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Canto 10

Ājńā Tahal

 


 

Chapter 74: The Rājasūya: Krishna Number One and S'is'upāla Killed

(1) S'rī S'uka said: 'King Yudhishthhira, thus hearing about the death of Jarāsandha and the display of power of the almighty Krishna, was pleased about it and addressed Him. (2) S'rī Yudhishthhira said: 'All the spiritual masters, inhabitants, and great rulers there are in the three worlds, carry the difficult to obtain command [of You] on their heads. (3) That You Yourself, the Lotus-eyed Lord, take directions from by the day living people [like us] who consider themselves controllers, is oh All-pervading One, a great pretense [of you imitating our ways]. (4) The way it is with the movements of the sun, the power of the One without a Second, the Absolute Truth, the Supersoul, does not increase nor diminish by [His] activities [see B.G. 2: 40]. (5) Oh Mādhava, the perverted animalistic mentality of making distinctions of 'I and mine' and 'you and yours', is truly not Yours, oh Unconquerable One, nor of Your bhaktas.'

(6) S'rī S'uka said: 'The son of Prithā thus having spoken, chose at a proper time for the sacrifice, with the permission of Krishna, the priests who were suitable, brahmins who were Vedic experts: (7-9) Dvaipāyana [Vyāsa], Bharadvāja, Sumantu, Gotama, Asita, Vasishthha, Cyavana, Kanva, Maitreya, Kavasha, Trita, Vis'vāmitra, Vāmadeva, Sumati, Jaimini, Kratu, Paila, Parās'ara, Garga, Vais'ampāyana as also Atharvā, Kas'yapa, Dhaumya, Rāma of the Bhārgavas [Pāras'urāma], Āsuri, Vītihotra, Madhucchandā, Vīrasena and Akritavrana. (10-11) Also others were invited like Drona, Bhīshma, Kripa, Dhritarāshthra with his sons and the highly intelligent Vidura. Kings with their royal entourages, brahmins, kshatriyas, vais'yas and s'ūdras all came there eager to attend the sacrifice, oh King. (12) The brahmins with golden plowshares then furrowed the place for worshiping the gods and inaugurated the king there according to the injunctions. (13-15) The utensils were golden like it had been in the past when Varuna was of sacrifice [compare 9.2: 27]. The rulers of the worlds headed by Indra, including Brahmā and S'iva, the perfected ones and the heavenly singers with their entourage, the scholars, the great serpents [v.i.p.s, egos], the sages, the wealth keepers and the wild men, the birds of heaven [see khaga], the mighty ones, the venerable souls and the earthly kings as also the wives of the kings who were invited, came from everywhere to the Rājasūya sacrifice which they, not surprised at all [about all the wealth], deemed quite appropriate for a devotee of Krishna. (16) The priests who were as powerful as the gods, performed the Rājasūya sacrifice for the great king as was Vedically prescribed, the way the demigods did it for Varuna. (17) On the day set for extracting the soma juice, the king properly with great attention worshiped the sacrificers and the most exalted personalities of the assembly. (18) The members of the assembly pondered over who of them should be honored first, but could not arrive at a conclusion because there were many [members who qualified]. Then Sahadeva [the Pāndava] spoke up: (19) 'Acyuta deserves the supreme position, He is the Supreme Lord, the leader of the Sātvatas. He stands for all the demigods as also the place, the time and the paraphernalia and such. (20-21) This universe as also the great sacrificial performances, the sacred fire, the oblations and the incantations are founded upon Him. The analytical perspective and the science of yoga are aiming at Him. He is the One and Only without a second upon whom the living being [the universe] is based,, oh members of the assembly. He is the Unborn One relying on Himself only who creates, maintains and destroys. (22) His grace brings about the various activities out here and because of His grace the entire world endeavors for the ideals characterized by religiosity and such [the purusharthas]. (23) Therefore the greatest honor should be given to Krishna, the Supreme One. If we do that, we will be honoring all living beings, ourselves included. (24) It should be awarded to Krishna, the Soul of all beings who considers no one as separate from Himself, to the Peaceful One Perfectly Complete who for anyone who wishes his love to be answered constitutes the Unlimited [of an Infinite Return].'

