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Canto 6

S'rî Râdhika Stava

 

 

Chapter 13: King Indra Afflicted by Sinful Reaction

(1) S'rî S'uka said: 'With Vritra killed the leaders and everyone else in the three worlds, oh charitable one, were immediately freed from their worries and depressions, except for the mighty Indra [S'akra] himself. (2) Without taking leave from Indra thereupon the demigods following Indra, Brahmâ, S'iva and the other God-conscious people, the saints, the forefathers, and the rest of the living beings and the demons, all returned to their places.'

(3)
The king [Parîkchit] asked: 'Oh my Lord, oh sage, I would like to know why Indra was so unhappy. Why was he so gloomy while all his demigods were happy?'

chanting for the animals(4) S'rî S'uka said: 'All the godly souls and the sages were terrified by Vritrâsura's display of power, but Indra had declined their request to put an end to him because he was afraid to kill a brahmin. (5) Indra had said: 'The burden of the sin of killing Vis'varûpa was, as a favor to me, carried by the women, the earth, the trees and the water [see 6.9: 6-10], but how will I be purified from killing Vritra?'
 
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S'uka continued: 'When the sages heard that, they said the following to the great Indra: 'We wish you all good fortune, do not be afraid, we will perform an as'vamedha sacrifice, a horse sacrifice for you. (7) The as'vamedha sacrifice of worshiping the Original Person, the Supersoul, the Controller who is Nârâyana our Lord, liberates one even from the sin of destroying the world! (8-9) Someone who killed a brahmin, his father, a cow, his mother or his spiritual master, such a sinner and even an outcast dog-eater may find purification by singing His holy name. If an as'vamedha sacrifice, the topmost of all sacrifices, by us conducted with faith, keeps you from being contaminated by the killing of all creatures of Brahmâ including the brahmins, what then do you expect from killing a harassing demon?'

(10)
S'rî S'uka said: 'Indra thus being encouraged by the scholars killed his enemy Vritrâsura when he approached him. He, Vrishâkapi, the mythical king of the gods, was thereupon tormented by the reaction following that act of killing a brahmin. (11) Even though he had done others a favor with his deed, Indra suffered [the deepest] misery. One's good qualities do not give happiness when one feels ashamed and guilty. (12-13) It pursued him in the form of an old, outcast woman trembling all over her body, whose clothes were covered by blood from consumption. With her disheveled, gray hair she yelled at him: 'Wait, wait', and spread thereby with her breath a bad fishy smell that polluted the entire road. (14) The thousand-eyed Indra sought his refuge in heaven and in all directions of the sky whereupon he hurried in the northeastern direction to enter there the Mânasa-sarovara lake, oh King. (15) Bereft of all the sustenance [normally supplied] by the servant of the sacrificial fire, he lived there for a thousand years hidden from view in the subtle network of the fibers of a lotus stem. All that time he in his heart pondered over the question how he could find liberation from [the sin of] having killed a brahmin. (16) For the time of his absence the heavens were ruled by Nahusha who, equipped with education, austerity, yoga and strength, proud of his wealth and opulence lost his intelligence. Chasing Indra's wife [S'acîdevî] he fell victim to the fate of a snake [after being cursed by sage Agastya for having kicked him]. (17) He whose offense by the divinity of Rudra was nullified because he meditated on the  Maintainer of Truth [Vishnu], was, after having recovered from [the karmic rebound], invited back by the brahmins. The sin had lost its grip on him now that he enjoyed the protection of the wife of Vishnu, the Goddess of Fortune. (18) The brahminical sages [upon his return], approached him to consecrate him, according to the rules, for the sake of an as'vamedha sacrifice in order to please the Supreme Lord Hari, oh son of Bharata. (19-20) By the as'vamedha sacrifice performed by the expert brahmins and Indra in worship of the Original Person, the Supersoul and Maintainer of all divinity, there came a [formal] end to the, so very serious, sin of having killed the son of Tvashthâ, the way the sun puts an end to fog, oh King. (21) After the as'vamedha sacrifice as prescribed had been performed by the priests headed by Marîci, and Indra had worshiped the Lord of Sacrifice, the Supreme Personality, he, being purified from the sin, retrieved his greatness.

(22-23)
This great story describing the glorification of the Lord of the Holy Places, the growth in devotion and the victory and liberation of Indra, the King of Heaven, frees one from innumerable sins. This narration should therefore always be read and continuously be heard by those who cherish the intelligence and be reiterated on the occasion of great festivals. It sharpens one's senses, brings wealth and fame and releases from all misconduct; it brings victory over one's enemies and good fortune and longevity to all.'

