1: The Advent of Lord Krishna:
said: 'You have, according to what the voice from heaven
vibrated, nothing to fear from Devakî indeed. Her sons gave rise
to your anxiety and I shall
deliver them therefore
was all communicated to Kamsa by the
paid him a visit in order to tell him that all the Daityas who burdened
the earth were going to be killed [see verse 17 and also 9.24: 56]. (65-66) After
had left Kamsa thought
and that therefore any child born from Devakî
could be Vishnu. He thus in fear of his own death arrested Vasudeva and
Devakî, confined them at home in shackles and killed, one after the other, each of
their newborn sons, not knowing whether it would be
the 'Never-born' Lord or not [***].
2: Prayers by the
Demigods for Lord Krishna in the Womb
Lord Brahmâ and Lord S'iva assembled there,
together with the sages, Nârada and other divine personalities
their followers, in order to please Him, the Strongest Man of All, with prayers:
are the truth of the vow [see 9.24: 56 and
B.G. 9: 22],
truths, You are the truth of
everything that is held true, the
truth of each truth that meets
the eye, and the truth of all that pertains to the Supreme Soul, of
offer our full surrender.
3: The Birth of Lord
son of Bharata, understanding
that the child definitely was the Original Personality, he lost all his
fears. Having arrived at that conclusion he, enraptured by His majesty,
fell down with folded hands to offer prayers to Him who illumined His
birth place in every direction.
thereafter the son of S'ûrasena, as instructed by the
Supreme Lord, carefully wanted to carry his son away from the place of
precisely at that time Yogamâyâ [see 10.2:
6-12], the one [of
factually is] never born, took her birth from the wife of
Nanda. (48-49) By
of the people, being fast asleep, had lost consciousness of all
senses. As soon as Vasudeva carrying Krishna approached, all the heavy
doors and gates, sealed with bolts and chains, opened wide out
His hoods spread out.
4: The Atrocities of
it slipped midair out of his hands and
appeared that very instant in the sky as Devî [Durgâ], the
younger sister of Vishnu, with her
weapons [see also 8.12: 40].
5: Krishna's Birth
Ceremony and the
Meeting of Nanda Mahârâja and Vasudeva
(1-2) S'uka said: 'Nanda was a man of
great devotion. Overjoyed that a
son had been born, he invited the scholars conversant with
the Veda, cleansed himself with a bath and dressed himself up. In order
celebrate the birth [with a jâtakarma ceremony*] as
was prescribed, he took care
the mantras were chanted, and
also arranged for the worship of
the forefathers and demigods.
(12) They all for a long time pronounced blessings
newborn child, like 'pâhi' ['be protected'], and sprinkled
while saying prayers.
6: The Killing of the Demoness Pûtanâ
(15-17) The gopas and gopîs,
high as a plow, the
nostrils were as big as mountain caves, the breasts were like huge
boulders, the scattered hair looked like copper, the deep eye sockets
were like overgrown wells, the thighs were like river banks, the limbs
and the abdomen looked like a dried-up lake.
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