(25) After Sahadeva well known with Krishna's dignity thus had spoken, he fell silent whereupon all the ones of excellence and truth who heard this, filled with happiness said: 'This is excellent, very fine!'

(26) Hearing the twice-born souls say this, the king, pleased to know the heart of the assembly, overwhelmed by love worshiped Hrishīkes'a in full. (27-28) He washed His feet and took the water that purifies the world on his head. Then he carried it joyfully to his wife, his brothers, his ministers and family. And as he with precious yellow silken garments and jewelry honored Him, he could not look straight at Him because of the tears that filled his eyes. (29) Seeing Him honored this way all the people with joined palms exclaimed: 'Obeisances to You, all victory to You!' and saying this they bowed down to Him and showered Him with flowers.

(30) The son of Damaghosha [S'is'upāla, see 10.53] hearing this, aroused by the descriptions of Krishna's qualities, angrily rose from his seat waving with his arms and said, indignantly addressing the Fortunate One with harsh words, the following in the middle of the assembly: (31) 'The Vedic word of truth that Time is the unavoidable controller, has by this been proven, for even the intelligence of the elders could be led astray by the words of a boy! (32) You all know best who would be the most praiseworthy one! Please, oh leaders of the assembly, pay no attention to the statements of the boy that Krishna should be chosen to be honored. (33-34) You overlook the leaders in the assembly who are the best among the wise, who are dedicated to the Absolute Truth and are worshiped by the rulers over the planet. They are men who by spiritual understanding, austerity, Vedic knowledge and vows eradicated their impurities. How can a cowherd who is a disgrace to His family, deserve it to be worshiped? He deserves it no more than a crow deserves the sacred rice cake! (35) How can He who, engaging of His own accord, acts outside the bounds of all religious duties, devoid of kula [a proper upbringing] varna [vocational propriety] and ās'rama [sense of duty according to one's age], thus missing the qualities, deserve it to be worshiped? (36) With His [Yadu-]dynasty cursed by Yayāti [see 9.18: 40-44], being ostracized by well-behaved persons [see 10.52: 9] and wantonly addicted to drinking [e.g. 10.67: 9-10], how can such a one deserve the worship? (37) Abandoning the lands [of Mathurā] graced by the brahmin sages, He with His associates took to a fortress in the sea [10.50: 49] where the brahminical order is not observed [10.57: 30] and where they as thieves cause the people a lot of trouble [e.g. 10.61].'





(38) The Supreme Lord did not say a word to him who, using such and more harsh words, had lost all his chances. He kept silent like a lion to a jackal's cry. (39) Hearing that intolerable criticism, the members of the assembly covered their ears and walked away while angrily cursing the king of Cedi. (40) A person who does not leave the place where the Supreme Lord or His devotee is criticized, loses his pious credit and will fall down. (41) Then the sons of Pāndu as also the Matsyas, Kaikayas and Srińjayas stood up infuriated with raised weapons, prepared to kill S'is'upāla. (42) S'is'upāla oh scion of Bharata, thereupon undaunted took up his sword and shield and challenged with insults the kings in the assembly who were the proponents of Krishna. (43) The Supreme Lord at that point stood up and stopped His devotees. Displeased He attacked His enemy with His sharp-edged disc and severed his head from his trunk. (44) With S'is'upāla being killed a tumultuous uproar rose from the audience. The kings siding with him feared for their lives and fled away. (45) Straight in front of the eyes of everyone alive, from the body of S'is'upāla a light rose that entered Krishna like it was a meteor falling from the sky to the earth [see also 10.12: 33]. (46) Throughout three lifetimes he had been obsessed with this mentality [of enmity] and thus meditating he [now finally] attained Oneness with Him [B.G. 4: 9, see also 10.12: 33]. It is indeed so that one's attitude is the cause of one's rebirth [see B.G. 8: 6 & Jaya and Vijaya]. (47) The emperor rewarded the priests and the members of the assembly abundantly with gifts, respecting them all properly according to the scriptural injunctions and next performed the avabhritha ceremony [of washing himself and the utensils to conclude the sacrifice]. (48) Krishna, the Master of all Yoga Masters, saw to it that the great sacrifice of the king was concluded and stayed, on the request of His well-wishers, a couple of months more [in Indraprastha]. (49) The son of Devakī, Īs'vara, then took leave from the king - who did not like that - and together with His wives and ministers went back to His city. (50) The story of the two Vaikunthha residents who because of a curse of the sages [the Kumāras] had to take birth repeatedly, I have related to you in great detail [see 3.16]. (51) When King Yudhishthhira bathed at the avabhritha of the Rājasūja, he in the midst of the brahmins and kshatriyas shone as brilliant as the king of the demigods. (52) All the gods, human beings and travelers of the sky [the lesser gods, the Pramathas], being honored by the king, happily returned to their domains, full of praise for Krishna and the sacrifice. (53) [All were happy], except for the sinful Duryodhana who was the pest of the Kuru dynasty and the personification of the Age of Quarrel. To face the flourishing opulence of the Pāndavas was something he could not tolerate.

