Chapter Thirteen
Description of the Descendants of Dhruva Mahārāja
TEXT 1
sūta uvāca
niśamya kauṣāraviṇopavarṇitaṁ
dhruvasya vaikuṇṭha-padādhirohaṇam
prarūḍha-bhāvo bhagavaty adhokṣaje
praṣṭuṁ punas taṁ viduraḥ pracakrame
SYNONYMS
sūtaḥ uvācaSūta Gosvāmī said; niśamya—after hearing; kauṣāraviṇā—by the sage Maitreya; upavarṇitam—described; dhruvasya—of Mahārāja Dhruva; vaikuṇṭha-pada—to the abode of Viṣṇu; adhirohaṇam—ascent; prarūḍha—increased; bhāvaḥ—devotional emotion; bhagavati—unto the Supreme Personality of Godhead; adhokṣaje—who is beyond the reach of direct perception; praṣṭum—to inquire; punaḥ—again; tam—unto Maitreya; viduraḥVidura; pracakrame—attempted.
TRANSLATION
Sūta Gosvāmī, continuing to speak to all the ṛṣis, headed by Śaunaka, said: After hearing Maitreya Ṛṣi describe Dhruva Mahārāja’s ascent to Lord Viṣṇu’s abode, Vidura became very much enlightened in devotional emotion, and he inquired from Maitreya as follows.
PURPORT
As evidenced in the topics between Vidura and Maitreya, the activities of the Supreme Personality of Godhead and the devotees are so fascinating that neither the devotee who is describing them nor the devotee who is hearing is at all fatigued by the inquiries and answers. Transcendental subject matter is so nice that no one becomes tired of hearing or speaking. Others, who are not devotees, may think, “How can people devote so much time simply to talks of God?” But devotees are never satisfied or satiated in hearing and speaking about the Supreme Personality of Godhead or about His devotees. The more they hear and talk, the more they become enthusiastic to hear. The chanting of the Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra is simply the repetition of three words, Hare, Kṛṣṇa and Rāma, but still devotees can go on chanting this Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra twenty-four hours a day without feeling fatigued.
TEXT 2
vidura uvāca
ke te pracetaso nāma
kasyāpatyāni suvrata
kasyānvavāye prakhyātāḥ
kutra vā satram āsata
SYNONYMS
viduraḥ uvācaVidura inquired; ke—who were; te—they; pracetasaḥ—the Pracetās; nāma—of the name; kasya—whose; apatyāni—sons; su-vrata—O Maitreya, who have taken an auspicious vow; kasya—whose; anvavāye—in the family; prakhyātāḥ—famous; kutra—where; —also; satram—the sacrifice; āsata—was performed.
TRANSLATION
Vidura inquired from Maitreya: O greatly advanced devotee, who were the Pracetās? To which family did they belong? Whose sons were they, and where did they perform the great sacrifices?
PURPORT
The great Nārada’s singing, in the previous chapter, of three verses in the sacrificial arena of the Pracetās gave another impetus to Vidura to ask further questions.
TEXT 3
manye mahā-bhāgavataṁ
nāradaṁ deva-darśanam
yena proktaḥ kriyā-yogaḥ
paricaryā-vidhir hareḥ
SYNONYMS
manye—I think; mahā-bhāgavatam—the greatest of all devotees; nāradam—the sage Nārada; deva—the Supreme Personality of Godhead; darśanam—who met; yena—by whom; proktaḥ—spoken; kriyā-yogaḥ—devotional service; paricaryā—for rendering service; vidhiḥ—the procedure; hareḥ—to the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
TRANSLATION
Vidura continued: I know that the great sage Nārada is the greatest of all devotees. He has compiled the pāñcarātrika procedure of devotional service and has directly met the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
PURPORT
There are two different ways of approaching the Supreme Lord. One is called bhāgavata-mārga, or the way of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, and the other is called pāñcarātrika-vidhi. Pāñcarātrika-vidhi is the method of temple worship, and bhāgavata-vidhi is the system of nine processes which begin with hearing and chanting. The Kṛṣṇa conscious movement accepts both processes simultaneously and thus enables one to make steady progress on the path of realization of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. This pāñcarātrika procedure was first introduced by the great sage Nārada, as referred to here by Vidura.
TEXT 4
sva-dharma-śīlaiḥ puruṣair
bhagavān yajña-pūruṣaḥ
ijyamāno bhaktimatā
nāradeneritaḥ kila
SYNONYMS
sva-dharma-śīlaiḥ—executing sacrificial duties; puruṣaiḥ—by the men; bhagavān—the Supreme Personality of Godhead; yajña-pūruṣaḥ—the enjoyer of all sacrifices; ijyamānaḥ—being worshiped; bhaktimatā—by the devotee; nāradena—by Nārada; īritaḥ—described; kila—indeed.
TRANSLATION
While all the Pracetās were executing religious rituals and sacrificial ceremonies and thus worshiping the Supreme Personality of Godhead for His satisfaction, the great sage Nārada described the transcendental qualities of Dhruva Mahārāja.
PURPORT
Nārada Muni is always glorifying the pastimes of the Lord. In this verse we see that not only does he glorify the Lord, but he also likes to glorify the devotees of the Lord. The great sage Nārada’s mission is to broadcast the devotional service of the Lord. For this purpose he has compiled the Nārada-pañcarātra, a directory of devotional service, so that devotees can always take information about how to execute devotional service and thus engage twenty-four hours a day in performing sacrifices for the pleasure of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. As stated in the Bhagavad-gītā, the Lord has created four orders of social life, namely brāhmaṇa, kṣatriya, vaiśya and śūdra. In the Nārada-pañcarātra it is very clearly described how each of the social orders can please the Supreme Lord. In the Bhagavad-gītā (18.45) it is stated, sve sve karmaṇy abhirataḥ saṁsiddhiṁ labhate naraḥ: by executing one’s prescribed duties one can please the Supreme Lord. In the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (1.2.13) also it is stated, svanuṣṭhitasya dharmasya saṁsiddhir hari-toṣaṇam: the perfection of duty is to see that by discharging one’s specific duties one satisfies the Supreme Personality of Godhead. When the Pracetās were performing sacrifices according to this direction, Nārada Muni was satisfied to see these activities, and he also wanted to glorify Dhruva Mahārāja in that sacrificial arena.
TEXT 5
yās tā devarṣiṇā tatra
varṇitā bhagavat-kathāḥ
mahyaṁ śuśrūṣave brahman
kārtsnyenācaṣṭum arhasi
SYNONYMS
yāḥ—which; tāḥ—all those; devarṣiṇā—by the great sage Nārada; tatra—there; varṇitāḥ—narrated; bhagavat-kathāḥ—preachings pertaining to the activities of the Lord; mahyam—unto me; śuśrūṣave—very eager to hear; brahman—my dear brāhmaṇa; kārtsnyena—fully; ācaṣṭum arhasi—kindly explain.
TRANSLATION
My dear brāhmaṇa, how did Nārada Muni glorify the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and what pastimes were described in that meeting? I am very eager to hear of them. Kindly explain fully about that glorification of the Lord.
PURPORT
Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam is the record of bhagavat-kathā, topics about the pastimes of the Lord. What Vidura was anxious to hear from Maitreya we can also hear five thousand years later, provided we are very eager.
