have You inside of them, You who otherwise are not material [eternally free, nitya-mukta, see also B.G. 2: 12, 9: 4-5 & 8: 19].

On that account are these entities not [really] destroyed when they - at other times indeed being nonmaterial - conditioned within You as products of creation, also have You within them [as a believer, as caitanya, a nitya-mukta conscious soul or jivātmā, see B.G 2: 12, 9: 4-5 & 8: 19]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 15

In this world they are ignorant who impelled by their karma [eternally bound, nitya-bandha] move around in the cycle of rebirth because they fail to understand the transcendental destination that is the Soul of the Complete.

Those then in this world are ignorant who, failing in understanding the destination of the Soul of Everything, impelled by their karma move around in the flow of the material ocean. (Vedabase)

 

Text 16

I was as fortunate to acquire with this life this difficult to attain, most suitable form of human existence, but because of Your deluding energy [māyā] I have spent my entire life in confusion about what one's own purpose in life would be.

Somehow or other in this life having obtained the most suitable of the human stature so difficult to achieve, may someone deluded by the material energy [like Me], o Controller, [still] have spent his entire life in confusion about his own best interest. (Vedabase)


Text 17

With You who in this world ties everyone together with the ropes of affection, there is with the body and the progeny and other relations the 'this I am' and 'these are mine' to it [see also e.g. 2.9: 2, 4.28: 17, 4.29: 5, 5.5: 8 and 6.16: 41].

With You tying up all in this world with the ropes of affection is there to the body and the progeny and other relations the 'this I am' and 'these are mine' to it. [see also e.g. 2.9: 2, 4.28: 17, 4.29: 5, 5.5: 8 and 6.16: 41]. (Vedabase)

   

Text 18

The two of You are not our sons but evidently the Lords of pradhāna and purusha who descended to remove the burden of rulers from the earth, as You have said [10.50: 7-10].

The two of You are not our sons but evidently the Controllers of pradhāna and purusha that descended to remove the burden of rulers of the earth, as You Yourselves have said [10.50: 7-10]. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 19

I therefore today seek the shelter of Your lotus feet that, from the surrendered, from the distressed souls, take away the fear of being entangled [in the material world] oh Friend, and that is all. Enough, I have enough of that hankering for sense enjoyment that binds me to the mortal frame and makes me think of You, the Supreme One, as being my child.

Therefore do I today come for Your shelter, to the lotusfeet which, with the surrendered, the distressed, take away the fear of being entangled, o Friend, and that is all; enough, enough of that hankering for sense-enjoyment which makes me see myself as being mortal and think of You, the One Supreme, as being my child. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 20

In the maternity room You indeed said [see 10.3: 44] that You were the Unborn Soul who age after age having taking birth with us thus operates to defend Your dharma and therewith just like a cloud [changing form] assume and give up various bodies [see B.G. 4: 8]. Oh, who can understand the mystic potency and powerful expansions of You, the all-pervading, most glorified Lord?'

In the maternity room You indeed said [see 10.3: 44] that You, taking birth with us, were the Unborn One and thus so age after age operate in defense of Your dharma, like a cloud assuming and effacing various bodies [see B.G. 4: 8]; o, who can understand the mystic potency and manifold of You, all-pervading, so greatly glorified?' (Vedabase)

 

 Text 21

S'rī S'uka said: 'Having heard these statements of His father, the Supreme Lord, the best of the Sātvatas, with humility bowed down and then replied broadly smiling in a gentle voice.

S'rī S'uka said: 'This way hearing the statements of His father replied the Supreme Lord, the best of the sātvatas with humility bowing, broadly smiling with a gentle voice. (Vedabase)

  

 Text 22

The Supreme Lord said: 'I consider these meaningful words of yours appropriate oh father, since by referring to Us, your Sons, you have expressed the complete of reality.

The Supreme Lord said: 'I consider these words of You appropriate, o father, since by referring to Us, your Sons, you expressed the total reality. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 23

I, you, He, My brother, and these residents of Dvārakā, must together with everything that moves and not moves, all be considered the same way [as expansions of Me] oh best of the Yadus [B.G. 9: 5 & 15 and the siddhānta].

I, you, He, My brother, and these residents of Dvārakā even, are all to be considered the same way (as expansions of Me), o best of the Yadus, along with everything that moves and not moves [B.G. 9: 5 & 15 and the siddhānta]. (Vedabase)

  

 Text 24

The Supreme Soul being indeed one, self-luminous, eternal and distinct, by means of the modes, from Himself has created the material entities that belong to those modes. Being free from the modes He is thus seen as many.

The Supreme Soul indeed is one, self-luminous, eternal and distinct; being free from the modes is it by the modes from itself having created the material entities as their products, seen as many. (Vedabase)

  

 Text 25

It is as with the ether, the air, the fire, the water and the earth that, being single elements, depending their locations, in their manifest and unmanifest, small and large products appear as many [see also B.G. 13: 31].'

