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Canto 9

S'rî S'rî Gurv-ashthaka

 


Chapter 5: Durvâsâ Saved: the Cakra-prayers of Ambarîsha

(1) S'rî S'uka said: 'Durvâsâ ['the difficulty of residing'] who being harassed by the cakra thus was instructed by the Lord, approached Ambarîsha and clasped sorrowfully his lotus feet. (2) Seeing him thus engaged in touching his feet Ambarîsha felt ashamed and therefore offered, most embarrassed as he was in his mercy, prayers to the  [disc] weapon of the Lord [see also 6.8: 23]. (3) Ambarîsha said: 'You are the fire, the supreme power of the sun and the moon. You are the master of all the luminaries, the waters, the earth, the sky, the air and the senses and their objects. (4) Oh direct presence and auspicious vision [or Sudars'ana], you with your thousands of spokes I offer my obeisances oh love of the Infallible One. You are the defeat of all weapons, please be favorable unto this brahmin oh ruler of the world. (5) You are the dharma, the original nature and the religion, you are the reality and the truth, you are the sacrifice and the enjoyer of the sacrifice who maintains the worlds. You are the soul of all and the prowess of the Transcendental Supreme Personality. (6) All my respects for you, the auspicious center of spin, the measure for the complete of nature who are like a fire of destruction to the unenlightened ones who lack in pious conduct. You, the keeper of the three worlds with a wonderful effulgence, are of a supreme goodness and act as fast as the mind I try to voice. (7) By your strength which carries all religiousness, the darkness is dissipated and all directions are illumined. Your glories are unsurpassable for the great personalities oh master of speech, your manifestation comprises all things manifest and unmanifest, superior and lower. (8) When you are sent to the fighters of the Daityas and Dânavas by the Transcendental Personality oh indefatigable one, you, staying on the battlefield, never tire to sever their arms and bellies, necks, thighs and legs. (9) You oh protector of the universe, are engaged by the all-powerful Wielder of the Mace [Lord Vishnu] to defeat the wicked ones. Please be so good and have mercy with this scholar and therewith also have mercy with us and our dynasty! (10) If there is charity, if the worship of the deity and the duties are properly performed and if our dynasty is blessed by the scholars, may this brahmin then be free from having to burn [with you]? (11) When the one Supreme Lord, the reservoir of all qualities is satisfied about us, may then from His love as the true self of all living beings, this twice-born soul be spared from the fire?'

(12) S'rî S'uka said: 'When the disc weapon of the Lord named Sudars'ana thus was being prayed to by the king, it because of his petitioning stopped to haress the scholar from all sides.  (13) Durvâsâ, being freed from the heat of the fire of the weapon, most contented then praised the king, that ruler of the earth, with the best wishes. (14) Durvâsâ said: 'What a greatness I may witness today of the servants of the Eternal One. Despite the wrong I perpetrated, you oh King, have prayed for my welfare! (15) What indeed would be too difficult or impossible to forsake, for those saintly, great souls, who managed to achieve the leader Hari, the Supreme Lord of the Devotees? (16) By simply hearing the holy name of Him whose lotus feet are the holy places [the temples etc.], a person becomes purified. What else would there remain for devotees to engage in? (17) Oh King, by what you did in response to my offenses you, by being so very kind, have favored me very much and thus saved my life!'

(18) The King had been fasting when Durvâsâ returned and, wishing to please him, approached his feet and fed him sumptuously. (19) After having eaten from the different foodstuffs that, catering to every taste, were offered with the greatest care, he thus fully being satisfied said to the king: 'Please join and eat with me' and thus proved his respect. (20) [He continued:] 'I'm very happy with your mercy. Seeing you, a pure devotee with his intelligence fixed upon the Lord and touching your feet, talking to you and enjoying your hospitality, I am much obliged. (21) The purity of the things you've done will for ever be sung by the women of heaven; the world will never tire to sing the glory of your supreme virtue!'