TEXT 6
maitreya uvāca
dhruvasya cotkalaḥ putraḥ
pitari prasthite vanam
sārvabhauma-śriyaṁ naicchad
adhirājāsanaṁ pituḥ
SYNONYMS
maitreyaḥ uvāca—the great sage Maitreya said; dhruvasya—of Dhruva Mahārāja; ca—also; utkalaḥUtkala; putraḥ—son; pitari—after the father; prasthite—departed; vanam—for the forest; sārva-bhauma—including all lands; śriyam—opulence; na aicchat—did not desire; adhirāja—royal; āsanam—throne; pituḥ—of the father.
TRANSLATION
The great sage Maitreya replied: My dear Vidura, when Mahārāja Dhruva departed for the forest, his son, Utkala, did not desire to accept the opulent throne of his father, which was meant for the ruler of all the lands of this planet.
TEXT 7
sa janmanopaśāntātmā
niḥsaṅgaḥ sama-darśanaḥ
dadarśa loke vitatam
ātmānaṁ lokam ātmani
SYNONYMS
saḥ—his son Utkala; janmanā—from the very beginning of his birth; upaśānta—very well satisfied; ātmā—soul; niḥsaṅgaḥ—without attachment; sama-darśanaḥ—equipoised; dadarśa—saw; loke—in the world; vitatam—spread; ātmānam—the Supersoul; lokam—all the world; ātmani—in the Supersoul.
TRANSLATION
From his very birth, Utkala was fully satisfied and unattached to the world. He was equipoised, for he could see everything resting in the Supersoul and the Supersoul present in everyone’s heart.
PURPORT
The symptoms and characteristics of Utkala, the son of Mahārāja Dhruva, are those of a mahā-bhāgavata. As stated in the Bhagavad-gītā (6.30), yo māṁ paśyati sarvatra sarvaṁ ca mayi paśyati: a highly advanced devotee sees the Supreme Personality of Godhead everywhere, and he also sees everything resting in the Supreme. It is also confirmed in the Bhagavad-gītā (9.4), mayā tatam idaṁ sarvaṁ jagad avyakta-mūrtinā: Lord Kṛṣṇa is spread all over the universe in His impersonal feature. Everything is resting on Him, but that does not mean that everything is He Himself. A highly advanced mahā-bhāgavata devotee sees in this spirit: he sees the same Supersoul, Paramātmā, existing within everyone’s heart, regardless of discrimination based on the different material forms of the living entities. He sees everyone as part and parcel of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The mahā-bhāgavata, who experiences the Supreme Godhead’s presence everywhere, is never missing from the sight of the Supreme Lord, nor is the Supreme Lord ever lost from his sight. This is possible only when one is advanced in love of Godhead.
TEXTS 8–9
ātmānaṁ brahma nirvāṇaṁ
pratyastamita-vigraham
avabodha-rasaikātmyam
ānandam anusantatam
avyavacchinna-yogāgni-
dagdha-karma-malāśayaḥ
svarūpam avarundhāno
nātmano ’nyaṁ tadaikṣata
SYNONYMS
ātmānam—self; brahma—spirit; nirvāṇam—extinction of material existence; pratyastamita—ceased; vigraham—separation; avabodha-rasa—by the mellow of knowledge; eka-ātmyam—oneness; ānandam—bliss; anusantatam—expanded; avyavacchinna—continuous; yoga—by practice of yoga; agni—by the fire; dagdha—burned; karma—fruitive desires; mala—dirty; āśayaḥ—in his mind; svarūpam—constitutional position; avarundhānaḥ—realizing; na—not; ātmanaḥ—than the Supreme Soul; anyam—anything else; tadā—then; aikṣata—saw.
TRANSLATION
By expansion of his knowledge of the Supreme Brahman, he had already attained liberation from the bondage of the body. This liberation is known as nirvāṇa. He was situated in transcendental bliss, and he continued always in that blissful existence, which expanded more and more. This was possible for him by continual practice of bhakti-yoga, which is compared to fire because it burns away all dirty, material things. He was always situated in his constitutional position of self-realization, and he could not see anything else but the Supreme Lord and himself engaged in discharging devotional service.
PURPORT
These two verses explain the verse in the Bhagavad-gītā (18.54):
“One who is transcendentally situated at once realizes the Supreme Brahman and becomes fully joyful. He never laments nor desires to have anything. He is equally disposed towards every living entity. In that state he achieves pure devotional service unto Me.” This is also explained by Lord Caitanya in His Śikṣāṣṭaka in the beginning of the first verse:
The bhakti-yoga system is the topmost yoga system, and in this system the chanting of the holy name of the Lord is the foremost performance of devotional service. By chanting the holy name one can attain the perfection of nirvāṇa, or liberation from material existence, and so increase one’s blissful life of spiritual existence as described by Lord Caitanya (ānandāmbudhi-vardhanam). When one is situated in that position, he no longer has any interest in material opulence or even a royal throne and sovereignty over the whole planet. This situation is called viraktir anyatra syāt. It is the result of devotional service.
The more one makes advancement in devotional service, the more one becomes detached from material opulence and material activity. This is the spiritual nature, full of bliss. This is also described in Bhagavad-gītā (2.59). Paraṁ dṛṣṭvā nivartate: one ceases to take part in material enjoyment upon tasting superior, blissful life in spiritual existence. By advancement in spiritual knowledge, which is considered to be like blazing fire, all material desires are burned to ashes. The perfection of mystic yoga is possible when one is continuously in connection with the Supreme Personality of Godhead by discharging devotional service. A devotee is always thinking of the Supreme Person at every step of his life. Every conditioned soul is full of the reactions of his past life, but all dirty things are immediately burned to ashes if one simply executes devotional service. This is described in the Nārada-pañcarātra: sarvopādhi-vinirmuktaṁ tat-paratvena nirmalam [Cc. Madhya 19.170].
TEXT 10
jaḍāndha-badhironmatta-
mūkākṛtir atan-matiḥ
lakṣitaḥ pathi bālānāṁ
praśāntārcir ivānalaḥ
SYNONYMS
jaḍa—foolish; andha—blind; badhira—deaf; unmattamad; mūka—dumb; ākṛtiḥ—appearance; a-tat—not like that; matiḥ—his intelligence; lakṣitaḥ—he was seen; pathi—on the road; bālānām—by the less intelligent; praśānta—calmed; arciḥ—with flames; iva—like; analaḥ—fire.
TRANSLATION
Utkala appeared to the less intelligent persons on the road to be foolish, blind, dumb, deaf and mad, although actually he was not so. He remained like fire covered with ashes, without blazing flames.
PURPORT
In order to avoid contradiction, botheration and unfavorable situations created by materialistic persons, a great saintly person like Jaḍa Bharata or Utkala remains silent. The less intelligent consider such saintly persons to be mad, deaf or dumb. Factually, an advanced devotee avoids speaking with persons who are not in devotional life, but to those who are in devotional life he speaks in friendship, and he speaks to the innocent for their enlightenment. For all practical purposes, the whole world is full of nondevotees, and so one kind of very advanced devotee is called bhajanānandī. Those who are goṣṭhy-ānandī, however, preach to increase the number of devotees. But even such preachers also avoid opposing elements who are unfavorably disposed towards spiritual life.
