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Canto 7

Guru Puja

 
 

Chapter 10: About Prahlâda, the Best Among the Exalted Devotees and the Fall of Tripura

(1) Nârada Muni said: 'Prahlâda, even though he was but a small boy, considered every blessing that came with his bhakti yoga an impediment on the path and this he with a smile told the Lord of the Senses.

(2)  S'rî Prahlâda said: 'Please do not allure me. Because of my Asura birth I have a propensity for lusting over all those material blessings. It was out of fear for such material association that I, desiring liberation, for the sake of complete detachment have taken to Your shelter. (3) Oh Lord You send Your devoted servant into this world of desire in order to put his character to a test, for this lust being the root cause of one's wandering around here, is found in the heart of everyone oh Master. (4) It does not work differently with You oh guru of the universe so kind to everyone, for is someone who desires any material benefits, not more a merchant than a servitor [see also  B.G. 17: 20]? (5) Someone who for himself expects material benefits from his spiritual master is not really a servant nor is the master really of service who - for his own prestige - wants to bestow material benefits upon his servant [see also 10.88: 8-10]. (6) There is, as far as I am concerned in my full devotion for You, no question whatsoever of any desire nor do You as a real master foster any further motive for our sake like a king might have with his subject. (7) And if You want to fulfill one of my desires, then I pray for Your benediction, oh Lord of All Blessings, that no desire for any form of material happiness will grow in my heart [see also S'rî S'rî S'ikshâshthaka verse four]. (8) From the day of one's birth one's senses, mind, life air and body, one's religion, patience, intelligence, shyness, opulence, strength, memory and truthfulness are likely to be banished by them. (9) Only when one gives up all the desires that one in one's human association finds in one's mind, one is fit for an opulence equal to Yours, oh Lotus-eyed Lord. (10) Oh Master of all Opulences, oh Original Personality, oh Lord in the form of Nrisimha, oh Supreme One, oh Absolute Truth, oh Great Soul and Soul of all souls, let me offer You my respectful obeisances.'

(11) The Supreme Lord said: 'Those persons who like you are exclusively devoted to Me do not desire any benedictions from Me in this world or in the next. Nevertheless you may until the end of Manu's reign enjoy all the opulences of the Daitya rule out here [see also 2.3: 10]. (12) Devote yourself to My pleasing stories, be absorbed in Me who resides in your heart as the One present within all living beings, worship in [yoga] uniting your consciousness the Lord who is the enjoyer of all sacrifices and give up your fruitive activities. (13) By relishing [your retirement in] exhausting your merit, by means of pious actions forsaking your impiety, by forsaking the body with the rapid progress of time and after spreading your reputation throughout even the worlds of the gods, you will, freed from all attachment, turn back to Me. (14) Anyone who chants these prayers you offered to Me, any human being who remembers both Me and you, will in due course of time become free from the bondage of his karma [see B.G. 4: 9, 6: 7, 9: 27-28, 12: 3-4 and see also 11.14: 21].'

(15-17) S'rî Prahlâda said: 'I pray for the following benediction of You, oh Lord of Benedictions, oh Supreme Controller. My father, not knowing Your strength and supremacy, had because of a heart polluted by anger a false notion of You oh master and guru of all worlds. He considered You the murderer of his brother and condemned You. Thus he was towards me, Your devotee, of the greatest sin. May my father be purified from that greatest and most difficult to overcome sin, even though he was immediately purified when You cast Your glance upon him, oh Father full of mercy for the materialists.'

(18) The Supreme Lord said: 'With the purification of your father, twenty-one of your forefathers in total have been purified oh sinless one. Because you, oh saintly boy, took your birth from him in this dynasty, you are indeed the purifier of the dynasty. (19) Wherever and whenever there are My devotees who full of peace and equipoise, with the best qualities are equally graceful towards all, everyone will be purified, even when it concerns the worst of societies. (20) They will never, in whatever way, act violently towards all the higher or lower living beings oh King of the Daityas, because they, in their love for Me, have forsaken all material aspirations. (21) Persons in this world following in your footsteps become My pure devotees. You are of My devotees truly the best example [see also 6.3: 20-21]. (22) My child, you should now perform the funeral rites for your father who in every respect was purified by the touch of My body and therefore will be promoted to the worlds of the good people. (23) Assume the throne of your father My dearest, fix your mind upon Me and do your duty for My supreme cause the way it is prescribed in the Vedic tradition.'