(22) S'rî S'uka continued: 'Durvâsâ thus glorifying the king took, being satisfied in all respects, permission to leave that place. Ascending to heaven he reached the abode of Brahmâ where ulterior motives have no place. (23) With the great muni not returning a whole year passed in which the king wishing to see him again, had restricted himself to drinking water only. (24) Upon Durvâsâ's return Ambarîsha offered him the best food that was available and would befit a brahmin. Upon seeing how the sage had been released from the sin, he understood that he also owed his strength to his devotion to the Supreme One [see also B.G. 6: 47]. (25) Thus being blessed with all good qualities the king was of devotion to the Supersoul, the Supreme Spirit and to Vâsudeva with the many duties he observed, actions from which [one realizes that] the higher you climb the deeper you fall [compare 6.17: 28].'

(26) S'rî S'uka said: 'Ambarîsha, as the wisest one, divided his kingdom among his equally qualified sons, entered the forest to fix his mind upon the True Self of Vâsudeva and thus vanquished the waves [the gunas] of the ocean of matter. (27) Either by praising and reading this pious story or by regularly meditating on it one becomes a devotee of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. (28) By the mercy of Lord Vishnu everyone who hears about the character of this great soul Ambarîsha will find liberation through his devotion.' 

 

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Third revised edition, loaded November 30, 2012.

 

 

 

Previous Aadhar edition and Vedabase links:

Text 1

S'rî S'uka said: 'Durvâsâ ['the difficulty of residing'] who being harassed by the cakra thus was instructed by the Lord, approached Ambarîsha and clasped sorrowfully his lotus feet.
S'rî S'uka said: 'Durvâsâ [meaning: 'the difficulty of residing'] who, harassed by the cakra, thus was directed by the Lord, approached Ambarîsha and caught most aggrieved his lotus feet. (Vedabase)

 

Text 2

Seeing him thus engaged in touching his feet Ambarîsha felt ashamed and therefore offered, most embarrassed as he was in his mercy, prayers to the [disc] weapon of the Lord [see also 6.8: 23].

Seeing him in that endeavor felt he ashamed for him touching his feet and offered he to that, in the mercy distressed, prayers to the weapon of the Lord [see also 6.8: 23]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 3

Ambarîsha said: 'You are the fire, the supreme power of the sun and the moon. You are the master of all the luminaries, the waters, the earth, the sky, the air and the senses and their objects.

Ambarîsha said: 'You are the fire, the supreme power of the sun and the moon you are, you are the master of all the luminaries, the waters, the earth, the sky, the air, and the senses and their objects. (Vedabase)

 

Text 4

Oh direct presence and auspicious vision [or Sudars'ana], you with your thousands of spokes I offer my obeisances oh love of the Infallible One. You are the defeat of all weapons, please be favorable unto this brahmin oh ruler of the world.

O acute presence and auspicious vision [or Sudars'ana], my obeisances unto you with your thousands of spokes, o love of the Infallible One, you are the defeat of all weapons, be favorable unto this brahmin, o master over the world. (Vedabase)

 

Text 5

You are the dharma, the original nature and the religion, you are the reality and the truth, you are the sacrifice and the enjoyer of the sacrifice who maintains the worlds. You are the soul of all and the prowess of the Transcendental Supreme Personality.

You are the dharma, the original nature and religion, you encourage the statements of the Ultimate Truth, you are the full and complete enjoyer of the results of the sacrifices and maintain the variety of worlds; the all-pervading prowess you are of the Transcendental Personality. (Vedabase)

  

Text 6

All my respects for you, the auspicious center of spin, the measure for the complete of nature who are like a fire of destruction to the unenlightened ones who lack in pious conduct. You, the keeper of the three worlds with a wonderful effulgence, are of a supreme goodness and act as fast as the mind I try to voice.

All respects unto you, the auspicious center of spin, the measure of the complete nature, who indeed art like a bad omen to the unenlightened bereft of the religion; the maintainer of the three worlds you are, the supreme goodness whose effulgence so wonderfully active is as speedy as the mind I try to voice. (Vedabase)

 

Text 7

By your strength which carries all religiousness, the darkness is dissipated and all directions are illumined. Your glories are unsurpassable for the great personalities oh master of speech, your manifestation comprises all things manifest and unmanifest, superior and lower.

