Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana Book 10 Chapter 73:1-12

Book 10: Seventy-three (Latter Half)

Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 10: Chapter 73: Verses 1-12

Sri Krsna and others return to Indraprastha

Sri Suka began again : Pariksit, Jarasandha had subdued in battle without much effort twenty thousand and eight hundred Ksatriya princes and had confined them in a place surrounded by mountains on all sides. Released by Bhagavan Sri Krsna, they came out of their captivity with unclean bodies and dirty clothes. They had been emaciated with hunger and their faces were lank. The long confinement had considerably reduced their weight. Coming out of the prison, they saw Lord Sri Krsna standing before them. Having a complexion dark as the cloud, clad in yellow silken robes and possessed of four arms, holding a lotus in one hand and wielding the mace, conch and discus with others, bearing the mark of Srivatsa (a curl of hair) on the breast, with eyes reddish like the interior of a lotus, with a lovely and cheerful face, adorned with glowing ear-rings shaped like the alligator, and decked with a crown, a necklace of pearls, bracelets and girdle and a pair of armlets, the jewel Kaustubha shining in His neck and a garland of sylvan flowers hanging on His breast, the sight of the Lord kept them spellbound. They seemed to drink Him with their eyes, lick Him with their tongues, inhale Him with their nose and embrace Him with their arms.
All their sins were washed away at His very sight. They bowed to the Lord, touching. His blessed feet with their heads. The joy derived through Bhagavan Sri Krsna's sight removed the languor caused by their confinement. With joined palms, they offered their praises to the Lord in the following words. The kings prayed : 0 God of gods, remover of the distress of those who take refuge in You, 0 Imperishable Lord, we offer our salutations to You. Disgusted with the bitter experience of this fearful scourge of transmigration, we seek refuge in You; pray protect us. Krsna, we have no grudge against Jarasandha; in fact, it was through Your grace that we were deprived of our kingdoms. Puffed up with the pride of sovereignty and power, a king is generally deprived of true happiness; for, deluded by Your Maya, he comes to regard worldly fortune as permanent. Just as the ignorant take the mirage for a sheet of water, even so the unwise attached to the senses regard the ever changing Maya as reality. Lord, blinded by the intoxication of wealth and power, at one time we vied with one another in our lust for conquering the world and mercilessly brought about the destruction of our own people in pursuing our mad projects. We were so arrogant that we took no notice of You standing before us as Death itself.



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