Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana Book 10 Chapter 5:28-32

Book 10: Fifth Chapter (First Half)

Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 10: Chapter 5: Verses 28-32

Indeed the threefold object of human pursuit (viz., religious merit, wealth and sensuous pleasure) is recommended only in so far as it is shared with one's near and dear ones. When the latter are in distress, such threefold pursuit does not make for happiness (the goal of all sentient beings). Nanda replied : Born of Devaki, (0 friend,) many a son of yours has been killed alas! by Kamsa. (Only) one daughter, subsequently born, was left (having escaped death at his cruel hands). But she too ascended to heaven. Indeed a created being depends on its destiny and is controlled by destiny. He who knows destiny to be his (very) essence (the unfailing cause of his happiness and misery) does not get infatuated. Vasudeva said : The annual tribute has actually been paid to the king and we (too) have been seen by you. You should not (therefore) stay here long; (for) there are startling occurrences at Gokula too. Sri Suka continued : Thus exhorted by Vasudeva (the son of Sura) and taking leave of him, the said cowherds, headed by Nanda, returned to Gokula riding on their carts drawn by bullocks.

Thus ends the fifth discourse entitled "The meeting of Nanda and Vasudeva ", in the first half of Book Ten of the great and glorious Bhagavata Purana, otherwise known as the Paramahamsa-Samhita.


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