Śrīmad Bhāgavatam|Canto 10 Chapter 78

The Killing of Dantavakra, Vidūratha and Romaharṣaṇa

VERSE 10.78.1-2

śrī-śuka uvāca

śiśupālasya śālvasya
pauṇḍrakasyāpi durmatiḥ
para-loka-gatānāṁ ca
kurvan pārokṣya-sauhṛdam

ekaḥ padātiḥ saṅkruddho
gadā-pāṇiḥ prakampayan
padbhyām imāṁ mahā-rāja
mahā-sattvo vyadṛśyata

SYNONYMS

śrī-śukaḥ uvāca — Śukadeva Gosvāmī said; śiśupālasya — for Śiśupāla; śālvasya — Śālva; pauṇḍrakasya — Pauṇḍraka; api — also; durmatiḥ — evil-hearted (Dantavakra); para-loka — to the next world; gatānāṁ — who had gone; ca — and; kurvan — doing; pārokṣya — for those who have passed away; sauhṛdam — act of friendship; ekaḥ — alone; padātiḥ — on foot; saṅkruddhaḥ — infuriated; gadā — a club; pāṇiḥ — in his hand; prakampayan — making tremble; padbhyām — with his feet; imam — this (earth); mahā-rāja — O great King (Parīkṣit); mahā — great; sattvaḥ — whose physical power; vyadṛśyata — was seen.

TRANSLATION

Śukadeva Gosvāmī said: Acting out of friendship for Śiśupāla, Śālva and Pauṇḍraka, who had all passed on to the next world, the wicked Dantavakra appeared on the battlefield in a great rage, O King. All alone, on foot and wielding a club in his hand, the mighty warrior shook the earth with his footsteps.

VERSE 10.78.3

taṁ tathāyāntam ālokya
gadām ādāya satvaraḥ
avaplutya rathāt kṛṣṇaḥ
sindhuṁ veleva pratyadhāt

SYNONYMS

tam — him; tathā — in this way; āyāntam — approaching; ālokya — seeing; gadām — His club; ādāya — taking; satvaraḥ — quickly; avaplutya — leaping down; rathāt — from His chariot; kṛṣṇaḥ — Lord Kṛṣṇa; sindhum — the sea; velā — the shore; iva — as; pratyadhāt — checked.

TRANSLATION

Seeing Dantavakra approach, Lord Kṛṣṇa quickly picked up His club, jumped down from His chariot and stopped His advancing opponent just as the shore holds back the ocean.

VERSE 10.78.4

gadām udyamya kārūṣo
mukundaṁ prāha durmadaḥ
diṣṭyā diṣṭyā bhavān adya
mama dṛṣṭi-pathaṁ gataḥ

SYNONYMS

gadām — his club; udyamya — wielding; kārūṣaḥ — the King of Karūṣa (Dantavakra); mukundam — to Lord Kṛṣṇa; prāha — said; durmadaḥ — intoxicated by foolish pride; diṣṭyā — by good fortune; diṣṭyā — by good fortune; bhavān — You; adya — today; mama — my; dṛṣṭi — of the sight; patham — into the path; gataḥ — come.

TRANSLATION

Raising his club, the reckless King of Karūṣa said to Lord Mukunda, “What luck! What luck — to have You come before me today!

VERSE 10.78.5

tvaṁ mātuleyo naḥ kṛṣṇa
mitra-dhruṅ māṁ jighāṁsasi
atas tvāṁ gadayā manda
haniṣye vajra-kalpayā

SYNONYMS

tvam — You; mātuleyaḥ — maternal cousin; naḥ — our; kṛṣṇa — O Kṛṣṇa; mitra — to my friends; dhruk — who have committed violence; mām — me; jighāṁsasi — You wish to kill; ataḥ — therefore; tvām — You; gadayā — with my club; manda — O fool; haniṣye — I will kill; vajra-kalpayā — like a thunderbolt.

