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Canto 6

Mahâmantra 2

 

 

Chapter 15: The Sages Nârada and Angirâ Instruct King Citraketu

(1) S'rî S'uka said: 'They [the sages Nârada and Angirâ] in order to give instruction in spiritual terms, spoke to the king who like a dead man fallen at the side of the corpse was so very much aggrieved. (2) 'Oh best of kings, the person you are lamenting about, who is that actually oh lord, who has he been in his previous birth, who is he now and who will he be hereafter? (3) Just like grains of sand wash ashore and drift apart by the force of the waves, the embodied souls are united and separated by time [compare B.G. 2: 13]. (4) Just as from seeds sometimes grains grow and sometimes not grow, the living entities, impelled by the material potency of the Supreme Lord, sometimes produce other living beings and sometimes not. (5) We, you and also the other creatures moving and not moving about here at the moment oh King, were not together before this birth, nor will we be together after we died, despite our sharing the same present. (6) The Ruler of All, as indifferent as a [playing] boy, creates, maintains and destroys living beings through other living beings; they who were created by Him do not exist independent of Him [compare B.G. 3: 27]. (7) By the body of the embodied soul a body is created from another body, just as indeed from one seed another seed is generated. The [this way temporally] embodied [individual soul] is eternal, just as the constituent elements of matter are Narada explains....[see B.G. 8: 17-22]. (8) To consider this body separate from its indweller is, just like separating the individual from the group, the product of an age-long form of ignorance, such a separation is just like the separation of souls - of the essence - an imaginary one.'

(9) S'rî S'uka said: 'King Citraketu, consoled by what the twice-born ones thus told him, wiped his shriveled face with his hand and spoke. (10) The honorable king said: 'The two of you who arrived here in the dress of renunciates, are accomplished in spiritual knowledge and the greatest of the greatest. (11) You as brahmins dear to the Lord [as Vaishnavas] dressed up like madmen wander the surface of the earth as you like in order to enlighten those who, like me, are of a worldly intelligence. (12-15) Sanat-kumâra, Nârada, Ribhu, Angirâ, Devala, Asita, Apântaratamâ [an early name of Vyâsadeva], Mârkandeya and Gautama; Vasishthha, Bhagavân Paras'urâma, Kapila, S'ukadeva, Durvâsâ, Yâjñavalkya and Jâtukarna as also Aruni, Romas'a, Cyavana, Dattâtreya, Âsuri, Patañjali, the sage Dhaumya head of the Vedas and the wise Pañcas'ikha, Hiranyanâbha, Kaus'alya, S'rutadeva and Ritadhvaja; all these and other masters of perfection are the wandering spiritual educators. (16) Therefore, let me be enlightened by your torchlight of spiritual knowledge oh masters, for I am but a foolish village dog bereft of vision in the darkness.' [*]

(17) S'rî Angirâ said: 'I am [the same] Angirâ who granted you the son you wanted oh King and this son of Brahmâ here is the great sage Nârada in person. (18-19) This because of your grief about your son being merged in a difficult to overcome darkness does not befit you. You are supposed to remember the Supreme Personality. The two of us have arrived here visibly before your eyes in order to support you oh King. You, as someone anchored in Brahman and devoted to the Lord, we have to tell that you don't deserve it to come down like this. (20) The first time I came to your home, I could have given you the spiritual knowledge of transcendence, but, since you were absorbed in other matters, I could only give you a son. (21-23) And now you undergo the tribulation of someone with children, a nice wife, a home, riches and various assets and luxuries. The objects of the senses of concern to you, like a kingdom, opulence, land and royalty, power and a treasury with servants, ministers and allies, all belong to the temporality. All of this oh Ruler of S'ûrasena, constitutes a lamentable illusion giving rise to fears and distress; these are figments concocted by the mind, preoccupations in the form of castles in the air. (24) That what you're so concerned about is without any substance, that what you meditate upon are fabrications born from profit-minded actions. All these sorts of karmic engagements originate from the mind. (25) This body of the living entity consists of material elements and senses of action and perception. These are declared to be the cause of the various sufferings and pains of the living entity [see also B.G 15: 7-11]. (26) Therefore be careful with the things of the mind and consider your real position, give up your belief in the duality as being something permanent; take to the peaceful condition.'

(27) S'rî Nârada said: 'Listen good and accept from me this mantra containing the secret of Vedic philosophy [see 8.16: 18-25] which, if you concentrate on it for seven nights, will give you the vision of the all-pervading Lord Sankarshana ['the One with the plough'; see 5.25]. (28) All others [all the other men of God], giving up on this illusion of duality and finding shelter at His lotus feet oh King, in the past immediately attained His unequaled and unsurpassed glories. Likewise you will soon obtain the Transcendence.'

