Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana Book 11 Chapter 1:1-9

Book 11: Chapter 1

Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 11: Chapter 1: Verses 1-9

The curse of the Rsis invoking the destruction of Yadu's race Sri Suka (son of Vedavyasa) began again : Attended by Balarama and the Yadavas, Sri Krsna destroyed the demons and, creating violent discord (between the Pandavas and the Kauravas) relieved the earth of her burden. Making His instrument the Pandavas, whose ire had been repeatedly provoked by their enemies (the Kauravas), through deceitful gambling, humiliating insult, dragging (Draupadi) by the hair and in other ways, the Lord caused destruction of the kings gathered on both sides and (thus) relieved the earth of her burden. Having thus annihilated the kings and their armies, who were a burden to the earth, through the Yadavas, protected by His own arms, the Lord of inscrutable ways thought:--"Though the burden of the earth has been removed, yet I do not take it as (completely) removed so long as the unconquerable race of Yadu exists. Having always been protected by Me, and grown uncontrollable through prosperity, this race of Yadu can by no means be vanquished by others (even by gods). (Therefore,) just as a bamboo grove is consumed by fire (produced by the friction of the bamboos themselves), I shall destroy the Yadavas by creating internal strife among them, and (then) in peace shall return to My realm (Vaikuntha)." O king (Pariksit) ! having thus resolved, the Lord of truthful resolution brought about the annihilation of His own race through the curse of the Brahmanas as a pretext (or obvious cause). Having attracted the eyes of people by His (transcendent) personality, which disparaged beauty in others, and by His words the hearts of those who remembered them; and suspending by (the sight of) His footprints the (movements and) actions of those who saw them; and having His fame spread in the world and sung in charming verses and thinking that through such renown (when heard or sung) people would easily emerge from darkness the Lord retired to His realm. The king (Pariksit) submitted : How did the curse of Brahmanas fall upon the Vrsnis, who were devoted to the Brahmanas, were liberal and always served their elders, and who had given their mind (in devotion) to Sri Krsna ? O the best of Brahmanas ! what was the occasion of the curse, and what was its nature ? How did discord find place among those who were of one mind ? Do tell me all this.



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