Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana Book 5 Chapter 24:10-16

Book 5: Chapter 24

Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 5: Chapter 24: Verses 10-16
The position of Rahu etc., and the limits of the heavenlike subterranean regions

The gardens too (in those regions) surpassingly dim the glory of the celestial world by the splendour, delighting the mind and senses (of the spectators), of (their) trees-whose charming boughs are weighed down by bunches of flowers and fruits and lovely young leaves and which are embraced by the body of creepers-(as well as) of their lakes etc., full of limpid water and resorted to by various species of birds living singly as well as in pairs; and (even so) they excel the heavenly world by the sweet and varied notes of birds that have taken up their abode in the beds of lotuses and lilies, Kuvalayas, and Kalharas, blue and red, lotuses and lotuses with a hundred petals (and so on) in the water of those lakes etc., shaken by the leaping of fish-notes that bring a feast of joy (to the hearers) and are confused by their uninterrupted sport. There indeed, they say, no fear caused by divisions of time such as day and night is observed (among the people since the sun and the moon do not shine there and the denizens of those regions are very long-lived). As a matter of fact, in those regions the gems on the hoods of the foremost of the great serpents (inhabiting them) drive away all darkness. Nor indeed do anxieties and ailments, wrinkles, grey hairs and old age (the root of all these) etc., paleness of the body, foul smell (coming from the body), perspiration, fatigue and langour-these as well as the changes in age (too) do not afflict those residing in these regions because of (their taking) miraculous herbs, saps, elixirs, foods and drinks, baths and so on. In fact, death from no cause except from the might of the Lord going by the name of his discus (Sudarsana) prevails against those blessed souls.

(And) the moment that discus enters those regions the embryos (carried in the womb) of the Asura women generally slip out (from the womb) in their earlier or later stages of development through sheer fear (of the discus). Now, in (the region of) Atala, lives the demon Bala, son of Maya, by whom, indeed, they say, were released ninety-six (varieties of) conjuring tricks, some of which conjurers practise even today. From the mouth of this demon, even as he was yawning (once), sprang up three groups of women, called Swairinis (those copulating with men of their class alone), Kaminis (copulating with people of other classes too) and Pumscalis (the most fickle-minded among the Kaminis). (Ail) these women render a man, entering this subterranean region, sexually fit by (giving them) an elixir called Hataka and afford them sexual delight at will, so they say, by their (peculiar) dalliances and sportive glances, love-begotten smiles, affectionate talks and embraces etc. When that elixir is taken, a man begins to feel that he is all-powerful, that he is all-perfect and, thinking himself as possessing the strength of ten thousand mighty elephants, brags like one blinded by intoxication.



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