 

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Text 1

S'rî S'uka said: 'They [the sages Nârada and Angirâ] in order to give instruction in spiritual terms, spoke to the king who like a dead man fallen at the side of the corpse was so very much aggrieved.
S'rî S'uka said: 'They [the sages Nârada and Angirâ] spoke to the King, who for dead at the side of the dead body was so very much aggrieved, to instruct him on the factual that had to be stated. (Vedabase)

 

Text 2

'Oh best of kings, the person you are lamenting about, who is that actually oh lord, who has he been in his previous birth, who is he now and who will he be hereafter?

O Best of Kings, who is this to you your Lordship, whom you are lamenting over and who was this before in being born to you, who is it at present and who in the future? (Vedabase)

 

Text 3

Just like grains of sand wash ashore and drift apart by the force of the waves, the embodied souls are united and separated by time [compare B.G. 2: 13].

Just as grains of sand come together and move apart by the force of the waves, are they, the embodied, similarly united and separated by time [compare B.G. 2.13]. (Vedabase)

  

Text 4

Just as from seeds sometimes grains grow and sometimes not grow, the living entities, impelled by the material potency of the Supreme Lord, sometimes produce other living beings and sometimes not.

Just as from seeds sown sometimes grains do grow and sometimes not grow, so do likewise the living entities result in other living beings impelled by the potency of the Supreme Controller. (Vedabase)

 

Text 5

We, you and also the other creatures moving and not moving about here at the moment oh King, were not together before this birth, nor will we be together after we died, despite our sharing the same present.

We and you too o King, and also others who move about or those who are fixed, are, at the same time being of birth and death, as it were thus not really there before nor afterwards, although one is there at present. (Vedabase)

 

Text 6

The Ruler of All, as indifferent as a [playing] boy, creates, maintains and destroys living beings through other living beings; they who were created by Him do not exist independent of Him [compare B.G. 3: 27].

By some living entities does the Controller of All create other living entities and does He maintain and kill them also; they are not independent from Him although they were created by Him indifferently as if He were a boy [compare B.G. 3.27]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 7

By the body of the embodied soul a body is created from another body, just as indeed from one seed another seed is generated. The [this way temporally] embodied [individual soul] is eternal, just as the constituent elements of matter are [see B.G. 8: 17-22].

By the body of the one embodied is from one body another body created; just as indeed from one seed another seed is born is the one embodied, like the constituent elements of matter, eternal [see B.G. 8: 17-22]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 8

To consider this body separate from its indweller is, just like separating the individual from the group, the product of an age-long form of ignorance, such a separation is just like the separation of souls - of the essence - an imaginary one.'

This division between the body and its indweller is there from not understanding that one is there made from time immemorial, just as a division of class and having a separate existence to the original object is something imagined.' (Vedabase)

 

Text 9

S'rî S'uka said: 'King Citraketu, consoled by what the twice-born ones thus told him, wiped his shriveled face with his hand and spoke.

S'rî S'uka said: 'King Citraketu, thus supported by what the twice-born had told him, wiped his shriveled face with his hand and spoke intelligently. (Vedabase)
  

Text 10

The honorable king said: 'The two of you who arrived here in the dress of renunciates, are accomplished in spiritual knowledge and the greatest of the greatest.

The honorable king said: 'The two of you who have arrived here disguised in the dress of total forsakers, are to the full of your knowledge the greatest of the greatest. (Vedabase)

 

Text 11

You as brahmins dear to the Lord [as Vaishnavas] dressed up like madmen wander the surface of the earth as you like in order to enlighten those who, like me, are of a worldly intelligence.

As desired indeed do you brahmins dear to the Lord and dressed like madmen wander the surface of the earth for the awakening of people like me with a familial intelligence. (Vedabase)

 

Text 12-15

Sanat-kumâra, Nârada, Ribhu, Angirâ, Devala, Asita, Apântaratamâ [an early name of Vyâsadeva], Mârkandeya and Gautama; Vasishthha, Bhagavân Paras'urâma, Kapila, S'ukadeva, Durvâsâ, Yâjñavalkya and Jâtukarna as also Aruni, Romas'a, Cyavana, Dattâtreya, Âsuri, Patañjali, the sage Dhaumya head of the Vedas and the wise Pañcas'ikha, Hiranyanâbha, Kaus'alya, S'rutadeva and Ritadhvaja; all these and other masters of perfection are the wandering spiritual educators.