(24) S'rî Nârada said: 'Prahlâda performed, as was ordered by the Supreme Lord, all the rituals associated with his father's death oh King [Yudhishthhira] and was crowned by the brahmins. (25) Brahmâ who had witnessed what had happened, with a face radiating because the Lord was pleased, offered with transcendental words the purest prayers to Lord Nrisimha, addressing Him in the presence of all the other gods. (26) S'rî Brahmâ said: 'Oh God of gods, oh proprietor of the entire universe, oh love of all creation, oh first among the living beings, because of Your resolve [to protect the devotees] the most sinful Asura, who was of so much trouble to everyone, has been killed. (27) I granted him the rare benediction that he would not be killed by any creature created by me and that he would not die because of any austerity, mystical or physical power. Thus  being very proud he transgressed all injunctions. (28) Because of Your decision his son, who despite his young age was a great saint and exalted devotee, has been released from the clutches of death and enjoys now, as You wanted, Your shelter. (29) For all those who, faced with an enemy, meditate upon this physical presence of You, the Supersoul, oh omnipresent, almighty Lord, You are the protector against all kinds of fear, including even the fear of death.'

(30) The Supreme Lord replied: 'Do not bestow blessings on demons, as you have done, oh you who were born from the lotus. To bless people of a cruel and pitiless nature is like giving milk to snakes.'

(31) S'rî Nârada said: 'This oh King, is what the Supreme Lord said and after Hari had been worshiped by the teacher of all teachers, He who cannot be seen by all living beings disappeared from the spot. (32) Prahlâda thereupon bowed his head and offered with prayers his obeisances to Lord Brahmâ, Lord S'iva, the founding fathers and the [other] demigods who each are part of the Supreme Lord. (33) Next Lord Brahmâ together with S'ukrâcârya and other sages, appointed him ruler over all the Daityas and Dânavas. (34) Oh King, after Brahmâ and the others were properly honored, all the godly ones congratulated him, wished him all the best and then returned to their respective abodes. (35) The two associates [the gatekeepers] of Vishnu who were born as the sons of Diti and operated as His enemies, were thus killed by Him, the Lord residing in the core of the heart [see 7.1: 36-39]. (36) Being cursed by the brahmins the two were reborn as the demons Kumbhakarna and ten-head Râvana and again both killed [by Him] thanks to the special powers of Lord Râmacandra. (37) Slain laying on the battlefield with their hearts pierced by Râma's arrows, they with their minds fixed on Him gave up their bodies, just as they did in their previous birth. (38) The two again appearing in this world with their births as S'is'upâla and Dantavakra were the same way bound to the Lord in enmity and merged with Him [for the last time] in your presence. (39) All the kings inimical to S'ri Krishna were, upon their death, freed from the burden of the sins of their previous life upon reaching His Self, just like larvae that obtain a body identical to the one of the drone that guarded them. (40) Just as one by devotional service returns to the Supreme Personality, kings like S'is'upâla returned home and attained the same supreme nature of the Lord by contemplating Him [in their enmity, see also B.G. 4: 9]. (41) All of this I described to you in reply to your inquiry on how, even hating, the son of Damaghosha [S'is'upâla] and others could attain the same community of essence [see 7.1: 34-35]. (42) In this narration about the Supersoul and the Godhead of all brahmins, Krishna I spoke about His incarnations in which He e.g. put an end to the Daityas. (43-44) It describes the character of the devotion, spiritual knowledge and renunciation of that most exalted devotee Prahlâda. Try to understand each of these stories and thus discover what belongs to the Lord, the Master of maintenance, creation and destruction, what His qualities and activities are, the wisdom handed down [in disciplic succession] and how He, by the time factor, stands for the finality of all the higher and lower living beings and their cultures, however great they might be. (45) With the help of this narration, in which the transcendence is perfectly and fully described, one can get to know the Fortunate One and what the bhâgavata dharma [see 7.6: 28], the way of the devotees, entails.Shiva fights tripura (46) Anyone who after hearing this pious narration describing the Supreme Power of Vishnu, repeats it or sings about it with faith, will be liberated from being entangled in fruitive actions. (47) He who with great attention reads and listens to this story about the activities of the best of all the truthful ones, this Daitya son and how the Original Personality playing the part of the lion king killed the king of the demons who was as strong as an elephant, will attain the spiritual world where one has nothing to fear. (48) Oh you [Pândavas] in your human world, are extremely fortunate, for the Supreme One of the Absolute Truth, He who is always sought by the great saints who purify all the worlds, resides in your house in a human form. (49) He is the Brahman of the Absolute Truth all the great ones are searching for. He, who is factually your nephew [the son of your maternal uncle], He your most dear well-wisher, is the oneness of transcendental happiness and the source of all life. He who is there also as your guru of instruction in the principle, is the One who can be worshiped as the completeness of the [body, the universe and the] soul. (50) Lord S'iva, Lord Brahmâ and others could not even by meditation directly see Him or describe Him in His real form. May He, this great master of all devotees, be pleased with the silence we observe, with our devotion, our calm and our worship. (51) Oh King, this very same Supreme Lord a long time ago restored the reputation of the demigod Lord S'iva that was ruined by a demon called Maya Dânava who, because of great technical cunning, enjoyed an unparalleled power.'

(52) The king [Yudhishthhira] said: 'Please can you tell us for what reason and by what actions Lord S'iva, he who controls the entire universe, was surpassed by Maya Dânava and how he with the help of Krishna restored his reputation?'