(54) He who recites these activities of Lord Vishnu, the deliverance of the kings, the [Rājasūya] sacrifice and the killing of the king of Cedi and such, is delivered from all sin.'

 

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Text 1

S'rī S'uka said: 'King Yudhishthhira, thus hearing about the death of Jarāsandha and the display of power of the almighty Krishna, was pleased about it and addressed Him.
S'rī S'uka said: 'Yudhishthhira, the king, thus hearing of the killing of Jarāsandha and the display of power of the almighty Krishna, pleased with that addressed Him. (Vedabase)

 

Text 2

S'rī Yudhishthhira said: 'All the spiritual masters, inhabitants, and great rulers there are in the three worlds, carry the difficult to obtain command [of You] on their heads.

S'rī Yudhishthhira said: 'All the spiritual masters, inhabitants, and great controllers there are of the three worlds, carry the indeed rarely obtained command [of You] on their heads. (Vedabase)

 

Text 3

That You Yourself, the Lotus-eyed Lord, take directions from by the day living people [like us] who consider themselves controllers, is oh All-pervading One, a great pretense [of you imitating our ways].

 That He, the Lotus-eyed Lord Yourself, takes directions of those to the day living people [like us] who presume themselves to be controllers, is, o All-pervading One, the greatest annoyance. (Vedabase)

 

Text 4

The way it is with the movements of the sun, the power of the One without a Second, the Absolute Truth, the Supersoul, does not increase nor diminish by [His] activities [see B.G. 2: 40].

Like with the sun indeed, does of the One without a Second, the Absolute Truth, the Supersoul, the power not increase nor diminish by [His] activities [see: B.G. 2: 40]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 5

Oh Mādhava, the perverted animalistic mentality of making distinctions of 'I and mine' and 'you and yours', is truly not Yours, oh Unconquerable One, nor of Your bhaktas.'

O Mādhava, the perverted mentality of setting apart 'you and yours' and 'I and mine', as if one is of the animals, is verily not Yours, o Unconquerable One, nor of your bhakta's. (Vedabase)

 

Text 6

S'rī S'uka said: 'The son of Prithā thus having spoken, chose at a proper time for the sacrifice, with the permission of Krishna, the priests who were suitable, brahmins who were Vedic experts:

S'rī S'uka said: 'Speaking thus chose the son of Prithā, at the time right for the sacrifice, with the permission of Krishna the priests appropriate, the brahmins that were vedic experts: (Vedabase)

 

Text 7-9

Dvaipāyana [Vyāsa], Bharadvāja, Sumantu, Gotama, Asita, Vasishthha, Cyavana, Kanva, Maitreya, Kavasha, Trita, Vis'vāmitra, Vāmadeva, Sumati, Jaimini, Kratu, Paila, Parās'ara, Garga, Vais'ampāyana as also Atharvā, Kas'yapa, Dhaumya, Rāma of the Bhārgavas [Pāras'urāma], Āsuri, Vītihotra, Madhucchandā, Vīrasena and Akritavrana.