TEXT 11
matvā taṁ jaḍam unmattaṁ
kula-vṛddhāḥ samantriṇaḥ
vatsaraṁ bhūpatiṁ cakrur
yavīyāṁsaṁ bhrameḥ sutam
SYNONYMS
matvā—thinking; tamUtkala; jaḍam—without intelligence; unmattammad; kula-vṛddhāḥ—the elderly members of the family; samantriṇaḥ—with the ministers; vatsaramVatsara; bhū-patim—ruler of the world; cakruḥ—they made; yavīyāṁsam—younger; bhrameḥ—of Bhrami; sutam—son.
TRANSLATION
For this reason the ministers and all the elderly members of the family thought Utkala to be without intelligence and, in fact, mad. Thus his younger brother, named Vatsara, the son of Bhrami, was elevated to the royal throne, and he became king of the world.
PURPORT
It appears that although there was monarchy, it was not at all an autocracy. There were senior family members and ministers who could make changes and elect the proper person to the throne, although the throne could be occupied only by the royal family. In modern days also, wherever there is monarchy, sometimes the ministers and elderly members of the family select one member from the royal family to occupy the throne in preference to another.
TEXT 12
svarvīthir vatsarasyeṣṭā
bhāryāsūta ṣaḍ-ātmajān
puṣpārṇaṁ tigmaketuṁ ca
iṣam ūrjaṁ vasuṁ jayam
SYNONYMS
svarvīthiḥ—Svarvīthi; vatsarasya—of King Vatsara; iṣṭā—very dear; bhāryā—wife; asūta—gave birth to; ṣaṭ—six; ātmajān—sons; puṣpārṇam—Puṣpārṇa; tigmaketum—Tigmaketu; ca—also; iṣamIṣa; ūrjam—Ūrja; vasumVasu; jayamJaya.
TRANSLATION
King Vatsara had a very dear wife whose name was Svarvīthi, and she gave birth to six sons, named Puṣpārṇa, Tigmaketu, Iṣa, Ūrja, Vasu and Jaya.
PURPORT
Vatsara’s wife is mentioned here as iṣṭā, which means “worshipable.” In other words, it appears that Vatsara’s wife had all good qualities; for example, she was always very faithful and obedient and affectionate to her husband. She had all good qualities for managing household affairs. If both the husband and wife are endowed with good qualities and live peacefully, then nice children take birth, and thus the whole family is happy and prosperous.
TEXT 13
puṣpārṇasya prabhā bhāryā
doṣā ca dve babhūvatuḥ
prātar madhyandinaṁ sāyam
iti hy āsan prabhā-sutāḥ
SYNONYMS
puṣpārṇasya—of Puṣpārṇa; prabhāPrabhā; bhāryā—wife; doṣāDoṣā; ca—also; dve—two; babhūvatuḥ—were; prātaḥ—Prātar; madhyandinamMadhyandinam; sāyamSāyam; iti—thus; hi—certainly; āsan—were; prabhā-sutāḥ—sons of Prabhā.
TRANSLATION
Puṣpārṇa had two wives, named Prabhā and Doṣā. Prabhā had three sons, named Prātar, Madhyandinam and Sāyam.
TEXT 14
pradoṣo niśitho vyuṣṭa
iti doṣā-sutās trayaḥ
vyuṣṭaḥ sutaṁ puṣkariṇyāṁ
sarvatejasam ādadhe
SYNONYMS
pradoṣaḥ—Pradoṣa; niśithaḥNiśitha; vyuṣṭaḥ—Vyuṣṭa; iti—thus; doṣā—of Doṣā; sutāḥ—sons; trayaḥ—three; vyuṣṭaḥ—Vyuṣṭa; sutam—son; puṣkariṇyām—in Puṣkariṇī; sarva-tejasam—named Sarvatejā (all-powerful); ādadhe—begot.
TRANSLATION
Doṣā had three sons—Pradoṣa, Niśitha and Vyuṣṭa. Vyuṣṭa’s wife was named Puṣkariṇī, and she gave birth to a very powerful son named Sarvatejā.
TEXTS 15–16
sa cakṣuḥ sutam ākūtyāṁ
patnyāṁ manum avāpa ha
manor asūta mahiṣī
virajān naḍvalā sutān
puruṁ kutsaṁ tritaṁ dyumnaṁ
satyavantam ṛtaṁ vratam
agniṣṭomam atīrātraṁ
pradyumnaṁ śibim ulmukam
SYNONYMS
saḥ—he (Sarvatejā); cakṣuḥ—named Cakṣuḥ; sutam—son; ākūtyām—in Ākūti; patnyām—wife; manumCākṣuṣa Manu; avāpa—obtained; ha—indeed; manoḥ—of Manu; asūta—gave birth to; mahiṣī—queen; virajān—without passion; naḍvalāNaḍvalā; sutān—sons; purumPuru; kutsam—Kutsa; tritam—Trita; dyumnam—Dyumna; satyavantam—Satyavān; ṛtam—Ṛta; vratamVrata; agniṣṭomam—Agniṣṭoma; atīrātram—Atīrātra; pradyumnamPradyumna; śibim—Śibi; ulmukamUlmuka.
TRANSLATION
Sarvatejā’s wife, Ākūti, gave birth to a son named Cākṣuṣa, who became the sixth Manu at the end of the Manu millennium. Naḍvalā, the wife of Cākṣuṣa Manu, gave birth to the following faultless sons: Puru, Kutsa, Trita, Dyumna, Satyavān, Ṛta, Vrata, Agniṣṭoma, Atīrātra, Pradyumna, Śibi and Ulmuka.
TEXT 17
ulmuko ’janayat putrān
puṣkariṇyāṁ ṣaḍ uttamān
aṅgaṁ sumanasaṁ khyātiṁ
kratum aṅgirasaṁ gayam
SYNONYMS
ulmukaḥUlmuka; ajanayat—begot; putrān—sons; puṣkariṇyām—in Puṣkariṇī, his wife; ṣaṭ—six; uttamān—very good; aṅgamAṅga; sumanasam—Sumanā; khyātimKhyāti; kratumKratu; aṅgirasam—Aṅgirā; gayamGaya.
TRANSLATION
Of the twelve sons, Ulmuka begot six sons in his wife Puṣkariṇī. They were all very good sons, and their names were Aṅga, Sumanā, Khyāti, Kratu, Aṅgirā and Gaya.
TEXT 18
sunīthāṅgasya yā patnī
suṣuve venam ulbaṇam
yad-dauḥśīlyāt sa rājarṣir
nirviṇṇo niragāt purāt
SYNONYMS
sunīthāSunīthā; aṅgasya—of Aṅga; —she who; patnī—the wife; suṣuve—gave birth to; venamVena; ulbaṇam—very crooked; yat—whose; dauḥśīlyāt—on account of bad character; saḥ—he; rāja-ṛṣiḥ—the saintly King Aṅga; nirviṇṇaḥ—very disappointed; niragāt—went out; purāt—from home.
TRANSLATION
The wife of Aṅga, Sunīthā, gave birth to a son named Vena, who was very crooked. The saintly King Aṅga was very disappointed with Vena’s bad character, and he left home and kingdom and went out to the forest.