(53) Nârada said: 'After all the Asuras by the God-conscious ones with the support of the Lord were defeated in battle, they took shelter of the greatest and best of them all, Maya Dânava. (54-55) The demon constructed three big and mighty cities made of gold, silver and iron. Possessing the uncommon ability to move [floating] around in formation they were difficult to discern. Thus hidden from view the Asuras, remembering their former enmity with the three worlds and their controllers oh ruler of man, started to wreak havoc in the world. (56) Thereupon the rulers of all the worlds approached Lord S'iva, fell at his feet in surrender and said: 'Please save us, your followers oh Godhead, for we have been devastated by the tripura [three-city] people.' (57) To show them his favor the All-powerful Lord said to the Suras: 'Do not fear' and fixed an arrow on his bow to launch his weapon on the cities. (58) After being released his arrows shone with a beam of light as bright as the sun, so that the cities no longer could be seen. (59) Under their attack the inhabitants of the cities fell lifeless to the ground. The great yogi Maya Dânava then dipped them one after the other in a well of [life giving] nectar [called mrita-sanjîvayitari]. (60) Touched by the divine nectar, they rose from death as strong as thunderbolts splitting the sky with flashes of light. (61) Seeing how disappointed and unhappy [S'iva] the Emblem of the Lord was at the time, the Almighty Lord Vishnu considered what measures should be taken. (62) Lord Vishnu then personally assumed the form of a cow while Lord Brahmâ assumed the form of a calf and together they entered in broad daylight Tripura to drink all the nectar of the well. (63) Even though the Asuras took notice of them they could, in their bewilderment, not stop them. The great yogi Maya aware of what happened, thought it was a thing of divine ordinance and so he addressed the ones guarding the well who had been quite content with their illusion [of victory] but were now greatly dismayed. (64) 'Neither demigods, demons, human beings, nor anybody else can reverse what for oneself, for others or for everyone in this world is ordained by fate.' (65-66) He [Lord Vishnu] thereafter equiped Lord S'iva with all that was necessary like a chariot and charioteer, a flag, horses and elephants, a bow with shield and arrows and such; all matters that derived their strength from His personal dharma, spiritual knowledge, detachment, opulence, penance, culture, actions and so on. S'iva seated on his chariot then fixed an arrow on his bow. (67) Oh ruler of man, with the arrows joined on his bow Lord S'iva thus being the Master and Controller, at noon set the so difficult to pierce three cities afire. (68) All the gods and saints, the ancestors, the perfected ones and the great personalities, then from their celestial chariots in the sky and with the assistance of countless kettledrums loudly vibrated 'Jaya, Jaya', while they showered a wealth of flowers on his head and together with the beauties of heaven danced and sang in great ecstacy. (69) Oh King, after the mighty Lord S'iva who had burned Tripura to ashes thus was glorified by Lord Brahmâ and the others, he returned to his abode. (70) What more can I tell you about the Lord, the teacher of the universe, who with His transcendental potency appears in the world of the human beings where He in the form of a normal human being performs heroic acts that are discussed by the saints and sages in narrations that purify all the worlds?'

 

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Previous Aadhar edition and Vedabase links:

Text 1

Nârada Muni said: 'Prahlâda, even though he was but a small boy, considered every blessing that came with his bhakti yoga an impediment on the path and this he with a smile told the Lord of the Senses.
Nârada Muni said: 'Although small considered he [Prahlâda] each and every one of the blessings that came with his bhakti yoga as impediments on the path and made he sure to tell the Lord of the Senses that with a smile. (Vedabase)

 

Text 2

S'rî Prahlâda said: 'Please do not allure me. Because of my Asura birth I have a propensity for lusting over all those material blessings. It was out of fear for such material association that I, desiring liberation, for the sake of complete detachment have taken to Your shelter.

S'rî Prahlâda said: 'Please do not allure me, because of my asura birth I have a propensity for lusting over all those material blessings. It was of being afraid of such material association that, desiring liberation, for the sake of complete detachment I have taken to the shelter of You. (Vedabase)

 

Text 3

Oh Lord You send Your devoted servant into this world of desire in order to put his character to a test, for this lust being the root cause of one's wandering around here, is found in the heart of everyone oh Master.

So that I may behave as a pure devotee has Your lordship sent me into this world of lust, the lust that as the root cause of being present here is found in the heart of everyone o Master. (Vedabase)


Text 4

It does not work differently with You oh guru of the universe so kind to everyone, for is someone who desires any material benefits, not more a merchant than a servitor [see also B.G. 17: 20]?

Otherwise such a thing could not happen of You, o guru of all; anyone who from You, the soul of friendliness, desires any material benefits, would such a person indeed not be a merchant instead of a servitor [see also B.G. 17:20]? (Vedabase)

  

Text 5

Someone who for himself expects material benefits from his spiritual master is not really a servant nor is the master really of service who - for his own prestige - wants to bestow material benefits upon his servant [see also 10.88: 8-10].