Dvaipāyana [Vyāsa], Bharadvāja, Sumantu, Gotam, Asita, Vasishthha, Cyavana, Kanva, Maitreya, Kavasha, Trita, Vis'vāmitra, Vāmadeva, Sumati, Jaimini, Kratu, Paila, Parās'ara, Garga, Vais'ampāyana as also Atharvā, Kas'yapa, Dhaumya, Rāma of the Bhārgavas [Pāras'urāma], Āsuri, Vītihotra, Madhucchandā, Vīrasena and Akritavrana.(Vedabase)

 

Text 10-11

Also others were invited like Drona, Bhīshma, Kripa, Dhritarāshthra with his sons and the highly intelligent Vidura. Kings with their royal entourages, brahmins, kshatriyas, vais'yas and s'ūdras all came there eager to attend the sacrifice, oh King.

Also invited were others like Drona, Bhīshma, Kripa and Dhritarāshthra with his sons, and the highly intelligent Vidura; kings with their royal entourages, brahmins, kshatriyas, vais'yas and s'ūdras, all came there eager to attend the sacrifice, o King. (Vedabase)

     

Text 12

The brahmins with golden plowshares then furrowed the place for worshiping the gods and inaugurated the king there according to the injunctions.

Then did the brahmins with plowshares of gold furrow the place of worshiping the gods, and inaugurated they there the king according the injunctions. (Vedabase)

 

Text 13-15

The utensils were golden like it had been in the past when Varuna was of sacrifice [compare 9.2: 27]. The rulers of the worlds headed by Indra, including Brahmā and S'iva, the perfected ones and the heavenly singers with their entourage, the scholars, the great serpents [v.i.p.s, egos], the sages, the wealth keepers and the wild men, the birds of heaven [see khaga], the mighty ones, the venerable souls and the earthly kings as also the wives of the kings who were invited, came from everywhere to the Rājasūya sacrifice which they, not surprised at all [about all the wealth], deemed quite appropriate for a devotee of Krishna.

The utensils were of gold indeed like in the past with Varuna [compare 9.2: 27]. The rulers of the worlds headed by Indra, including Brahmā and S'iva; the perfected and heavenly singers with their attendants; the scholars, the great serpents [v.i.p.'s, egos], the sages, the wealth keepers and wild men; the birds of heaven [see khaga], the mighty, the venerable and the earthly kings invited, as also the wives of the kings came from everywhere to the Rājasūya sacrifice which they, unsurprised, for a devotee of Krishna deemed quite appropriate. (Vedabase)

 

Text 16

The priests who were as powerful as the gods, performed the Rājasūya sacrifice for the great king as was Vedically prescribed, the way the demigods did it for Varuna.

The priests who were as powerful as the gods performed for the great king the Rājasūya sacrifice as was vedically prescribed, exactly the way the demigods had done it for Varuna. (Vedabase)

 

Text 17

On the day set for extracting the soma juice, the king properly with great attention worshiped the sacrificers and the most exalted personalities of the assembly.

 On the day for extracting the soma-juice worshiped the king very attentively the sacrificers and the exalted personalities of the assembly. (Vedabase)

 

Text 18

The members of the assembly pondered over who of them should be honored first, but could not arrive at a conclusion because there were many [members who qualified]. Then Sahadeva [the Pāndava] spoke up:

The members seated in the assembly pondering over who of them deserved to be worshiped first could not arrive at a conclusion as there were many [who qualified]; then Sahadeva [the Pāndava] spoke up: (Vedabase)

  

Text 19

'Acyuta deserves the supreme position, He is the Supreme Lord, the leader of the Sātvatas. He stands for all the demigods as also the place, the time and the paraphernalia and such.

'Acyuta for sure deserves the supreme position, He is the Supreme Lord, the leader of the Sātvatas, He doubtlessly covers all the demigods as well as the place, time and necessities and such. (Vedabase)

 

Text 20-21

This universe as also the great sacrificial performances, the sacred fire, the oblations and the incantations are founded upon Him. The analytical perspective and the science of yoga are aiming at Him. He is the One and Only without a second upon whom the living being [the universe] is based,, oh members of the assembly. He is the Unborn One relying on Himself only who creates, maintains and destroys.

