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Canto 6

S'rî Râdhika Stava

 

 

Chapter 13: King Indra Afflicted by Sinful Reaction

(1) S'rî S'uka said: 'With Vritra killed the leaders and everyone else in the three worlds oh charitable one, were immediately freed from their worries and depressions, except for the mighty Indra [S'akra] himself. (2) Without taking leave from Indra thereupon the demigods following Indra, Brahmâ, S'iva and the other God-conscious people, the saints, the forefathers, the rest of the living beings and the demons, all returned to their places.'

(3)
The king asked: 'Oh my Lord, oh sage, I'd like to know why Indra was not respected by the others. Why was he so gloomy while all his demigods were so very happy?' 

chanting for the animals(4) S'rî S'uka said: 'All the godly ones and the sages were terrified by Vritrâsura's display of power, but Indra had declined their request to put an end to him because he was afraid to kill a brahmin. (5) Indra had said: 'The burden of the sin of killing Vis'varûpa was as a favor to me carried by the women, the earth, the trees and the water [see 6.9: 6-10], but how will I be purified from killing Vritra?'
 
(6)
S'uka continued: 'When the sages heard that, they said the following to the great Indra: 'We wish you all good fortune, don't be afraid, we will perform an as'vamedha, a horse sacrifice for you. (7) The as'vamedha sacrifice of worshiping the Original Person, the Supersoul, the Controller who is Nârâyana our Lord, liberates one even from the sin of destroying the world! (8-9) Someone who killed a brahmin, his father, a cow, his mother or his spiritual master, such a sinner and even an outcast dog-eater may find purification by singing His holy name. If an as'vamedha sacrifice, the topmost of all sacrifices, by us conducted with faith keeps you from being contaminated by the killing of all creatures of Brahmâ including the brahmins, what then do you expect from killing a harassing demon?'

(10)
S'rî S'uka said: 'Indra thus being encouraged by the learned killed his enemy Vritrâsura when he approached him. He, Vrishâkapi, the mythical king of the gods, was then tormented by the reaction following that act of killing a brahmin. (11) Even though he had done others a favor with his deed, Indra because of that reaction suffered [the deepest] misery in which he found no happiness. Missing his qualities he felt but shame and guilt. (12-13) It pursued him in the form of an old, outcast woman trembling all over her body whose clothes were covered by blood because she suffered from consumption. She with her disheveled, gray hair yelled at him 'Wait, wait', and spread thereby with her breath a bad fishy smell that polluted the entire road. (14) The thousand eyed Indra, sought his refuge in heaven and in all directions of the sky after which he hurried in the northeastern direction to enter there oh King, the Mânasa-sarovara lake. (15) Hidden from view he, bereft of all the sustenance [normally supplied] by the servant of the sacrificial fire, lived there for a thousand years in the subtle network of the fibers of a lotus stem. And all that time he in his heart pondered over the question how he could find liberation from [the sin of] having killed a brahmin. (16) For the time of his absence the heavens were ruled by Nahusha who, equipped with education, austerity, yoga and strength, turned mad because his intelligence got bewildered by the power and excessive opulence. Chasing Indra's wife [S'acîdevî] he fell victim to the fate of a snake [after being cursed by sage Agastya for having kicked him]. (17) He whose offense through the divinity of Rudra was nullified because he meditated on the  Maintainer of Truth [Vishnu], was after having recovered from [the karmic rebound] invited back through the brahmins. Now that he enjoyed the protection of the wife of Vishnu, the goddess of fortune, the sin had lost its grip on him. (18) In order to please the Supreme Lord Hari, the brahminical sages [upon his return], then properly, according to the rules, stepped forward to consecrate him for the sake of an as'vamedha sacrifice oh son of Bharata. (19-20) Only when that as'vamedha sacrifice was performed by the expert brahmins and the great Indra thus was of worship for the Original Person, the Supersoul and Maintainer of all divinity, the matter could be considered done. Only then, despite the seriousness of having killed the son of Tvashthâ, definitively that sin could [formally] be considered as being reduced to nothing, like fog before the sun oh King. (21) After the as'vamedha sacrifice as prescribed was performed by the priests headed by Marîci and Indra had worshiped the Lord of Sacrifice, the Supreme Personality, he, being purified from sin, retrieved his greatness.

(22-23)
This great history describing the glorification of the Lord of the Holy Places, the growth in devotion and the victory and liberation of Indra the King of Heaven, frees one from innumerable sins. This narration should therefore always be read and continuously be heard by those who cherish the intelligence and be reiterated on the occasion of great festivals. It sharpens one's senses, brings wealth and fame and releases from all misconduct; it brings victory over one's enemies and good fortune and longevity to all.'