A person for himself desiring material benefits from his spiritual master is not really a servant nor is the master really of service who for his own prestige desires to bestow material profits upon his servant [see also 10.88.8-10]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 6

There is, as far as I am concerned in my full devotion for You, no question whatsoever of any desire nor do You as a real master foster any further motive for our sake like a king might have with his subject.

As for me is there, fully devoted to You, surely no question of any desire and also do You, in our relating, as the real master, have no further motives such as one finds with a king and his subject. (Vedabase)

 

Text 7

And if You want to fulfill one of my desires, then I pray for Your benediction, oh Lord of All Blessings, that no desire for any form of material happiness will grow in my heart [see also S'rî S'rî S'ikshâshthaka verse four].

If You want to give me anything to my desire for a blessing, then I pray for the benediction from You, o Lord of All Blessings, that no desire for any material happiness will grow in my heart [see also: Siksâstaka verse four]. (Vedabase)

   

Text 8

From the day of one's birth one's senses, mind, life air and body, one's religion, patience, intelligence, shyness, opulence, strength, memory and truthfulness are likely to be banished by them.

From one's very birth on are the senses, the mind, the life-air, the body, the religion, one's patience, intelligence, shyness, opulence, strength, memory and truthfulness overrun by lusty desires. (Vedabase)

 

Text 9

Only when one gives up all the desires that one in one's human association finds in one's mind, one is fit for an opulence equal to Yours, oh Lotus-eyed Lord.

Only indeed when one gives up all the desires that one of human association finds in one's mind is one fit for an opulence equal to that of You, o Lotus-eyed Lord. (Vedabase)

 

Text 10

Oh Master of all Opulences, oh Original Personality, oh Lord in the form of Nrisimha, oh Supreme One, oh Absolute Truth, oh Great Soul and Soul of all souls, let me offer You my respectful obeisances.'

Let me offer my respectful obeisances unto You, o Supreme Lord, o Original Personality; all my respects for You as the Great Soul, the Lord in the form of Nrisimha, the Brahman, the Supersoul.' (Vedabase)

 

Text 11

The Supreme Lord said: 'Those persons who like you are exclusively devoted to Me do not desire any benedictions from Me in this world or in the next. Nevertheless you may until the end of Manu's reign enjoy all the opulences of the Daitya rule out here [see also 2.3: 10].

The Supreme Lord said: 'Unalloyed from Me towards Me, not intent on any benedictions in this world nor in the next, is it all the devoted like you nevertheless till the end of Manu's reign given to enjoy all the material wealth of the daitya rule out here [see also 2.3.10]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 12

Devote yourself to My pleasing stories, be absorbed in Me who resides in your heart as the One present within all living beings, worship in [yoga] uniting your consciousness the Lord who is the enjoyer of all sacrifices and give up your fruitive activities.

Always ponder over my stories; being absorbed in Me as existing within you as the One within all living beings, will give you the greatest pleasure; worship with bhakti yoga the Lord that is the enjoyer of all sacrifices and give up your fruitive activities. (Vedabase)

 

Text 13

By relishing [your retirement in] exhausting your merit, by means of pious actions forsaking your impiety, by forsaking the body with the rapid progress of time and after spreading your reputation throughout even the worlds of the gods, you will, freed from all attachment, turn back to Me.

With the wealth be pious, by such devoted action are all kinds of reactions overcome. Forced by the time giving up your vehicle of time will your reputation of transcendence spread all over the universe, be sung in the highest spheres and will you, freed from all bondage, return back to Me. (Vedabase)


Text 14

Anyone who chants these prayers you offered to Me, any human being who remembers both Me and you, will in due course of time become free from the bondage of his karma  [see B.G. 4: 9, 6: 7, 9: 27-28, 12: 3-4 and see also 11.14: 21].'

Anyone who chants these prayers offered to Me by you, any human being who remembers Me as well as you, will in due course of time become free from the bondage of his karma [see B.G. 4: 9, 6: 7, 9: 27-28, 12: 3-4 and see also 11.14.21].' (Vedabase)

 

Text 15-17

S'rî Prahlâda said: 'I pray for the following benediction of You, oh Lord of Benedictions, oh Supreme Controller. My father, not knowing Your strength and supremacy, had because of a heart polluted by anger a false notion of You oh master and guru of all worlds. He considered You the murderer of his brother and condemned You. Thus he was towards me, Your devotee, of the greatest sin. May my father be purified from that greatest and most difficult to overcome sin, even though he was immediately purified when You cast Your glance upon him, oh Father full of mercy for the materialists.'

