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"The Story of the Fortunate One"


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Chapter 1: The Advent of Lord Krishna:

(54) S'rî Vasudeva said: 'You have, according to what the voice from heaven vibrated, nothing to fear from Devakî indeed. Her sons gave rise to your anxiety and I shall deliver them therefore all to you.'


(64) This was all communicated to Kamsa by the all-powerful Nârada [**], who paid him a visit in order to tell him that all the Daityas who burdened the earth were going to be killed [see verse 17 and also 9.24: 56].  (65-66) After the rishi had left Kamsa thought that all the Yadus were divine and that therefore any child born from Devakî could be Vishnu. He thus in fear of his own death arrested Vasudeva and Devakî, confined them at home in shackles and killed, one after the other, each of their newborn sons, not knowing whether it would be the 'Never-born' Lord or not [***].

Chapter 2: Prayers by the Demigods for Lord Krishna in the Womb

(25) But Lord Brahmâ and Lord S'iva assembled there, together with the sages, Nârada and other divine personalities and their followers, in order to please Him, the Strongest Man of All, with prayers:


(26)  'You are the truth of the vow [see 9.24: 56 and B.G. 9: 22], the truth of the Supreme and the truth of the threefoldness [of e.g. the past, present and future]. You are the source of all truth who pervades all truths, You are the truth of everything that is held true, the original truth of each truth that meets the eye, and the truth of all that pertains to the Supreme Soul, of You, whom we offer our full surrender.

Chapter 3: The Birth of Lord Krishna

(12) Oh son of Bharata, understanding that the child definitely was the Original Personality, he lost all his fears. Having arrived at that conclusion he, enraptured by His majesty, fell down with folded hands to offer prayers to Him who illumined His birth place in every direction.

(47) When thereafter the son of S'ûrasena, as instructed by the Supreme Lord, carefully wanted to carry his son away from the place of delivery, precisely at that time Yogamâyâ [see 10.2: 6-12], the one [of transcendence who factually is] never born, took her birth from the wife of Nanda. (48-49) By her influence the guards and the rest of the people, being fast asleep, had lost consciousness of all their senses. As soon as Vasudeva carrying Krishna approached, all the heavy doors and gates, sealed with bolts and chains, opened wide out of their own, like darkness dissipated by the sun. The slightly rumbling clouds showered rain, but S'esha Nâga followed them and stopped the rains with His hoods spread out.

Chapter 4: The Atrocities of King Kamsa

(9) But it slipped midair out of his hands and appeared that very instant in the sky as Devî [Durgâ], the younger sister of Vishnu, with her eight mighty arms complete with weapons [see also 8.12: 40].


Chapter 5: Krishna's Birth Ceremony and the
Meeting of Nanda Mahârâja and Vasudeva

(1-2) S'uka said: 'Nanda was a man of great devotion. Overjoyed that a son had been born, he invited the scholars conversant with the Veda, cleansed himself with a bath and dressed himself up. In order to celebrate the birth [with a jâtakarma ceremony*] as was prescribed, he took care that the mantras were chanted, and also arranged for the worship of the forefathers and demigods.

(12) They all for a long time pronounced blessings for the newborn child, like 'pâhi' ['be protected'], and sprinkled the Unborn Lord with turmeric oil while saying prayers.

Chapter 6: The Killing of the Demoness Pûtanâ

(15-17) The gopas and gopîs, who in their hearts, ears and heads were already shocked by the loud yelling, were terrified to see that massive body. The mouth had fearful teeth as high as a plow, the nostrils were as big as mountain caves, the breasts were like huge boulders, the scattered hair looked like copper, the deep eye sockets were like overgrown wells, the thighs were like river banks, the limbs resembled dams, and the abdomen looked like a dried-up lake.

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