TEXTS 19–20
yam aṅga śepuḥ kupitā
vāg-vajrā munayaḥ kila
gatāsos tasya bhūyas te
mamanthur dakṣiṇaṁ karam
arājake tadā loke
dasyubhiḥ pīḍitāḥ prajāḥ
jāto nārāyaṇāṁśena
pṛthur ādyaḥ kṣitīśvaraḥ
SYNONYMS
yam—him (Vena) whom; aṅga—my dear Vidura; śepuḥ—they cursed; kupitāḥ—being angry; vāk-vajrāḥ—whose words are as strong as a thunderbolt; munayaḥ—great sages; kila—indeed; gata-asoḥ tasya—after he died; bhūyaḥ—moreover; te—they; mamanthuḥ—churned; dakṣiṇam—right; karam—hand; arājake—being without a king; tadā—then; loke—the world; dasyubhiḥ—by rogues and thieves; pīḍitāḥ—suffering; prajāḥ—all the citizens; jātaḥ—advented; nārāyaṇa—of the Supreme Personality of Godhead; aṁśena—by a partial representation; pṛthuḥPṛthu; ādyaḥ—original; kṣiti-īśvaraḥ—ruler of the world.
TRANSLATION
My dear Vidura, when great sages curse, their words are as invincible as a thunderbolt. Thus when they cursed King Vena out of anger, he died. After his death, since there was no king, all the rogues and thieves flourished, the kingdom became unregulated, and all the citizens suffered greatly. On seeing this, the great sages took the right hand of Vena as a churning rod, and as a result of their churning, Lord Viṣṇu in His partial representation made His advent as King Pṛthu, the original emperor of the world.
PURPORT
Monarchy is better than democracy because if the monarchy is very strong the regulative principles within the kingdom are upheld very nicely. Even one hundred years ago in the state of Kashmir in India, the king was so strong that if a thief were arrested in his kingdom and brought before him, the king would immediately chop off the hands of the thief. As a result of this severe punishment there were practically no theft cases within the kingdom. Even if someone left something on the street, no one would touch it. The rule was that the things could be taken away only by the proprietor and that no one else would touch them. In the so-called democracy, wherever there is a theft case the police come and take note of the case, but generally the thief is never caught, nor is any punishment offered to him. As a result of incapable government, at the present moment thieves, rogues and cheaters are very prominent all over the world.
TEXT 21
vidura uvāca
tasya śīla-nidheḥ sādhor
brahmaṇyasya mahātmanaḥ
rājñaḥ katham abhūd duṣṭā
prajā yad vimanā yayau
SYNONYMS
viduraḥ uvācaVidura said; tasya—of him (Aṅga); śīla-nidheḥ—reservoir of good characteristics; sādhoḥ—saintly person; brahmaṇyasya—lover of brahminical culture; mahātmanaḥ—great soul; rājñaḥ—of the king; katham—how; abhūt—it was; duṣṭā—bad; prajā—son; yat—by which; vimanāḥ—being indifferent; yayau—he left.
TRANSLATION
Vidura inquired from the sage Maitreya: My dear brāhmaṇa, King Aṅga was very gentle. He had high character and was a saintly personality and lover of brahminical culture. How is it that such a great soul got a bad son like Vena, because of whom he became indifferent to his kingdom and left it?
PURPORT
In family life a man is supposed to live happily with father, mother, wife and children, but sometimes, under certain conditions, a father, mother, child or wife becomes an enemy. It is said by Cāṇakya Paṇḍita that a father is an enemy when he is too much in debt, a mother is an enemy if she marries for a second time, a wife is an enemy when she is very beautiful, and a son is an enemy when he is a foolish rascal. In this way, when a family member becomes an enemy it is very difficult to live in family life or remain a householder. Generally such situations occur in the material world. Therefore according to Vedic culture one has to take leave of his family members just after his fiftieth year so that the balance of his life may be completely devoted in search of Kṛṣṇa consciousness.
TEXT 22
kiṁ vāṁho vena uddiśya
brahma-daṇḍam ayūyujan
daṇḍa-vrata-dhare rājñi
munayo dharma-kovidāḥ
SYNONYMS
kim—why; —also; aṁhaḥ—sinful activities; vene—unto Vena; uddiśya—seeing; brahma-daṇḍam—the curse of a brāhmaṇa; ayūyujan—they desired to award; daṇḍa-vrata-dhare—who carries the rod of punishment; rājñi—unto the king; munayaḥ—the great sages; dharma-kovidāḥ—completely conversant with religious principles.
TRANSLATION
Vidura also inquired: How is it that the great sages, who were completely conversant with religious principles, desired to curse King Vena, who himself carried the rod of punishment, and thus awarded him the greatest punishment [brahma-śāpa]?
PURPORT
It is understood that the king is able to give punishment to everyone, but in this case it appears that the great sages punished him. The king must have done something very serious, otherwise how could the great sages, who were supposed to be the greatest and most tolerant, still punish him in spite of their elevated religious consciousness? It appears also that the king was not independent of the brahminical culture. Above the king was the control of the brāhmaṇas, and if needed the brāhmaṇas would dethrone the king or kill him, not with any weapon, but with the mantra of a brahma-śāpa. The brāhmaṇas were so powerful that simply by their cursing one would immediately die.
TEXT 23
nāvadhyeyaḥ prajā-pālaḥ
prajābhir aghavān api
yad asau loka-pālānāṁ
bibharty ojaḥ sva-tejasā
SYNONYMS
na—never; avadhyeyaḥ—to be insulted; prajā-pālaḥ—the king; prajābhiḥ—by the citizens; aghavān—ever sinful; api—even though; yat—because; asau—he; loka-pālānām—of many kings; bibharti—maintains; ojaḥ—prowess; sva-tejasā—by personal influence.
TRANSLATION
It is the duty of all citizens in a state never to insult the king, even though he sometimes appears to have done something very sinful. Because of his prowess, the king is always more influential than all other ruling chiefs.
PURPORT
According to Vedic civilization the king is supposed to be the representative of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. He is called nara-nārāyaṇa, indicating that Nārāyaṇa, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, appears in human society as the king. It is etiquette that neither a brāhmaṇa nor a kṣatriya king is ever insulted by the citizens; even though a king appears to be sinful, the citizens should not insult him. But in the case of Vena it appears that he was cursed by the nara-devatās; therefore, it was concluded that his sinful activities were very grievous.
TEXT 24
etad ākhyāhi me brahman
sunīthātmaja-ceṣṭitam
śraddadhānāya bhaktāya
tvaṁ parāvara-vittamaḥ
SYNONYMS
etat—all these; ākhyāhi—please describe; me—unto me; brahman—O great brāhmaṇa; sunīthā-ātmaja—of the son of Sunīthā, Vena; ceṣṭitam—activities; śraddadhānāya—faithful; bhaktāya—unto your devotee; tvam—you; para-avara—with past and future; vit-tamaḥ—well conversant.
TRANSLATION
Vidura requested Maitreya: My dear brāhmaṇa, you are well conversant with all subjects, both past and future. Therefore I wish to hear from you all the activities of King Vena. I am your faithful devotee, so please explain this.
PURPORT
Vidura accepted Maitreya as his spiritual master. A disciple always inquires from the spiritual master, and the spiritual master answers the question, provided the disciple is very gentle and devoted. Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura said that by the mercy of the spiritual master one is blessed with the mercy of the Supreme Lord. The spiritual master is not inclined to disclose all the secrets of transcendental science unless the disciple is very submissive and devoted. As stated in the Bhagavad-gītā, the process of receiving knowledge from the spiritual master entails submission, inquiry and service.