 

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Text 1

S'rî S'uka said: 'With Vritra killed the leaders and everyone else in the three worlds oh charitable one, were immediately freed from their worries and depressions, except for the mighty Indra [S'akra] himself.
S'rî S'uka said: 'With Vritra killed became, except for Indra himself, the leaders and everyone else in the three worlds, o charitable one, very soon free from all fears and physical agitation. (Vedabase)

 

Text 2

Without taking leave from Indra thereupon the demigods following Indra, Brahmâ, S'iva and the other God-conscious people, the saints, the forefathers, and the rest of the living beings and the demons, all returned to their places.'

Thereafter, on their own accord [withoout taking leave from Indra], returned home the godly, Brahmâ, S'iva and the ones belonging to Indra as well as all other followers of the divine, together with the saints, the forefathers, the other living beings and the demoniac.' (Vedabase)

 

Text 3

The king [Parîkchit] asked: 'Oh my Lord, oh sage, I would like to know why Indra was so unhappy. Why was he so gloomy while all his demigods were happy?'

The king asked: 'O my Lord, great sage, I'd like to hear about the reason of Indra's being troubled; from where came his gloom while all the godly of Indra were so very happy?' (Vedabase)

  

Text 4

S'rî S'uka said: 'All the godly souls and the sages were terrified by Vritrâsura's display of power, but Indra had declined their request to put an end to him because he was afraid to kill a brahmin.

S'rî S'uka said: 'By the power play of Vritrâsura were all the godly and the sages beset with fear, but afraid of killing a brahmin had Indra declined their request to kill him. (Vedabase)

 

Text 5

Indra had said: 'The burden of the sin of killing Vis'varûpa was, as a favor to me, carried by the women, the earth, the trees and the water [see 6.9: 6-10], but how will I be purified from killing Vritra?'

Indra had said: 'By the favor shown by the women, the earth, the trees and the water was the load of the sin of killing Vis'varûpa carried together [see 6.9: 6-10], but how am I released from killing Vritra?' (Vedabase)

 

Text 6

S'uka continued: 'When the sages heard that, they said the following to the great Indra: 'We wish you all good fortune, do not be afraid, we will perform an as'vamedha sacrifice, a horse sacrifice for you.

S'uka continued: 'The sages hearing that said this to the great Indra: 'We will perform a great as'vamedha sacrifice [horse-sacrifice] for your good fortune, do not fear. (Vedabase)

 

Text 7

The as'vamedha sacrifice of worshiping the Original Person, the Supersoul, the Controller who is Nârâyana our Lord, liberates one even from the sin of destroying the world!

The as'vamedha sacrifice of worshiping the Original Person, the Supersoul, the Controller that is Lord Nârâyana our God, liberates even from the sin of killing the whole world! (Vedabase)

 

Text 8-9

Someone who killed a brahmin, his father, a cow, his mother or his spiritual master, such a sinner and even an outcast dog-eater may find purification by singing His holy name. If an as'vamedha sacrifice, the topmost of all sacrifices, by us conducted with faith, keeps you from being contaminated by the killing of all creatures of Brahmâ including the brahmins, what then do you expect from killing a harassing demon?'

One who has killed a brahmin, his father, a cow, his mother or his spiritual master, such a sinner or outcast dog-eater even may find purification in singing His holy name. If you, with us with faith conducting the as'vamedha sacrifice, the topmost of all sacrifices, are not even contaminated by killing all creatures of Brahmâ including the ones of respect for him, then what for having killed a harassing demon?' (Vedabase)
  

Text 10

S'rî S'uka said: 'Indra thus being encouraged by the scholars killed his enemy Vritrâsura when he approached him. He, Vrishâkapi, the mythical king of the gods, was thereupon tormented by the reaction following that act of killing a brahmin.

S'rî S'uka said: 'Thus encouraged by the learned killed Indra his enemy, and was as well the reaction undone of killing a brahmin when Vritrâsura approached Vrishâkapi, the myth that is Indra. (Vedabase)

 

Text 11

Even though he had done others a favor with his deed, Indra suffered [the deepest] misery. One's good qualities do not give happiness when one feels ashamed and guilty.

By the reaction suffered Indra at first the deepest misery in not finding happiness but shame and ill-fame instead in missing the qualities, even though he had done others a favor. (Vedabase)

 

Text 12-13

It pursued him in the form of an old, outcast woman trembling all over her body, whose clothes were covered by blood from consumption. With her disheveled, gray hair she yelled at him: 'Wait, wait', and spread thereby with her breath a bad fishy smell that polluted the entire road.