This universe as well as the great sacrificial performances, the sacred fire, the oblations and the incantations are founded upon Him and the analytic and the yoga are aiming at Him. He is the One alone without a second upon whom the Living Being builds; the Unborn One relying on Himself alone, o members of the assembly, who creates, maintains and destroys. (Vedabase)

 

Text 22

His grace brings about the various activities out here and because of His grace the entire world endeavors for the ideals characterized by religiosity and such [the purusharthas].

He generates the various activities out here; to His grace does the whole world endeavor and follow its ideals known as the religiosity and so on [the purusharthas]. (Vedabase)

   

 Text 23

Therefore the greatest honor should be given to Krishna, the Supreme One. If we do that, we will be honoring all living beings, ourselves included.

Therefore should the greatest honor be given to Krishna, the Supreme One; if we do it this way, will we be honoring all living beings as well as ourselves. (Vedabase)

   

Text 24

It should be awarded to Krishna, the Soul of all beings who considers no one as separate from Himself, to the Peaceful One Perfectly Complete who for anyone who wishes his love to be answered constitutes the Unlimited [of an Infinite Return].'

It is to be given to Krishna, the Soul of all beings who sees no one as separate; to the One of Peace Perfectly Complete who for him who desires the reciprocal, is the Unlimited [the Infinite of Return].' (Vedabase)

 

Text 25

After Sahadeva well known with Krishna's dignity thus had spoken, he fell silent whereupon all the ones of excellence and truth who heard this, filled with happiness said: 'This is excellent, very fine!'

 Sahadeva thus speaking fell silent and all the best and truthful hearing this, knowing well the influence of Krishna, said happily: 'This is excellent, very fine!' (Vedabase)

 

 Text 26

Hearing the twice-born souls say this, the king, pleased to know the heart of the assembly, overwhelmed by love worshiped Hrishīkes'a in full.

Hearing what the twiceborn pronounced, worshiped the king, pleased to know of the contentment of the members of the assembly, overwhelmed by love in full Hrishīkes'a. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 27-28

He washed His feet and took the water that purifies the world on his head. Then he carried it joyfully to his wife, his brothers, his ministers and family. And as he with precious yellow silken garments and jewelry honored Him, he could not look straight at Him because of the tears that filled his eyes.

Washing His feet and taking the water that purifies the world on his own head and carrying it with pleasure to his wife, his brothers, his ministers and family, was he, with precious yellow silken garments and jewelry honoring Him, with his eyes filled with tears unable to look straight at Him. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 29

Seeing Him honored this way all the people with joined palms exclaimed: 'Obeisances to You, all victory to You!' and saying this they bowed down to Him and showered Him with flowers.

Seeing Him honored this way exclaimed all the people with joined palms: 'Obeisances to You, all victory to You!' and to that bowing down to Him fell showers of flowers. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 30

The son of Damaghosha [S'is'upāla, see 10.53] hearing this, aroused by the descriptions of Krishna's qualities, angrily rose from his seat waving with his arms and said, indignantly addressing the Fortunate One with harsh words, the following in the middle of the assembly:

The son of Damaghosha [S'is'upāla, see 10.53] hearing this rose, aroused by the descriptions of Krishna's qualities, from his seat angrily waving with his arms and said, resolutely addressing the Fortunate One with harsh words, this in the middle of the assembly: (Vedabase)

 

 Text 31

 'The Vedic word of truth that Time is the unavoidable controller, has by this been proven, for even the intelligence of the elders could be led astray by the words of a boy!

'The vedic word of truth that Time is the unavoidable controller, has been proven true since even the intelligence of the elders could be led astray by the words of a boy! (Vedabase)

 

 Text 32

You all know best who would be the most praiseworthy one! Please, oh leaders of the assembly, pay no attention to the statements of the boy that Krishna should be chosen to be honored.

