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Canto 4

Râdhâ Mâdhava 2

 


Chapter 18: Prithu Mahârâja Milks the Earth

(1) Maitreya said: 'After mother earth thus had offered King Prithu prayers, his lips were still trembling of anger. She in fear then managed to come to her senses and spoke again: (2) 'Please pacify your anger o King, understand that what I said, I've said as someone who as an intelligent person, just like a bumblebee, gathers the essence from everywhere. (3) By the great sages who realized the truth methods were found and applied for the common people to have a better life in this world as well as the next. (4) For anyone who fully follows the principles that are traditionally taught to the inexperienced who live by their faith, it is very easy to enjoy what was aimed at. (5) He who in neglect [of the traditions] not knowing the facts engages on his own initiative, will in pursuing his goals see himself fail again and again. (6) O King, all the herbs and seeds that in the past were created by Lord Brahmâ and are cherished by me, we see now in the hands of irresponsible people who have no respect for the spiritual practice. (7) Not being taken care of and neglected by local rulers like your goodness, I have for this world that has fallen into thievery, hidden all the herbs and seeds that are needed for the offerings. (8) Because of being hidden within me for such a long time those herbs and seeds have deteriorated and thus your Majesty should take them out the way it is prescribed. (9-10) O hero, arrange for a calf of mine, from my affection for it I will, if you also arrange for a milking pot and a milkman, fulfill all your desires for milk for each of you. I will as well, o mighty-armed one, o protector of the living beings, provide for the food you wanted for feeding yourself, if you so desire. (11) You will also have to engage in leveling me, the earth, o King, so that the waters that fell from the sky by the mercy of the godhead, outside of the rainy season have not flown away o mighty one.'



(12) Thinking of the pleasing and good words of the earth, the king wisely set himself with a calf to the task and obtained thus milking, all grains and herbs. (13) Everywhere else other men of intelligence also took out the essence and likewise cared [for a calf] to milk from Prithu's planet earth whatever they wanted. (14) O good one, the sages milking the goddess with their senses [as the  milking pot], produced, by dint of sage Brihaspati as the calf, milk in the pure form of Vedic hymns. (15) Producing from Indra, the king of heaven, as the calf, the godly milked into a golden pot the nectar of the milk of mental power and the strength of the body and the senses. (16) The sons of Diti, the enemies of God, produced with Prahlâda as the calf, with the most important [devotee] among the godless, the milk of fermented and distilled beverages in an iron pot. (17) The singers and denizens of heaven produced with him who was named Vis'vâvasu as the calf, into a vessel in the form of a lotus the milk of sweet music and beauty. (18) The most fortunate demigods responsible for the funeral rites, with great faith produced with Aryamâ from the realm of the ancestors the milk of the offerings of food into an unbaked earthen pot. (19) The perfected ones and the scholars and such [Vidyâdharas] appointing Kapila as the calf and with the ether [as the milking pot] produced the knowledge of proceeding at will with yogic mystic powers [siddhis]. (20) Others endowed with magical and mystical powers [the Kimpurushas] produced with Maya [a demon] as the calf and with concentration [or dhârana as the milking pot] the milk of the wondrous ability of making the body invisible. (21) The descendants of Kuvera, the demons, ghosts and witches [respectively the Yakshas, Râkshasas, Bhûtas and Pis'âcas] who are all habituated to eating meat, with Lord S'iva's incarnation Rudra [Bhûtanâtha] as the calf, milked out a beverage made of blood in a pot of skulls. (22) So also the snakes with and without hoods, the scorpions and the constrictor snakes, produced with Takshaka, their chief, as the calf, the milk of poison in the pot of the snake pit. (23-24) The four-legged creatures produced with the bull carrier of Lord S'iva [Nandi] as the calf  from the green grasses their milk in the pot of the wilderness. The other sharp toothed animals, the predators, with the lion as their calf milked out the flesh of other beings and the birds with Garuda as their calf produced in the pot of their own body the milk of the moving [insects and worms] and nonmoving living beings [the plants and grasses]. (25) With the banyan tree as their calf the different trees produced milk in the form of their juices while the hills and mountains with the Himalayas as the calf produced the various minerals of their peaks. (26) With the leaders as the calves and with each his own specific milking pot thus from the planet Earth ruled by King Prithu the milk was produced of everything that one needed.

