Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana Book 4 Chapter 21:44-52

Book 4: Chapter 21

Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 4: Chapter 21: Verses 44-52
King Prthu's teaching to his subjects

And riches (of every kind), as a matter of course, woo him who is an abode of excellences, rich in moral character, full of gratitude and devoted to the elders. (Therefore), may the Brahmana race and the bovine species as well as Lord Janardana and His servantsbe gracious to me ! Maitreya went on : As the king spoke thus, the manes and gods as well as the Brahmanas (who had assembled there and) who were (all) pious souls, felt delighted at heart and applauded him, uttering words of approbation. (45) (They said:) the Vedic text that "one attains to the higher worlds through a (worthy) son" is (quite) true. For the sinful Vena (Prthu`s father), who was killed by the curse of the Brahmanas, has been able to cross over (the tortures of) hell (through you). Even so Hiranyakasipu (the demon king) was about to descend into hell as a consequence of his blaspheming the Lord, but escaped it through the piety of his virtuous son, Prahrada. O great hero, father of Earth, may you live happily for numberless years-you who have such devotion to the immortal Lord, the one (undisputed) Ruler of all the worlds ! Ah ! having you for our ruler, 0 king of sacred renown, we look upon ourselves as under the protection of Lord Mukunda (the Bestower of Liberation) today, since you reveal (to us) the stories of Lord Visnu, the foremost of those enjoying excellent fame and a votary of the Brahmana race. It is no great wonder on your part, 0 lord, to instruct your dependants; for it is the nature of exalted souls possessed of a tender heart to love their subjects. Robbed of our judgement by our own actions (of past lives), going by the name of destiny, we had been wandering (in the wilderness of transmigration). Today you have led us across the darkness (of ignorance), O lord ! Hail to you, the most adorable person, dominated by the quality of Sattva unmixed with Rajas and Tamas, who inspiring the Brahmana race, protect the Ksatriya community and vice versa, and inspiring both, maintain the whole universe by dint of your own energy.

Thus ends the twenty-first discourse in Book Four of the great and glorious Bhagavata-Purana, otherwise known as the Paramahamsa-Samhita.


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