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Canto 10

Pañca Tattva

 
 

Chapter 3: The Birth of Lord Krishna

(1-5) S'rî S'uka said: 'Then there was the supremely auspicious hour that, with the constellation of Rohinî rising, was endowed with all qualities. All the stars and planets stood in a favorable position. There was peace all around, all the stars twinkled in the sky and the cities, towns, pasturing grounds and mines were at their best. With the rivers crystal clear and the lakes beautiful with lotuses, with the flocks of birds and the swarms of bees sweetly singing their praise in the blooming forests, the breezes fragrant and free from dust blew with a gentle touch while the fires of the brahmins burned steadily and undisturbed. The minds of the virtuous ones who were oppressed by the Asura [Kamsa and his men], cleared up when in that situation the kettledrums resounded together to celebrate the birth of the Unborn One. (6) The Kinnaras and Gandharvas [de excellent ones and the singers of heaven] sang, the Siddhas and Câranas [the perfected ones and the demigods] offered prayers and the Vidyâdhara women [the wives of the scientists] danced in great jubilation together with the Apsaras [the dancing girls of heaven]. (7-8) The sages and the demigods joyously showered the finest flowers and the clouds rumbled silently like the ocean waves when at the darkest hour of the night Janârdana, the World's Well-wisher, appeared from the divine form of Devakî. Lord Vishnu, the One residing in the heart of everyone manifested Himself in full, like the full moon rising in the east. (9-10) That wonderful child with His lotus-like eyes and His four arms that held different weapons [and other attributes like] a conch, a club and so on, was decorated with the S'rîvatsa mark, with the shining Kaustubha jewel around His neck, with yellow garments and with a beautiful hue like that of rain clouds. Vasudeva saw Him beautifully decorated sparkling with a with vaidûrya (tiger's eye) studded helmet, with rings in His ears, with luxuriant scattered locks of hair, with an exquisite belt around His waist and with armlets and bracelets on His arms. (11) Ânakadundubhi was amazed to see the beautiful appearance of the Lord as his son. Overwhelmed by great jubilation he lost himself in dreams of holding a festival to the occasion of the descent of Krishna, a festivity where he would donate ten thousand cows to the brahmins.

(12) Oh 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 the child that illumined His birth place in every direction. (13) Vasudeva said: 'You my Lordship, are the Original Person Himself transcendental to material nature, You are the absolute understanding and blissfulness [sat-cit-ânanda] in its true form, the intelligence that watches over each. (14) You for sure we know as He who, after in the beginning by His personal energy having created this world consisting of the three modes [see B.G. 7: 4-6], next seems to have entered [as avatâras] but in reality You did not [see also 7.12: 15 and B.G. 9: 11]. (15-17) It is like the notion of the material elements [earth, water, air, fire and ether] that have not changed at all, even though they are caught in many combinations of different separated energies [or molecules] that together form the complete of the universe. After in their association having appeared it seems that the  primal elements have entered creation later on, but that entering of this world never took place since they existed there before. The same way, oh my Lord, reasoning from true intelligence and such attributes You, despite being in touch with the objects of the senses and the modes of nature, are not determined by those material qualities at all. You after all [being the complete], are not covered by them. Because You are the root of everyone and everything there is no such thing as a within and a without to You, the Supersoul of all existence [see also 7.12: 15 and B.G. 9: 4-6]. (18) Anyone who in the position of being recognizable as a material body continues to act as if he would have an existence for himself separate from the original self or soul, is a fool. He is a person who in his false identification will be rejected as stupid for lacking in proper analysis and missing the full consideration of 'that' [or tat. See also B.G. 18: 16, B.G. 7: 4-5 and *]. (19) Oh Almighty Lord, the birth, the maintaining and the ending of this all is there, so conclude the scholars, because of You who are free from inclinations, free from changes and free from the modes. This is not contradictory because You, who are both the Lord and the Supreme Brahman, constitute the solid foundation for the modes of nature [see B.G. 9: 10]. (20) You thus [as that basis, as that transcendence] assume, in order to maintain the three worlds with Your energy, a white form from the Soul [in goodness and knowledge], the color red belonging to the passion of creation [the movement] as also the form of darkness [of ignorance] for the purpose of the ultimate destruction. (21) You now here present, oh Mighty One, have appeared in my home as the Completeness of Control with the wish to protect this planet and punish all the demoniac men and their armies, who unenlightened by the millions all over the world pose as kings and statesmen [see also B.G. 4: 8]. (22) But he who is so godless [Kamsa] and who, after hearing about Your taking birth in our home, has killed all the brothers who were born before You, oh Lord of the God-fearing souls, will be informed by his lieutenants about Your appearance and undoubtedly immediately take up his arms.'

