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Chapter 36: The Bull
and Akrûra Sent by Kamsa
(1) The son of
'Some time later
demon named Arishtha who had a
huge hump, came
the cowherd village. Ripping open the soil with his hooves the earth trembled because of
(21) Then he called together Mushthika,
Tos'ala and others as also his ministers and his elephant keepers. The
king of Bhoja said to them: (22-23) 'Mushthika
to what I have to say oh heroes. The two sons of
Ânakadundubhi are living in
It was foretold that Krishna and
Balarâma would cause my
death. If we manage to get Them here for the sake of a wrestling match you can kill Them.
Chapter 37: Kes'i and Vyoma
Nârada Eulogizes Krishna's Future
(3) When he being hard to
and approach, agressive with a mouth wide open swallowing the sky,
saw Him before him, he rushed furiously forward to attack the
Lotus-eyed Lord with his legs.
(29) The great demon threw them one by one in a
mountain cave the entrance of which he blocked
with a boulder so that
only four or five of them remained.
Chapter 38: Akrûra's Musing and
Reception in Gokula
(28-33) In Vraja he saw
Krishna and Râma, who, wearing
with eyes that
looked like autumnal
lotuses, were going to the place where the cows were milked. The two boys who
are the shelter of the goddess were, bluish-dark and fair
skinned, most beautiful to behold with their mighty arms,
attractive faces and a gait like that of a young elephant. With Their
marked by the flag, bolt, goad and lotus, and with Their
smiles and glances full of compassion the two great souls increased
so magnanimous and attractive, were freshly bathed, impeccably dressed, wore flower garlands and jeweled necklaces and had smeared Their limbs
with auspicious, fragrant substances. The two original, most excellent
persons, who are the Cause
and the Masters of the universe [see also 5.25], had for the welfare of that universe
descended in Their distinct forms of Balarâma and Kes'ava. Oh
King, with their effulgence they, as a mountain of
emerald and a
mountain of silver both decorated with gold, dispelled the
darkness in all directions.
Chapter 39: Krishna
and Balarâma Leave for Mathurâ
(8) S'rî S'uka said: 'On the request of the
Supreme Lord the descendant of
Madhu [Akrûra, see 9.23: 29] described everything
inimical attitude [of Kamsa] towards the Yadus and his murderous
intentions in relation to Vasudeva.
fine gopîs said: 'Oh Providence, where is your mercy to
bring together the embodied souls in love
and friendship? Separating us you leave us unfulfilled in our purposes.
How uselessly you just like
child toy with us! (20)
Having shown to us the face of Mukunda
framed in black locks, His fine cheeks and straight nose and the beauty
of His modest smile dispelling the misery, you are not doing any good
by [now] making this invisible to us.
(32) While the women were lamenting thus, Akrûra at sunrise, after having performed his morning duties, set
out with his
chariot. (33) The gopas who led by Nanda
Him in their wagons, took along an abundance of offerings and
clay pots filled with dairy products. (34) Also the gopîs
followed their beloved Krishna
[for some time] and [then] stood waiting, hoping for some pleasing words from the Lord. (35)
The Greatest among the Yadus saw them lamenting at His departure and
consoled them lovingly with
the message: 'I will do My best!'
Chapter 40: Akrûra's Prayers
(28) In this condition, I
now approach Your feet that for any impure person, I think, are impossible to attain without Your mercy. Only by serving the truthful [of Your
devotees, nature and culture, sat] a person can develop Your [Krishna] consciousness and put an end to the cycle of rebirth in
this material world, oh Lord with the lotus navel.
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