TRANSLATION

“You are our maternal cousin, Kṛṣṇa, but You committed violence against my friends, and now You want to kill me also. Therefore, fool, I will kill You with my thunderbolt club.

VERSE 10.78.6

tarhy ānṛṇyam upaimy ajña
mitrāṇāṁ mitra-vatsalaḥ
bandhu-rūpam ariṁ hatvā
vyādhiṁ deha-caraṁ yathā

SYNONYMS

tarhi — then; ānṛṇyam — payment of my debt; upaimi — I will achieve; ajña — O unintelligent one; mitrāṇām — to my friends; mitra-vatsalaḥ — who am affectionate to my friends; bandhu — of a family member; rūpam — in the form; arim — the enemy; hatvā — having killed; vyādhim — a disease; deha-caram — in one’s body; yathā — like.

TRANSLATION

“Then, O unintelligent one, I who am obliged to my friends will have repaid my debt to them by killing You, my enemy disguised as a relative, who are like a disease within my body.”

VERSE 10.78.7

evaṁ rūkṣais tudan vākyaiḥ
kṛṣṇaṁ totrair iva dvipam
gadayātāḍayan mūrdhni
siṁha-vad vyanadac ca saḥ

SYNONYMS

evam — thus; rūkṣaiḥ — harsh; tudan — harassing; vākyaiḥ — with words; kṛṣṇam — Lord Kṛṣṇa; totraiḥ — with goads; iva — as if; dvipam — an elephant; gadayā — with his club; atāḍayat — he struck Him; mūrdhni — on the head; siṁha-vat — like a lion; vyanadat — roared; ca — and; saḥ — he.

TRANSLATION

Thus trying to harass Lord Kṛṣṇa with harsh words, as one might prick an elephant with sharp goads, Dantavakra struck the Lord on the head with his club and roared like a lion.

VERSE 10.78.8

gadayābhihato ’py ājau
na cacāla yadūdvahaḥ
kṛṣṇo ’pi tam ahan gurvyā
kaumodakyā stanāntare

SYNONYMS

gadayā — by the club; abhihataḥ — hit; api — although; ājau — on the battlefield; na cacāla — did not move; yadu-udvahaḥ — the deliverer of the Yadus; kṛṣṇaḥ — Lord Kṛṣṇa; api — and; tam — him, Dantavakra; ahan — struck; gurvyā — heavy; kaumodakyā — with His club, named Kaumodakī; stana-antare — in the middle of his chest.

TRANSLATION

Although hit by Dantavakra’s club, Lord Kṛṣṇa, the deliverer of the Yadus, did not budge from His place on the battlefield. Rather, with His massive Kaumodakī club the Lord struck Dantavakra in the middle of his chest.

VERSE 10.78.9

gadā-nirbhinna-hṛdaya
udvaman rudhiraṁ mukhāt
prasārya keśa-bāhv-aṅghrīn
dharaṇyāṁ nyapatad vyasuḥ

SYNONYMS

gadā — by the club; nirbhinna — broken to pieces; hṛdayaḥ — his heart; udvaman — vomiting; rudhiram — blood; mukhāt — from his mouth; prasārya — thrusting outward; keśa — his hair; bāhu — arms; aṅghrīn — and legs; dharaṇyām — on the ground; nyapatat — he fell; vyasuḥ — lifeless.

TRANSLATION

His heart shattered by the club’s blow, Dantavakra vomited blood and fell lifeless to the ground, his hair disheveled and his arms and legs sprawling.

VERSE 10.78.10

tataḥ sūkṣmataraṁ jyotiḥ
kṛṣṇam āviśad adbhutam
paśyatāṁ sarva-bhūtānāṁ
yathā caidya-vadhe nṛpa

SYNONYMS

tataḥ — then; sūkṣma-taram — very subtle; jyotiḥ — a light; kṛṣṇam — Lord Kṛṣṇa; āviśat — entered; adbhutam — amazing; paśyatām — as they watched; sarva — all; bhūtānām — living beings; yathā — just as; caidya-vadhe — when Śiśupāla was killed; nṛpa — O King (Parīkṣit).