S'rî Prahlâda said: 'I pray for this benediction from You, o Lord of Benedictions, o Supreme Controller; my father, not knowing of Your strength and supremacy, had with a heart polluted by anger thus a false notion of You, o master and guru of all worlds, as being the killer of his brother and was so of the greatest sin towards me, Your devotee. May my father be purified from that greatest and most difficult to overcome sin, although he was already purified when You casted Your glance upon him, o Merciful Father to the Materialists.' (Vedabase)

 

Text 18

The Supreme Lord said: 'With the purification of your father, twenty-one of your forefathers in total have been purified oh sinless one. Because you, oh saintly boy, took your birth from him in this dynasty, you are indeed the purifier of the dynasty.

 The Supreme Lord said: 'All together twenty-one forefathers have with your father been purified, o sinless one, because, o saintly boy, the person of you has taken birth in the dynasty. You indeed are the dynasty its purifier. (Vedabase)
 
Text 19

Wherever and whenever there are My devotees who full of peace and equipoise, with the best qualities are equally graceful towards all, everyone will be purified, even when it concerns the worst of societies.

Wherever and whenever there are my devotees so very peaceful and equipoised with the best qualities and equally graceful towards all, is even the worst of societies purified. (Vedabase)

 

Text 20

They will never, in whatever way, act violently towards all the higher or lower living beings oh King of the Daityas, because they, in their love for Me, have forsaken all material aspirations.

In every respect, towards all beings higher or lower, they are never of any violence, o King of the daityas, because they out of their love for Me have given up all material aspirations. (Vedabase)

 

Text 21

Persons in this world following in your footsteps become My pure devotees. You are of My devotees truly the best example [see also 6.3: 20-21].

Persons in this world following in your footsteps become My pure devotees; of all devotees of Mine are you indeed the best example of all the different mellows [see also 6.3: 20-21]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 22

My child, you should now perform the funeral rites for your father who in every respect was purified by the touch of My body and therefore will be promoted to the worlds of the good people.

You should perform the obsequies for your father, who already in all respects was purified by My body touching him, my child, so that he will be promoted to the worlds of better men. (Vedabase)

 

Text 23

Assume the throne of your father My dearest, fix your mind upon Me and do your duty for My supreme cause the way it is prescribed in the Vedic tradition.'

Also assume the throne of your father as prescribed by vedic injunction; be with your mind of full absorption in Me, my dearest, and do your duty just for My supreme sake.' (Vedabase)

 

Text 24

S'rî Nârada said: 'Prahlâda performed, as was ordered by the Supreme Lord, all the rituals associated with his father's death oh King [Yudhishthhira] and was crowned by the brahmins.

 S'rî Nârada said: 'Prahlâda as was commissioned by the Supreme Lord performed all the necessary functions to his fathers death, o King [Yudhishthhira], and was crowned by the brahmins present. (Vedabase)

 

Text 25

Brahmâ who had witnessed what had happened, with a face radiating because the Lord was pleased, offered with transcendental words the purest prayers to Lord Nrisimha, addressing Him in the presence of all the other gods.

With his face lit of the Lord His grace did Lord Brahmâ who had witnessed what had happened, offer with transcendental words the purest of prayers unto Lord Nrisimha, addressing Him in the presence of all the godly. (Vedabase)

 

Text 26

S'rî Brahmâ said: 'Oh God of gods, oh proprietor of the entire universe, oh love of all creation, oh first among the living beings, because of Your resolve  [to protect the devotees] the most sinful Asura, who was of so much trouble to everyone, has been killed.

S'rî Brahmâ said: 'O God of gods, o proprietor of the whole universe, o love of all beings, o first among all the living, by your decision has the most sinful asura of so much trouble to everyone been killed. (Vedabase)

 

Text 27

I granted him the rare benediction that he would not be killed by any creature created by me and that he would not die because of any austerity, mystical or physical power. Thus being very proud he transgressed all injunctions.

That one I have given the rare benediction of not to be killed by any creature created by me nor by any austerity, mystic power, or physical power; thus very proud he transgressed all injuctions. (Vedabase)

 

Text 28

Because of Your decision his son, who despite his young age was a great saint and exalted devotee, has been released from the clutches of death and enjoys now, as You wanted, Your shelter.

By Your decision has his son, although a child being a great saint and exalted devotee, been released from the clutches of death and is he, as You wanted it, now under Your shelter. (Vedabase)

 

Text 29

For all those who, faced with an enemy, meditate upon this physical presence of You, the Supersoul, oh omnipresent, almighty Lord, You are the protector against all kinds of fear, including even the fear of death.'

For those who confronted with an adversary meditate upon this physical presence of Your Supersoul, o Supreme Lord all around, are You the protector against all kinds of fear and even the fear of death.' (Vedabase)

 

Text 30

The Supreme Lord replied: 'Do not bestow blessings on demons, as you have done, oh you who were born from the lotus. To bless people of a cruel and pitiless nature is like giving milk to snakes.'

The Supreme Lord replied: 'Do not, as you did, bestow benedictions upon demons, o Meditator of the Lotus, to bless people of a cruel nature is like giving milk to snakes.' (Vedabase)

 

Text 31

S'rî Nârada said: 'This oh King, is what the Supreme Lord said and after Hari had been worshiped by the teacher of all teachers, He who cannot be seen by all living beings disappeared from the spot.

