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||2019-01-20, 2:08 AM
Syamantaka jewel Brought Krishna Jâmbavatî and
S'uka said: 'Satrâjit ['always victorious', see
13] having been
offensive with Lord Krishna gave Him as atonement his daughter
in marriage together with the jewel known as Syamantaka.'
honorable king said: 'What offense committed Satrâjit
against Krishna, o brahmin, from where came Syamantaka and why
gave he his daughter to the Lord?'
S'uka said: 'The sungod who was Satrâjit's best friend
gave, satisfied with him as his devotee, full of affection the
jewel called Syamantaka. (4)
He, wearing that jewel shining as brilliant as the sun around
his neck was, when he arrived in Dvârakâ o King,
because of the effulgence not recognized. (5)
The people, by the glare robbed of their vision when they saw
him from a distance, presumed that Sûrya had arrived and
reported that to the Supreme Lord who was engaged in a game of
'O Nârâyana, with obeisances unto You, o Holder of
Club, Cakra and Lotus, o Dâmodara, o Lotus-eyed One, o
Govinda, o beloved of the Yadus! (7)
Savitâ ['the radiant one'], who with the intense
radiation of his radiating disc steals the vision of men, has
come to see You, o Lord of the Universe. (8)
It must be so that of the most exalted of the gods of wisdom
seeking out Your path, the one not born [Sûrya],
knowing that You now hide among the Yadus, has come to see
S'uka said: 'Hearing these innocent words said He with the
Lotuslike Eyes smiling: 'That's not Ravideva, it's
Satrâjit glowing because of his jewel.'
[Satrâjit] arriving at his opulent home executed
with festivity auspicious rituals in the temple room where he
with the help of the learned installed the jewel.
Day after day would it bring him eight bhâras
[of about 9.7 kg] of gold, o prabhu, and none of the
inauspicious of famines, premature deaths, catastrophes,
snakebites, mental and physical disorders and cheaters would
there in the presence of the gem properly being worshiped take
Some day asked S'auri [Krishna] on behalf of the king
of the Yadus [Ugrasena] for the gem, but, he, greedy
for the wealth, saw no offense in it not to hand it over.
One day, hanging the intensely radiating jewel around his neck,
mounted Prasena [Satrâjit's brother] a horse and
went he hunting in the forest. (14)
Prasena along with his horse were killed and dragged away by a
lion who on his turn entering a cave was killed by
['he from the Jambu-trees'] who wanted the jewel.
He then in the cave handed the jewel over to his kid as a toy
to play with. Meanwhile not seeing his brother, got
Satrâjit deeply troubled: (16)
'My brother gone to the forest wearing the jewel around his
neck is probably killed by Krishna', and what he thus said was
what the people heard whispering in one another's ears.
When the Supreme Lord came to hear of it followed He, in order
to clear Himself of the gossip of His infamy, together with the
citizens the path taken by Prasena. (18)
Seeing that he and his horse were killed by a lion in that
forest, discovered they that the lion had been killed too on a
mountain slope by Riksha [Jâmbhavân].
Stationing the people outside of the terrifying cave of the
king of the rikshas [the bears] entered the
Supreme Lord alone the pitch-dark place. (20)
When He saw that that most precious of jewels was used as a
child's plaything, decided He to take it away and approached He
the child. (21)
Seeing the stranger cried the nurse in fear so that
Jâmbavân, that best one of the strong, when he
heard that in anger ran forward. (22)
He keeping Him for a worldly person, fought then, unaware of
who he dealt with, against Him, the Supreme Lord, his own
Master [compare 5.6:
A very furious fight ensued between the two who each tried to
win with the help of stones, trees, their arms and with weapons
as if they were two hawks fighting over some meat.
Day and night continued without interruption for twenty-eight
days the fight of fists against fists with blows hard as
With the muscles of his huge body pummeled by the blows of
Krishna's fists, perspired he, diminished in strength, all over
and addressed he Him in great amazement: (26)
'I know You, You are the life air, the physical and mental
strength of all living beings, Lord Vishnu, the Primeval
Personality, the All-powerful Supreme Controller.
You indeed are the Creator who of All Creators and the Created
of the Universe art the Essence, who of the subduers art the
Subduer, the Lord, the Soul Supreme to all the Souls
You are the One of whose little evidence of anger with Your
glances the ocean and the crocodiles and whale-eating whales
[timingilas] agitated gave way for building a
bridge; You are the one famous for setting Lankâ afire;
by Your hand fell the heads of the Râkshasa to the ground
that You cut off with Your arrows [see 9:
King, Acyuta, the lotus-eyed Supreme Lord, the son of
Devakî, then from His great compassion for His devotees
addressed the king of the bears who had understood the truth.
Touching him with the hand that bestows all blessings said He
with with a voice as deep as the [rumbling] clouds:
'O lord of the bears, We came here to the cave because of the
jewel, in order to dispel the false accusation that with this
jewel was held against Me.' (32)
Thus addressed presented he along with the jewel happily as a
respectful offering his maiden daughter named
Jâmbavatî to Krishna.
seeing S'auri who had entered the cave coming out, went the
people after waiting for twelve days unhappy back to their
Devakî, Rukminî devî, Vasudeva and all His
friends and relatives lamented over Krishna not coming out of
the cave. (35)
They, the residents of Dvârakâ sorrowfully cursed
Satrâjit and then worshiped Durgâ,
the fortune of the moon [the deity called
Candrabhâgâ] in order to retrieve Krishna.
After the worship of the goddess granted she responding to them
the benediction. Directy thereafter appeared to their great
jubilation the Lord who had achieved His purpose on the scene
together with His [new] wife. (37)
Greatly aroused on finding out that Hrishîkes'a had come
with a wife and the jewel around His neck, they all rejoiced as
if someone had risen from death. (38)
Satrâjit, summoned by the Supreme Lord to the royal
assembly, was in the presence of the king informed of the
recovery of the jewel which then was presented to him.
And he took extremely ashamed, head down, the gem and went home
leaving full of remorse about his sinful behavior.
Pondering over that evident offense thought he, apprehensive
about a conflict with the ones in power: 'How will I cleanse
myself of the contamination and how can I satisfy Acyuta? What
good should I do so that the people won't curse me for being
narrow-minded, petty, befooled and avaricious after the wealth?
I'll give the [Syamantaka-]jewel to Him as well as my
daughter, that jewel among women; that's the way to make it up
with Him and nothing else!'
intelligently deciding set Satrâjit himself to it and
presented he his fair daughter and the jewel to Krishna.
She, Satyabhâmâ, sought by many men for being
endowed with the qualities of a fine character, beauty and
magnanimity, married the Lord according the customs.
The Supreme Lord said: 'We do not desire back the jewel o King,
let it remain with you being of devotion with the godhead
[Sûrya] so that We may also be the enjoyers of