Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana Book 4 Chapter 16:17-27

Book 4: Chapter 16

Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 4: Chapter 16: Verses 17-27
Glorification of king Prthu by the bards

He regards and reveres the wives of others as His mother and loves His own wife as a half of His own body. He is loving as a father to those over whom He rules; He looks upon Himself as a servant to those who are well-versed in the Vedic lore. He is supremely dear to all as if He were no other than their own self; He is a constant source of increasing delight and joy to His friends and relations. He particularly seeks the company of persons who are free from all ties of attachment (to the world). He is ever up with arms of punishment against those who are evil-minded. "He is the Person Supreme directly manifested to men, the Lord of the three worlds; He is divinity absolute. He is the Spirit pure that is there as the self-contained Soul in every living individual; in the exercise of one of His divine functions He has appeared as a superman among men. When He is fully realized in His truth, the apparent multiplicity of the world due to ignorance will all disappear in him as phantoms in Reality. He is the protector of the terrestrial sphere from the quarter of sunrise (to that of sunset), a unique warrior and King of kings that He is. Seated in his triumphant chariot, (fearlessly) armed with a bow (and arrows), He will travel over the world, as the sun travels along the circle of the zodiac in his celestial journey, from the south to the north. Wherever He will be in course of His travels, the kings will come to acknowledge His supremacy with tributes and offerings and it is believed that the guardians of the regions will follow the kings. Their consorts will think this primordial monarch to be no other than Lord Visnu (who holds a discus in one of His hands for a weapon) and will sing songs of His fame. In obedience to Him as a supreme king. Earth will become a cow for Him (to milk the desirable items of wealth for the good of all). As a powerful patriarch He will provide for the livelihood of the people. He will smash the mountains, even as Indra did, with the points of His bow and level the earth in mere sport. When He roams over the earth like a lion with his tail thrown up, twanging His bow made of the horns of a cow and a goat, and irresistible in encounter, all workers of iniquity will hide themselves here and there. He will perform as many as a hundred horse-sacrifices at the source of the Saraswati river (in Brahmavarta) and in the course of the last sacrifice Indra (the king of the gods), himself a performer of one hundred sacrifices, will steal away the (sacrificial) horse. In the garden attached to His own palace, He will meet the divine Sanatkumara (the master of spiritual knowledge) alone. Prthu will worship him with devotion and service and attain that pure and perfect enlightenment by which they realize the Supreme Absolute. Prthu's warlike power and influence are unlimited and are known far and wide. A large volume of sayings, songs and sagas and stories will grow around Him (in the different parts of the earth) and He will hear them (sung and recounted) wherever He will go (in the course of His wanderings). The vast orbit of His power knows no force of opposition, His burning spirit will enable Him to destroy the enemies of the people by conquering the quarters. He will be a (matchless) Master of the earth and His mighty glory will serve as the theme of songs for the chiefs of the gods and demons to sing."

Thus ends the sixteenth discourse in Book Four of the great and glorious Bhagavata-Pura ea, otherwise known as the Paramahamsa-Samhita.


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