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Canto 4

Kabe Ha'be

 

 

Chapter 26: King Purañjana Goes Hunting and Finds his Morose Wife

(1-3) Nârada said: 'Once upon a time he [King Purañjana] went to the forest called Pañca-prastha ['the five destinations'] carrying his bow, golden armor and inexhaustible quiver. He traveled on the two wheels and one axle of a swift chariot with golden ornaments that, being drawn by five horses, had one sitting place, seven armor plates, three flags and two posts for his harnesses. He carried five weapons and two special arrows. Together with his eleventh commander and his one chariot driver who held one set of reins, he knew five objectives and five different ways of approach. (4) Having taken up his bow and arrows he was very proud of having left his wife behind, for that was a thing next to impossible for him. [But] inspired by the evil thought of hunting he went there to kill animals. (5) With the demoniac darkness of a lack of enlightenment in his heart he had taken to the horrible practice of mercilessly with sharp arrows killing the animals in the forests. (6) A king in his greed [for flesh] may, as is regulated by the directions of the Vedas, kill in the forest as many animals fit for sacrifices in holy places as are needed and not more than that. (7) Oh King, any man of learning who must do his job the way it is regulated, will by [the power of] that spiritual knowledge never be affected by such activities. (8) Or else he by his karmic actions will get entangled in a notion of false prestige and thus, having fallen under the influence of the natural modes, bereft of all knowledge be going downhill.

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Because of the destruction of the animal bodies that were pierced by the arrows which had different kinds of feathers, there was great sadness, it was a distress unbearable for compassionate souls. (10) From killing game like rabbits, buffaloes, bison, black deer, porcupines and various other kinds he got very tired. (11) When he was done he arrived thirsty and exhausted back home to take a bath, have a proper meal and rest to find his peace back. (12) After he [some day] as should had perfumed and smeared his body with sandalwood pulp, he, nicely garlanded and beautifully ornamented, wanted to pay attention to his queen. (13) Satisfied, joyous and very proud as well he had his mind on Cupid and didn't aim at a higher consciousness with his wife who maintained him with her royal household. (14) Oh dear King, worried a little he asked the maids of the household: 'Oh my beauties, is everything okay with you and your mistress? (15) All the matters at home at the moment appear to be not as attractive as before. To have no mother or wife at home devotedly welcoming her husband is like having a chariot without wheels. What man of learning would sit on such a poor thing? (16) Where is she now, that intelligent woman who delivers me from drowning in an ocean of worries and inspires me at every step?'

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he women answered: 'Oh King go and see how your beloved one lies on the bare floor oh killer of the enemies. We have no idea why she has taken to this kind of behavior!'

(18)
Nârada said: 'When he saw his queen lying on the ground as if she were a mendicant, Purañjana racking his brains over the scene, was most bewildered. (19) Pacifying her with sweet words and a heart full of regrets, he couldn't notice any sign of anger that would prove any love from the side of his sweetheart. (20)
Gradually first touching her feet and then embracing her on his lap, the hero experienced in flattery began to appease her. (21) Purañjana said: 'Masters unto servants who acting out of line committed an offense oh auspicious one, are with those whom they accepted as their subjects of no instruction if they wouldn't reprimand them. (22) The punishment by the master meted out to the servants constitutes the greatest favor. A fool doesn't know oh slender maiden, that to be angry is the duty of a friend! (23) That face of yours that with its beautiful teeth and eyebrows fills me with attachment and now so gloomy is hanging down, you together with your sweet voice, like a bee should lift up to me shining, smiling and glancing from under its bluish hair so beautiful to your straight nose. Please oh thoughtful one, I'm all yours. (24) Except for when he belongs to the school of the enlightened souls on this earth, I am willing to punish him who wronged you oh wife of this hero. As far as I am concerned he will not live without fear and anxiety in the three worlds or anywhere else, when he is anyone else but a servant of Vishnu ['the enemy of Mura']! (25) Your face was never without its decorations nor have I ever before seen you that dirty, morose,  upset and without your luster and affection. Never I saw your nice breasts wet with tears or your lips not red of kunkum. (26) My most intimate friend, be kind to this man who did the wrong thing because he went hunting on his own accord. What woman who with her great beauty controls the lusty desires of her husband wouldn't dutifully embrace him being lost in impatience and pierced by the arrows of Cupid?'

 

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Third revised edition, loaded April 13, 2011.