 S'rî Nârada said: 'This is what the Supreme Lord said, o King, after which Hari, being worshiped by the 0ne from the beyond, from there for all the ones alive disappeared out of sight. (Vedabase)

 

Text 32

Prahlâda thereupon bowed his head and offered with prayers his obeisances to Lord Brahmâ, Lord S'iva, the founding fathers and the [other] demigods who each are part of the Supreme Lord.

Thereafter by offering prayers worshiped Prahlâda bowing his head, the One in the beyond as did also Lord S'iva, the leading fathers and the demigods who each were parts of the Supreme Lord. (Vedabase)


Text 33

Next Lord Brahmâ together with S'ukrâcârya and other sages, appointed him ruler over all the Daityas and Dânavas.

Next made S'ukrâcârya and others, with all the sages and the One on the Lotus, him king of all the daityas and dânavas. (Vedabase)

 

Text 34

Oh King, after Brahmâ and the others were properly honored, all the godly ones congratulated him, wished him all the best and then returned to their respective abodes.

 O King, with Brahmâ and all the rest properly honored congratulated thereafter all the godly him, wishing him all the best and returned they to their respective abodes. (Vedabase)

 

Text 35

The two associates [the gatekeepers] of Vishnu who were born as the sons of Diti and operated as His enemies, were thus killed by Him, the Lord residing in the core of the heart [see 7.1: 36-39].

In this way were the two associates of Vishnu, who forgetful as the sons of Diti thought as enemies, both killed by the Lord residing in the core of the heart [see 7.1:36]. (Vedabase)


Text 36

Being cursed by the brahmins the two were reborn as the demons Kumbhakarna and ten-head Râvana and again both killed [by Him] thanks to the special powers of Lord Râmacandra.

Again being cursed by the brahmins were the two devils reborn as Kumbhakarna and ten-head Râvana and were they both killed by the special powers of Lord Râmacandra. (Vedabase)

 

Text 37

Slain laying on the battlefield with their hearts pierced by Râma's arrows, they with their minds fixed on Him gave up their bodies, just as they did in their previous birth.

Slain laying on the battlefield with their hearts pieced by Râma's arrows, gave they their bodies up with their minds fixed on Him, just as they did in their previous birth. (Vedabase)

 

Text 38

The two again appearing in this world with their births as S'is'upâla and Dantavakra were the same way bound to the Lord in enmity and merged with Him [for the last time] in your presence.

The two this way reappearing out here, again took their births bound to the Lord in enmity as Sisupâla and Dantavakra and merged with Him in your presence. (Vedabase)

 

Text 39

All the kings inimical to S'ri Krishna were, upon their death, freed from the burden of the sins of their previous life upon reaching His Self, just like larvae that obtain a body identical to the one of the drone that guarded them.

Of this kind of sinful action were there many kings who, just like larvae do that are guarded by a drone, all gave up their lives in their ever opposing Lord Krishna from what they did in their previous births. (Vedabase)

 

Text 40

Just as one by devotional service returns to the Supreme Personality, kings like S'is'upâla returned home and attained the same supreme nature of the Lord by contemplating Him [in their enmity, see also B.G. 4: 9].

In their devotion undivided unto the Supreme did kings like Sisupâla with the same form as the Supreme Lord by constantly thinking of Him return back to Godhead [see also B.G. 4:9]. (Vedabase)


Text 41

All of this I described to you in reply to your inquiry on how, even hating, the son of Damaghosha [S'is'upâla] and others could attain the same community of essence [see 7.1: 34-35].

This all I described to you in reply to your inquiry on how, even hating, the son of Damaghosa [Sisupâla] and others could be of the same kind of body [see 7.1: 34-35]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 42

In this narration about the Supersoul and the Godhead of all brahmins, Krishna I spoke about His incarnations in which He e.g. put an end to the Daityas.

With all this about the Supersoul and the God of all brahmins, Krishna, do you now have the stories about His incarnations of purification wherein He from the beginning defeated the daityas. (Vedabase)

 

Text 43-44

It describes the character of the devotion, spiritual knowledge and renunciation of that most exalted devotee Prahlâda. Try to understand each of these stories and thus discover what belongs to the Lord, the Master of maintenance, creation and destruction, what His qualities and activities are, the wisdom handed down [in disciplic succession] and how He, by the time factor, stands for the finality of all the higher and lower living beings and their cultures, however great they might be.

They deal with Prahlâda that most exalted devotee his characteristics of devotion, spiritual knowledge and renunciation; try to understand each of them and by this indeed know what is of the Lord, the Master of maintenance, creation and destruction; what are His qualities and activities, handed down wisdom and how He, by Time, is the finality of all the higher and lower living beings and their cultures, however great they might be. (Vedabase)

 

Text 45

With the help of this narration, in which the transcendence is perfectly and fully described, one can get to know the Fortunate One and what the bhâgavata dharma [see 7.6: 28], the way of the devotees, entails.