It is as with the ether, the air, the fire, the water and the earth that, being one, depending their locations, in their products, manifest or unmanifest, small or large, appear as being many [see also B.G. 13: 31].' (Vedabase)

 

 Text 26

S'rī S'uka said: 'Vasudeva thus having been addressed by the Supreme Lord oh King, was liberated from his thinking in opposites and became silent, being satisfied within.

S'rī S'uka said: 'Of Vasudeva thus addressed by the Supreme Lord, o King, was the thinking in separateness destroyed and was he silent satisfied within. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 27-28

Then at that place oh best of the Kurus, Devakī, the worshipable goddess of all who to her utter amazement had heard of [the retrieval of] the son of Their guru [10.45], asked Krishna and Rāma loudly and clear to bring back her own sons who were murdered by Kamsa. With that in mind looking back, she spoke sad and distraught with tears in her eyes.

Then at that place, o best of the Kurus, asked loud and clear Devakī, the worshipable goddess of all, from Krishna and Rāma that, as she to her utter amazement had heard of [Their retrieving] the son of Their guru [10.45], that her own sons murdered by Kamsa be brought back; to the memory of which she sadly remembering, distraught spoke with tears in her eyes. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 29

S'rī Devakī said: 'Rāma, oh Rāma, oh Immeasurable Soul; oh Krishna, Master of the Yoga Masters, I know that the two of You are the Original Personalities, the Lords of the Creators of the Universe [see also catur-vyūha].

S'rī Devakī said: 'Rāma, o Rāma, o Immeasurable Soul; o Krishna, Master of the Yogamasters, I know You both are the Original Personalities, the Lords of the Creators of the Universe [see also catur-vyūha]. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 30

Having taken birth from me You have now descended because of the kings who, living in defiance of the scriptures and with their good qualities destroyed by the time [of Kali-yuga], became a burden to the earth.

You now indeed descended to me for the kings who, living outside of the scriptures with their good qualities destroyed by the time [of kaliyuga], became a burden to the earth. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 31

Oh Soul of All That Be, today I have come to seek shelter with You, who by a partial expansion [the modes] of an expansion [the material energy] of an expansion [Nārāyana] of Yours gives rise to the generation, prospering and dissolution of the universe [see also 2.5].

O Soul of All that Be, today came I for shelter to Him, You, who by a partial expansion [the modes] of an expansion [the material energy] of an expansion [Nārāyana] gives rise to the generation, prospering and dissolution of the universe [see also 2.5]. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 32-33

One says that Your guru ordered You to retrieve his son wo had died a long time ago. You brought him from the place of the forefathers to Your spiritual master as a gift of gratitude to the teacher. Please oh You two Masters of the Yoga Masters, fulfill the same way my desire. I would like to see my sons brought back who were killed by Kamsa [see 10.4].'

It is heard that ordered by Your guru to retrieve his for a long time dead son, You brought him from the place of the forefathers to Your spiritual master as a gift of gratitude to the teacher. Please, o You two Masters of the Yoga Masters, fulfill the same way my desire: I'd like to see brought back my sons that were killed by Kamsa' [see 10.4]. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 34

The rishi [S'uka] said: 'Thus entreated by Their mother oh descendant of Bharata, Rāma and Krishna entered the nether world of Sutala utilizing Their internal potency [see 5.24: 18]. 

The rishi [S'uka] said: 'Thus entreated by their mother, o descendant of Bharata entered Rāma and Krishna utilizing their internal potency the nether world of Sūtala [see 5.24: 18]. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 35

The daitya king [Bali] who saw Them entering stood immediately up to bow down to Them together with his entourage. He was overwhelmed with joy of seeing Them, the Supreme Soul and Self of the Universe who were his favorite divinity of worship.

Having entered there stood the daitya king [Bali] immediately up to bow to Them together with his entourage. being overwhelmed with joy of seeing Them, the Supreme Soul and Godhead of the Universe and especially himself. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 36

Bringing Them royal seats, They were happy to sit down there. He washed the feet of the two Great Souls and together with his followers took the water [upon their heads] that purifies [everyone] up to Brahmā.

Bringing them royal seats, was he, as they sat, happy to take, of the two Great Souls of Them, the feet to wash, of which he together with his followers up to Brahmā took the purifying water [on their heads]. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 37

He worshiped Them by presenting all the wealth of himself and his family: the most valuable riches, garments, ornaments, fragrant pastes, bethel nut, lamps, nectarean food and so on [*].