 

 

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Text 1-3

Nârada said: 'Once upon a time he [King Purañjana] went to the forest called Pañca-prastha ['the five destinations'] carrying his bow, golden armor and inexhaustible quiver. He traveled on the two wheels and one axle of a swift chariot with golden ornaments that, being drawn by five horses, had one sitting place, seven armor plates, three flags and two posts for his harnesses. He carried five weapons and two special arrows. Together with his eleventh commander and his one chariot driver who held one set of reins, he knew five objectives and five different ways of approach.

Nârada said: 'Once upon a time he [King Purañjana] went to the forest called Pancha Prashta ['the five destinations'] carrying his bow, golden armor and inexhaustible quiver, going very swiftly there on the two wheels and one axle of a golden chariot drawn by five horses, carrying two special arrows and three flags. Together with his eleven commanders and his one chariot driver who held one rein, he, from his one sitting place and two posts for his harnesses, met with five obstacles as he was holding his five weapons, with his seven coverings and five styles of approach. (Vedabase)

 

Text 4

Having taken up his bow and arrows he was very proud of having left his wife behind, for that was a thing next to impossible for him. [But] inspired by the evil thought of hunting he went there to kill animals.

But inspired by the evil thought of hunting he, having taken up his bow and arrows went there to kill animals very proud of having left his wife behind, which was next to impossible for him. (Vedabase)

 

Text 5

With the demoniac darkness of a lack of enlightenment in his heart he had taken to the horrible practice of mercilessly with sharp arrows killing the animals in the forests.

With the darkness of the unenlightened in his heart he had taken to the horrible practice of merciless killing the forest animals out there with sharp arrows. (Vedabase)

 

Text 6

A king in his greed [for flesh] may, as is regulated by the directions of the Vedas, kill in the forest as many animals fit for sacrifices in holy places as are needed and not more than that.

Going to the forest can a king driven by greed, as it is regulated, according to the directions of the Veda's, kill as many animals as are required for sacrifices in holy places and not more than that. (Vedabase)

 

Text 7

Oh King, any man of learning who must do his job the way it is regulated, will by [the power of] that spiritual knowledge never be affected by such activities.

Any man of learning who does his work as regulated [in the nyama of yoga] will, following the spiritual knowledge, never be involved in such activities. (Vedabase)


Text 8

Or else he by his karmic actions will get entangled in a notion of false prestige and thus, having fallen under the influence of the natural modes, bereft of all knowledge be going downhill.

Otherwise will one, engaged in fruitive action, become entangled under the influence of false prestige and, fallen under the influence of the modes of nature and being bereft of all knowledge, thus be going down. (Vedabase)

 

Text 9

Because of the destruction of the animal bodies that were pierced by the arrows which had different kinds of feathers, there was great sadness, it was a distress unbearable for compassionate souls.

From the destruction of the bodies of the different species that got pierced by the arrows there was great sadness, unbearable as that was for compassionate souls. (Vedabase)

 

Text 10

From killing game like rabbits, buffaloes, bison, black deer, porcupines and various other kinds he got very tired.

From killing the animals of game like rabbits, buffalo's, bisons, black deer, porcupines and various others he got very tired. (Vedabase)

 

Text 11

When he was done he arrived thirsty and exhausted back home to take a bath, have a proper meal and rest to find his peace back.

After having stopped he came thirsty and exhausted back home to take a bath, have a proper meal and take rest to find his peace back. (Vedabase)

 

Text 12

After he [some day] as should had perfumed and smeared his body with sandalwood pulp, he, nicely garlanded and beautifully ornamented, wanted to pay attention to his queen.

When he as it should had perfumed and smeared his body with sandalwood pulp, he saintly garlanded and beautifully ornamented all over, wanted to pay attention to his queen. (Vedabase)

 

Text 13

Satisfied, joyous and very proud as well he had his mind on Cupid and didn't aim at a higher consciousness with his wife who maintained him with her royal household.

Satisfied, joyous and very proud as well he had his mind on Cupid and did not try for a higher consciousness with the wife that kept him in her household. (Vedabase)

 

Text 14

Oh dear King, worried a little he asked the maids of the household: 'Oh my beauties, is everything okay with you and your mistress?

O dear King, the maids of the household he asked a little concerned: 'O my beauties, is everything as it was with you and your mistress? (Vedabase)

 

Text 15

All the matters at home at the moment appear to be not as attractive as before. To have no mother or wife at home devotedly welcoming her husband is like having a chariot without wheels. What man of learning would sit on such a poor thing?