By your strength carrying all religiousness is the darkness dissipated and are all directions illumined; for the great personalities are your glories unsurpassable, o master of speech, your manifestation comprises the manifest and unmanifest, the superior and the lower. (Vedabase)

 

Text 8

When you are sent to the fighters of the Daityas and Dânavas by the Transcendental Personality oh indefatigable one, you, staying on the battlefield, never tire to sever their arms and bellies, necks, thighs and legs.

When you, sent by the Transcendental Personality, for true join with the soldiers of the daityas and dânavas, o indefatigable one, do you, staying in the battlefield, never tire to separate their arms and bellies, thighs and legs. (Vedabase)

 

Text 9

You oh protector of the universe, are engaged by the all-powerful Wielder of the Mace [Lord Vishnu] to defeat the wicked ones. Please be so good and have mercy with this scholar and therewith also have mercy with us and our dynasty!

For the person of learning that I am, is your good self, o protector of the universe, the one who, empowered by the Full Authority of the Club, is engaged in bringing defeat; please may we enjoy the favor of your doing good to the fortune of our dynasty? (Vedabase)

 

Text 10

If there is charity, if  the worship of the deity and the duties are properly performed and if our dynasty is blessed by the scholars, may this brahmin then be free from having to burn [with you]?

If there is charity, the worship of the deity or either the proper performance of one's duty and if our dynasty is blessed by the scholars, then let this twiceborn soul become free from being burnt by you. (Vedabase)

 

Text 11

When the one Supreme Lord, the reservoir of all qualities is satisfied about us, may then from His love as the true self of all living beings, this twice-born soul be spared from the fire?'

If with us unduplicitous the Supreme Lord, the reservoir of all qualities and life and soul of all living beings, is satisfied, may this twiceborn soul then be excused from the fire?' (Vedabase)

 

Text 12

S'rî S'uka said: 'When the disc weapon of the Lord named Sudars'ana thus was being prayed to by the king, it because of his petitioning stopped to haress the scholar from all sides. 

S'rî S'uka said: 'With him begging the sovereign did the cakra of Vishnu named Sudars'ana thus being prayed to by the king, by no means any longer disturb the learned one whom he was burning. (Vedabase)

 

Text 13

Durvâsâ, being freed from the heat of the fire of the weapon, most contented then praised the king, that ruler of the earth, with the best wishes.

He, Durvâsâ, freed from the heat of the fire of the weapon most contented then praised him, the ruler of the earth, blessing him with the highest benedictions. (Vedabase)

 

Text 14

Durvâsâ said: 'What a greatness I may witness today of the servants of the Eternal One. Despite the wrong I perpetrated, you oh King, have prayed for my welfare!

Durvâsâ said: 'What a greatness may I witness today of the servants of the Eternal One; despite the wrong I perpetrated have you, o King, prayed for my good fortune! (Vedabase)

  

Text 15

What indeed would be too difficult or impossible to forsake, for those saintly, great souls, who managed to achieve the leader Hari, the Supreme Lord of the Devotees?

What indeed would be difficult to do or impossible to forsake for those saintly, great souls, those persons who achieved the leader, Hari, the Supreme Lord of the Devotees. (Vedabase)

  

Text 16

By simply hearing the holy name of Him whose lotus feet are the holy places [the temples etc.], a person becomes purified. What else would there remain for devotees to engage in?

What is there else to do for the servants if by simply hearing the holy name of Him whose lotusfeet are the holy places, a person becomes purified? (Vedabase)
 
Text 17

Oh King, by what you did in response to my offenses you, by being so very kind, have favored me very much and thus saved my life!'

O King, you so utterly merciful have, on top with my offenses, favored me very much and doing so by that saved my life.' (Vedabase)

 

Text 18

The King had been fasting when Durvâsâ returned and, wishing to please him, approached his feet and fed him sumptuously.