He, with offering the wealth of himself and his family, thus worshiped Them with the most valuable riches, garments, ornaments, fragrant pastes, betel nut, lamps, nectarean food and so on [*]. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 38

He who had conquered Indra [see 8.15], over and over took hold of the Supreme Lord's feet. With a heart melting of love, with tears of happiness in his eyes and with his hair standing on end oh King, he spoke with a choked up voice.

He who had conquered Indra [see 8.15], over and over taking hold of the Supreme Lord's feet, spoke, with a heart melting of love, tears in his eyes of ecstasy and his hairs erect, o King, choked up in his words. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 39

Bali said: 'My obeisances to Ananta, the Greatest Being and Krishna, the Absolute Truth, the Supersoul, the Disseminator and Creator of analytical knowledge [sānkhya, see 3.25-32] and [the science of bhakti] yoga.

Bali said: 'My respects for Ananta, the Greatest Being; my obeisances to Krishna, the Absolute Truth, the Supersoul, the Disseminator and Creator of the analytical knowledge [sānkhya, see 3.25-32] and science of [bhakti-] yoga. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 40

To see You is indeed something rarely achieved by the living beings. But [if You endeavor to reach us] on Your own accord it lies even within the reach of people like us whose natures are of passion and ignorance [see B.G. 3: 21-23].

The vision of You indeed is, though by the living beings rarely achieved, yet still for people like us, whose natures are in passion and ignorance, not difficult to obtain with You endeavoring to reach us on Your own accord [see B.G. 3: 21-23]. (Vedabase)


 Text 41-43

The sons of Diti and Dāna, the singers of heaven, the perfected souls, the scientists, the venerable persons, the wealth keepers, the wild, the carnivorous and the paranormal ones, the mystics, the politicians, we and others like them are constantly fixed in a grudge against the physical presence of You, the direct embodiment of the revealed scriptures who are of pure goodness. Some are obstinate with hatred and some are of devotion with a certain lust [an ulterior motive], while the enlightened souls predominated by the mode of goodness are not attracted in that [negative] way [compare: the ātmārāma-verse 1.7: 10].

The sons of Diti and Dāna, the singers of heaven, the perfected, the scientific, the venerable, the wealthkeepers, the wild, the carnivorous and the paranormal, the mystics, the politicians, we and others like them are constantly fixed with a grudge toward the Direct Embodiment of Pure Goodness whose divine form comprises the revealed scriptures; some are especially obstinate with hatred, some are of devotion with ulterior motives, but the enlightened and the rest, infatuated in the goodness, are not so attracted [but still, compare: the atmarāma-verse 1.7: 1]. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 44

Oh Master of the Yoga Masters, when not even expert yogis know Your bewildering power of yoga that for the greater part is characterized by terms like this [svarūpa and vis'esha inborn and modal game of identity], what then to expect of us?

O Controller when not even the masters of yoga know Your illusional yoga for the greater part characterized in terms like this [svarūpa and vis'esha game of identity], what then of us? (Vedabase)

 

 Text 45

Have therefore mercy with me and lead me out of the blind well of a householder's life towards the other shelter of Your lotus feet that is sought by selfless souls. Thus I may wander everywhere alone or else under the protection of those [saints, devotees, Vaishnavas, desire trees] who are willing to help everyone in the world, the ones at whose feet one finds peace and obtains what one needs in life [the 'vritti'].

Therefore o shelter of the lotus feet, searched for by the selfless, be merciful to us and lead us out of the blind well of household life, so that I in peace may wander alone or else with the friends of all, those [saints, devotees, vaishnavas, desire trees] helpful to all the world at whose feet the subsistence [the 'vritti'] is obtained. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 46

Please direct us oh Controller of the ones [self-]controlled, make us sinless oh Master, turn us into a person who executes with faith and is thus freed from [scriptural, ritual] fixations.'

Please direct us o Controller of the ones controlled, make us sinless o master, make us a person executing with faith that becomes free from [scriptural] fixations.' (Vedabase)

 

 Text 47

The Supreme Lord said: 'Once, during the first Manu, Marīci fathered six sons born from Ūrnā. They were demigods who laughed when they saw that the loving one ['kam', or Brahmā in this case] wanted to copulate with his daughter [called Vāk, see 3.12: 28-35, compare 3.20: 23].

The Supreme Lord said: 'Once, during the first Manu, there were of Marīci six sons born from Ūrnā, demigods, who laughed at seeing the yes [of 'kam', or Brahmā in this case] of preparing for copulation with a daughter [called Vāk, see 3.12: 28-35, compare 3.20: 23]. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 48-49

Because of that offense they immediately entered a womb to be born to Hiranyakas'ipu. They were then by Yogamāyā transferred to be born from the womb of Devakī oh King. They were murdered by Kamsa. She laments over them as being her own sons. These same sons are living here near you [see also ** and 10.2*].