He saw it chasing him in the form of an outcast woman old and trembling in her limbs whose clothes because of her suffering from consumption were covered in blood. With her disheveled, gray hair she yelled 'Wait, wait', spreading with her breath a bad fishy smell polluting the entire road. (Vedabase)

   

Text 14

The thousand-eyed Indra sought his refuge in heaven and in all directions of the sky whereupon he hurried in the northeastern direction to enter there the Mânasa-sarovara lake, oh King.

The thousand-eyed Indra, went everywhere in all directions of the sky and then hurried in the northeastern direction to enter, o King, the Mânasa-sarovara lake. (Vedabase)

  

Text 15

Bereft of all the sustenance [normally supplied] by the servant of the sacrificial fire, he lived there for a thousand years hidden from view in the subtle network of the fibers of a lotus stem. All that time he in his heart pondered over the question how he could find liberation from [the sin of] having killed a brahmin.

Invisible to the servant of the sacrificial fire he lived there, bereft of all sustenance, for a thousand years in the subtle network of the fibers of a lotus stem, while he in his heart constantly pondered over how he could find liberation from having killed a brahmin. (Vedabase)

 

Text 16

For the time of his absence the heavens were ruled by Nahusha who, equipped with education, austerity, yoga and strength, proud of his wealth and opulence lost his intelligence. Chasing Indra's wife [S'acîdevî] he fell victim to the fate of a snake [after being cursed by sage Agastya for having kicked him].

For the time of his absence were the heavens ruled by Nahusha who, equipped with education, austerity, yoga and strength, turned mad with his intelligence blinded from the excess of opulence; chasing Indra's wife fell he [cursed by her] victim to the fate of a snake. (Vedabase)

 

Text 17

He whose offense by the divinity of Rudra was nullified because he meditated on the Maintainer of Truth [Vishnu], was, after having recovered from [the karmic rebound], invited back by the brahmins. The sin had lost its grip on him now that he enjoyed the protection of the wife of Vishnu, the Goddess of Fortune.

From being gone was he, whose offenses by the divinity of Rudra in his meditation on the Maintainer of truth were all nullified, by mouth of the brahmins then invited back. He, with all their power diminished, could not be overcome again by them, protected as he was by the wife of Vishnu, the Goddess of Fortune. (Vedabase)


Text 18   

The brahminical sages [upon his return], approached him to consecrate him, according to the rules, for the sake of an as'vamedha sacrifice in order to please the Supreme Lord Hari, oh son of Bharata.

Welcomed back by the brahmins was he, for indeed pleasing the Supreme Lord Hari, properly, according the rules, consacrated by means of an as'vamedha sacrifice, o son of Bharata. (Vedabase)

 

Text 19-20

By the as'vamedha sacrifice performed by the expert brahmins and Indra in worship of the Original Person, the Supersoul and Maintainer of all divinity, there came a [formal] end to the, so very serious, sin of having killed the son of Tvashthâ, the way the sun puts an end to fog, oh King.

From that as'vamedha sacrifice performed by the expert brahmins in worship of the Original Person, the Supersoul and Maintainer of all divinity, could indeed the mass of sin of regrettably having killed the son of Tvashthâ, o King, like fog before the sun be reduced to nothing. (Vedabase)

 

Text 21

After the as'vamedha sacrifice as prescribed had been performed by the priests headed by Marîci, and Indra had worshiped the Lord of Sacrifice, the Supreme Personality, he, being purified from the sin, retrieved his greatness.
 

He, the worshipable Indra, was, favored by that as'vamedha sacrifice which as prescribed was performed by the priests headed by Marîci, in the worship of the Original Personality and Lord of Sacrifice completely cleansed of the misstep. (Vedabase)


Text 22-23

This great story describing the glorification of the Lord of the Holy Places, the growth in devotion and the victory and liberation of Indra, the King of Heaven, frees one from innumerable sins. This narration should therefore always be read and continuously be heard by those who cherish the intelligence and be reiterated on the occasion of great festivals. It sharpens one's senses, brings wealth and fame and releases from all misconduct; it brings victory over one's enemies and good fortune and longevity to all.'

This great historical incident describing the glorification of the Lord of the Holy Places, the growing in devotion and the victory and liberation of Indra the King of heaven, cleanses one of innumerable sins. This narration should always be read and continuously be heard by the intelligent and be reiterated on the occasion of great festivals; it sharpens one's senses, brings wealth and fame and releases from all misconduct; it brings victory over one's enemies and good fortune and longevity to all.' (Vedabase)

 

 

 

 

 

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