Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana Book 10 Chapter 17:14-25

Book 10: Seventeenth Chapter (First Half)

Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 10: Chapter 17: Verses 14-25

all the cowherds rose even as the senses return on life being restored to them; and with their mind full of rapture they hugged the Lord with (great) love. Meeting with Sri Krsna, Yasoda and Rohini, Nanda as well as the other cowherds and cowherdesses, 0 Pariksit (a scion of Kuru), regained sensibility and had their desire fulfilled. And, embracing Sri Krsna (the immortal Lord), Balarama, who knew His greatness, laughed. (Even) mountains, cows, bulls and calves derived supreme joy. Coming up to Nanda, the Brahmanas including his well-known preceptors with their wives said, "Luckily (enough for us) your son, who was seized by Kaliya, has been liberated. Bestow gifts on Brahmanas on the ground of Sri Krsna's deliverance." With a delighted mind, O king, Nanda thereupon gave them cows and gold. The highly blessed and virtuous Yasoda too, who had recovered her lost child, hugged Sri Krsna and placing Him in her lap, shed tears (of joy) again and again. Oppressed with hunger and thirst and worn out with fatigue, 0 king of kings, the inhabitants of Vraja as well as their cows spent that night near the bank of the Kalindi. In the course of that night a wild fire, that broke out in the forest dried with summer heat, surrounded the whole of Vraja lying asleep at midnight and began to burn it. Being scorched (with the fire), the said inhabitants of Vraja rose bewildered from that place and sought Sri Krsna, the almighty Lord, who looked like a human being through His Maya (deluding potency), as their refuge. (They exclaimed) "O Krsna the enchanter of all, 0 highly blessed one, 0 Rama of immeasurable prowess, this most terrible fire is actually consuming us, who are (exclusively) Yours. (Pray) protect us, Your own friends, from the deadly fire, which is most difficult to escape from. We are unable to leave for good Your feet, our fearless asylum." Observing the perturbation of His own people as aforesaid, the infinite Lord of the universe swallowed up that fierce conflagration, possessed as He was of unlimited energy.

Thus ends the seventeenth discourse entitled "Sri Krsna rescues the inhabitants of Vraja from a wild fire," in the first half of Book Ten of the great and glorious Bhagavata-Purana, otherwise known as the Paramahamsa-Samhita.


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