All the things at home are not as attractive to me as they were before. To have no mother or wife at home meeting her husband as her god is like having a chariot without wheels; what man of learning indeed would ride such a poor thing? (Vedabase)

  

Text 16

Where is she now, that intelligent woman who delivers me from drowning in an ocean of worries and inspires me at every step?'

Where now is she, that woman of good intelligence, enlightening at every step, who would deliver me from drowning in that ocean of danger?' (Vedabase)

 

Text 17

The women answered: 'Oh King go and see how your beloved one lies on the bare floor oh killer of the enemies. We have no idea why she has taken to this kind of behavior!'

The woman answered: 'O King we have no idea why she has taken to this behavior, just go and see how your beloved lies on the floor without bedding, o killer of the enemies!' (Vedabase)

 

Text 18

Nârada said: 'When he saw his queen lying on the ground as if she were a mendicant, Purañjana racking his brains over the scene, was most bewildered.

Nârada said: 'After seeing his queen lying on the ground as if she were a mendicant, got Purañjana, from the scene paining his thought, highly bewildered. (Vedabase)
 
Text 19

Pacifying her with sweet words and a heart full of regrets, he couldn't notice any sign of anger that would prove any love from the side of his sweetheart.

Pacifying her with sweet words and a heart full of regret, he could from his affection not arouse any symptom of anger from the part of his beloved. (Vedabase)

 

Text 20

Gradually first touching her feet and then embracing her on his lap, the hero experienced in flattery began to appease her.

Slowly, as an expert in flattery, the hero began to compliment her, touching both her feet and spoke he, embracing her on his lap. (Vedabase)

 

Text 21

Purañjana said: 'Masters unto servants who acting out of line committed an offense oh auspicious one, are with those whom they accepted as their subjects of no instruction if they wouldn't reprimand them.

Purañjana said: 'It is surely so that, unto those impious servants that are in offense and by their master, o auspicious one, have been accepted and instructed as his own, then punishment cannot be forgotten. (Vedabase)

 

Text 22

The punishment by the master meted out to the servants constitutes the greatest favor. A fool doesn't know oh slender maiden, that to be angry is the duty of a friend!

The punishment awarded by the master upon the servants is supreme mercy; foolish one does not know that, o slender maiden, to be angry is the duty of a friend! (Vedabase)

  

Text 23

That face of yours that with its beautiful teeth and eyebrows fills me with attachment and now so gloomy is hanging down, you together with your sweet voice, like a bee should lift up to me shining, smiling and glancing from under its bluish hair so beautiful to your straight nose. Please oh thoughtful one, I'm all yours.

That face of yours with its beautiful teeth and eyebrows, which fills me with attachment and that is now hanging down so covert, you should, like a bee, lift up to me shining, smiling, glancing from under its bluish hair so beautiful with your straight nose; I am all yours, please prove me, o thoughtful one, your sweetest word. (Vedabase)

 

Text 24

Except for when he belongs to the school of the enlightened souls on this earth, I am willing to punish him who wronged you oh wife of this hero. As far as I am concerned he will not live without fear and anxiety in the three worlds or anywhere else, when he is anyone else but a servant of Vishnu ['the enemy of Mura']!

He who, apart from the school of duty on this earth, wronged you I am prepared to punish, o wife of this hero; he in my eyes, will not live without fear and anxiety in the three worlds or elsewhere as for sure at the other hand I am the servant of Murari [Krishna as the enemy of Mura]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 25

Your face was never without its decorations nor have I ever before seen you that dirty, morose,  upset and without your luster and affection. Never I saw your nice breasts wet with tears or your lips not red of kunkum.

Never was your face without its decorations and have I seen you that morose, with anger and without your luster and affection; nor did I ever see your nice breasts wet with tears and your lips without the red of kunkum. (Vedabase)


Text 26

My most intimate friend, be kind to this man who did the wrong thing because he went hunting on his own accord. What woman who with her great beauty controls the lusty desires of her husband wouldn't dutifully embrace him being lost in impatience and pierced by the arrows of Cupid?'

Therefore my most intimate friend, be kind to this sinner who on his own went out to hunt; what woman with the control of her great beauty over the lusty desires of her husband who is lost in impatience and is pierced by the arrows of Cupid, would not dutifully embrace him? (Vedabase)


 

  

 

 

 

 

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