Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana Book 10 Chapter 44:39-51

Book 10: Forty-four Chapter (First Half)

Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 10: Chapter 44: Verses 39-51

Since with a mind full of dismay he ever saw (before his mental eyes) that very Lord armed with a discus while drinking or speaking, walking to and fro or lying asleep, nay, even while breathing, he attained (after death) that very form (so) difficult to attain. Burning all over with rage, the eight younger brothers of Kamsa---Karika, Nyagrodha and others rushed (towards Sri Krsna) in order to get square with their (deceased) brother by avenging his death. Taking up a bludgeon Balarama (Rohini's son), however, made short work of them (even) as they came fully prepared (for an encounter) with such great impetuosity, (just) as a lion (the king of beasts) would kill the cattle. Kettledrums sounded in the heavens; full of delight, Brahma (the creator), Lord Siva and other (special) manifestations of divine glory extolled the Lord covering Him with (showers of) flowers, and celestial women (Apsaras) danced (out of joy). Grieved at the death of their near and dear ones, 0 great king, the widows of the deceased came over to that place, severely and repeatedly beating their heads with tears in their eyes. Embracing their husbands lying (dead) in the arena (which serves as a most glorious bed for heroes that have laid down their lives in an open combat), the women wailed (in the following words) at the pitch of their voice, lamenting their lot and repeatedly shedding tears of grief:-
"Ah, beloved lord, the knower of Dharma (the principles of righteousness) 0 kind-hearted one, fond of the helpless !due to your having been slain, we (too), your own, with our homes and progeny have been ruined. Bereft of you, its master, this city (of Mathura),O jewel among men, does not look charming any more than we, all its festivities and felicity having ceased. You wrought immense harm even to innocent creatures. It is for that reason that you have been reduced to this plight, 0 lord What oppressor of living beings can attain happiness ? This Sri Krsna indeed is the Source, the End and the Protector of all created beings in this universe. Anyone showing disrespect to Him can never prosper. Sri Suka went on : Having comforted the royal ladies the Lord, who is the Protector of the universe, caused what they call obsequies to be duly performed with regard to the slain for their welfare in the other world. Having then secured the release of Their mother (Devaki) and father (Vasudeva) too from bondage (while they were being taken to the gaol for being placed behind the bars), Sri Krsna and Balarama bowed to them fully touching their feet with Their head. Perceiving their sons-who had (just) bowed to them-to be (none else than) the Rulers of the universe, Devaki and Vasudeva did not embrace Them, afraid as they were (of showing disrespect to Them).

Thus ends the forty-fourth discourse entitled "Kamsa slain (by the Lord)," in the first half of Book Ten of the great and glorious Bhagavata-Purana, otherwise known as the Paramahamsa-Sarmhita.


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