TEXT 25
maitreya uvāca
aṅgo ’śvamedhaṁ rājarṣir
ājahāra mahā-kratum
nājagmur devatās tasminn
āhūtā brahma-vādibhiḥ
SYNONYMS
maitreyaḥ uvāca—Maitreya answered; aṅgaḥ—King Aṅga; aśvamedhamaśvamedha sacrifice; rāja-ṛṣiḥ—the saintly king; ājahāra—executed; mahā-kratum—great sacrifice; na—not; ājagmuḥ—came; devatāḥ—the demigods; tasmin—in that sacrifice; āhūtāḥ—being invited; brahma-vādibhiḥ—by the brāhmaṇas expert in executing sacrifices.
TRANSLATION
Śrī Maitreya replied: My dear Vidura, once the great King Aṅga arranged to perform the great sacrifice known as aśvamedha. All the expert brāhmaṇas present knew how to invite the demigods, but in spite of their efforts, no demigods participated or appeared in that sacrifice.
PURPORT
A Vedic sacrifice is not an ordinary performance. The demigods used to participate in such sacrifices, and the animals sacrificed in such performances were reincarnated with new life. In this age of Kali there are no powerful brāhmaṇas who can invite the demigods or give renewed life to animals. Formerly, the brāhmaṇas well conversant in Vedic mantras could show the potency of the mantras, but in this age, because there are no such brāhmaṇas, all such sacrifices are forbidden. The sacrifice in which horses were offered was called aśvamedha. Sometimes cows were sacrificed (gavālambha), not for eating purposes, but to give them new life in order to show the potency of the mantra. In this age, therefore, the only practical yajña is saṅkīrtana-yajña, or chanting of the Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra twenty-four hours a day.
TEXT 26
tam ūcur vismitās tatra
yajamānam athartvijaḥ
havīṁṣi hūyamānāni
na te gṛhṇanti devatāḥ
SYNONYMS
tam—unto King Aṅga; ūcuḥ—said; vismitāḥ—in wonder; tatra—there; yajamānam—to the institutor of the sacrifice; atha—then; ṛtvijaḥ—the priests; havīṁṣi—offerings of clarified butter; hūyamānāni—being offered; na—not; te—they; gṛhṇanti—accept; devatāḥ—the demigods.
TRANSLATION
The priests engaged in the sacrifice then informed King Aṅga: O King, we are properly offering the clarified butter in the sacrifice, but despite all our efforts the demigods do not accept it.
TEXT 27
rājan havīṁṣy aduṣṭāni
śraddhayāsāditāni te
chandāṁsy ayāta-yāmāni
yojitāni dhṛta-vrataiḥ
SYNONYMS
rājan—O King; havīṁṣi—sacrificial offerings; aduṣṭāni—not polluted; śraddhayā—with great faith and care; āsāditāni—collected; te—your; chandāṁsi—the mantras; ayāta-yāmāni—not deficient; yojitāni—properly executed; dhṛta-vrataiḥ—by qualified brāhmaṇas.
TRANSLATION
O King, we know that the paraphernalia to perform the sacrifice is well collected by you with great faith and care and is not polluted. Our chanting of the Vedic hymns is also not deficient in any way, for all the brāhmaṇas and priests present here are expert and are executing the performances properly.
PURPORT
It is the practice of the brāhmaṇas conversant with the science to pronounce a Vedic mantra in the right accent. The combination of the mantra and Sanskrit words must be chanted with the right pronunciation, otherwise it will not be successful. In this age the brāhmaṇas are neither well versed in the Sanskrit language nor very pure in practical life. But by chanting the Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra one can attain the highest benefit of sacrificial performances. Even if the Hare Kṛṣṇa mantra is not chanted properly, it still has so much potency that the chanter gains the effect.
TEXT 28
na vidāmeha devānāṁ
helanaṁ vayam aṇv api
yan na gṛhṇanti bhāgān svān
ye devāḥ karma-sākṣiṇaḥ
SYNONYMS
na—not; vidāma—can find; iha—in this connection; devānām—of the demigods; helanam—insult, neglect; vayam—we; aṇu—minute; api—even; yat—because of which; na—not; gṛhṇanti—accept; bhāgān—shares; svān—own; ye—who; devāḥ—the demigods; karma-sākṣiṇaḥ—witnesses for the sacrifice.
TRANSLATION
Dear King, we do not find any reason that the demigods should feel insulted or neglected in any way, but still the demigods who are witnesses for the sacrifice do not accept their shares. We do not know why this is so.
PURPORT
It is indicated herein that if there is negligence on the part of the priest, the demigods do not accept their share in sacrifices. Similarly, in devotional service there are offenses known as sevā-aparādha. Those who are engaged in worshiping the Deity, Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa, in the temple, should avoid such offenses in service. The offenses in service are described in The Nectar of Devotion. If we simply make a show of offering services to the Deity but do not care for the sevā-aparādha, certainly the Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa Deity will not accept offerings from such nondevotees. Devotees engaged in temple worship should not, therefore, manufacture their own methods, but should strictly follow the regulative principles of cleanliness, and then offerings will be accepted.
TEXT 29
maitreya uvāca
aṅgo dvija-vacaḥ śrutvā
yajamānaḥ sudurmanāḥ
tat praṣṭuṁ vyasṛjad vācaṁ
sadasyāṁs tad-anujñayā
SYNONYMS
maitreyaḥ uvāca—the great sage Maitreya answered; aṅgaḥ—King Aṅga; dvija-vacaḥ—the brāhmaṇas’ words; śrutvā—after hearing; yajamānaḥ—the performer of the sacrifice; sudurmanāḥ—very much aggrieved in mind; tat—about that; praṣṭum—in order to inquire; vyasṛjat vācam—he spoke; sadasyān—to the priests; tat—their; anujñayā—taking permission.
TRANSLATION
Maitreya explained that King Aṅga, after hearing the statements of the priests, was greatly aggrieved. At that time he took permission from the priests to break his silence and inquired from all the priests who were present in the sacrificial arena.
TEXT 30
nāgacchanty āhutā devā
na gṛhṇanti grahān iha
sadasas-patayo brūta
kim avadyaṁ mayā kṛtam
SYNONYMS
na—not; āgacchanti—are coming; āhutāḥ—being invited; devāḥ—the demigods; na—not; gṛhṇanti—are accepting; grahān—shares; iha—in the sacrifice; sadasaḥ-patayaḥ—my dear priests; brūta—kindly tell me; kim—what; avadyam—offense; mayā—by me; kṛtam—was committed.
TRANSLATION
King Aṅga addressed the priestly order: My dear priests, kindly tell me what offense I have committed. Although invited, the demigods are neither taking part in the sacrifice nor accepting their shares.
TEXT 31
sadasas-pataya ūcuḥ
nara-deveha bhavato
nāghaṁ tāvan manāk sthitam
asty ekaṁ prāktanam aghaṁ
yad ihedṛk tvam aprajaḥ
SYNONYMS
sadasaḥ-patayaḥ ūcuḥ—the head priests said; nara-deva—O King; iha—in this life; bhavataḥ—of you; na—not; agham—sinful activity; tāvat manāk—even very slight; sthitam—situated; asti—there is; ekam—one; prāktanam—in the previous birth; agham—sinful activity; yat—by which; iha—in this life; īdṛk—like this; tvam—you; aprajaḥ—without any son.
