Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana Book 1 Chapter 14:35-44

Book 1: Chapter 14

Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 1: Chapter 14: Verses 35-44
King Yudhisthira grows apprehensive at the sight of evil omens and Arjuna returns from Dwaraka

It is for the protection and prosperity and well-being of all the worlds that the Prime Person (Sri Krsna) is living in the milk ocean of the Yadava race with His constant companion, Lord Ananta (Sri Balarama). Respected by all, the Yadus revel, like the attendants of Lord Visnu, in their own city (of Dwaraka), protected by His long arms. By virtue of their service to His feet, which they regard as their foremost duty, Satyabhama and the other sixteen thousand and odd spouses of the Lord prevailed on the latter to conquer gods on the field of battle and carried by force the objects of sense-enjoyment (such as the celestial Parijata tree) sought by the gods themselves and fit to be enjoyed by goddess Saci (the spouse of Indra, the wielder of a thunderbolt). Nay, the great Yadava warriors, who depend on the might of His stout arms, always fearlessly tread the council-chamber, known by the name of Sudharma, which was snatched by force (from Indra) and was worthy of the foremost gods."

"Are you enjoying good health yourself, dear Arjuna? You seem to have lost the brightness of your countenance. Did you fail to receive proper attention or were you ever treated with disrespect during your prolonged stay (at Dwaraka), dear brother ? I hope no one tormented you with words etc., devoid of love and full of inauspicious import. Did you, ever fail to grant the prayer of suppliants who approached you with some hope or to give something which you might have promised of your own accord ? I hope you never turned away any Brahmana, child, cow, aged or ailing man, any woman or any creature whatsoever that might have approached you for protection, noted as you are for affording shelter (to the needy). I am sure you never shared the bed with a woman unworthy of you nor did you copulate flippantly with a woman worthy of you. I further hope that you were not vanquished, while on your way back, by your equals nor by your inferiors. Did you ever take your meals ignoring the aged or children deserving to be fed ? Or did you perpetrate any loathsome act which was unbecoming of you ? Or is it that you have been torn from your ever most beloved and intimate friend and relation (Sri Krsna) and thus consider yourself desolate; for there can be no other cause of your agony."

Thus ends the fourteenth discourse entitled "Yudhisthira's Doubt",

in Book One of the great and glorious Bhagavata-Purana,

otherwise known as the Paramahamsa-Samhita.


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