All of you know best who's the most praiseworthy; please, all you leaders of the assembly, pay no attention to the statements of the boy that Krishna should be chosen for being honored. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 33-34

You overlook the leaders in the assembly who are the best among the wise, who are dedicated to the Absolute Truth and are worshiped by the rulers over the planet.  They are men who by spiritual understanding, austerity, Vedic knowledge and vows eradicated their impurities. How can a cowherd who is a disgrace to His family, deserve it to be worshiped? He deserves it no more than a crow deserves the sacred rice cake!

Passing over leaders in the assembly, topmost sages dedicated to the Absolute Truth held high by the local authorities, who by spiritual understanding, austerity, vedic knowledge and vows eradicated their impurities - how can a cowherd, the disgrace of His family, no more than a crow deserves the sacred rice-cake, deserve it to be worshiped? (Vedabase)

 

Text 35

How can He who, engaging of His own accord, acts outside the bounds of all religious duties, devoid of kula [a proper upbringing] varna [vocational propriety] and ās'rama [sense of duty according to one's age], thus missing the qualities, deserve it to be worshiped?

How can He, acting independently and devoid of kula [a proper upbringing] varna [vocational propriety] and ās'rama [sense of duty to one's age], missing the qualities, deserve it to be worshiped? (Vedabase)

 

Text 36

With His [Yadu-]dynasty cursed by Yayāti [see 9.18: 40-44], being ostracized by well-behaved persons [see 10.52: 9] and wantonly addicted to drinking [e.g. 10.67: 9-10], how can such a one deserve the worship?

With their [Yadu-] dynasty cursed by Yayāti [see 9.18: 40-44], being ostracized by well-behaved persons [see 10.52: 9] and wantonly addicted to drinking [e.g. 10.67: 9-10], how can such a [Yadu] one deserve the worship? (Vedabase)

 

Text 37

Abandoning the lands [of Mathurā] graced by the brahmin sages, He with His associates took to a fortress in the sea [10.50: 49] where the brahminical order is not observed [10.57: 30] and where they as thieves cause the people a lot of trouble [e.g. 10.61].'

Abandoning the lands [of Mathurā] graced by the brahmin sages took these ones to a fortress in the sea [10.50: 49] where the brahminical is not observed [10.57: 30], as thieves causing trouble to the people [e.g. 10.61].' (Vedabase)

 

Text 38

The Supreme Lord did not say a word to him who, using such and more harsh words, had lost all his chances. He kept silent like a lion to a jackal's cry.

Before him whose good fortune was ruined, speaking such and more harsh words, did the Supreme Lord not say a thing, like a lion silent to a jackals cry. (Vedabase)

 

Text 39

Hearing that intolerable criticism, the members of the assembly covered their ears and walked away while angrily cursing the king of Cedi.

 Hearing that intolerable criticism, covered the members of the assembly their ears and went they away cursing the king of Cedi angrily. (Vedabase)

 

Text 40

A person who does not leave the place where the Supreme Lord or His devotee is criticized, loses his pious credit and will fall down.

 A person dedicated to Him who does not leave the place where criticism of the Supreme Lord is heard; he indeed goes down, fallen away from his good deeds. (Vedabase)

 

Text 41

Then the sons of Pāndu as also the Matsyas, Kaikayas and Srińjayas stood up infuriated with raised weapons, prepared to kill S'is'upāla.

The sons of Pāndu, the Matsyas, Kaikayas and S'rinjayas then, angered raising their weapons, stood up ready to kill S'is'upāla. (Vedabase)

 

Text 42

S'is'upāla oh scion of Bharata, thereupon undaunted took up his sword and shield and challenged with insults the kings in the assembly who were the proponents of Krishna.

Thereupon, o scion of Bharata, took S'is'upāla undaunted up his sword and shield, insulting the kings in the assembly that were the proponents of Krishna. (Vedabase)

 

Text 43

The Supreme Lord at that point stood up and stopped His devotees. Displeased He attacked His enemy with His sharp-edged disc and severed his head from his trunk.

The Supreme Lord just then rising stopped His devotees and angrily attacking severed the head of His enemy with His sharp-edged disc. (Vedabase)

 

Text 44

With S'is'upāla being killed a tumultuous uproar rose from the audience. The kings siding with him feared for their lives and fled away.