TRANSLATION

A most subtle and wondrous spark of light then [rose from the demon’s body and] entered Lord Kṛṣṇa while everyone looked on, O King, just as when Śiśupāla was killed.

VERSE 10.78.11

vidūrathas tu tad-bhrātā
bhrātṛ-śoka-pariplutaḥ
āgacchad asi-carmābhyām
ucchvasaṁs taj-jighāṁsayā

SYNONYMS

vidūrathaḥ — Vidūratha; tu — but; tat — his, Dantavakra’s; bhrātā — brother; bhrātṛ — for his brother; śoka — in sorrow; pariplutaḥ — submerged; āgacchat — came forward; asi — with sword; carmābhyām — and shield; ucchvasan — breathing heavily; tat — Him, Lord Kṛṣṇa; jighāṁsayā — wanting to kill.

TRANSLATION

But then Dantavakra’s brother Vidūratha, immersed in sorrow over his brother’s death, came forward breathing heavily, sword and shield in hand. He wanted to kill the Lord.

VERSE 10.78.12

tasya cāpatataḥ kṛṣṇaś
cakreṇa kṣura-neminā
śiro jahāra rājendra
sa-kirīṭaṁ sa-kuṇḍalam

SYNONYMS

tasya — of him; ca — and; āpatataḥ — who was attacking; kṛṣṇaḥ — Lord Kṛṣṇa; cakreṇa — with His Sudarśana disc; kṣura — like a razor; neminā — whose edge; śiraḥ — the head; jahāra — removed; rāja-indra — O best of kings; sa — with; kirīṭam — helmet; sa — with; kuṇḍalam — earrings.

TRANSLATION

O best of kings, as Vidūratha fell upon Him, Lord Kṛṣṇa used His razor-edged Sudarśana disc to remove his head, complete with its helmet and earrings.

VERSE 10.78.13-15

evaṁ saubhaṁ ca śālvaṁ ca
dantavakraṁ sahānujam
hatvā durviṣahān anyair
īḍitaḥ sura-mānavaiḥ

munibhiḥ siddha-gandharvair
vidyādhara-mahoragaiḥ
apsarobhiḥ pitṛ-gaṇair
yakṣaiḥ kinnara-cāraṇaiḥ

upagīyamāna-vijayaḥ
kusumair abhivarṣitaḥ
vṛtaś ca vṛṣṇi-pravarair
viveśālaṅkṛtāṁ purīm

SYNONYMS

evam — thus; saubham — the vehicle Saubha; ca — and; śālvam — Śālva; ca — and; dantavakram — Dantavakra; saha — together with; anujam — his younger brother, Vidūratha; hatvā — having killed; durviṣahān — insurmountable; anyaiḥ — by others; īḍitaḥ — praised; sura — by demigods; mānavaiḥ — and men; munibhiḥ — by sages; siddha — by perfected mystics; gandharvaiḥ — and by heavenly singers; vidyādhara — by residents of the Vidyādhara planet; mahā-uragaiḥ — and celestial serpents; apsarobhiḥ — by dancing girls of heaven; pitṛ-gaṇaiḥ — by elevated forefathers; yakṣaiḥ — Yakṣas; kinnara-cāraṇaiḥ — and by Kinnaras and Cāraṇas; upagīyamāna — being chanted; vijayaḥ — whose victory; kusumaiḥ — with flowers; abhivarṣitaḥ — rained upon; vṛtaḥ — surrounded; ca — and; vṛṣṇi-pravaraiḥ — by the most eminent of the Vṛṣṇis; viveśa — He entered; alaṅkṛtām — decorated; purīm — His capital, Dvārakā.

