Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana Book 10 Chapter 15:38-52

Book 10: Fifteenth Chapter (First Half)

Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 10: Chapter 15: Verses 38-52

Scattered over with heaps of fruits as well as with the carcasses of the demons along with the tops of the palm trees, the earth shone like the vault of the heavens overcast with clouds. Observing that very great feat of the two ( divine) Brothers, the gods and other (such as the Vidyadharas and the Caranas, the celestial bards) poured down showers of flowers; sounded musical instruments and uttered praises. Henceforth in that forest, that had (now) been rid of Dhenuka, men fearlessly ate of the palm fruits and the cattle grazed on the pasture land. Being glorified by His followers, the cowherd boys, and accompanied by Balarama (His elder brother), Sri Krsna-whose eyes were large as the petals of a lotus and the hearing and recital of whose glory bring religious merit (to the devotee)-returned to Vraja.
The cowherd women with eager eyes went forth in a body to meet Sri Krsna, who had the plume of a peacock and wild flowers fastened to His curly locks soiled with the dust raised by the hoofs of cows, who had charming eyes and wore a winsome smile (on His countenance), (nay,) who was playing on His flute and whose glory was being sung by His followers. Drinking with their beelike eyes the honey-like beauty of the lotus face of Sri Krsna (the Bestower of liberation), the women of Vraja dismissed the agony born of their separation (from the Lord) during the daytime; and Sri Krsna entered Vraja duly receiving their homage, which took the form of sidelong glances accompanied by bashful smiles and modesty. Yasoda and Rohini who were (so) fond of their Sons, provided Them (Sri Krsna and Balarama) with excellent food and raiment suited to the occasion and according to the latters' wishes.
Relieved of the fatigue caused by Their excursion (to and back from the woods) by bath and massage etc., the two Brothers put on a charming loin-cloth, were adorned with an exquisite garland and sandal-paste, ate the delicious fare brought by the mothers and, fondled by them They lay down to rest in Their excellent bed, and slept comfortably (at Their mansion) in Vraja. Thus rambling in Vrndavana, the aforesaid Lord Sri Krsna once went to (the bank of) the Kalindi (Yamuna), accompanied by His playmates, to the exclusion of Balarama, 0 Pariksit ! Oppressed with the summer heat, and tormented with thirst, the cows as well as the cowherds presently drank of the unhealthy water of that (part of the) river, contaminated with poison. Having sipped that poisoned water, their judgment vitiated by (an evil) destiny, they all fell dead by the side of the water, O jewel of the Kurus ! Finding them reduced to that condition, Sri Krsna, the (supreme) Lord (even) of masters of Yoga, fully restored them to life by His (mere) gaze, that showered nectar, since He was their only Protector. Having forthwith regained their consciousness, they rose up from the brink of the water and, staring at one another, all stood amazed. They took it to be a result . of the gracious look of Sri Krsna (the Protector of cows), 0 Pariksit, that having drunk poison and fallen dead they should rise again.

Thus ends the fifteenth discourse entitled "The demon Dhenuka slain," in the first half of Book Ten of the great and glorious Bhagavata-Purana, otherwise known as the Paramahamsa-Samhita.



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