Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana Book 3 Chapter 2:1-13

Book 3: Chapter 2

Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 3: Chapter 2: Verses 1-13
Uddhava recounts the childish sports of the Lord

Sri Suka continued : Thus asked the news relating to his beloved Sri Krsna, that great devotee of the Lord, Uddhava, was put in mind of his lord and was too overwhelmed with emotion to utter a word in reply. While engaged,in worshipping the Lord in his childish play even as a body of five, Uddhava felt no inclination even to have his breakfast in spite of his mother's call. Having grown grey in His service by flux of time, how could he answer Vidura's query regarding his lord, his thought being fixed on His feet ? Completely immersed in the nectar flowing from the (lotus-like) feet of Sri Krsna, and transported with joy through intense devotion, he remained mute for nearly an hour. The hair stood erect all over his body and tears burst forth from his closed eyes. Seeing him overpowered with a flood of affection, Vidura came to know that he had realized the object of his life. Uddhava slowly returned from the divine realm to this mortal world (body-consciousness) and, wiping his eyes, replied to Vidura in a tone expressive of wonder (at the thought of the Lord's exploits) :- Uddhava said : The sun in the shape of Sri Krsna having set, our homes of blighted splendour have been devoured by the python of Time. What shall I say, then, about our welfare? Alas I unfortunate is this world and more so the Yadus, who lived with Sri Hari (Sri Krsna) and yet could not recognize Him, even as the fish did not identify the moon (when she was under water). The Satvatas (Yadavas) could read the mind of another through external gestures, were highly intelligent and lived and sported with Him at one and the same place; yet they accounted Him, the Abode of all beings, the foremost of the Yadavas alone. The intellect, however, of a man who has bestowed his heart on Sri Hari, his own Self, cannot be misguided by the (disrespectful or slanderous) words of those (the Yadus and others) who are deluded by the Lord's own Maya (deluding potency) or those (Sisupala and others) who harbour animosity against Him. Having shown His divine form to men who had practised no penance, He has now screened it from their view, even though their eyes were not sated, and thus robbed them of their very sight as it were (since they have nothing worth seeing left with them). The form which He had assumed in order to reveal the power of His Yogamaya (Divine Energy, which was capable of manifesting such transcendent beauty), and which was so eminently suited to His pastimes in imitation of men, was an object of wonder not only to the world but even to Himself, a perfection as it was of abounding grace. It was a form whose limbs added to the charm even of ornaments. Beholding that form, which was the highest delight of all eyes, at the Rajasuya sacrifice of king Yudhisthira (the son of Dharma, the god of virtue), the inhabitants of all the three worlds thought that the entire workmanship of Brahma in creating this mortal world had been exhausted in fashioning that form.



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