 

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Text 1

S'rî S'uka said: 'With Vritra killed the leaders and everyone else in the three worlds oh charitable one, were immediately freed from their worries and depressions, except for the mighty Indra [S'akra] himself.
S'rî S'uka said: 'With Vritra killed became, except for Indra himself, the leaders and everyone else in the three worlds, o charitable one, very soon free from all fears and physical agitation. (Vedabase)

 

Text 2

Without taking leave from Indra thereupon the demigods following Indra, Brahmâ, S'iva and the other God-conscious people, the saints, the forefathers, the rest of the living beings and the demons, all returned to their places.'

Thereafter did the godly, Brahmâ, S'iva and the ones belonging to Indra as well as all other followers of the divine, on their own accord with the saints, the forefathers and the other living beings and the demoniac return to their homes.' (Vedabase)

 

Text 3

The king asked: 'Oh my Lord, oh sage, I'd like to know why Indra was not respected by the others. Why was he so gloomy while all his demigods were so very happy?'

The king asked: 'O my Lord, great sage, I'd like to hear about the reason of Indra's being troubled; from where came his gloom while all the godly of Indra were so very happy? (Vedabase)

  

Text 4

S'rî S'uka said: 'All the godly ones and the sages were terrified by Vritrâsura's display of power, but Indra had declined their request to put an end to him because he was afraid to kill a brahmin.

S'rî S'uka said: 'By the powerplay of Vritrâsura were all the godly and the sages beset in fear, but afraid of killing a brahmin had Indra declined their request to kill him. (Vedabase)

 

Text 5

Indra had said: 'The burden of the sin of killing Vis'varûpa was as a favor to me carried by the women, the earth, the trees and the water [see 6.9: 6-10], but how will I be purified from killing Vritra?'

Indra said: 'By the women, the earth, the trees and the water showing their favor was the reaction to the sin of killing Vis'varûpa divided [see 6.9:6-10], but how shall I rid my self of killing Vritra?' (Vedabase)

 

Text 6

S'uka continued: 'When the sages heard that, they said the following to the great Indra: 'We wish you all good fortune, don't be afraid, we will perform an as'vamedha, a horse sacrifice for you.

S'uka continued: 'The sages hearing that said this to the great Indra: 'We will perform a great as'vamedha sacrifice [horse-sacrifice] for your good fortune, do not fear. (Vedabase)

 

Text 7

The as'vamedha sacrifice of worshiping the Original Person, the Supersoul, the Controller who is Nârâyana our Lord, liberates one even from the sin of destroying the world!

The as'vamedha sacrifice of worship for the Original Person, the Supersoul, the Controller that is Lord Nârâyana our God, will liberate you from even the sin of killing the whole world! (Vedabase)

 

Text 8-9

Someone who killed a brahmin, his father, a cow, his mother or his spiritual master, such a sinner and even an outcast dog-eater may find purification by singing His holy name. If an as'vamedha sacrifice, the topmost of all sacrifices, by us conducted with faith keeps you from being contaminated by the killing of all creatures of Brahmâ including the brahmins, what then do you expect from killing a harassing demon?'

One who has killed a brahmin, his father, a cow, his mother or his spiritual master, such a sinner or outcast dog-eater even may be purified when he sings His holy name. If with us, with faith conducting the as'vamedha sacrifice, the topmost of all sacrifices, you are not even contaminated by killing all creatures of Brahmâ including the ones of respect for him, then what for having killed a harassing demon?' (Vedabase)
  

Text 10

S'rî S'uka said: 'Indra thus being encouraged by the learned killed his enemy Vritrâsura when he approached him. He, Vrishâkapi, the mythical king of the gods, was then tormented by the reaction following that act of killing a brahmin.

S'rî S'uka said: 'Thus encouraged by the learned killed Indra his enemy, and was the reaction to killing a brahmin with Vritrâsura approaching Vrishâkapi, the myth that is Indra, also killed. (Vedabase)

 

Text 11

Even though he had done others a favor with his deed, Indra because of that reaction suffered [the deepest] misery in which he found no happiness. Missing his qualities he felt but shame and guilt.

By the reaction suffered Indra at first in misery with him not finding happiness but shame and ill-fame in missing the qualities, although he had pleased others. (Vedabase)

 

Text 12-13

It pursued him in the form of an old, outcast woman trembling all over her body whose clothes were covered by blood because she suffered from consumption. She with her disheveled, gray hair yelled at him 'Wait, wait', and spread thereby with her breath a bad fishy smell that polluted the entire road.