TRANSLATION

Having thus destroyed Śālva and his Saubha airship, along with Dantavakra and his younger brother, all of whom were invincible before any other opponent, the Lord was praised by demigods, human beings and great sages, by Siddhas, Gandharvas, Vidyādharas and Mahoragas, and also by Apsarās, Pitās, Yakṣas, Kinnaras and Cāraṇas. As they sang His glories and showered Him with flowers, the Supreme Lord entered His festively decorated capital city in the company of the most eminent Vṛṣṇis.

VERSE 10.78.16

evaṁ yogeśvaraḥ kṛṣṇo
bhagavān jagad-īśvaraḥ
īyate paśu-dṛṣṭīnāṁ
nirjito jayatīti saḥ

SYNONYMS

evam — in this fashion; yoga — of mystic yoga; īśvaraḥ — the Lord; kṛṣṇaḥ — Kṛṣṇa; bhagavān — the Personality of Godhead; jagat — of the universe; īśvaraḥ — the Lord; īyate — seems; paśu — like animals; dṛṣṭīnām — to those whose sight; nirjitaḥ — defeated; jayati — is victorious; iti — as if; saḥ — He.

TRANSLATION

Thus Lord Kṛṣṇa, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the master all mystic power and Lord of the universe, is ever victorious. Only those of beastly vision think He sometimes suffers defeat.

VERSE 10.78.17

śrutvā yuddhodyamaṁ rāmaḥ
kurūṇāṁ saha pāṇḍavaiḥ
tīrthābhiṣeka-vyājena
madhya-sthaḥ prayayau kila

SYNONYMS

śrutvā — hearing; yuddha — for battle; udyamam — the preparations; rāmaḥ — Lord Balarāma; kurūṇām — of the Kurus; saha — with; pāṇḍavaiḥ — the Pāṇḍavas; tīrtha — in holy places; abhiṣeka — of bathing; vyājena — on the pretext; madhya-sthaḥ — neutral; prayayau — He departed; kila — indeed.

TRANSLATION

Lord Balarāma then heard that the Kurus were preparing for war with the Pāṇḍavas. Being neutral, He departed on the pretext of going to bathe in holy places.

VERSE 10.78.18

snātvā prabhāse santarpya
devarṣi-pitṛ-mānavān
sarasvatīṁ prati-srotaṁ
yayau brāhmaṇa-saṁvṛtaḥ

SYNONYMS

snātvā — having bathed; prabhāse — at Prabhāsa; santarpya — and having honored; deva — the demigods; ṛṣi — sages; pitṛ — forefathers; mānavān — and human beings; sarasvatīm — to the river Sarasvatī; prati-srotam — which flows toward the sea; yayau — He went; brāhmaṇa-saṁvṛtaḥ — surrounded by brāhmaṇas.

TRANSLATION

After bathing at Prabhāsa and honoring the demigods, sages, forefathers and prominent human beings, He went in the company of brāhmaṇas to the portion of the Sarasvatī that flows westward into the sea.

VERSE 10.78.19-20

pṛthūdakaṁ bindu-saras
tritakūpaṁ sudarśanam
viśālaṁ brahma-tīrthaṁ ca
cakraṁ prācīṁ sarasvatīm

yamunām anu yāny eva
gaṅgām anu ca bhārata
jagāma naimiṣaṁ yatra
ṛṣayaḥ satram āsate

SYNONYMS

pṛthu — broad; udakam — whose water; bindu-saraḥ — the lake Bindu-sarovara; trita-kūpam sudarśanam — the pilgrimage places known as Tritakūpa and Sudarśana; viśālam brahma-tīrtham ca — Viśāla and Brahma-tīrtha; cakram — Cakra-tīrtha; prācīm — flowing east; sarasvatīm — the Sarasvatī River; yamunām — the Yamunā River; anu — along; yāni — which; eva — all; gaṅgām — the Ganges; anu — along; ca — also; bhārata — O descendant of Bharata (Parīkṣit Mahārāja); jagāma — He visited; naimiṣam — the Naimiṣa forest; yatra — where; ṛṣayaḥ — great sages; satram — an elaborate sacrifice; āsate — were performing.