Sanat-kumâra, Nârada, Ribhu, Angirâ, Devala, Asita, Apântaratamâ [an early name of Vyâsadeva], Mârkandeya and Gautama; Vasishthha, Bhagavân Paras'urâma, Kapila, S'ukadeva, Durvâsâ, Yâjnavalkya and Jâtukarna as well as Aruni, Romas'a, Cyavana, Dattâtreya, Âsuri, Patañjali, the sage and Dhaumya head of the Veda's and the wise Pañcas'ikha, Hiranyanâbha, Kaus'alya, S'rutadeva and Ritadhvaja; all these and other masters of perfection are the wandering spiritual educators. (Vedabase)

 

Text 16

Therefore let me be enlightened by your torchlight of spiritual knowledge oh masters, for I am but a foolish village dog bereft of vision in the darkness.' [*]

Therefore let from you the torchlight of spiritual knowledge be ignited o masters, as I am but a village dog with a foolish vision that is blind in the midst of darkness [*]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 17

S'rî Angirâ said: 'I am [the same] Angirâ who granted you the son you wanted oh King and this son of Brahmâ here is the great sage Nârada in person.

S'rî Angirâ said: 'I am the one Angirâ who granted you the son that you desired o King and this one son of Brahmâ is directly the great Nârada. (Vedabase)

 

Text 18-19   

This because of your grief about your son being merged in a difficult to overcome darkness does not befit you. You are supposed to remember the Supreme Personality. The two of us have arrived here visibly before your eyes in order to support you oh King. You, as someone anchored in Brahman and devoted to the Lord, we have to tell that you don't deserve it to come down like this.

This way of being merged in a difficult to overcome darkness out of grieving over your son does not befit you in remembering the Supreme Personality. Just for your sake have the learned by the two of us arrived here at this place o King and to you as someone anchored in Brahman and devoted to the Lord we have to say that you do you not deserve it to come down like this. (Vedabase)

 

Text 20

The first time I came to your home, I could have given you the spiritual knowledge of transcendence, but, since you were absorbed in other matters, I could only give you a son.

Before when I came to your home, I would have given you the spiritual knowledge of transcendence, but as you were absorbed in something else I only gave you a son. (Vedabase)

 

Text 21-23

And now you undergo the tribulation of someone with children, a nice wife, a home, riches and various assets and luxuries. The objects of the senses of concern to you, like a kingdom, opulence, land and royalty, power and a treasury with servants, ministers and allies, all belong to the temporality. All of this oh Ruler of S'ûrasena, constitutes a lamentable illusion giving rise to fears and distress; these are figments concocted by the mind, preoccupations in the form of castles in the air.

At present you indeed experience the tribulation of someone with children who as such has a nice wife, a home, riches and various assets and luxuries. All these sensual objects of meaning to you like a kingdom, opulence, land and royalty, strength and a treasury with servants, ministers and allies, are all temporary. Indeed is this all o Ruler of S'ûrasena, a lamentable illusion giving rise to fears and distress; these illusions are concoctions of the mind, preoccupations like castles in the sky. (Vedabase)

 

Text 24

That what you're so concerned about is without any substance, that what you meditate upon are fabrications born from profit-minded actions. All these sorts of karmic engagements originate from the mind.

What you are looking after is without any substance, they are figments born of fruitive action that you meditate upon; it is from the mind that all sorts of karma finds its way. (Vedabase)

   

Text 25

This body of the living entity consists of material elements and senses of action and perception. These are declared to be the cause of the various sufferings and pains of the living entity [see also B.G 15: 7-11].

No doubt does this body of the living entity consist of material elements and senses of action and perception. These are declared to be the cause of the various sufferings and pains of the living entity [see also B.G 15: 7-11]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 26

Therefore be careful with the things of the mind and consider your real position, give up your belief in the duality as being something permanent; take to the peaceful condition.'

 Therefore take care mindfully and consider your real position, give up your belief in the duality as a permanent object; take to the peaceful condition.' (Vedabase)

 

Text 27

S'rî Nârada said: 'Listen good and accept from me this mantra containing the secret of Vedic philosophy [see 8.16: 18-25] which, if you concentrate on it for seven nights, will give you the vision of the all-pervading Lord Sankarshana ['the One with the plough'; see 5.25].

S'rî Nârada said: 'Listen good and accept this mantra of philosophy from me, which, concentrating on it for seven nights, will give you the vision of the all-pervading Lord Sankarsan ['the one with the plough' see 5.25]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 28

All others [all the other men of God], giving up on this illusion of duality and finding shelter at His lotus feet oh King, in the past immediately attained His unequaled and unsurpassed glories. Likewise you will soon obtain the Transcendence.'

From finding shelter at His lotusfeet o King did formerly all the godly giving up this illusion of duality immediately achieve His unequaled and unsurpassed glories and also you will after not too long a time obtain the Transcendence. (Vedabase)

 

 *: Before lecturing Vaishnavas pray the following prayer in which they describe the role of the guru:

'om ajñâna-timirândhasya
jñânâñjana-s'alâkayâ
cakshur unmîlitam yena
tasmai s'rî-gurave namah'

"I was born in the darkest ignorance, and my spiritual master opened my eyes with the torch of knowledge. I offer my respectful obeisances unto him."  

 

 

 

 

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