From this narration, in which the transcendence without reservations is perfectly described, one may understand the bhâgavata dharma [see 7.6: 28] and Bhagavân Himself. (Vedabase)

  

Text 46

Anyone who after hearing this pious narration describing the Supreme Power of Vishnu, repeats it or sings about it with faith, will be liberated from being entangled in fruitive actions.

Anyone who after hearing this pious narration describing the Supreme Power of Vishnu, with faith repeats it, will be liberated from the entanglement in fruitive labor. (Vedabase)

 

Text 47

He who with great attention reads and listens to this story about the activities of the best of all the truthful ones, this Daitya son and how the Original Personality playing the part of the lion king killed the king of the demons who was as strong as an elephant, will attain the spiritual world where one has nothing to fear.

Anyone who with great attention reads and hears this story about the activities of the best of all the truthful, this daitya son, and how the Original Personality playing for king lion killed the king of the demons who was as strong as an elephant, will reach the spiritual world where there is never ever any fear. (Vedabase)

 

Text 48

Oh you [Pândavas] in your human world, are extremely fortunate, for the Supreme One of the Absolute Truth, He who is always sought by the great saints who purify all the worlds, resides in your house in a human form.

All You Pândava's in your human world are extremely fortunate that in your house resides the Supreme One of the Absolute Truth appearing in a human form, Who is able to purify all the worlds and is always sought by the great saints. (Vedabase)

 

Text 49

He is the Brahman of the Absolute Truth all the great ones are searching for. He, who is factually your nephew [the son of your maternal uncle], He your most dear well-wisher, is the oneness of transcendental happiness and the source of all life. He who is there also as your guru of instruction in the principle, is the One who can be worshiped as the completeness of the [body, the universe and the] soul.

[Also you may be very happy] that He is this Impersonal Brahman that all the great are searching for, the oneness of transcendental happiness, the source of all life, your dear most well-wisher who is practically the son of your maternal uncle, that He is worshipable in the complete of His body and soul and that He is there as Your guru lead of principle as well. (Vedabase)

 

Text 50

Lord S'iva, Lord Brahmâ and others could not even by meditation directly see Him or describe Him in His real form. May He, this great master of all devotees, be pleased with the silence we observe, with our devotion, our calm and our worship.

Not even by meditation could S'iva and Brahmâ and others directly envision His form; may He this great protector of all His devotees be pleased with the depth of our commitment, our devotion, our forsaking for the better and our worship. (Vedabase)

 

Text 51

Oh King, this very same Supreme Lord a long time ago restored the reputation of the demigod Lord S'iva that was ruined by a demon called Maya Dânava who, because of great technical cunning, enjoyed an unparalleled power.'

That same Supreme Lord, o King, long ago expanded to the lost reputation of the divinity of S'iva because of a demon called Maya who had an infinite power of technical cunning.' (Vedabase)

 

Text 52

The king [Yudhishthhira] said: 'Please can you tell us for what reason and by what actions Lord S'iva, he who controls the entire universe, was surpassed by Maya [Dânava] and how he with the help of Krishna restored his reputation?'

The king [Yudhishthhira] said: 'Please describe for what reason and by what actions Lord S'iva, he who controls the whole universe, was outdone by Maya and how he with Krishna did regain his reputation?' (Vedabase)

 

Text 53

Nârada said: 'After all the Asuras by the God-conscious ones with the support of the Lord were defeated in battle, they took shelter of the greatest and best of them all, Maya Dânava.

Nârada said: 'All the asuras who in battle by the power of the Lord were defeated by the godly, took shelter of the greatest and best of them all, Maya Dânava. (Vedabase)

 

Text 54-55

The demon constructed three big and mighty cities made of gold, silver and iron. Possessing the uncommon ability to move [floating] around in formation they were difficult to discern. Thus hidden from view the Asuras, remembering their former enmity with the three worlds and their controllers oh ruler of man, started to wreak havoc in the world.  

He constructed for them three huge cities, made of gold, silver and iron, that were immensely great and of an uncommon traffic and of peculiar specialties [they were reported to hover as airships over one another in the sky]. Remembering their former enmity with all the three worlds and their controllers, o ruler of man began the asuras out of their sight to break up the order. (Vedabase)

 

Text 56

Thereupon the rulers of all the worlds approached Lord S'iva, fell at his feet in surrender and said: 'Please save us, your followers oh Godhead, for we have been devastated by the tripura [three-city] people.'

 Thereupon did all the worlds with their rulers approach Îsvara S'iva, falling at his feet in surrender saying: 'Please save us who are so close to you, as we are frightened, o Godhead, we are verily smitten by the tripura [three-city] peoples. (Vedabase)

 

Text 57

To show them his favor the All-powerful Lord said to the Suras: 'Do not fear' and fixed an arrow on his bow to launch his weapon on the cities.