(27) O chief of the Kurus, milking the earth with the different calfs, pots and milkers, thus by Prithu and the others following his example, the milk was obtained of all the different forms of food needed to sustain the living entities. (28) King Prithu, being very pleased with all desirables produced as milk, full of affection thereafter treated the planet earth as if she was his own daughter. (29) The emperor, the mighty son of Vena, with the power of his bow had broken up all the hilltops of the entire earth and thus had leveled [cultivated] her almost completely. (30-31) And so the Supreme Lord present on this earth as the son of Vena was as a father to the citizens in employing them and preparing at different locations for numbers of suitable dwellings according to the need: villages, cities, settlements and forts of different kinds as also habitations for the milkmen, pens for livestock, camps, mines, agricultural towns and mountain hamlets. (32) Before Prithu there was on this earth certainly never this kind of planning of towns and villages; one used to live everywhere unrestricted as one liked.'

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Previous Aadhar edition and Vedabase links:

Text 1

Maitreya said: 'After mother earth thus had offered King Prithu prayers, his lips were still trembling of anger. She in fear then managed to come to her senses and spoke again:
Maitreya said: 'After thus having offered King Prithu prayers, still his lips trembled of anger. She, the planet earth, in fear, then knew to make up her mind and again she spoke: (Vedabase)

 

Text 2

'Please pacify your anger o King, understand that what I said, I've said as someone who as an intelligent person, just like a bumblebee, gathers the essence from everywhere.

'Please pacify your anger o King, try to understand that what I have said, I did, like an intelligent person taking the essence from everywhere like a bumblebee does. (Vedabase)

  

Text 3

By the great sages who realized the truth methods were found and applied for the common people to have a better life in this world as well as the next.

For the duration of this life as well as the next were by the great sages, the seers of truth, the methods prescribed applied, so that the people in general might also benefit. (Vedabase)

  

Text 4

For anyone who fully follows the principles that are traditionally taught to the inexperienced who live by their faith, it is very easy to enjoy what was aimed at.

For anyone who follows in full the principles as of old instructed to the inexperienced who live by faith, is it very easy to enjoy the fruits of action. (Vedabase)

 

Text 5

He who in neglect [of the traditions] not knowing the facts engages on his own initiative, will in pursuing his goals see himself fail again and again.

He who in neglect, as a speculator, derives from his own individual schemes will see himself fail again and again in pursuing his goals. (Vedabase)

 

Text 6

O King, all the herbs and seeds that in the past were created by Lord Brahmâ and are cherished by me, we see now in the hands of irresponsible people who have no respect for the spiritual practice.

All the herbs and seeds that before were created by Lord Brahmâ, o King, and are entertained by me, are now seen in the hands of the unchaste in disrespect of the holy practice. (Vedabase)

 

Text 7

Not being taken care of and neglected by local rulers like your goodness, I have for this world that has fallen into thievery, hidden all the herbs and seeds that are needed for the offerings.

Not being taken care of and neglected by local rulers like your goodness, have I, for this world that has fallen into thievery, hidden all the herbs and seeds needed for the offerings. (Vedabase)

 

Text 8

Because of being hidden within me for such a long time those herbs and seeds have deteriorated and thus your Majesty should take them out the way it is prescribed.

Due to being within me for such a long time have those herbs and seeds deteriorated and thus should Your Majesty take them out the way it is prescribed. (Vedabase)

 

Text 9-10

O hero, arrange for a calf of mine, from my affection for it I will, if you also arrange for a milking pot and a milkman, fulfill all your desires for milk for each of you. I will as well, o mighty-armed one, o protector of the living beings, provide for the food you wanted for feeding yourself, if you so desire.