He saw it chasing him in the form of an outcast woman old and trembling in her limbs whose clothes were covered in blood of having tuberculosis. With her disheveled gray hair she called 'Wait, wait', spreading with her breath a bad fishy smell that polluted the entire street. (Vedabase)

   

Text 14

The thousand eyed Indra, sought his refuge in heaven and in all directions of the sky after which he hurried in the northeastern direction to enter there oh King, the Mânasa-sarovara lake.

The thousand eyed Indra, went everywhere in all directions of the sky and then hurried in the northeastern direction to enter, o King, the Mânasa-sarovara lake. (Vedabase)

  

Text 15

Hidden from view he, bereft of all the sustenance [normally supplied] by the servant of the sacrificial fire, lived there for a thousand years in the subtle network of the fibers of a lotus stem. And all that time he in his heart pondered over the question how he could find liberation from [the sin of] having killed a brahmin.

He lived there bereft of all sustenance, invisible for a thousand years to the servant of the sacrificial fire, in the subtle network of the fibers of a lotus stem, while he in his heart always thought on how he could find liberation from having killed a brahmin. (Vedabase)

 

Text 16

For the time of his absence the heavens were ruled by Nahusha who, equipped with education, austerity, yoga and strength, turned mad because his intelligence got bewildered by the power and excessive opulence. Chasing Indra's wife [S'acîdevî] he fell victim to the fate of a snake [after being cursed by sage Agastya for having kicked him].

For the time of his absence were the heavens ruled by Nahusha who equipped with education, austerity, yoga and strength turned mad of all the excess of opulence; his intelligence fell victim to the fate of a snake going after Indra's wife. (Vedabase)

 

Text 17

He whose offense through the divinity of Rudra was nullified because he meditated on the  Maintainer of Truth [Vishnu], was after having recovered from [the karmic rebound] invited back through the brahmins. Now that he enjoyed the protection of the wife of Vishnu, the goddess of fortune, the sin had lost its grip on him.

After being gone was he, whose sins by the divinity of Rudra in meditating on the Maintainer of truth were nullified, by mouth of the brahmins then invited back. He with all his prowess diminished could not be overcome being protected by the wife of Vishnu, the Goddess of Fortune. (Vedabase)


Text 18   

In order to please the Supreme Lord Hari, the brahminical sages [upon his return], then properly, according to the rules, stepped forward to consecrate him for the sake of an as'vamedha sacrifice oh son of Bharata.

He was by the wise of Brahmâ welcomed back and properly to the rules initiated into the as'vamedha sacrifice, o son of Bharata, to indeed please the Supreme Lord Hari. (Vedabase)

 

Text 19-20

Only when that as'vamedha sacrifice was performed by the expert brahmins and the great Indra thus was of worship for the Original Person, the Supersoul and Maintainer of all divinity, the matter could be considered done. Only then, despite the seriousness of having killed the son of Tvashthâ, definitively that sin could [formally] be considered as being reduced to nothing, like fog before the sun oh King.

From it, that as'vamedha sacrifice administered by the expert brahmins, being in worship for the Original Person, the Supersoul and Maintainer of all divinity, could indeed the mass of sin of regrettably killing the son of Tvâsta, o King, be brought to nothing like it was fog before sunshine. (Vedabase)

 

Text 21

After the as'vamedha sacrifice as prescribed was performed by the priests headed by Marîci and Indra had worshiped the Lord of Sacrifice, the Supreme Personality, he, being purified from sin, retrieved his greatness. 

He, the worshipable Indra, was, favored by the as'vamedha sacrifice that as prescribed was performed by the priests headed by Marîci, in the worship of the Original Personality and Lord of Sacrifice completely cleansed of the misstep. (Vedabase)


Text 22-23

This great history describing the glorification of the Lord of the Holy Places, the growth in devotion and the victory and liberation of Indra the King of Heaven, frees one from innumerable sins. This narration should therefore always be read and continuously be heard by those who cherish the intelligence and be reiterated on the occasion of great festivals. It sharpens one's senses, brings wealth and fame and releases from all misconduct; it brings victory over one's enemies and good fortune and longevity to all.'

This great historical incident describing the glorification of the Lord of the Holy Places, the growing in devotion and the victory and liberation of Indra the King of heaven, cleanses one of innumerable sins. This narration always should be read as well as continuously be heard by the intelligent and be reiterated on the occasion of great festivals; it sharpens one's senses, brings wealth and fame and releases from all misconduct; it brings victory over one's enemies and good fortune to all as well as longevity.' (Vedabase)

 

 

 

 

 

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