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Chapter 36 - 37 - 38 - 39 - 40

Chapter 36: The Bull Arishthāsura Defeated
and Akrūra Sent by Kamsa

(1) The son of Vyāsa said: 'Some time later the bull demon named Arishtha, who had a huge hump, came to the cowherd village.
he earth trembled because of his body as he ripped open the soil with his hooves.

(21) Then he called together Mushthika, Cānūra, S'ala, Tos'ala and others, as also his ministers and his elephant keepers. The king of Bhoja said to them: (22-23) 'Mushthika and Cānūra, dear mates, please listen to what I have to say, oh heroes. The two sons of Ānakadundubhi are living in the cowherd village of Nanda. It was foretold that Krishna and Balarāma would cause my death. If we manage to get Them here for the sake of a wrestling match, you can kill Them.

Chapter 37: Kes'i and Vyoma Killed and
Nārada Eulogizes Krishna's Future

(3) The moment he, who was hard to conquer and approach and most aggressively with a wide open mouth
was swallowing the sky, saw Him before him, he rushed furiously forward to attack the lotus-eyed Lord with his legs.

(29) The great demon threw them one by one in a mountain cave the entrance of which he blocked with a boulder,
so that only four or five of them remained.

Chapter 38: Akrūra's Musing and
Reception in Gokula

In Vraja he saw Krishna and Rāma, who, wearing yellow and blue garments and with eyes that looked like autumnal lotuses, were going to the place where the cows were milked. The two boys who are the shelter of the Goddess were, bluish-dark and fair skinned, most beautiful to behold with their mighty arms, attractive faces and a gait like that of a young elephant. With Their feet marked by the flag, bolt, goad and lotus, and with Their smiles and glances full of compassion, the two great souls increased the beauty of the cow pasture. They whose pastimes were so magnanimous and attractive, were freshly bathed, impeccably dressed, wore flower garlands and jeweled necklaces, and had smeared Their limbs with auspicious, fragrant substances. The two original, most excellent persons, who are the Cause and the Masters of the universe [see also 5.25], had for the welfare of that universe descended in Their distinct forms of Balarāma and Kes'ava. Oh King, with their effulgence They, as a mountain of emerald and a mountain of silver both decorated with gold, dispelled the darkness in all directions.

Chapter 39: Krishna and Balarāma Leave for Mathurā

(8) S'rī S'uka said: 'On the request of the Supreme Lord the descendant of Madhu [Akrūra, see 9.23: 29] described
everything of 
the inimical attitude [of Kamsa] towards the Yadus and his murderous intentions in relation to Vasudeva.

(19) The fine gopīs said: 'Oh Providence, where is your mercy to bring together the embodied souls in love and friendship? Separating us you leave us unfulfilled in our purposes. How uselessly you, just like a child, toy with us! (20) Having shown to us the face of Mukunda framed in black locks, His fine cheeks, straight nose, and the beauty of His modest smile dispelling the misery, you are not doing any good by [now] making all of this invisible to us.

While the women were lamenting thus, Akrūra at sunrise, after having performed his morning duties, set out with his chariot. (33) The gopas, who led by Nanda followed Him in their wagons, took along an abundance of offerings and clay pots filled with dairy products. (34) Also the gopīs followed their beloved Krishna [for some time] and [then] stood waiting, hoping for some pleasing words from the Lord. (35) The Greatest among the Yadus saw them lamenting at His departure and consoled them lovingly with the message: 'I will do My best!'

Chapter 40: Akrūra's Prayers

(28) In this condition, I now approach Your feet that for any impure person, I think, are impossible to attain without Your mercy. Only by serving the truthful [of Your devotees, nature and culture, sat] a person candevelop Your [Krishna] consciousness and put an end to the cycle of rebirth in this material world, oh Lord with the lotus navel.


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