O hero, arrange for a calf from me; from my affection for it I will, if you also arrange for a milking pot and a milkman, fulfill all your desires for milk for each of you, as well as, o mighty armed one, o protector of the living beings, the food you wanted for feeding yourselves, if you so desire. (Vedabase)

 

Text 11

You will also have to engage in leveling me, the earth, o King, so that the waters that fell from the sky by the mercy of the godhead, outside of the rainy season have not flown away o mighty one.'

Also, you will have to engage in preparing me, the earth, o King; so that the waters that fell by the mercy of the godhead, keeping them for me, will also be of use to you after the rainy season has ended, o mighty one.' (Vedabase)

 

Text 12

Thinking of the pleasing and good words of the earth, the king wisely set himself with a calf to the task and obtained thus milking, all grains and herbs.

In consideration of the pleasing and good words of the earth, produced the king Svâyambhuva Manu a calf and got he, thus milking, all grains and herbs in hands. (Vedabase)

   

Text 13

Everywhere else other men of intelligence also took out the essence and likewise cared [for a calf] to milk from Prithu's planet earth whatever they wanted.

So also did all other men of intelligence everywhere else procure accordingly, milking Prithu's planet earth to their desire. (Vedabase)

 

Text 14

O good one, the sages milking the goddess with their senses [as the  milking pot], produced, by dint of sage Brihaspati as the calf, milk in the pure form of Vedic hymns.

O good one, the sages milking to the senses [as the pot], produced, of the calf for sage Brihaspati milk in the pure form of vedic hymns. (Vedabase)

 

Text 15

Producing from Indra, the king of heaven, as the calf, the godly milked into a golden pot the nectar of the milk of mental power and the strength of the body and the senses.

Producing Indra, the king of heaven, a calf, did the godly milk out with a golden pot the nectar of the milk of mental power and strength of body and senses. (Vedabase)

  

Text 16

The sons of Diti, the enemies of God, produced with Prahlâda as the calf, with the most important [devotee] among the godless, the milk of fermented and distilled beverages in an iron pot.

The sons of Diti, the enemies of God, produced a calf and milked out through Prahlâda, the most important [devotee] among the godless, the milk of fermented and distilled beverages in an iron pot. (Vedabase)

 

Text 17

The singers and denizens of heaven produced with him who was named Vis'vâvasu as the calf, into a vessel in the form of a lotus the milk of sweet music and beauty.

The singers and indwellers of heaven produced him who was named Vis'vâvasu a calf and milked out into a vessel in the form of a lotus, the milk of sweet music and beauty. (Vedabase)

 

Text 18

The most fortunate demigods responsible for the funeral rites, with great faith produced with Aryamâ from the realm of the ancestors the milk of the offerings of food into an unbaked earthen pot.

The ones of great fortune, the demigods of faith, took, from the realm of the ancestors, by Aryamâ, the milk of the offerings of food out into an unbaked earthen pot. (Vedabase)
 
Text 19

The perfected ones and the scholars and such [Vidyâdharas] appointing Kapila as the calf and with the ether [as the milking pot] produced the knowledge of proceeding at will with yogic mystic powers [siddhis].

To the calf settled for Kapila by the perfected ones and the scholars and alike [Vidyâdharas], came the knowledge of proceeding at will to yogîc mystic powers with the sky [as the milkingpot]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 20

Others endowed with magical and mystical powers [the Kimpurushas] produced with Maya [a demon] as the calf and with concentration [or dhârana as the milking pot] the milk of the wondrous ability of making the body invisible.

Others of magical and mystical powers [the Kimpurusha's] producing a calf to Mâyâ [name for the astronomer and poet or the likewise asura architect of the Daitya's], milked out with concentration the wonder of the ability of making the body invisible. (Vedabase)

 

Text 21

The descendants of Kuvera, the demons, ghosts and witches [respectively the Yakshas, Râkshasas, Bhûtas and Pis'âcas] who are all habituated to eating meat, with Lord S'iva's incarnation Rudra [Bhûtanâtha] as the calf, milked out a beverage made of blood in a pot of skulls.

