Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana Book 9 Chapter 3:17-36

Book 9: Chapter 3

Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 9: Chapter 3: Verses 17-36
The story of the sage Cyavana and his wife Sukanya

Pleased with her vow of fidelity, the two gods showed to her her husband and, asking leave of the sage, returned by their aerial car to heaven. intending to perform a sacrifice, King Saryati visited the hermitage of the sage Cyavana (once more) some time afterwardds and saw by the side of ther daughter (Sukanya) a male possessing the effulgance of the sun. When she bowed at his feet, the king, who was not much pleased at heart as it were (to see her) and did not pronounce (on her in return words)"-- What is it that you intended to achieve, O vile lass (by this unworthy behaviour that, having deserted him, stricken as he is with old age and (therefore) not liked by you you wait upon this vagabond as a lover! How has your reason embraced a wrong conclusion in that berefit of (all) shame, you (have taken int into your head to) harbour a paramour? This is indeed a stain on your family, O girl of noble peigree! (B this reprehensible conduct of yours) you willll (surely) hurl the amily o your father as wel as that of your husband into hell. To the father, who was talking in this strain, that girl of innocent smiles smilinglyreplied, Dear father, he is (no other than) your son-in-law, the delight of the sage bhrgu. She 9then) related to her father the whole story--- the way in whichher husband had regained his youth and acquired a charming appearance. stonished and supreely gratiied (at this), the king (lovingly) hugged his daughter. The sag Cyavaana (then) enabled the heroic king (saryati) to propitiate the Lord rhough a Soma sacrifice and b dint of his ascetic power bore a cup of the Soma juice to the twoAswinikumaras, even though they were not entitled to drinkit. Full of indignation Indrao the sage bhrgu) paralyzed the arm of Indra holliding the thnderbolt. From that time two swing, swho being physiians had heretofore been precluded from a share in the offerings of Soma juice.Uttanabarhi, Anarta and Bhurisena--these were the three sons of Saryati; from (the loins of) Anarta sprang up Revata. Having built a city called Kusasthali (Dwaraka), in the heart of the ocean, and ensconced in it, the latter ruled the Anarta (the modern Gujarat) and other territories, 0 subduer of enemies ! A hundred excellent sons, of whom Kakudmi was the eldest, were born of Revata. Taking his daughter, Revati (with him) Kakudmi went to Brahmaloka (the highest heaven), which is uncovered by the sheaths of Rajas (passion) and Tamas (ignorance), in order to ask Brahma (the highest ruler of this material world) about a (suitable) match for the girl. As (however) music was going on (there), Kakudmi failed to get an opportune moment (to broach the matter) and tarried a while. At the end of the performance he bowed low to Brahma (the first created being) and spoke out his mind (to the latter). Hearing his submission, the glorious Brahma (the creator) heartily laughed and spoke to him as follows:-- "Oh, (dear) king, whoever might have been thought of (by you when you placed your foot here) have (all) been swept off by Time. We hear no more even of the races of their sons, grandsons and great grandsons. Time computed at (the figure of) thrice nine (twenty-seven) revolutions of (all) the four Yugas (Satya, Treta, Dwapara and Kali) has (since) rolled by. Therefore, go; there is (now) the mighty Baladeva, a part manifestation of the supreme Deity. Give away this jewel of a girl, 0 Kakudmi, to that jewel among men. For removing the burden of the earth, the almighty Lord, the Protector of created beings, the very hearing and chanting of whose glories and names is sanctifying, has (Himself) descended (on earth) alongwith His (aforesaid) part manifestation (Lord Balarama)." Thus instructed by and bowing to Brahma (the birthless one), the king (Kakudmi) returned to his capital (Kusasthali), deserted (already) for fear of Yaksas by his brothers, staying here and there (in various quarters), Giving away his daughter (Revati) of faultless limbs to the powerful Balarama, the king retired to the hermitage of the (divine) sage Narayana, known by the name of Badarikasrama, in order to practise austerities.

Thus ends the third discourse, in Book Nine of the great and glorious

Bhagavata-Purana, otherwise known as the Paramahamsa-Samhita.



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