Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana Book 10 Chapter 74:17-30

Book 10: Seventy-four (Latter Half)

Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 10: Chapter 74: Verses 17-30

On the day fixed for extracting the Soma juice, the king honoured the blessed priests as well as the supervisors of the performance with due attention. Now, the members of the assembly proceeded to consider who was worthy of receiving the first place of honour, but could not come to any decision for want of unanimity. Thereupon Sahadeva addressed the assembly in the following words: ' "In my opinion Bhagavan Sri Krsna, the crown-jewel of the Yadus, is the best man in this assembly and deserve the first place of honour. For all the gods as well as Time, Space,Wealth and Whatever other things there are in this world-all are but He. The whole universe is His manifestation. The sacrifices are He, He is Fire, He is the oblations, He is revealed in the form of the Mantras. The path of Knowledge and the path of Action both lead to Him. Members of this august assembly, Bhagavan Sri Krsna is the one Absolute without a second; the whole universe is His body. Though self-dependent and unborn, He creates, protects and destroys the universe by His own will. Through His grace people perform various acts in the world and pursue the fourfold object of life, viz., Dharma (virtue), Artha (worldly prosperity), Kama (worldly enjoyment) and Moksa (liberation). Therefore, I propose that foremost honour should be offered to Bhagavan Sri Krsna, the greatest of the great.
Through honouring Him, we shall have honoured all beings as well as our own self. He who seeks that his gifts should embrace infinity, should make them to Sri Krsna, who is the Self of all beings and views, none as other than Himself, who is absolutely unruffled and perfect in everyway." Pariksit !Sahadeva, who was aware of Bhagavan Sri Krsna's greatness, became silent after saying this. All good people in the assembly were pleased to hear this, and applauded him saying, `well said, well said'. Hearing this ejaculation of the Brahmanas and ascertaining the general sense of the members of the assembly, King Yudhisthira was extremely delighted and with a heart overwhelmed with emotion, honoured Sri Krsna by offering Him the worship due to the First Man in the assembly. In great joy he washed the feet of Sri Krsna and together with his consort (Draupadi), brothers, ministers and other members of his family, bore on his head the drops of that water, which purify the world. Then he, presented the Lord with robes of yellow silk and ornaments. His eyes being full of tears at the time, he could not even distinctly see the Form of the Lord. Seeing Him thus honoured, all those present in the assembly joined their palms in reverence, with shouts of 'Namo Namah' (Salutations) and 'Jaya-Jaya' (Victory to You), and showers of flowers fell on Him from the heavens. Pariksit, Sisupala heard all this from his seat in the assembly. Enraged at the glorification of Sri Krsna, he rose from his seat and holding up his arm in great indignation fearlessly spoke these harsh words with reference to Sri Krsna.



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