The descendants of Kuvera, the demons, ghosts and witches [respectively the Yakshas, Râkshasa's, Bhûtas and Pis'âcas] who are all habituated to eating meat, milked out with the calf for Lord S'iva's incarnation Rudra [Bhûtanâtha], a beverage made of blood in a pot of skulls. (Vedabase)

 

Text 22

So also the snakes with and without hoods, the scorpions and the constrictor snakes, produced with Takshaka, their chief, as the calf, the milk of poison in the pot of the snake pit.

Likewise did the snakes with and without hoods, the scorpions and the strangler snakes, producing a calf for Takshaka, their chief, milk out in the pot of the snakepit the milk of poison. (Vedabase)

 

Text 23-24

The four-legged creatures produced with the bull carrier of Lord S'iva [Nandi] as the calf  from the green grasses their milk in the pot of the wilderness. The other sharp toothed animals, the predators, with the lion as their calf milked out the flesh of other beings and the birds with Garuda as their calf produced in the pot of their own body the milk of the moving [insects and worms] and nonmoving living beings [the plants and grasses].

Cattle producing a calf to the bull-carrier of Lord S'iva [Nandî] milked in the pot of the wilderness the milk of green grasses, to the lion did the other sharp toothed animâls, the predators, take out the flesh of other beings and to the calf for Garuda took the birds into the pot of their own body the moving as also the nonmoving living beings. (Vedabase)

 

Text 25

With the banyan tree as their calf the different trees produced milk in the form of their juices while the hills and mountains with the Himalayas as the calf produced the various minerals of their peaks.

Producing a calf for the Banyan tree milked the different trees milk in the form of juices while the hills and mountains making the Himalaya's a calf, got various minerals into their own peaks. (Vedabase)
 

Text 26

With the leaders as the calves and with each his own specific milking pot thus from the planet Earth ruled by King Prithu the milk was produced of everything that one needed.

That way was by the calves of their chiefs and to their own different milking pots everything desired supplied as the milk milked out from the planet earth controlled by king Prithu. (Vedabase)


Text 27

chief of the Kurus, milking the earth with the different calfs, pots and milkers, thus by Prithu and the others following his example, the milk was obtained of all the different forms of food needed to sustain the living entities.

O chief of the Kuru's, milking the earth with the different calfs, pots and milkers, did thus Prithu and others to his example, get the milk of all the different forms of food as were desired by the living entities in need. (Vedabase)

 

Text 28

King Prithu, being very pleased with all desirables produced as milk, full of affection thereafter treated the planet earth as if she was his own daughter.

Thereafter did the king, Prithu, being very pleased with all desirables produced as milk, treat the planet earth, being full of affection for her, as if she were his own daughter. (Vedabase)

 

Text 29

The emperor, the mighty son of Vena, with the power of his bow had broken up all the hilltops of the entire earth and thus had leveled [cultivated] her almost completely.

By the power of his bow had the emperor broken open all the hilltops of the entire earth and thus had the mighty son of Vena cultivated her almost completely. (Vedabase)

 

Text 30 & 31

And so the Supreme Lord present on this earth as the son of Vena was as a father to the citizens in employing them and preparing at different locations for numbers of suitable dwellings according to the need: villages, cities, settlements and forts of different kinds as also habitations for the milkmen, pens for livestock, camps, mines, agricultural towns and mountain hamlets.

So was the Supreme Lord on this earth as the son of Vena as a father to the citizens, employing them and setting left and right for numbers of suitable dwelling-places to the need: villages, settlements and forts of different kinds, as also habitations for the milkmen, pens for life-stock, camps, mines and agricultural towns and mountain villages. (Vedabase)

 

Text 32

Before Prithu there was on this earth certainly never this kind of planning of towns and villages; one used to live everywhere unrestricted as one liked.'

Before Prithu there was on this earth surely never this kind of planning of towns and villages; one used to live everywhere unrestricted to one's convenience. (Vedabase)

 

 
 

 

 

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