TEXT 32
nūnaṁ batarṣiḥ sañjāto
yogeśo vā samāsa saḥ
sa eva dṛṣṭo hy utpāto
yad āhānakadundubhiḥ
SYNONYMS
nūnam—certainly; bata—O my friends; ṛṣiḥ—a great saintly person; sañjātaḥ—has become; yoga-īśaḥ—a master of mystic power; —or; samāsa—has become; saḥ—he (Vasudeva); saḥ—that; eva—indeed; dṛṣṭaḥ—has been seen (by us); hi—because; utpātaḥ—kind of disturbance; yat—that which; āha—predicted; ānakadundubhiḥ—Ānakadundubhi (another name of Vasudeva).
TRANSLATION
Nanda Mahārāja and the other gopas exclaimed: My dear friends, you must know that Ānakadundubhi, Vasudeva, has become a great saint or a master of mystic power. Otherwise how could he have foreseen this calamity and predicted it to us?
PURPORT
This verse illustrates the difference between kṣatriyas and innocent vaiśyas. By studying the political situation, Vasudeva could see what would happen, whereas Nanda Mahārāja, the king of the agriculturalists, could only guess that Vasudeva was a great saintly person and had developed mystic powers. Vasudeva actually had all mystic powers under his control; otherwise he could not have become the father of Kṛṣṇa. But in fact he foresaw the calamities in Vraja by studying Kaṁsa’s political activities and thus warned Nanda Mahārāja to take precautions, although Nanda Mahārāja thought that Vasudeva had predicted this incident through wonderful mystic powers. By mystic powers gained through the practice of haṭha-yoga, one can study and understand the future.

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