Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana Book 10 Chapter 68:42-54

Book 10: Sixty-eight Chapter (Latter Half)

Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 10: Chapter 68: Verses 42-54

Being dragged (into water), Hastinapura began to shake like a boat. When the Kauravas observed that it was falling into the Ganga, they were seized with consternation. Anxious to save their lives, they placed Samba and Laksmana at their head and, taking their families with them,-sought the almighty Balarama Himself with joined palms for protection. They said, " 0 Rama, the Delighter of all, You are (no other than) Sesa (the support of the world). We did not know Your greatness. Be pleased (therefore) to forgive us our transgression, foolish and evil-minded as we are. You are the sole Cause of creation, continuance and destruction (of the universe), (the substratum of all, though) resting on nothing but Your own being. Indeed, 0 Lord, sages speak of the three worlds as Your toys and Yourself as the Player. 0 Lord of infinite strength, possessed of a thousand heads ! You alone bear (the weight of) the terrestrial globe on one of Your heads, without any effort, and at the time of final dissolution with draw the universe into Yourself and lie (on the causal waters) as the only remaining substance (Narayana) without a second.
Lord, You have assumed this Form consisting of pure Sattva (goodness). Your anger is not prompted by hatred or malice but is intended only to teach all and is directed towards the maintenance of the world order. Hail to You, 0 Inner Controller of all created beings, 0 omnipotent and immutable Maker of the universe ! We have sought You as our Protector. Salutation be to You (again and again)." Sri Suka went on :Propitiated thus by the Kurus, who had got alarmed to find their city shaking and sought protection with Him, Balarama felt much pleased and promised them protection asking them to shed their fear. Duryodhana was (very) fond of his daughter (Laksmana). He gave away as a wedding present twelve hundred (young) elephants, each' sixty years of age, ten thousand horses, six thousand gold chariots glowing like the sun, and a thousand maid-servants adorned with a gold necklace. Accepting for His part all those presents, and acclaimed by his friends and relations, Lord Balarama, the foremost of the Yadus, departed with Samba and his bride. Returning to His city (Dwaraka), Balarama met (all) His devoted friends and relations and in the open court told the Yadava chiefs everything, viz., how he had dealt with the Kurus. Even to this day Hastinapura appears fairly elevated towards the south and sloping down towards the Ganga, (thereby) testifying to this (supreme) exploit of Balarama.

Thus ends the sixty-eighth discourse entitled " The Triumph of Sankarsana in the form of dragging Hastinapura , in the latter half of Book Ten of the great and glorious Bhagavata-Purana, otherwise known as the Paramahamsa-samhita.


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