TRANSLATION

Lord Balarāma visited the broad Bindu-saras Lake, Tritakūpa, Sudarśana, Viśāla, Brahma-tīrtha, Cakra-tīrtha and the eastward-flowing Sarasvatī. He also went to all the holy places along the Yamunā and the Ganges, O Bhārata, and then He came to the Naimiṣa forest, where great sages were performing an elaborate sacrifice.

VERSE 10.78.21

tam āgatam abhipretya
munayo dīrgha-satriṇaḥ
abhinandya yathā-nyāyaṁ
praṇamyotthāya cārcayan

SYNONYMS

tam — Him; āgatam — arrived; abhipretya — recognizing; munayaḥ — the sages; dīrgha — for a long time; satriṇaḥ — who had been engaged in the sacrificial performance; abhinandya — greeting; yathā — as; nyāyam — correct; praṇamya — bowing down; utthāya — having stood up; ca — and; ārcayan — they worshiped.

TRANSLATION

Recognizing the Lord upon His arrival, the sages, who had been engaged in their sacrificial rituals for a long time, greeted Him properly by standing up, bowing down and worshiping Him.

VERSE 10.78.22

so ’rcitaḥ sa-parīvāraḥ
kṛtāsana-parigrahaḥ
romaharṣaṇam āsīnaṁ
maharṣeḥ śiṣyam aikṣata

SYNONYMS

saḥ — He; arcitaḥ — worshiped; sa — together with; parīvāraḥ — His entourage; kṛta — having done; āsana — of a seat; parigrahaḥ — acceptance; romaharṣaṇam — Romaharṣaṇa Sūta; āsīnam — seated; mahā-ṛṣeḥ — of the greatest of sages, Vyāsadeva; śiṣyam — the disciple; aikṣata — saw.

TRANSLATION

After being thus worshiped along with His entourage, the Lord accepted a seat of honor. Then He noticed that Romaharṣaṇa, Vyāsadeva’s disciple, had remained seated.

VERSE 10.78.23

apratyutthāyinaṁ sūtam
akṛta-prahvaṇāñjalim
adhyāsīnaṁ ca tān viprāṁś
cukopodvīkṣya mādhavaḥ

SYNONYMS

apratyutthāyinam — who had failed to stand up; sūtam — the son of a mixed marriage between a kṣatriya father and brāhmaṇa mother; akṛta — who had not done; prahvaṇa — bowing down; añjalim — and joining of palms; adhyāsīnam — sitting higher; ca — and; tān — than those; viprān — learned brāhmaṇas; cukopa — became angry; udvīkṣya — seeing; mādhavaḥ — Lord Balarāma.

TRANSLATION

Lord Balarāma became extremely angry upon seeing how this member of the sūta caste had failed to stand up, bow down or join his palms, and also how he was sitting above all the learned brāhmaṇas.

VERSE 10.78.24

yasmād asāv imān viprān
adhyāste pratiloma-jaḥ
dharma-pālāṁs tathaivāsmān
vadham arhati durmatiḥ

SYNONYMS

yasmāt — because; asau — he; imān — than these; viprān — brāhmaṇas; adhyāste — is sitting higher; pratiloma-jaḥ — born from an improperly mixed marriage; dharma — of the principles of religion; pālān — the protector; tathā eva — also; asmān — Myself; vadham — death; arhati — he deserves; durmatiḥ — foolish.

TRANSLATION

[Lord Balarāma said:] Because this fool born from an improperly mixed marriage sits above all these brāhmaṇas and even above Me, the protector of religion, he deserves to die.

