Book 10: Fifty-two Chapter (Latter Half)
Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 10: Chapter 52: Verses 1-15
Sri Krsna's withdrawal to Dwaraka; Balarama's marriage; Rukmini sends a Brahmana with a message to Sri Krsna
Sri Suka began again : Thus blessed, 0 dear Pariksit, by Sri Krsna, Mucukunda, a scion of lkswaku, went round Him (clockwise as a mark of respect) and, bowing low to Him, came out (into the open country) through the mouth of the cave. Observing diminutive men, beasts, plants and trees and concluding the age of Kali to have set in, he proceeded in a northerly direction. Full of faith in austerities, self-possessed, free from attachment, and concentrating his mind on Sri Krsna, Mucukunda, who had (all) his doubts cleared, entered deep into the forest on Mount Gandhamadana. Reaching Badarikasrama (so called because of its grove of jujube trees), containing the abode of (the divine sages) Nara and Narayana, he sought the favour of Sri Hari through asceticism, enduring all pairs of opposites (such as heat and cold) and remaining tranquil (at all times). Going back to the city (of Mathura), which continued to be beleaguered by the Yavanas, and wiping out the barbarian host, the Lord took away their wealth to Dwaraka. While the treasure was (thus) being carried away on (the back of) oxen and men directed by Sri Krsna (the immortal Lord), Jarasandha appeared (on the scene) leading an army consisting (as usual) of twenty-three Aksauhinis. Observing the impetuosity of the onrush of the enemy's host, Balarama and Sri Krsna (the two Scions of Madhu), who had adopted the ways of human beings, took to Their heels at once. Leaving the immense spoils (uncared for), the two Brothers covered many a mile with Their feet, resembling lotus petals, as though terribly afraid, though (absolutely) fearless.
- Vide verses 27 to 36 of Discourse III.