(23) S'uka said: 'After having seen that their son was endowed with all the characteristics of the Supreme Personality, Devakî, who had been afraid of Kamsa but now was most [happily] surprised [about the arrival of Krishna], offered Him prayers. (24) S'rî Devakî said: 'Being the 'tat' form [or the substance of our oneness in diversity], You are sometimes called the imperceptible one, the original one or Brahman, the light, the freedom above the modes, the changeless one and pure existence [the measure of goodness and perfection]. You are the undivided one free from material motives who is directly Lord Vishnu, the light of the Supersoul [compare B.G. 14: 27]. (25) When after millions and millions of years the cosmos runs at its end and the primary elements merge with their primal forms and everything that manifested by the force of Time turns into the unmanifest, You, oh Lord with the Many Names, are the only one to remain. (26) This so powerful Time factor by which, from the smallest measure of time up to the measure of a year, this entire creation works, is said to be Your action, the movement of You, the secure abode, the Supreme Controller whom I offer my surrender. (27) The mortals afraid of the serpent of death flee in all directions but cannot shake off the fear. Only when they are happy having obtained Your lotus feet they sleep undisturbed whith death running away from them. (28) Oh Lordship can You, in Your form as the One dispelling the fears of Your servants, protect us against the terrible son of Ugrasena we fear so much? And please can You, as this Original Personality we attend to in meditation, make it so that You are not directly visible to those who consider You a physical form [compare B.G. 11: 8]? (29) Oh Madhusûdana, off balance because of Kamsa I am plagued by fear with Your appearance. May Your taking birth from my womb escape the attention of that great sinner. (30) Please oh All-pervading One, withdraw this supernatural four-armed form that is equipped with the attributes of the conch, lotus, disc and club. (31) The entire creation with everything that belongs to it is by You, oh Lord, the transcendental Original Personality, easily sheltered and kept within Your body at the time of devastation. But to see You now having entered my body is something unimaginable in the human world, oh Godhead!'

(32) The Supreme Lord replied: 'In a previous age you became known as Pris'ni, oh chaste lady, and he [Vasudeva] at the time was a Prajâpati called Sutapâ, an impeccable  person. (33) When Lord Brahmâ told you both to create offspring, you were thereafter of severe austerities to keep your senses under control. (34-35) Enduring the rain, the wind, the blistering sun and the severe cold and heat of the seasonal changes, you by practicing restraint freed your mind from contaminations. Eating fallen leaves and air only you became pure and peaceful, performed My worship in serenity and prayed for a boon from Me. (36) While you, with your mind fixed on Me, thus in severe penance practiced the most difficult austerities, twelve thousand celestial years passed. (37-38) By this determination of heart and constant, faithful service and penance oh sinless ones, I, proclaimed to be the most favorable bestower of boons, very satisfied with the both of you then appeared in this form. Eager to fulfill your desires I told you to think about a boon for yourselves whereupon you asked for a son just like Me. (39) You, who as a man and wife without a son and dissatisfied in your sensual concerns were so strongly attracted to My divine energy, never asked Me for being liberated from this world [see also 4.9: 30-35]. (40) After you received the benediction and I had left, you enjoyed sexual intercourse whereupon the two of you achieved the desired result of having a son like Me. (41) Because I did not find anyone else in this world with your noble character and qualities, I became your son and am thus known as Pris'nigarbha [see also 11.5: 26]. (42) Through Kas'yapa and Aditi I again appeared from the two of you with the name Upendra and was also called Vâmana because I was a dwarf [see 8.17-22]. (43) True to my word for the third time appearing in this manner in a form like this, I again took My birth from the two of you oh chaste lady. (44) I showed you this [four-handed] form to remind you of My previous appearances. The spiritual understanding of My identity would otherwise not arise [in you] with the transient form. (45) When you treat Me with love and affection the two of you, in your constant awareness of Me as being both your son and the Absolute Truth, will thus attain My transcendental abode.'

