Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana Book 3 Chapter 23:45-57

Book 3: Chapter 23

Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 3: Chapter 23: Verses 45-57
Amorous pastimes of Kardama and Devahuti

Sharing with her most handsome lord the excellent and delightful bed in that aerial mansion, she did not notice (the passing away of) that (long) period. While the couple, who eagerly longed for the pleasures of sense, were thus enjoying themselves by virtue of Yogic powers, a hundred autumns passed like a brief space of time. Lovingly regarding her as a counterpart of his own self, the enlightened sage, who could read the thoughts of all and was also capable of granting their wishes, divided his self into nine and impregnated her. Immediately afterwards the said Devahuti bore on the same day (nine) female issues, who were all charming of every limb and breathed the fragrance of a red lotus. Thereafter when she found her lord about to leave the home as a recluse (according to the understanding at the time of wedding), the virtuous lady, who yet longed for a male child, scratched the ground with her foot, radiant with the lustre of its gem-like nails, her head bent low; and, suppressing her tears, she spoke in slow yet winning accents with an agitated and aching heart, though wearing a smile on her face. Devahuti said : Your venerable self has redeemed all the promises made to me; yet be pleased to grant me immunity from fear, since I have taken refuge in you. Your daughters, O holy sage, will have to find a suitable match for themselves; and there must be someone to rid me of sorrow when you have left for the woods. Enough with the time that has so far been spent by me in enjoying the objects of senses, ignoring the Supreme Spirit. Not knowing your transcendent glory, I have loved you, while remaining attached to the objects of senses. Let the affinity I have borne to you nonetheless rid me of all fear. The same love which, when bestowed on the wicked through ignorance, is conducive to rebirth, rids one of all attachment when it is directed towards holy men. He whose activity in this world neither tends to religious merit nor to dispassion, nor to the service of the Lord whose feet are the source of all sacred places, is verily dead, though living. Indeed I have been badly deceived by the Lord's Maya (deluding potency) in that I failed to seek liberation from the bondage of mundane life even after securing you, the bestower of final beatitude.

Thus ends the twenty-third discourse, forming part of the narrative of Lord Kapila,

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

otherwise known as the Paramahamsa-Samhita..


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