TRANSLATION
The head priests said: O King, in this life we do not find any sinful activity, even within your mind, so you are not in the least offensive. But we can see that in your previous life you performed sinful activities due to which, in spite of your having all qualifications, you have no son.
PURPORT
The purpose of marrying is to beget a son, because a son is necessary to deliver his father and forefathers from any hellish conditional life in which they may be. Cāṇakya Paṇḍita therefore says, putra-hīnaṁ gṛhaṁ śūnyam: without a son, married life is simply abominable. King Aṅga was a very pious king in this life, but because of his previous sinful activity he could not get a son. It is concluded, therefore, that if a person does not get a son it is due to his past sinful life.
TEXT 32
tathā sādhaya bhadraṁ te
ātmānaṁ suprajaṁ nṛpa
iṣṭas te putra-kāmasya
putraṁ dāsyati yajña-bhuk
SYNONYMS
tathā—therefore; sādhaya—execute the sacrifice to get; bhadram—good fortune; te—to you; ātmānam—your own; su-prajam—good son; nṛpa—O King; iṣṭaḥ—being worshiped; te—by you; putra-kāmasya—desiring to have a son; putram—a son; dāsyati—He will deliver; yajña-bhuk—the Lord, the enjoyer of the sacrifice.
TRANSLATION
O King, we wish all good fortune for you. You have no son, but if you pray at once to the Supreme Lord and ask for a son, and if you execute the sacrifice for that purpose, the enjoyer of the sacrifice, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, will fulfill your desire.
TEXT 33
tathā sva-bhāgadheyāni
grahīṣyanti divaukasaḥ
yad yajña-puruṣaḥ sākṣād
apatyāya harir vṛtaḥ
SYNONYMS
tathā—thereupon; sva-bhāga-dheyāni—their shares in the sacrifice; grahīṣyanti—will accept; diva-okasaḥ—all the demigods; yat—because; yajña-puruṣaḥ—the enjoyer of all sacrifices; sākṣāt—directly; apatyāya—for the purpose of a son; hariḥ—the Supreme Personality of Godhead; vṛtaḥ—is invited.
TRANSLATION
When Hari, the supreme enjoyer of all sacrifices, is invited to fulfill your desire for a son, all the demigods will come with Him and take their shares in the sacrifice.
PURPORT
Whenever a sacrifice is performed, it is meant for satisfying Lord Viṣṇu, the enjoyer of the fruits of all sacrifices; and when Lord Viṣṇu agrees to come to a sacrificial arena, all the demigods naturally follow their master, and their shares are offered in such sacrifices. The conclusion is that the sacrifices performed are meant for Lord Viṣṇu, not for the demigods.
TEXT 34
tāṁs tān kāmān harir dadyād
yān yān kāmayate janaḥ
ārādhito yathaivaiṣa
tathā puṁsāṁ phalodayaḥ
SYNONYMS
tān tān—those; kāmān—desired objects; hariḥ—the Lord; dadyāt—will award; yān yān—whatsoever; kāmayate—desires; janaḥ—the person; ārādhitaḥ—being worshiped; yathā—as; eva—certainly; eṣaḥ—the Lord; tathā—similarly; puṁsām—of men; phala-udayaḥ—the result.
TRANSLATION
The performer of the sacrifices [under karma-kāṇḍa activities] achieves the fulfillment of the desire for which he worships the Lord.
PURPORT
In the Bhagavad-gītā the Lord says that He awards benedictions to the worshiper according to his desire. The Supreme Personality of Godhead gives all living entities conditioned within this material world full freedom to act in their own way. But to His devotee He says that instead of working in that way, it is better to surrender unto Him, for He will take charge of the devotee. That is the difference between a devotee and a fruitive actor. The fruitive actor enjoys only the fruits of his own activities, but a devotee, being under the guidance of the Supreme Lord, simply advances in devotional service to achieve the ultimate goal of life—to go back home, back to Godhead. The significant word in this verse is kāmān, which means “sense gratificatory desires.” A devotee is devoid of all kāmān. He is anyābhilāṣitā-śūnya: a devotee is always devoid of all desires for sense gratification. His only aim is to satisfy or gratify the senses of the Lord. That is the difference between a karmī and a devotee.
TEXT 35
iti vyavasitā viprās
tasya rājñaḥ prajātaye
puroḍāśaṁ niravapan
śipi-viṣṭāya viṣṇave
SYNONYMS
iti—thus; vyavasitāḥ—having decided; viprāḥ—the brāhmaṇas; tasya—his; rājñaḥ—of the king; prajātaye—for the purpose of getting a son; puroḍāśam—the paraphernalia of sacrifice; niravapan—offered; śipi-viṣṭāya—to the Lord, who is situated in the sacrificial fire; viṣṇave—to Lord Viṣṇu.
TRANSLATION
Thus for the sake of a son for King Aṅga, they decided to offer oblations to Lord Viṣṇu, who is situated in the hearts of all living entities.
PURPORT
According to sacrificial rituals, animals are sometimes sacrificed in the yajña arena. Such animals are sacrificed not to kill them but to give them new life. Such action was an experiment to observe whether the Vedic mantras were being properly pronounced. Sometimes small animals are killed in a medical laboratory to investigate therapeutic effects. In a medical clinic, the animals are not revived, but in the yajña arena, when animals were sacrificed, they were again given life by the potency of Vedic mantras. The word śipi-viṣṭāya appears in this verse. Śipi means “the flames of the sacrifice.” In the sacrificial fire if the oblations are offered into the flames, then Lord Viṣṇu is situated there in the form of the flames. Therefore Lord Viṣṇu is known as Śipiviṣṭa.
TEXT 36
tasmāt puruṣa uttasthau
hema-māly amalāmbaraḥ
hiraṇmayena pātreṇa
siddham ādāya pāyasam
SYNONYMS
tasmāt—from that fire; puruṣaḥ—a person; uttasthau—appeared; hema-mālī—with a golden garland; amala-ambaraḥ—in white garments; hiraṇmayena—golden; pātreṇa—with a pot; siddham—cooked; ādāya—carrying; pāyasam—rice boiled in milk.
TRANSLATION
As soon as the oblation was offered in the fire, a person appeared from the fire altar wearing a golden garland and a white dress. He was carrying a golden pot filled with rice boiled in milk.
TEXT 37
sa viprānumato rājā
gṛhītvāñjalinaudanam
avaghrāya mudā yuktaḥ
prādāt patnyā udāra-dhīḥ
SYNONYMS
saḥ—he; vipra—of the brāhmaṇas; anumataḥ—taking permission; rājā—the King; gṛhītvā—taking; añjalinā—in his joined palms; odanam—rice boiled in milk; avaghrāya—after smelling; mudā—with great delight; yuktaḥ—fixed; prādāt—offered; patnyai—to his wife; udāra-dhīḥ—liberal-minded.
TRANSLATION
The King was very liberal, and after taking permission from the priests, he took the preparation in his joined palms, and after smelling it he offered a portion to his wife.