(46) S'rî S'uka said: 'Thus having spoken the Personality of Godhead, the Supreme Lord, was silent and directly from His inner potency assumed the form of an ordinary human child before the eyes of His parents. (47) When thereafter the son of S'ûrasena as instructed by the Supreme Lord carefully wanted to carry his son away from the place of delivery, precisely at that time Yogamâyâ [see 10.2: 6-12], the one [of transcendence who factually is] never born, took her birth from the wife of Nanda. (48-49) By her influence the guards and the rest of the people being fast asleep had lost consciousness of all their senses. As soon as Vasudeva carrying Krishna approached, all the heavy doors and gates sealed with bolts and chains opened wide out of their own, like darkness dissipated by the sun. The slightly rumbling clouds showered rain but S'esha Nâga followed them and stopped the rains with His spread out hoods. (50) The surface of the deep waters of Yamarâja's younger sister, the Yamunâ, was foaming because of Indra's constant showers. The waters whirled agitated, but the waves of the forceful, fierce stream gave way just like the ocean did before the Husband of Sîtâ [Lord Râma, see 9.10: 13-15]. (51) The son of S'ûrasena reached the cow-village of Nanda and found all the cowherds there fast asleep. While they slept he put his son on Yas'odâ's bed, took up her daughter and then returned home. (52) There he placed the little girl on Devakî's bed and put the shackles back on his feet so that he remained bound as before. (53) Yas'odâ, Nanda's wife,  delivering her child had no idea what it precisely looked like because being overwhelmed by sleep from the hard labor, she lay unconscious.'

 

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Text 1-5

S'rî S'uka said: 'Then there was the supremely auspicious hour that, with the constellation of Rohinî rising, was endowed with all qualities. All the stars and planets stood in a favorable position. There was peace all around, all the stars twinkled in the sky and the cities, towns, pasturing grounds and mines were at their best. With the rivers crystal clear and the lakes beautiful with lotuses, with the flocks of birds and the swarms of bees sweetly singing their praise in the blooming forests, the breezes fragrant and free from dust blew with a gentle touch while the fires of the brahmins burned steadily and undisturbed. The minds of the virtuous ones who were oppressed by the Asura [Kamsa and his men], cleared up when in that situation the kettledrums resounded together to celebrate the birth of the Unborn One.
S'rî S'uka said: 'Then there was the supreme hour all-auspicious and most suitable with the constellation of Rohinî rising and all the stars and planets in a favorable position. Everywhere was peace, the multitude of stars twinkled in the sky and the cities, towns, pasturing grounds and mines were at their best. With the rivers crystal clear, the lakes beautiful with lotuses and flocks of birds and swarms of bees sweetly singing their praise in the blooming forests, blew the breezes with a gentle touch fragrant and dust free and burned the fires of the twice-born steadily undisturbed. The minds of the saintly, oppressed as they had been by the asura [Kamsa and his men], turned perfectly contented when in that situation the kettledrums together resounded with the Unborn One to be born. (Vedabase)

 

Text 6

The Kinnaras and Gandharvas [de excellent ones and the singers of heaven] sang, the Siddhas and Câranas [the perfected ones and the demigods] offered prayers and the Vidyâdhara women [the wives of the scientists] danced in great jubilation together with the Apsaras [the dancing girls of heaven].

