Chapter 78: Dantavakra Killed and Romaharshana Beaten with a Blade of Grass
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    Welcome, Guest · RSS 2019-07-17, 9:54 PM

    Chapter 78: Dantavakra Killed and Romaharshana Beaten with a Blade of Grass

    (1-2) S'rî S'uka said: 'As an act of friendship to the deceased, S'is'upâla, S'âlva and Paundraka who had passed on to the next world, was all by himself, on foot with a club in his hand, o great king, the wicked one [Dantavakra, see 9.24: 37] seen who infuriated in his sheer physical power made the earth tremble under his feet. (3) Seeing him coming His way took Lord Krishna quickly His club leaping down from His chariot and stopped He him in his tracks like the shore does with the sea. (4) Raising his club said the king of Karûsha besotted to Mukunda: 'What a luck, what a luck to have today the sight of You crossing my path. (5) You as our maternal cousin Krishna, having been of violence with my friends, wish to kill me; therefore, You nice guy, will I kill You with my thunderbolt club. (6) Only then, ignoramus, will I, who cares for his friends, with killing the enemy in the form of a family member that is like a disease in one's body, have paid my debt to my friends.'

    (7) Thus with harsh words harassing Krishna like one does an elephant with goads, roared he like a lion and stroke he Him with his club on the head. (8) Despite of being hit by the club did Krishna, the deliverer of the Yadus, not move an inch on the battlefield and dealt He with His Kaumodakî [His club] him a heavy blow in the middle of his chest. (9) With his heart shattered by the club vomiting blood fell he lifeless to the ground with his hair, arms and legs spread wide. (10) Then, o king, entered before all living beings to see, just as with S'is'upâla [see 10.74: 45], an amazing, very subtle light Lord Krishna. (11) Next came Vidûratha, his brother, plunged in sorrow about his relative, with sword and shield forward, breathing heavily in his desire to kill Him. (12) Of him attacking was next by Krishna with the razor-sharp edge of His cakra, o king of kings, sliced off the head complete with its helmet and earrings. (13-15) Thus having killed the for others insurmountable S'âlva and his Saubha-fortress along with Dantavakra and his younger brother Vidûratha, was He praised by gods and men, sages and the perfected, heavenly singers and scientists, the great of excellence and the dancing girls, the forefathers and the keepers of the wealth as well as the venerable and the mighty who all sang His glory showering flowers the moment He with the most eminent Vrishnis around Him entered His decorated capital. (16) It is thus that the Controller of Yoga, Krishna the Supreme Lord and Master of the Living Being is victorious; it is to those whose vision is animalistic that He seems to suffer defeat [*].

    (17) Lord Râma hearing of the preparations of the Kurus and Pândavas for battle, known as a neutral, departed saying He was going to bathe in holy places. (18) Having bathed at Prabhâsa and having honored the demigods and sages, forefathers and human beings, went He surrounded by brahmins to the Sarasvatî where she flows westward to the sea. (19-20) O son of Bharata, He visited the broad body of water of Bindu-saras, Tritakûpa, Sudars'ana, Vis'âla and Brahma-tîrtha, Cakra-tîrtha, the Sarasvatî where she flows eastward and all [the holy places] along the Yamunâ and the Ganges as well as the Naimisha forest where the rishis were involved in the performance of an elaborate sacrifice [see also 1.1: 4]. (21) Recognizing Him upon His arrival greeted they who were engaged in the sacrifice Him, properly standing up and bowing down to pay homage. (22) When He together with His entourage had been worshiped and had accepted a seat, noticed He that the disciple [Romaharshana, see also 1.4: 22] of the greatest of sages [Vyâsa] had remained seated. (23) Upon seeing that the sûta [a son of a mixed marriage of a brahmin father and kshatriya mother] who hadn't bowed down or joined his palms, was sitting higher than the rest of the learned, became the sweet Lord angry: (24) 'Because he, born a pratiloma, sits higher than these learned ones and also higher than Me, the Protector of the Religion, deserves he it to die, being so arrogant. (25-26) After as a disciple of the Lord among the sages [Vyâsa thus] in full having studied the many Itihâsas, Purânas and S'âstras about the religion, has he, not in control with himself, vainly missing the humble and not having subdued his mind thinking himself a scholarly authority, become like an actor not leading to good qualities in making a sham of them. (27) It is for this purpose indeed that I descended in this world: to annihilate those who pose as religious but factually are most sinful.'

    (28) Saying this much, was he by the Supreme Lord, because He [being on a pilgrimage] also had stopped to kill the impious, inevitable as it was, beaten with the tip of a blade of grass that He as the Master held in His hand. (29) 'Ohhh, ohhh' said all the sages and said in distress to Sankarshana deva: 'You committed an irreligious act o Master. (30) Along with a long life and freedom from physical worries have we granted him the masters seat until the sacrifice is completed, o Darling of the Yadus. (31-32) Though of course, for You, Master of Mystic Power, scriptural injunctions do not lay down the law, have You unknowingly perpetrated something that equals the destruction of a brahmin; but if for this killing of a brahmin You atone, o Purifyer of the World, will the people in general, being inspired by no other, benefit by Your example.'

    (33) The Supreme Lord said: 'I, desirous to show compassion to the common people, will perform the atonement for the damage done; please do tell Me what the prescribed ritual coming first would be. (34) Oh, please say the word, and by My mystic power I shall restore the long life, strength and sensory power you promised [him].'

    (35) The sages said: 'Please, o Râma, arrange it so that as well the potency of killing by means of Your [grass] weapon as what we said remains intact.'

    (36) The Supreme Lord said: 'The child born, so instruct the Vedas, is one's self indeed, therefore should his son [Sûta Gosvâmî, see 1.2: 1] be the speaker [of the Purâna, endowed] with a long life, strong senses and physical power [see also **]. (37) O best of sages, please tell Me what you desire, I shall do it, and again, please o intelligent ones think of what the proper atonement would be, for I have no idea.'

    (38) The rishis said: 'The fearsome demon Balvala who is Ilvala's son gets here every new moon and contaminates our sacrifice. (39) The best service to us is to defeat that sinner, o descendant of Das'ârha, who pours upon us pus, blood, feces, urine, wine and meat. (40) Thereafter should You, for twelve months doing penance, serenely travel around the land of Bhârata [India] and find purification by bathing at the holy places.'