PURPORT
The word udāra-dhīḥ is significant in this connection. The wife of the King, Sunīthā, was not fit to accept this benediction, yet the King was so liberal that without hesitation he offered to his wife the boiled rice in milk prasāda received from the yajña-puruṣa. Of course, everything is designed by the Supreme Personality of Godhead. As will be explained in later verses, this incident was not very favorable for the King. Since the King was very liberal, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, in order to increase his detachment from this material world, willed that a cruel son be born of the Queen so that the King would have to leave home. As stated above, Lord Viṣṇu fulfills the desires of the karmīs as they desire, but the Lord fulfills the desire of a devotee in a different way so that the devotee may gradually come to Him. This is confirmed in the Bhagavad-gītā (dadāmi buddhi-yogaṁ taṁ yena mām upayānti te). The Lord gives the devotee the opportunity to make progress further and further so that he may come back home, back to Godhead.
TEXT 38
sā tat puṁ-savanaṁ rājñī
prāśya vai patyur ādadhe
garbhaṁ kāla upāvṛtte
kumāraṁ suṣuve ’prajā
SYNONYMS
—she; tat—that food; pum-savanam—which produces a male child; rājñī—the Queen; prāśya—eating; vai—indeed; patyuḥ—from the husband; ādadhe—conceived; garbham—pregnancy; kāle—when the due time; upāvṛtte—appeared; kumāram—a son; suṣuve—gave birth to; aprajā—having no son.
TRANSLATION
Although the Queen had no son, after eating that food, which had the power to produce a male child, she became pregnant by her husband, and in due course of time she gave birth to a son.
PURPORT
Among the ten kinds of purificatory processes, one is puṁ-savanam, in which the wife is offered some prasāda, or remnants of foodstuff offered to Lord Viṣṇu, so that after sexual intercourse with her husband she may conceive a child.
TEXT 39
sa bāla eva puruṣo
mātāmaham anuvrataḥ
adharmāṁśodbhavaṁ mṛtyuṁ
tenābhavad adhārmikaḥ
SYNONYMS
saḥ—that; bālaḥ—child; eva—certainly; puruṣaḥ—male; mātā-maham—maternal grandfather; anuvrataḥ—a follower of; adharma—of irreligion; aṁśa—from a portion; udbhavam—who appeared; mṛtyum—death; tena—by this; abhavat—he became; adhārmikaḥ—irreligious.
TRANSLATION
That boy was born partially in the dynasty of irreligion. His grandfather was death personified, and the boy grew up as his follower; he became a greatly irreligious person.
PURPORT
The child’s mother, Sunīthā, was the daughter of death personified. Generally the daughter receives the qualifications of her father, and the son acquires those of the mother. So, according to the axiomatic truth that things equal to the same thing are equal to one another, the child born of King Aṅga became the follower of his maternal grandfather. According to smṛti-śāstra, a child generally follows the principles of his maternal uncle’s house. Narāṇāṁ mātula-karma means that a child generally follows the qualities of his maternal family. If the maternal family is very corrupt or sinful, the child, even though born of a good father, becomes a victim of the maternal family. According to Vedic civilization, therefore, before the marriage takes place an account is taken of both the boy’s and girl’s families. If according to astrological calculation the combination is perfect, then marriage takes place. Sometimes, however, there is a mistake, and family life becomes frustrating.
It appears that King Aṅga did not get a very good wife in Sunīthā because she was the daughter of death personified. Sometimes the Lord arranges an unfortunate wife for His devotee so that gradually, due to family circumstances, the devotee becomes detached from his wife and home and makes progress in devotional life. It appears that by the arrangement of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, King Aṅga, although a pious devotee, got an unfortunate wife like Sunīthā and later on a bad child like Vena. But the result was that he got complete freedom from the entanglement of family life and left home to go back to Godhead.
TEXT 40
sa śarāsanam udyamya
mṛgayur vana-gocaraḥ
hanty asādhur mṛgān dīnān
veno ’sāv ity arauj janaḥ
SYNONYMS
saḥ—that boy of the name Vena; śarāsanam—his bow; udyamya—taking up; mṛgayuḥ—the hunter; vana-gocaraḥ—going into the forest; hanti—used to kill; asādhuḥ—being very cruel; mṛgān—deer; dīnān—poor; venaḥVena; asau—there he is; iti—thus; araut—would cry; janaḥ—all the people.
TRANSLATION
After fixing his bow and arrow, the cruel boy used to go to the forest and unnecessarily kill innocent deer, and as soon as he came all the people would cry, “Here comes cruel Vena! Here comes cruel Vena!”
PURPORT
Kṣatriyas are allowed to hunt in the forest for the purpose of learning the killing art, not to kill animals for eating or for any other purpose. The kṣatriya kings were sometimes expected to cut off the head of a culprit in the state. For this reason the kṣatriyas were allowed to hunt in the forest. Because this son of King Aṅga, Vena, was born of a bad mother, he was very cruel, and he used to go to the forest and unnecessarily kill the animals. All the neighboring inhabitants would be frightened by his presence, and they would call, “Here comes Vena! Here comes Vena!” So from the beginning of his life he was fearful to the citizens.
TEXT 41
ākrīḍe krīḍato bālān
vayasyān atidāruṇaḥ
prasahya niranukrośaḥ
paśu-māram amārayat
SYNONYMS
ākrīḍe—in the playground; krīḍataḥ—while playing; bālān—boys; vayasyān—of his age; ati-dāruṇaḥ—very cruel; prasahya—by force; niranukrośaḥ—merciless; paśu-māram—as if slaughtering animals; amārayat—killed.
TRANSLATION
The boy was so cruel that while playing with young boys of his age he would kill them very mercilessly, as if they were animals meant for slaughter.
TEXT 42
taṁ vicakṣya khalaṁ putraṁ
śāsanair vividhair nṛpaḥ
yadā na śāsituṁ kalpo
bhṛśam āsīt sudurmanāḥ
SYNONYMS
tam—him; vicakṣya—observing; khalam—cruel; putram—son; śāsanaiḥ—by punishments; vividhaiḥ—different kinds of; nṛpaḥ—the King; yadā—when; na—not; śāsitum—to bring under control; kalpaḥ—was able; bhṛśam—greatly; āsīt—became; su-durmanāḥ—aggrieved.
TRANSLATION
After seeing the cruel and merciless behavior of his son, Vena, King Aṅga punished him in different ways to reform him, but was unable to bring him to the path of gentleness. He thus became greatly aggrieved.
TEXT 43
prāyeṇābhyarcito devo
ye ’prajā gṛha-medhinaḥ
kad-apatya-bhṛtaṁ duḥkhaṁ
ye na vindanti durbharam
SYNONYMS
prāyeṇa—probably; abhyarcitaḥ—was worshiped; devaḥ—the Lord; ye—they who; aprajāḥ—without a son; gṛha-medhinaḥ—persons living at home; kad-apatya—by a bad son; bhṛtam—caused; duḥkham—unhappiness; ye—they who; na—not; vindanti—suffer; durbharam—unbearable.
TRANSLATION
The King thought to himself: Persons who have no son are certainly fortunate. They must have worshiped the Lord in their previous lives so that they would not have to suffer the unbearable unhappiness caused by a bad son.