The superfine and the men of heaven sang; the perfected and the demigods were praying and the [vidyâdhara-]women of knowledge in great jubilation danced together with the dancing girls divine. (Vedabase)

 

Text 7-8

The sages and the demigods joyously showered the finest flowers and the clouds rumbled silently like the ocean waves when at the darkest hour of the night Janârdana, the World's Well-wisher, appeared from the divine form of Devakî. Lord Vishnu, the One residing in the heart of everyone manifested Himself in full, like the full moon rising in the east.

The sages and the godly joyous showered the finest flowers and the clouds rumbled mildly like the ocean waves when in the deepest dark of the night [at midnight] Janârdana, the Worlds Well-wisher, appeared from the [as an expansion of Krishna] divine form of Devakî; Lord Vishnu, the One residing in each his heart had manifested complete in every respect, like the full moon in the east. (Vedabase)

 

Text 9-10

That wonderful child with His lotus-like eyes and His four arms that held different weapons [and other attributes like] a conch, a club and so on, was decorated with the S'rîvatsa mark, with the shining Kaustubha jewel around His neck, with yellow garments and with a beautiful hue like that of rain clouds. Vasudeva saw Him beautifully decorated sparkling with a with vaidûrya (tiger's eye) studded helmet, with rings in His ears, with luxuriant scattered locks of hair, with an exquisite belt around His waist and with armlets and bracelets on His arms.

That wonderful child was, resplendent with lotus-like eyes and four arms holding the different weapons, decorated with the S'rîvatsa-mark, the shining Kaustubha around His neck, His yellow garments and a beautiful hue like that of rainclouds. Vasudeva saw Him brilliantly decorated sparkling with a Vaidûrya-studded helmet and earrings to the beauty of profuse scattered locks of hair, an exquisite belt around the waist and bands and bracelets on His arms. (Vedabase)

 

Text 11

Ânakadundubhi was amazed to see the beautiful appearance of the Lord as his son. Overwhelmed by great jubilation he lost himself in dreams of holding a festival to the occasion of the descent of Krishna, a festivity where he would donate ten thousand cows to the brahmins.

He, Ânakadundubhi, struck with wonder upon seeing the beautiful countenance of the Lord as his son, at the time overwhelmed by great jubilation dreamt of holding a festival to the descendent of Krishna at which he could distribute a ten thousand cows to the twice-born. (Vedabase)

    

Text 12

Oh 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 the child that illumined His birth place in every direction.

Understanding He was the Original Personality, offered he, with under His influence his fears dispelled, thereafter prayers to the child, falling down with folded hands, o son of Bharata, enraptured as he was by His beauty that illumined the place all around where He was born. (Vedabase)

 

Text 13

Vasudeva said: 'You my Lordship, are the Original Person Himself transcendental to material nature, You are the absolute understanding and blissfulness [sat-cit-ânanda] in its true form, the intelligence that watches over each.

Vasudeva said: 'Fully aware I am of You, my Lordship, as directly the Original Person transcendental to the material of nature, as the absolute understanding and blissfulness [sat-cit-ânanda] in its true form, the intelligence that watches over each. (Vedabase)

 

Text 14

You for sure we know as He who, after in the beginning by His personal energy having created this world consisting of the three modes [see B.G. 7: 4-6], next seems to have entered [as avatâras] but in reality You did not.

