Overcome Illusion by Attentive hearing

2013-04-24
Srimad Bhagavatam 10.18.22 - Overcome Illusion by Attentive hearing (download mp3) , (download flv) and (download mp4)
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SB 10.18.22
vahanto vahyamanas ca
 carayantas ca go-dhanam
bhandirakam nama vatam
 jagmuh krsna-purogamah

Translation:
Thus carrying and being carried by one another, and at the same time tending the cows, the boys followed Krsna to a banyan tree known as Bhandiraka.

Purport:
Srila Sanatana Gosvami quotes the following verses from Sri Harivamsa (Visnu-parva 11.18-22), which describe the banyan tree:

dadarsa vipulodagra-
 sakhinam sakhinam varam
sthitam dharanyam meghabham
 nibidam dala-saƱcayaih

gaganardhocchritakaram
 parvatabhoga-dharinam
nila-citranga-varnais ca
 sevitam bahubhih khagaih

phalaih pravalais ca ghanaih
 sendracapa-ghanopamam
bhavanakara-vitapam
 lata-puspa-sumanditam

visala-mulavanatam
 pavanambhoda-dharinam
adhipatyam ivanyesam
 tasya desasya sakhinam

kurvanam subha-karmanam
 niravarsam anatapam
nyagrodham parvatagrabham
 bhandiram nama namatah

“They saw that best of all trees, which had many long branches. With its dense covering of leaves, it resembled a cloud sitting on the earth. Indeed, its form was so large that it appeared like a mountain covering half the sky. Many birds with charming blue wings frequented that great tree, whose dense fruits and leaves made it seem like a cloud accompanied by a rainbow or like a house decorated with creepers and flowers. It spread its broad roots downward and carried upon itself the sanctified clouds. That banyan tree was like the lordly master of all other trees in that vicinity, as it performed the all-auspicious functions of warding off the rain and the heat of the sun. Such was the appearance of that nyagrodha tree known as Bhandira, which seemed just like the peak of a great mountain.”

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