The King, who had awaited his return fasting, was of mercy for him in every way and desired to approach his feet feeding him sumptuously. (Vedabase)

 

Text 19

After having eaten from the different foodstuffs that, catering to every taste, were offered with the greatest care, he thus fully being satisfied said to the king: 'Please join and eat with me' and thus proved his respect.

He after having eaten of the different foodstuffs that, catering to every taste, were given with the greatest respect, said thus fully satisfied to the king: 'Please partake', and proved this way his care. (Vedabase)

 

 Text 20

[He continued:] 'I'm very happy with your mercy. Seeing you, a pure devotee with his intelligence fixed upon the Lord and touching your feet, talking to you and enjoying your hospitality, I am much obliged.

[He continued:] 'I'm very happy to be favored so much by the purity of your devotion; indeed am I, seeing you, touching your feet, talking to you and enjoying your hospitality, much obliged. (Vedabase)

 

Text 21

The purity of the things you've done will for ever be sung by the women of heaven; the world will never tire to sing the glory of your supreme virtue!'

The purity of the things you've done will for ever be sung by the maidens of heaven; the entire world will never cease singing the glory of your supreme virtue!' (Vedabase)

 

Text 22

S'rî S'uka continued: 'Durvâsâ thus glorifying the king took, being satisfied in all respects, permission to leave that place. Ascending to heaven he reached the abode of Brahmâ where ulterior motives have no place.

S'rî S'uka continued: 'Thus glorifying the king took Durvâsâ, satisfied in all respects, permission to leave from that place and reached he by the sky the abode of Brahmâ where there is no other motive. (Vedabase)

 

Text 23

With the great muni not returning a whole year passed in which the king wishing to see him again, had restricted himself to drinking water only.

One complete year had passed and for the time that the great muni had not returned had the king, desiring to see him back, [next to his food] kept himself to only drinking water [a milk-fast]. (Vedabase)

   

Text 24

Upon Durvâsâ's return Ambarîsha offered him the best food that was available and would befit a brahmin. Upon seeing how the sage had been released from the sin, he understood that he also owed his strength to his devotion to the Supreme One  [see also B.G. 6: 47].

Upon Durvâsâ's return then gave he, Ambarîsha, the best of whatever food to eat that would befit a twiceborn and considered he, seeing how the sage had been released from the sin, that what he had done from his own strength as also the result of being devoted to the Supreme [see also B.G. 6: 47]. (Vedabase)

 

Text 25

Thus being blessed with all good qualities the king was of devotion to the Supersoul, the Supreme Spirit and to Vâsudeva with the many duties he observed, actions from which [one realizes that] the higher you climb the deeper you fall [compare 6.17: 28].

This way endowed with all good qualities did he, the king, unto the Supersoul, the Brahmân and unto Vâsudeva, with practical settlements proceeding in devotion of those actions know of the precarious [of 'what is to the letter' or 'what is done'] from the highest place to the lowest [compare: 6.17: 28].' (Vedabase)

 

Text 26

S'rî S'uka said: 'Ambarîsha, as the wisest one, divided his kingdom among his equally qualified sons, entered the forest to fix his mind upon the True Self of Vâsudeva and thus vanquished the waves [the gunas] of the ocean of matter.

S'rî S'uka said: 'Thus entered Ambarîsha, as the wisest dividing his kingdom among his equally qualified sons, the forest setting his mind to the True Self that is Vâsudeva and vanquished he the waves [the gunas] of the material ocean. (Vedabase)

 

Text 27

Either by praising and reading this pious story or by regularly meditating on it one becomes a devotee of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

By chanting or regularly meditating this tale of piety can one consequently become a devotee of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. (Vedabase)

 

Text 28

By the mercy of Lord Vishnu everyone who hears about the character of this great soul Ambarîsha will find liberation through his devotion.'

They all who hear of the character of this great soul Ambarîsha will simply through bhakti by the mercy of Vishnu advance towards the end that is the liberation.' (Vedabase)

 

 

 

 

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