You for sure are known as Him who, after in the beginning by His personal energy creating this world consisting of the three modes [see B.G 7: 4-6], then indeed seem to have entered [as avatâras] without actually having entered [see also 7.12: 15 and B.G. 9: 11]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 15-17

It is like the notion of the material elements [earth, water, air, fire and ether] that have not changed at all, even though they are caught in many combinations of different separated energies [or molecules] that together form the complete of the universe. After in their association having appeared it seems that the  primal elements have entered creation later on, but that entering of this world never took place since they existed there before. The same way, oh my Lord, reasoning from true intelligence and such attributes You, despite being in touch with the objects of the senses and the modes of nature, are not determined by those material qualities at all. You after all [being the complete], are not covered by them. Because You are the root of everyone and everything there is no such thing as a within and a without to You, the Supersoul of all existence [see also 7.12: 15 and B.G.  9: 4-6].

It is like one knows the elements of matter that in their untransformed state are caught in many combinations [of molecules] that together indeed make up the entire universe; after on their association being created they appear as if they entered, but that entering cannot be since they, in this matter of creation, were there with You from the beginning. This way seen, departing from true intelligence and its attributes, o my Lord, are You, although having arrived with the objects of the senses and the modes of nature, not determined by the material qualities since You [in fact] are situated everywhere; there is no such thing as a within and a without to [the complete of] You because, with all belonging to You, You are the root of everyone and everything [see also B.G. 9.4-6]. (Vedabase)


Text 18

Anyone who in the position of being recognizable as a material body continues to act as if he would have an existence for himself separate from the original self or soul, is a fool. He is a person who in his false identification will be rejected as stupid for lacking in proper analysis and missing the full consideration of 'that' [or tat. See also B.G. 18: 16, B.G. 7: 4-5 and *].

Anyone who in the position of being a discernible object continues to act as if he would have an existence for himself separate from the original self or soul is a fool; he is a person who, of false identification, is rejected as stupid for he is without proper analysis and not of a full consideration of 'that' [or tat]. [see also B.G. 18: 16, B.G. 7: 4-5 and *]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 19

Oh Almighty Lord, the birth, the maintaining and the ending of this all is there, so conclude the scholars, because of You who are free from inclinations, free from changes and free from the modes. This is not contradictory because You, who are both the Lord and the Supreme Brahman, constitute the solid foundation for the modes of nature [see B.G. 9: 10].

O Almighty Lord, the birth, remaining and ending of this all is, so conclude the scholars, there from You, who art unsullied, free from inclinations and free from the modes; in You, the Controller, the Supreme Brahman, is there no contradiction in one's being ruled by the modes You are watching over [see B.G. 9: 10]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 20

You thus [as that basis, as that transcendence] assume, in order to maintain the three worlds with Your energy, a white form from the Soul [in goodness and knowledge], the color red belonging to the passion of creation [the movement] as also the form of darkness [of ignorance] for the purpose of the ultimate destruction.

You as such, to maintain the three worlds by Your own potency, assume the white [of goodness] as well as the color belonging to the creative, the red of being charged with passion and the color of darkness in the ignorance about the ultimate of destruction. (Vedabase)


Text 21

You now here present, oh Mighty One, have appeared in my home as the Completeness of Control with the wish to protect this planet and punish all the demoniac men and their armies, who unenlightened by the millions all over the world pose as kings and statesmen [see also B.G. 4: 8].

You here on this planet o Mighty One have now as the Complete of Control appeared in my home to ward off the wild men - and annihilate their armies - that by the millions all over the world unenlightened pose as kings and statesmen [see also B.G 4:8]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 22

But he who is so godless [Kamsa] and who, after hearing about Your taking birth in our home, has killed all the brothers who were born before You, oh Lord of the God-fearing souls, will be informed by his lieutenants about Your appearance and undoubtedly immediately take up his arms.'

But this one so godless [Kamsa] who after hearing about Your taking birth in our home killed all the brothers born before You, o Lord of the Godly will, informed by his lieutenants of Your appearance now for sure directly take up his weapons.' (Vedabase)

 

Text 23

S'uka said: 'After having seen that their son was endowed with all the characteristics of the Supreme Personality, Devakî, who had been afraid of Kamsa but now was most [happily] surprised [about the arrival of Krishna], offered Him prayers.