VERSE 10.78.25-26

ṛṣer bhagavato bhūtvā
śiṣyo ’dhītya bahūni ca
setihāsa-purāṇāni
dharma-śāstrāṇi sarvaśaḥ

adāntasyāvinītasya
vṛthā paṇḍita-māninaḥ
na guṇāya bhavanti sma
naṭasyevājitātmanaḥ

SYNONYMS

ṛṣeḥ — of the sage (Vyāsadeva); bhagavataḥ — the incarnation of Godhead; bhūtvā — becoming; śiṣyaḥ — a disciple; adhītya — studying; bahūni — many; ca — and; sa — together with; itihāsa — epic histories; purāṇāni — and Purāṇas; dharma-śāstrāṇi — the scriptures describing the religious duties of man; sarvaśaḥ — fully; adāntasya — for him who is not self-controlled; avinītasya — not humble; vṛthā — vainly; paṇḍita — a scholarly authority; māninaḥ — thinking himself; na guṇāya — not leading to good qualities; bhavanti sma — they have become; naṭasya — of a stage performer; iva — like; ajita — unconquered; ātmanaḥ — whose mind.

TRANSLATION

Although he is a disciple of the divine sage Vyāsa and has thoroughly learned many scriptures from him, including the lawbooks of religious duties and the epic histories and Purāṇas, all this study has not produced good qualities in him. Rather, his study of the scriptures is like an actor’s studying his part, for he is not self-controlled or humble and vainly presumes himself a scholarly authority, though he has failed to conquer his own mind.

VERSE 10.78.27

etad-artho hi loke ’sminn
avatāro mayā kṛtaḥ
vadhyā me dharma-dhvajinas
te hi pātakino ’dhikāḥ

SYNONYMS

etat — for this; arthaḥ — purpose; hi — indeed; loke — into the world; asmin — this; avatāraḥ — descent; mayā — by Me; kṛtaḥ — done; vadhyāḥ — to be killed; me — by Me; dharma-dhvajinaḥ — those who pose as religious; te — they; hi — indeed; pātakinaḥ — sinful; adhikāḥ — most.

TRANSLATION

The very purpose of My descent into this world is to kill such hypocrites who pretend to be religious. Indeed, they are the most sinful rascals.

VERSE 10.78.28

etāvad uktvā bhagavān
nivṛtto ’sad-vadhād api
bhāvitvāt taṁ kuśāgreṇa
kara-sthenāhanat prabhuḥ

SYNONYMS

etāvat — this much; uktvā — saying; bhagavān — the Personality of Godhead; nivṛttaḥ — stopped; asat — the impious; vadhāt — from killing; api — although; bhāvitvāt — because it was inevitable; tam — him, Romaharṣaṇa; kuśa — of kuśa grass; agreṇa — with the tip of a blade; kara — in His hand; sthena — held; ahanat — killed; prabhuḥ — the Lord.

TRANSLATION

[Śukadeva Gosvāmī continued:] Although Lord Balarāma had stopped killing the impious, Romaharṣaṇa’s death was inevitable. Thus, having spoken, the Lord killed him by picking up a blade of kuśa grass and touching him with its tip.

VERSE 10.78.29

hāheti-vādinaḥ sarve
munayaḥ khinna-mānasāḥ
ūcuḥ saṅkarṣaṇaṁ devam
adharmas te kṛtaḥ prabho

SYNONYMS

- — “alas, alas”; iti — thus; vādinaḥ — saying; sarve — all; munayaḥ — the sages; khinna — disturbed; mānasāḥ — whose minds; ūcuḥ — they told; saṅkarṣaṇam — Balarāma; devam — the Supreme Lord; adharmaḥ — an irreligious act; te — by You; kṛtaḥ — done; prabho — O master.

TRANSLATION

All the sages cried out, “Alas, alas!” in great distress. They told Lord Saṅkarṣaṇa, “O master, You have committed an irreligious act!

VERSE 10.78.30

asya brahmāsanaṁ dattam
asmābhir yadu-nandana
āyuś cātmāklamaṁ tāvad
yāvat satraṁ samāpyate

SYNONYMS

asya — his; brahma-āsanam — the spiritual master’s seat; dattam — given; asmābhiḥ — by us; yadu-nandana — O darling of the Yadus; āyuḥ — long life; ca — and; ātma — bodily; aklamam — freedom from trouble; tāvat — for that long; yāvat — until; satram — the sacrifice; samāpyate — is completed.