To show them his favor did the All-powerful Lord tell the sura's thus: 'Do not fear', and fixed he an arrow on his bow releasing his weaponry on the cities. (Vedabase)

 

Text 58

After being released his arrows shone with a beam of light as bright as the sun, so that the cities no longer could be seen.

The arrows after being released shone, as beams of light, brilliant as the sun, because of which the cities could no longer be seen. (Vedabase)

 

Text 59

Under their attack the inhabitants of the cities fell lifeless to the ground. The great yogi Maya Dânava then dipped them one after the other in a well of [life giving] nectar [called mrita-sanjîvayitari].

From that attack came they who used to inhabit the houses of the cities all lifeless to a fall, but all of them were thanks to the great mystic powers of Maya one by one dipped in a well of [life-giving] nectar [called Mrta-sanjîvayitari]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 60

Touched by the divine nectar, they rose from death as strong as thunderbolts splitting the sky with flashes of light.

Thus touched by the all-potent nectar of the liquid, resurrected they strong as thunderbolts, splitting the sky fiery like lightening. (Vedabase)

 

Text 61

Seeing how disappointed and unhappy [S'iva] the Emblem of the Lord was at the time, the Almighty Lord Vishnu considered what measures should be taken.

Seeing how disappointed and unhappy the Emblem of the Lord [S'iva] was at the time considered the Almighty Lord Vishnu the proper measures. (Vedabase)

 

Text 62

Lord Vishnu then personally assumed the form of a cow while Lord Brahmâ assumed the form of a calf and together they entered in broad daylight Tripura to drink all the nectar of the well.

Brahmâ became then a calf and with Lord Vishnu Himself as a cow they in clear daylight entered tripura and drank all the nectar in the well. (Vedabase)

 

Text 63

Even though the Asuras took notice of them they could, in their bewilderment, not stop them. The great yogi Maya aware of what happened, thought it was a thing of divine ordinance and so he addressed the ones guarding the well who had been quite content with their illusion [of victory] but were now greatly dismayed.

Although the asuras surely noticed them could they from their bewilderment not forbid them and so did the great Mystic Maya who, fully aware of it, thought that too to be of divine ordinance, address the ones on guard who quite content in their illusion were in great dismay: (Vedabase)

 

Text 64

'Neither demigods, demons, human beings, nor anybody else can reverse what for oneself, for others or for everyone in this world is ordained by fate.'

 'Demigods, demons and human beings or whomever else cannot undo what by God out here would be anyone's, one's own or someone else's, destiny.' (Vedabase)

 

Text 65-66

He [Lord Vishnu] thereafter equiped Lord S'iva with all that was necessary like a chariot and charioteer, a flag, horses and elephants, a bow with shield and arrows and such; all matters that derived their strength from His personal dharma, spiritual knowledge, detachment, opulence, penance, culture, actions and so on. S'iva seated on his chariot then fixed an arrow on his bow.

Thereafter did He [Lord Vishnu] from His personal potencies with all the ingredients that constituted the religion, the spiritual knowledge, the renunciation, the opulence, the austerity, the education, the activities and all of that, equip Lord S'iva with everything that was required like a chariot and charioteer, a flag, horses and elephants, a bow with shield and arrows and so on. Seated on his chariot he then fixed an arrow on his bow. (Vedabase)


Text 67

Oh ruler of man, with the arrows joined on his bow Lord S'iva thus being the Master and Controller, at noon set the so difficult to pierce three cities afire.

O ruler of man, with the arrows joined on his bow did S'iva as the Lord and Controller this way by them at the time of noon set the so difficult to pierce three cities afire. (Vedabase)

 

Text 68

All the gods and saints, the ancestors, the perfected ones and the great personalities, then from their celestial chariots in the sky and with the assistance of countless kettledrums loudly vibrated 'Jaya, Jaya', while they showered a wealth of flowers on his head and together with the beauties of heaven danced and sang in great ecstacy.

From their celestial chariots in the sky vibrated, with the help of countless kettle drums, the gods and saints, the ancestors, the perfected and the great, 'Jaya, Jaya', as they showered a selection of flowers over his head and chanted and danced in great pleasure with the beauties of heaven. (Vedabase)

 

Text 69

Oh King, after the mighty Lord S'iva who had burned Tripura to ashes thus was glorified by  Lord Brahmâ and the others, he returned to his abode.

O King, the Mighty Lord S'iva who thus with the acclaim of Brahmâ and the others had burnt Tripura to ashes, then returned to his own abode. (Vedabase)

 

Text 70

What more can I tell you about the Lord, the teacher of the universe, who with His transcendental potency appears in the world of the human beings where He in the form of a normal human being performs heroic acts that are discussed by the saints and sages in narrations that purify all the worlds?'

This is the way of the Lord His own potency: acting like an ordinary man within the human society are there of Him, the teacher of the universe, the narrations about His transcendental activities that, related by the saintly people, purify all the worlds; what more should I tell you? (Vedabase)


 

 

 

 

 

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