S'uka said: 'After observing that this son of theirs had all the characteristics of the Supreme Personality, offered Devakî, afraid of Kamsa but also greatly surprised, prayers unto Him. (Vedabase)

 

Text 24

S'rî Devakî said: 'Being the 'tat' form [or the substance of our oneness in diversity], You are sometimes called the imperceptible one, the original one or Brahman, the light, the freedom above the modes, the changeless one and pure existence [the measure of goodness and perfection]. You are the undivided one free from material motives who is directly Lord Vishnu, the light of the Supersoul [compare B.G. 14: 27].

S'rî Devakî said: 'Being the substance of God are You sometimes called imperceptible, the original, the Brahman, the light, the freedom above the modes, the changeless and the measure of goodness; You are the one undivided, void of material motives, who is directly that Lordship, Vishnu, the light of the Supersoul [compare: B.G. 14: 27]. (Vedabase)

  

Text 25

When after millions and millions of years the cosmos runs at its end and the primary elements merge with their primal forms and everything that manifested by the force of Time turns into the unmanifest, You, oh Lord with the Many Names, are the only one to remain.

With the cosmos at its end after millions and millions of years when the primary elements merge with the subtle and everything manifested by the force of Time turns unmanifest, is Your Lordship, the One with the Many Names, the only one to remain. (Vedabase)

 

Text 26

This so powerful Time factor by which, from the smallest measure of time up to the measure of a year, this entire creation works, is said to be Your action, the movement of You, the secure abode, the Supreme Controller whom I offer my surrender.

This Time so powerful, by which, from the smallest measure up to the measure of a year, this entire creation works, is said to be the movement of Him, the Authority of the Unmanifest that is You, the secure abode, the Supreme Controller whom I offer my surrender. (Vedabase)

 

Text 27

The mortals afraid of the serpent of death flee in all directions but cannot shake off the fear. Only when they are happy having obtained Your lotus feet they sleep undisturbed whith death running away from them.

The mortals afraid of the serpent of death run for all places but cannot attain fearlessness; by the luck though of obtaining the lotusfeet do they now sleep undisturbed and flees death away from them. (Vedabase)

 

Text 28

Oh Lordship can You, in Your form as the One dispelling the fears of Your servants, protect us against the terrible son of Ugrasena we fear so much? And please can You, as this Original Personality we attend to in meditation, make it so that You are not directly visible to those who consider You a physical form [compare B.G. 11: 8]?

O Lordship, could You, in Your form as the One dispelling all the fears of Your servants, protect us against the terrible son of Ugrasena we fear so much and, please, as this Original Personality attended to in meditation, be not directly visible to those who look with a material vision [compare B.G. 11: 8]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 29

Oh Madhusûdana, off balance because of Kamsa I am plagued by fear with Your appearance. May Your taking birth from my womb escape the attention of that great sinner.

O Madhusûdana, because of Your appearance I'm moved with fear apprehensive of Kamsa; may Your taking birth from my womb escape the attention of that great sinner. (Vedabase)

 

Text 30

Please, oh All-pervading One, withdraw this supernatural four-armed form that is equipped with the attributes of the conch, lotus, disc and club.

Withdraw, o All-pervading One, that supernatural four-armed form which is adorned with the attributes of the conch, lotus, disc and club. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 31

The entire creation with everything that belongs to it is by You, oh Lord, the transcendental Original Personality, easily sheltered and kept within Your body at the time of devastation. But to see You now having entered my body is something unimaginable in the human world, oh Godhead!'

The entire creation with all in it is by the transcendental Original Personality of Your Lordship easily sheltered and kept within Your body at the time of devastation; it is really impossible to think that within this human world, o God, it so happened that this form has entered my womb!' (Vedabase)

 

Text 32

The Supreme Lord replied: 'In a previous age you became known as Pris'ni, oh chaste lady, and he [Vasudeva] at the time was a Prajâpati called Sutapâ, an impeccable person.