By that entered they, of the unenlightened of the improper act, immediately a womb to be born to Hiranyakas'ipu, after which they, brought over by Yogamāyā, were born from the womb of Devakī, o King, and by Kamsa were murdered. She laments for them as her own sons; they, these same sons are living here with you [see also ** and 10.2*]. (Vedabase)

  

 Text 50

We would like to take them from here in order to dispel their mother's sadness. When thereafter the curse is lifted they, being freed from the misery, will come back to their own [heavenly] world.

We want to take them from here in order to dispel their mother's sadness; after that will they, with the curse lifted, free from the fever go to their own world. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 51

By My grace these six - Smara [Kīrtimān, see 10.1: 57], Udgītha, Parishvanga, Patanga, Kshudrabhrit and Ghrinī - will return to the destination of the saintly souls.'

By My grace will these six - Smara [Kīrtimān, see 10.1: 57], Udgītha, Parishvanga, Patanga, Kshudrabhrit and Ghrinī - return to the destination of the saintly.' (Vedabase)

 

 Text 52

Thus having spoken They, both being honored by Bali, took the sons back to Dvārakā and presented  them to their mother.

Thus speaking took They, both honored by Bali, them back to Dvārakā and presented They the sons to their mother. (Vedabase)

  

 Text 53

When she saw the boys, the breasts of the goddess flowed because of her affection for her sons. She placed them on her lap and embraced them, over and over smelling their heads.

Seeing the boys made the breasts of the goddess out of her affection for her sons flow, and placing them on her lap embraced she them, over and over smelling their heads. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 54

Bewildered by the illusory energy of Vishnu because of which the creation comes into being, she lovingly allowed her sons to drink from her breasts that were wet as they touched them.

Bewildered by Vishnu's illusory energy of which the creation comes into being, allowed she lovingly her sons to drink from her breasts wet on their touching them. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 55-56

Having drunk her nectarean milk, that had remained from the milk the Wielder of the Club had drank [before Vasudeva carried Him to Gokula], they, because of [thus] coming in touch with the body of Nārāyana, regained the awareness of their original selves. Bowing down to Govinda, Devakī, their father and Balarāma they, for everyone to see, went to [heaven,] the abode where the gods reside.

Having drunk her nectarean milk, the remnants of what the Wielder of the Club drank [before Vasudeva carried Him to Gokula], regained they by the touch of the body of Nārāyana the perception of their original selves. Bowing down to Govinda, Devakī, their father and Balarāma went they, with all the people looking, to the abode where the gods live. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 57

Seeing this return and departure of the dead, divine Devakī thought in great amazement about the magic that was arranged by Krishna oh King.

Seeing this return and departure of the dead, thought Devakī divine in great amazement about the magic arranged by Krishna, o King. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 58

Oh descendant of Bharata, there are of Krishna, the Supreme Soul unlimited in His valor, countless heroic acts like this.'

Of Krishna, the Supreme Soul unlimited in His valor, are there a countless number of feats like this, o descendant of Bharata. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 59

S'rī Sūta said [at Naimishāranya, 1.1: 4]: "Whoever devoutly hears or recounts the way this pastime of Murāri, whose glories are unlimited, is described by Vyāsa's respected son, will by thus fixing his mind on the Supreme Lord, go to His all-auspicious heavenly abode, for this true delight for His devotees' ears fully annihilates the sins of the living being."

S'rī Sūta [at Naimishāranya, 1.1: 4] said: "Whoever devoutly hears or recounts this pastime of Murāri to whose glories there is no end, as described by Vyāsa's respected son, will, by this true delight for His devotees' ears that totally destroys the sins of the living being, fixing his mind on the Supreme Lord, go to His all-auspicious heavenly abode." (Vedabase)

 

*: The paramparā adds here that there are nine standard processes of devotional service as Prahlāda points out in 7.5: 23-24, and that the last, ātma-samarpanam, the handing over of one's wealth as modeled by Bali Mahārāja for the sake of the ātma-nivedanam of self-communication with the Lord, is the culmination toward which every endeavor should aim. If one tries to impress the Lord with wealth, power, intelligence and so on but fails to humbly understand oneself to be His servant, one's so-called devotion is only a presumptuous show. The paramparā thus warns here against the false religion of pompous ceremony without regard for the yogic retreat as of Daksha in 4.2. See also B.G.  2: 42-43.

**: The paramparā explains with the ācāryas S'rīdhara Svāmī and Vis'vanātha Cakravartī that after taking Marīci's six sons from Hiranyakas'ipu, Lord Krishna's Yogamāyā first made them pass through one more life as children of another great demon, Kālanemi [the previous incarnation of Kamsa, see 10.1: 68], and then she finally transferred them to the womb of Devakī. For the full story see footnote 10.1***.

 

 

 

 

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