With S'is'upāla killed there was a huge tumult of uproar as the kings siding with him fled the audience fearing for their lives. (Vedabase)

 

Text 45

Straight in front of the eyes of everyone alive, from the body of S'is'upāla a light rose that entered Krishna like it was a meteor falling from the sky to the earth.

 Before all of the living to see rose from the body of S'is'upāla a light that entered Krishna like it was a meteor from the sky falling to earth [see also 10.12: 33]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 46

Throughout three lifetimes he had been obsessed with this mentality [of enmity] and thus meditating he [now finally] attained Oneness with Him [B.G. 4: 9, see also 10.12: 33]. It is indeed so that one's attitude is the cause of one's rebirth [see B.G. 8: 6 & Jaya and Vijaya].

Extending through three births obsessed with a mentality of enmity, was meditating thus Oneness with Him attained [B.G. 4: 9]; verily, one's attitude is the cause of one's rebirth! [see B.G. 8: 6 & Jaya and Vijaya] (Vedabase)

 

Text 47

The emperor rewarded the priests and the members of the assembly abundantly with gifts, respecting them all properly according to the scriptural injunctions and next performed the avabhritha ceremony [of washing himself and the utensils to conclude the sacrifice].

The emperor gave in gratitude the priests and the members of the assembly abundant gifts, respecting them all properly according the scriptural injunctions, and performed the avabhritha ceremony [of washing of himself and the utensils to conclude the sacrifice]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 48

Krishna, the Master of all Yoga Masters, saw to it that the great sacrifice of the king was concluded and stayed, on the request of His well-wishers, a couple of months more [in Indraprastha].

Krishna, the Controller of the Controllers of Yoga, seeing to it that the sacrifice of the king was performed, stayed a couple of months [in Indraprastha] on the request of His well-wishers. (Vedabase)

 

Text 49

The son of Devakī, Īs'vara, then took leave from the king - who did not like that - and together with His wives and ministers went back to His city.

Then asking permission with a reluctant king, went the son of Devakī, Is'vara, with His wives and ministers away to His own city. (Vedabase)

 

Text 50

The story of the two Vaikunthha residents who because of a curse of the sages [the Kumāras] had to take birth repeatedly, I have related to you in great detail [see 3.16].

The tale of the two vaikuntha residents that due to the curse of the learned ones had to be born again and again, has by me been related to you in detail [see 3.16]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 51

When King Yudhishthhira bathed at the avabhritha of the Rājasūja, he in the midst of the brahmins and kshatriyas shone as brilliant as the king of the demigods.

 King Yudhishthhira in the midst of the brahmins and kshatriyas bathing at the avabhritha of the Rājasūja shone as brilliant as the king of the demigods. (Vedabase)

 

Text 52

All the gods, human beings and travelers of the sky [the lesser gods, the Pramathas], being honored by the king, happily returned to their domains, full of praise for Krishna and the sacrifice.

All the gods, humans and beings in the sky [the lesser gods, the pramāthas] honored by the king happily returned to their own domains, full of praise for Krishna and the sacrifice. (Vedabase)

 

Text 53

[All were happy], except for the sinful Duryodhana who was the pest of the Kuru dynasty and the personification of the Age of Quarrel. To face the flourishing opulence of the Pāndavas was something he could not tolerate.

[All were happy], except for the sinful Duryodhana, the pest of the Kuru dynasty and personification of the Age of Quarrel, who, faced with the flourishing of the opulence, couldn't stand that of the Pāndavas. (Vedabase)

 

Text 54

He who recites these activities of Lord Vishnu, the deliverance of the kings, the [Rājasūya] sacrifice and the killing of the king of Cedi and such, is delivered from all sin.'

 He who recites these activities of Lord Vishnu, of the deliverance of the kings, the sacrifice and the killing of the king of Cedi and such, is delivered from all sin. (Vedabase)

 

 

 

 

 

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The first picture is a detail from a 19th century painting, collection Karnataka Chitra Kala Parishad.
The second painting is by the Indian painter and artist Raja Ravi Varma.
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