TEXTS 21–24
vicitravīryaś cāvarajo
nāmnā citrāṅgado hataḥ
yasyāṁ parāśarāt sākṣād
avatīrṇo hareḥ kalā
veda-gupto muniḥ kṛṣṇo
yato ’ham idam adhyagām
hitvā sva-śiṣyān pailādīn
bhagavān bādarāyaṇaḥ
mahyaṁ putrāya śāntāya
paraṁ guhyam idaṁ jagau
vicitravīryo ’thovāha
kāśīrāja-sute balāt
svayaṁvarād upānīte
ambikāmbālike ubhe
tayor āsakta-hṛdayo
gṛhīto yakṣmaṇā mṛtaḥ
SYNONYMS
vicitravīryaḥ—Vicitravīrya, the son of Śāntanu; ca—and; avarajaḥ—the younger brother; nāmnā—by a Gandharva named Citrāṅgada; citrāṅgadaḥ—Citrāṅgada; hataḥ—was killed; yasyām—in the womb of Satyavatī previous to her marriage to Śāntanu; parāśarāt—by the semen of Parāśara Muni; sākṣāt—directly; avatīrṇaḥ—incarnated; hareḥ—of the Supreme Personality of Godhead; kalā—expansion; veda-guptaḥ—the protector of the Vedas; muniḥ—the great sage; kṛṣṇaḥKṛṣṇa Dvaipāyana; yataḥ—from whom; aham—I (Śukadeva Gosvāmī); idam—this (Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam); adhyagām—studied thoroughly; hitvā—rejecting; sva-śiṣyān—his disciples; paila-ādīn—headed by Paila; bhagavān—the incarnation of the Lord; bādarāyaṇaḥ—Vyāsadeva; mahyam—unto me; putrāya—a son; śāntāya—who was truly controlled from sense gratification; param—the supreme; guhyam—the most confidential; idam—this Vedic literature (Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam); jagau—instructed; vicitravīryaḥ—Vicitravīrya; atha—thereafter; uvāha—married; kāśīrāja-sute—two daughters of Kāśīrāja; balāt—by force; svayaṁvarāt—from the arena of the svayaṁvara; upānīte—being brought; ambikā-ambālikeAmbikā and Ambālikā; ubhe—both of them; tayoḥ—unto them; āsakta—being too attached; hṛdayaḥ—his heart; gṛhītaḥ—being contaminated; yakṣmaṇā—by tuberculosis; mṛtaḥ—he died.
TRANSLATION
Citrāṅgada, of whom Vicitravīrya was the younger brother, was killed by a Gandharva who was also named Citrāṅgada. Satyavatī, before her marriage to Śāntanu, gave birth to the master authority of the Vedas, Vyāsadeva, known as Kṛṣṇa Dvaipāyana, who was begotten by Parāśara Muni. From Vyāsadeva, I [Śukadeva Gosvāmī] was born, and from him I studied this great work of literature, Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. The incarnation of Godhead Vedavyāsa, rejecting his disciples, headed by Paila, instructed Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam to me because I was free from all material desires. After Ambikā and Ambālikā, the two daughters of Kāśīrāja, were taken away by force, Vicitravīrya married them, but because he was too attached to these two wives, he had a heart attack and died of tuberculosis.

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