The Supreme Lord replied: 'You in a previous age became known as Pris'ni, o chaste lady, and he [Vasudeva] was at the time a prajâpati known as Sutapâ, an impeccable pious person. (Vedabase)

 

Text 33

When Lord Brahmâ told you both to create offspring, you were thereafter of severe austerities to keep your senses under control.

When the both of you then were commissioned by Lord Brahmâ to create offspring, were you next of severe austerities keeping your senses fully controlled. (Vedabase)

 

Text 34-35

Enduring the rain, the wind, the blistering sun and the severe cold and heat of the seasonal changes, you by practicing restraint freed your mind from contaminations. Eating fallen leaves and air only you became pure and peaceful, performed My worship in serenity and prayed for a boon from Me.

Enduring the rain, the wind, the blistering sun and the severe cold and heat to the seasonal changes, were by means of practicing restraint the contaminations cleared out of the mind; eating withered leaves and air only you became pure and peaceful and performed in serenity My worship praying for a boon from Me. (Vedabase)

 

Text 36

While you, with your mind fixed on Me, thus in severe penance practiced the most difficult austerities, twelve thousand celestial years passed.

With your so of severe penance practicing the most difficult austerities passed a twelve thousand celestial years of simply thinking of Me. (Vedabase)

 

Text 37-38

By this determination of heart and constant, faithful service and penance oh sinless ones, I, proclaimed to be the most favorable bestower of boons, very satisfied with the both of you then appeared in this form. Eager to fulfill your desires I told you to think about a boon for yourselves whereupon you asked for a son just like Me.

By this determination of heart and constant, faithful service and penance o sinless one, did I, proclaimed the most favorable bestower of boons, very satisfied with the both of you, then appear in this form before you eager to fulfill your desire and was I asked, when you were requested by Me to open your minds for a boon, to become a son like I am now. (Vedabase)

 

Text 39

You, who as a man and wife without a son and dissatisfied in your sensual concerns were so strongly attracted to My divine energy, never asked Me for being liberated from this world [see also 4.9: 30-35].

As a man and wife without a son did you, for the sensual life to achieve this so strongly attracted to My divine energy, never ask Me for liberation from this world [see also 4.9: 30-35]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 40

After you received the benediction and I had left, you enjoyed sexual intercourse whereupon the two of you achieved the desired result of having a son like Me.

After My departure, having received the benediction, you engaged in enjoying sex and was by the both of you the desired result achieved of having a son like Me. (Vedabase)

 

Text 41

Because I did not find anyone else in this world with your noble character and qualities, I became your son and am thus known as Pris'nigarbha [see also 11.5: 26].

Not finding anyone else in this world equal to you in character and qualities became I your son and am I thus known as Pris'nigarbha. (Vedabase)

 

Text 42

Through Kas'yapa and Aditi I again appeared from the two of you with the name Upendra and was also called Vâmana because I was a dwarf [see 8.17-22].

From the two of you I appeared through Kas'yapa from Aditi once more and was, celebrated as Upendra, because of being a dwarf also known as Vâmana [see 8.17-22]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 43

True to my word for the third time appearing in this manner in a form like this, I again took My birth from the two of you oh chaste lady.

Accept for true, o chaste lady, that I with you for the third time indeed in this same appearance [now in full as Krishna], again by the forms of the two of you, have taken My birth. (Vedabase)


Text 44

I showed you this [four-handed] form to remind you of My previous appearances. The spiritual understanding of My identity would otherwise not arise [in you] with the transient form.

This form [fourhanded] has been shown to you to remind you of My previous appearances, otherwise would the spiritual understanding of My identity not arise with this mortal image. (Vedabase)

 

Text 45

When you treat Me with love and affection the two of you, in your constant awareness of Me as being both your son and the Absolute Truth, will thus attain My transcendental abode.'