TEXT 44
yataḥ pāpīyasī kīrtir
adharmaś ca mahān nṛṇām
yato virodhaḥ sarveṣāṁ
yata ādhir anantakaḥ
SYNONYMS
yataḥ—on account of a bad son; pāpīyasī—sinful; kīrtiḥ—reputation; adharmaḥ—irreligion; ca—also; mahān—great; nṛṇām—of men; yataḥ—from which; virodhaḥ—quarrel; sarveṣām—of all people; yataḥ—from which; ādhiḥ—anxiety; anantakaḥ—endless.
TRANSLATION
A sinful son causes a person’s reputation to vanish. His irreligious activities at home cause irreligion and quarrel among everyone, and this creates only endless anxiety.
PURPORT
It is said that a married couple must have a son, otherwise their family life is void. But a son born without good qualities is as good as a blind eye. A blind eye has no use for seeing, but it is simply unbearably painful. The King therefore thought himself very unfortunate to have such a bad son.
TEXT 45
kas taṁ prajāpadeśaṁ vai
moha-bandhanam ātmanaḥ
paṇḍito bahu manyeta
yad-arthāḥ kleśadā gṛhāḥ
SYNONYMS
kaḥ—who; tam—him; prajā-apadeśam—son in name only; vai—certainly; moha—of illusion; bandhanam—bondage; ātmanaḥ—for the soul; paṇḍitaḥ—intelligent man; bahu manyeta—would value; yat-arthāḥ—because of whom; kleśa-dāḥ—painful; gṛhāḥ—home.
TRANSLATION
Who, if he is considerate and intelligent, would desire such a worthless son? Such a son is nothing but a bond of illusion for the living entity, and he makes one’s home miserable.
TEXT 46
kad-apatyaṁ varaṁ manye
sad-apatyāc chucāṁ padāt
nirvidyeta gṛhān martyo
yat-kleśa-nivahā gṛhāḥ
SYNONYMS
kad-apatyam—bad son; varam—better; manye—I think; sat-apatyāt—than a good son; śucām—of grief; padāt—the source; nirvidyeta—becomes detached; gṛhāt—from home; martyaḥ—a mortal man; yat—because of whom; kleśa-nivahāḥ—hellish; gṛhāḥ—home.
TRANSLATION
Then the King thought: A bad son is better than a good son because a good son creates an attachment for home, whereas a bad son does not. A bad son creates a hellish home from which an intelligent man naturally becomes very easily detached.
PURPORT
The King began to think in terms of attachment and detachment from one’s material home. According to Prahlāda Mahārāja, the material home is compared to a blind well. If a man falls down into a blind well, it is very difficult to get out of it and begin life again. Prahlāda Mahārāja has advised that one give up this blind well of home life as soon as possible and go to the forest to take shelter of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. According to Vedic civilization, this giving up of home by vānaprastha and sannyāsa is compulsory. But people are so attached to their homes that even up to the point of death they do not like to retire from home life. King Aṅga, therefore, thinking in terms of detachment, accepted his bad son as a good impetus for detachment from home life. He therefore considered his bad son his friend since he was helping him become detached from his home. Ultimately one has to learn how to detach oneself from attachment to material life; therefore, if a bad son, by his bad behavior, helps a householder to go away from home, it is a boon.
TEXT 47
evaṁ sa nirviṇṇa-manā nṛpo gṛhān
niśītha utthāya mahodayodayāt
alabdha-nidro ’nupalakṣito nṛbhir
hitvā gato vena-suvaṁ prasuptām
SYNONYMS
evam—thus; saḥ—he; nirviṇṇa-manāḥ—being indifferent in mind; nṛpaḥ—King Aṅga; gṛhāt—from home; niśīthe—in the dead of night; utthāya—getting up; mahā-udaya-udayāt—opulent by the blessings of great souls; alabdha-nidraḥ—being without sleep; anupalakṣitaḥ—without being seen; nṛbhiḥ—by people in general; hitvā—giving up; gataḥ—went off; vena-suvam—the mother of Vena; prasuptām—sleeping deeply.
TRANSLATION
Thinking like that, King Aṅga could not sleep at night. He became completely indifferent to household life. Once, therefore, in the dead of night, he got up from bed and left Vena’s mother [his wife], who was sleeping deeply. He gave up all attraction for his greatly opulent kingdom, and, unseen by anyone, he very silently gave up his home and opulence and proceeded towards the forest.
PURPORT
In this verse the word mahodayodayāt indicates that by the blessings of a great soul one becomes materially opulent, but when one gives up attachment to material wealth, that should be considered an even greater blessing from the great souls. It was not a very easy task for the King to give up his opulent kingdom and young, faithful wife, but it was certainly a great blessing of the Supreme Personality of Godhead that he could give up the attachment and go out to the forest without being seen by anyone. There are many instances of great souls’ leaving home in this way in the dead of night, giving up attachment for home, wife and money.
TEXT 48
vijñāya nirvidya gataṁ patiṁ prajāḥ
purohitāmātya-suhṛd-gaṇādayaḥ
vicikyur urvyām atiśoka-kātarā
yathā nigūḍhaṁ puruṣaṁ kuyoginaḥ
SYNONYMS
vijñāya—after understanding; nirvidya—being indifferent; gatam—had left; patim—the King; prajāḥ—all the citizens; purohita—priests; āmātya—ministers; suhṛt—friends; gaṇa-ādayaḥ—and people in general; vicikyuḥ—searched; urvyām—on the earth; ati-śoka-kātarāḥ—being greatly aggrieved; yathā—just as; nigūḍham—concealed; puruṣam—the Supersoul; ku-yoginaḥ—inexperienced mystics.
TRANSLATION
When it was understood that the King had indifferently left home, all the citizens, priests, ministers, friends, and people in general were greatly aggrieved. They began to search for him all over the world, just as a less experienced mystic searches out the Supersoul within himself.
PURPORT
The example of searching for the Supersoul within the heart by the less intelligent mystics is very instructive. The Absolute Truth is understood in three different features, namely impersonal Brahman, localized Paramātmā, and the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Such kuyoginaḥ, or less intelligent mystics, can by mental speculation reach the point of the impersonal Brahman, but they cannot find the Supersoul, who is sitting within each living entity. When the King left, it was certain that he was staying somewhere else, but because the citizens did not know how to find him they were frustrated like the less intelligent mystics.
TEXT 49
alakṣayantaḥ padavīṁ prajāpater
hatodyamāḥ pratyupasṛtya te purīm
ṛṣīn sametān abhivandya sāśravo
nyavedayan paurava bhartṛ-viplavam
SYNONYMS
alakṣayantaḥ—not finding; padavīm—any trace; prajāpateḥ—of King Aṅga; hata-udyamāḥ—having become disappointed; pratyupasṛtya—after returning; te—those citizens; purīm—to the city; ṛṣīn—the great sages; sametān—assembled; abhivandya—after making respectful obeisances; sa-aśravaḥ—with tears in their eyes; nyavedayan—informed; paurava—O Vidura; bhartṛ—of the King; viplavam—the absence.
TRANSLATION
When the citizens could not find any trace of the King after searching for him everywhere, they were very disappointed, and they returned to the city, where all the great sages of the country assembled because of the King’s absence. With tears in their eyes the citizens offered respectful obeisances and informed the sages in full detail that they were unable to find the King anywhere.
Thus end the Bhaktivedanta purports of the Fourth Canto, Thirteenth Chapter, of the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, entitled “Description of the Descendants of Dhruva Mahārāja.”

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