TRANSLATION

“O favorite of the Yadus, we gave him the seat of the spiritual master and promised him long life and freedom from physical pain for as long as this sacrifice continues.

VERSE 10.78.31-32

ajānataivācaritas
tvayā brahma-vadho yathā
yogeśvarasya bhavato
nāmnāyo ’pi niyāmakaḥ

yady etad-brahma-hatyāyāḥ
pāvanaṁ loka-pāvana
cariṣyati bhavāḻ loka-
saṅgraho ’nanya-coditaḥ

SYNONYMS

ajānatā — not knowing; eva — only; ācaritaḥ — done; tvayā — by You; brahma — of a brāhmaṇa; vadhaḥ — the killing; yathā — actually; yoga — of mystic power; īśvarasya — for the Lord; bhavataḥ — Yourself; na — not; āmnāyaḥ — scriptural injunction; api — even; niyāmakaḥ — regulator; yadi — if; etat — for this; brahma — of a brāhmaṇa; hatyāyāḥ — killing; pāvanam — purifying atonement; loka — of the world; pāvana — O purifier; cariṣyati — executes; bhavān — Your good self; loka-saṅgrahaḥ — benefit for the people in general; ananya — by no one else; coditaḥ — impelled.

TRANSLATION

“You have unknowingly killed a brāhmaṇa. Of course, even the injunctions of revealed scripture cannot dictate to You, the Lord of all mystic power. But if by Your own free will You nonetheless carry out the prescribed purification for this slaying of a brāhmaṇa, O purifier of the whole world, people in general will greatly benefit by Your example.”

VERSE 10.78.33

śrī-bhagavān uvāca

cariṣye vadha-nirveśaṁ
lokānugraha-kāmyayā
niyamaḥ prathame kalpe
yāvān sa tu vidhīyatām

SYNONYMS

śrī-bhagavān uvāca — the Supreme Lord said; cariṣye — I will execute; vadha — for the killing; nirveśam — atonement; loka — for the people in general; anugraha — compassion; kāmyayā — desiring to show; niyamaḥ — the regulative injunction; prathame — in the primary; kalpe — ritual; yāvān — as much; saḥ — that; tu — indeed; vidhīyatām — please prescribe.

TRANSLATION

The Personality of Godhead said: I will certainly perform the atonement for this killing, since I wish to show compassion to the people in general. Please, therefore, prescribe for Me whatever ritual is to be done first.

VERSE 10.78.34

dīrgham āyur bataitasya
sattvam indriyam eva ca
āśāsitaṁ yat tad brūte
sādhaye yoga-māyayā

SYNONYMS

dīrgham — long; āyuḥ — life span; bata — oh; etasya — for him; sattvam — strength; indriyam — sensory power; eva ca — also; āśāsitam — promised; yat — which; tat — that; brūte — please say; sādhaye — I shall make happen; yoga-māyayā — by My mystic power.

TRANSLATION

O sages, just say the word, and by My mystic power I shall restore everything you promised him — long life, strength and sensory power.

VERSE 10.78.35

ṛṣaya ūcuḥ

astrasya tava vīryasya
mṛtyor asmākam eva ca
yathā bhaved vacaḥ satyaṁ
tathā rāma vidhīyatām

SYNONYMS

ṛṣayaḥ ūcuḥ — the sages said; astrasya — of the weapon (the blade of kuśa grass); tava — Your; vīryasya — potency; mṛtyoḥ — of the death; asmākam — our; eva ca — also; yathā — so that; bhavet — may remain; vacaḥ — the words; satyam — true; tathā — thus; rāma — O Rāma; vidhīyatām — please arrange.

TRANSLATION

The sages said: Please see to it, O Rāma, that Your power and that of Your kuśa weapon, as well as our promise and Romaharṣaṇa’s death, all remain intact.

