Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana Book 5 Chapter 4:10-19

Book 5: Chapter 4

Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 5: Chapter 4: Verses 10-19
The sovereignty of Rsabha

Next to him came the nine (brothers)-Kusavarta, Ilavarta, Brahmavarta, Malaya, Ketu, Bhadrasena, Indrasprk, Vidarbha and Kikata-who led the (other) ninety. Kavi, Hari, Antariksa, Prabuddha, Pippalayana, Avirhotra, Drumila, Camasa and Karabhajana-these nine were eminent devotees of the Lord who taught (to the world) the conduct prescribed for the votaries of the Lord. We shall narrate hereafter (in Book XI), in the form of a dialogue between Vasudeva (the father of Lord Sri Krsna) and the sage Narada, their sacred story imbued with the Lord's own glory and (thus) inducing peace of mind. The (remaining) eighty-one sons of Jayanti, who were still younger, were obedient to their father, very modest, highly well-versed in the Vedas and habitually engaged in performing sacrifices. Purified by their (pious) conduct, they passed for Brahmanas. The Lord, who was, (rightly) called Rsabha (the foremost), was God Himself-(altogether) independent, eternally free from all evils by His very nature and (ever) enjoying absolute bliss (which constitutes His very essence). Yet, performing actions like an ordinary mortal, He taught to the ignorant by His own example the duties that had been forgotten through (passage of) time; and, remaining equipoised, calm and controlled, friendly disposed (towards all) and full of compassion. He ordained the people in household life by acquiring religious merit, worldly possessions and fame, begetting children, enjoying the pleasures of sense and attaining final beatitude. (For, as a rule,) the world (blindly) follows whatever is done by men of topmost rank (in society). Although He Himself knew the hidden truths of the Vedas, which represent the essence of all Dharmas (rules of good conduct) He ruled over the people according to the (four recognized) policies of persuasion etc., following the line of conduct chalked out (for Him) by the Brahmanas. He

worshipped the Lord (strictly) according to precept through all (kinds of) sacrifices, performed a hundred times each and provided with (all requisites in the shape of appropriate) materials, place, time, age (of the sacrificer), faith and (the guidance of) priests and intended to propitiate different gods. In this land (subsequently known bythe name of Bharatavarsa) (when it was) ruled over by Lord Rsabhadeva, nobody ever sought for one's own use on any account anything whatsoever from another-any more than one would have a thing (altogether) non-existent---except an incessantly growing and profound love for their Ruler; nor did anyone cast a (wistful) look on another's property. On a certain occasion, while touring (over His kingdom), Lord Rsabhadeva happened to be in Brahmavarta and (there), in a gathering of the foremost Brahmana sages, He thus addressed His own sons-even though they were (fully) self-controlled and thoroughly disciplined by virtue of their modesty and excessive devotion (to their divine Father)-with a view to admonishing them within the hearing (in the presence) of His subjects.

Thus ends the fourth discourse, in Book Five of the great and

glorious Bhagavata-Purana, otherwise known as

the Paramahamsa-Samhita.


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