Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Srimad Bhagavatam: Pearl 10



A detailed record of Varanasi and Hastinapur is portrayed herein.

Chapter 65, verse 16:, Lord Balrama, attractor of all, consoles the Gopis or cowherd girls by relaying to them the confidential messages Lord Krishna has sent with Him. The information deeply touch the Gopis’ hearts. Udhavji had done the same deed in the earlier 47th chapter.

Chapter 66, verse 40-41: The episode in this chapter ascertains that any negative force is nullified by the doer’s evil intent as happened in the case of Sudaksina when he wanted to harm Lord Krishna. Sudaksina, son of Paundraka,( who claimed he was the Supreme Lord) wanted to avenge his father’s slayer, Lord Krishna. Praying to Lord Shiva, he created a fiery demon by performing the abhicara ritual. Attacked by Lord Vishnu’s Sudarshan Chakra the demon retreated but created for violence, it returned to Varanasi. Surrounding the city, it burned Sudaksina and his priests to death even though Sudaksina was his creator.

Shukdevji describes the ancient city of Varanasi, where Lord Shiva resides. “Lord Vishnu’s disc also entered Varanasi in pursuit of the fiery demon, and proceeded to burn the city to the ground, including all its assembly halls and residential palaces with raised porches, its numerous marketplaces, gateways, watchtowers, warehouses and treasuries, and all the buildings housing elephants, horses, chariots and grains.”

Chapter 69, verse 54: As of today Hastinapur is visibly elevated on its southern side along the Ganges, thus showing the signs of Lord Balrama’s prowess, claims Shukdevji.

This completes the 10th pearl from the ‘Srimad Bhagavatam’ ocean.

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