VERSE 10.78.36

śrī-bhagavān uvāca

ātmā vai putra utpanna
iti vedānuśāsanam
tasmād asya bhaved vaktā
āyur-indriya-sattva-vān

SYNONYMS

śrī-bhagavān uvāca — the Supreme Lord said; ātmā — one’s self; vai — indeed; putraḥ — the son; utpannaḥ — born; iti — thus; veda-anuśāsanam — the instruction of the Vedas; tasmāt — therefore; asya — his (son); bhavet — should be; vaktā — the speaker; āyuḥ — long life; indriya — strong senses; sattva — and physical power; vān — possessing.

TRANSLATION

The Supreme Lord said: The Vedas instruct us that one’s own self takes birth again as one’s son. Thus let Romaharṣaṇa’s son become the speaker of the Purāṇas, and let him be endowed with long life, strong senses and stamina.

VERSE 10.78.37

kiṁ vaḥ kāmo muni-śreṣṭhā
brūtāhaṁ karavāṇy atha
ajānatas tv apacitiṁ
yathā me cintyatāṁ budhāḥ

SYNONYMS

kim — what; vaḥ — your; kāmaḥ — desire; muni — of sages; śreṣṭhāḥ — O best; brūta — please say; aham — I; karavāṇi — shall do it; atha — and then; ajānataḥ — who does not know; tu — indeed; apacitim — the atonement; yathā — properly; me — for Me; cintyatām — please think of; budhāḥ — O intelligent ones.

TRANSLATION

Please tell Me your desire, O best of sages, and I shall certainly fulfill it. And, O wise souls, please carefully determine My proper atonement, since I do not know what it might be.

VERSE 10.78.38

ṛṣaya ūcuḥ

ilvalasya suto ghoro
balvalo nāma dānavaḥ
sa dūṣayati naḥ satram
etya parvaṇi parvaṇi

SYNONYMS

ṛṣayaḥ ūcuḥ — the sages said; ilvalasya — of Ilvala; sutaḥ — the son; ghoraḥ — fearsome; balvalaḥ nāma — named Balvala; dānavaḥ — demon; saḥ — he; dūṣayati — contaminates; naḥ — our; satram — sacrifice; etya — coming; parvaṇi parvaṇi — on each new-moon day.

TRANSLATION

The sages said: A fearsome demon named Balvala, the son of Ilvala, comes here every new-moon day and contaminates our sacrifice.

VERSE 10.78.39

taṁ pāpaṁ jahi dāśārha
tan naḥ śuśrūṣaṇaṁ param
pūya-śoṇita-vin-mūtra-
surā-māṁsābhivarṣiṇam

SYNONYMS

tam — that; pāpam — sinful person; jahi — please kill; dāśārha — O descendant of Daśārha; tat — that; naḥ — to us; śuśrūṣaṇam — service; param — best; pūya — pus; śoṇita — blood; vit — feces; mūtra — urine; surā — wine; māṁsa — and meat; abhivarṣiṇam — who pours down.

TRANSLATION

O descendant of Daśārha, please kill that sinful demon, who pours down pus, blood, feces, urine, wine and meat upon us. This is the best service You can do for us.

VERSE 10.78.40

tataś ca bhārataṁ varṣaṁ
parītya su-samāhitaḥ
caritvā dvādaśa-māsāṁs
tīrtha-snāyī viśudhyasi

SYNONYMS

tataḥ — then; ca — and; bhāratam varṣam — the land of Bhārata (India); parītya — circumambulating; su-samāhitaḥ — in a serious mood; caritvā — performing penances; dvādaśa — twelve; māsān — months; tīrtha — at holy places of pilgrimage; snāyī — bathing; viśudhyasi — You will be purified.

TRANSLATION

Thereafter, for twelve months, You should circumambulate the land of Bhārata in a mood of serious meditation, executing austerities and bathing at various holy pilgrimage sites. In this way You will become purified.