Treating Me with love and affection will the two of you in the constant awareness of Me as being as well your son as the Spiritual Supreme, both obtain My transcendental abode. (Vedabase)

 

Text 46

S'rî S'uka said: 'Thus having spoken the Personality of Godhead, the Supreme Lord, was silent and directly from His inner potency assumed the form of an ordinary human child before the eyes of His parents.

S'rî S'uka said: 'Thus having spoken remained the Personality of Godhead, the Supreme Lord silent while He before the eyes of His parents by His own energy assumed the form of an ordinary human child. (Vedabase)

 

Text 47

When thereafter the son of S'ûrasena as instructed by the Supreme Lord carefully wanted to carry his son away from the place of delivery, precisely at that time Yogamâyâ [see 10.2: 6-12], the one [of transcendence who  factually is] never born, took her birth from the wife of Nanda.

And thereafter, when the son of S'ûrasena as instructed by the Supreme Lord carefully carried away his son from the place of delivery, took precisely at that time that he wished to take Him outside Yogamâyâ [see 10.2: 6-12], the unborn of transcendence, her birth from the wife of Nanda. (Vedabase)

 

Text 48-49

By her influence the guards and the rest of the people being fast asleep had lost consciousness of all their senses. As soon as Vasudeva carrying Krishna approached, all the heavy doors and gates sealed with bolts and chains opened wide out of their own, like darkness dissipated by the sun. The slightly rumbling clouds showered rain but S'esha Nâga followed them and stopped the rains with His spread out hoods.

By her influence had the guards as well as the rest of the people, fast asleep lost consciousness of all their senses and had also all the doors and the gates firmly constructed and sealed by bolts and chains of their own opened wide like darkness does before the sun, when Vasudeva appeared bearing Krishna. The clouds mildly rumbling showered rain but followed by S'esha Nâga were the rains stopped by the spreaded hoods. (Vedabase)

 

Text 50

The surface of the deep waters of Yamarâja's younger sister, the Yamunâ, was foaming because of Indra's constant showers. The waters whirled agitated, but the waves of the forceful, fierce stream gave way just like the ocean did before the Husband of Sîtâ [Lord Râma, see 9.10: 13-15].

Because of Indra's constant showers was of the deep waters of Yamarâja's younger sister, the Yamunâ, the surface foaming of the forceful waves but the whirling, agitated, fierce stream gave way just like the ocean had before the Husband of Sîtâ [Lord Râma, see 9.10: 13-15]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 51

The son of S'ûrasena reached the cow-village of Nanda and found all the cowherds there fast asleep. While they slept he put his son on Yas'odâ's bed, took up her daughter and then returned home.

The son of S'ûrasena reaching the cow-village of Nanda found all the cowherds there fast asleep and with them slumbering placed he his son on Yas'odâ's bed and picked he her daughter up to go back to his own residence. (Vedabase)

 

Text 52

There he placed the little girl on Devakî's bed and put the shackles back on his feet so that he remained bound as before.

He there placed the female child on Devakî's bed binding himself again with the shackles for his feet so that he remained bound as before. (Vedabase)

 

Text 53

Yas'odâ, Nanda's wife,  delivering her child had no idea what it precisely looked like because being overwhelmed by sleep from the hard labor, she lay unconscious.'

Yas'odâ, Nanda's wife, who also had delivered a child had no idea what it precisely looked like as overwhelmed by sleep of the hard labor her memory had left her. (Vedabase)

  


*: Svâmî Prabhupâda comments: 'If we regard this world as false, we fall into the category of Asuras, who say that this world is unreal, with no foundation and no God in control (asatyam apratishthham te jagad âhur anîs'varam). As described in the Sixteenth Chapter of Bhagavad Gîtâ, this is the conclusion of demons.'

 

 

 


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