Srimad Bhagavatam 10.45.41-50 - Krishna Rescues His Teacher's Son (download mp3)
by Shyam Charan Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
aste tenahrto nunam
tac chrutva satvaram prabhuh
jalam avisya tam hatva
napasyad udare ’rbhakam
“Indeed,” the ocean said, “that demon has taken him away.” Hearing this, Lord Krsna entered the ocean, found Pañcajana and killed him. But the Lord did not find the boy within the demon’s belly.
adaya ratham agamat
tatah samyamanim nama
yamasya dayitam purim
gatva janardanah sankham
tayoh saparyam mahatim
yuvayoh karavama kim
Lord Janardana took the conchshell that had grown around the demon’s body and went back to the chariot. Then He proceeded to Samyamani, the beloved capital of Yamaraja, the lord of death. Upon arriving there with Lord Balarama, He loudly blew His conchshell, and Yamaraja, who keeps the conditioned souls in check, came as soon as he heard the resounding vibration. Yamaraja elaborately worshiped the two Lords with great devotion, and then he addressed Lord Krsna, who lives in everyone’s heart: “O Supreme Lord Visnu, what shall I do for You and Lord Balarama, who are playing the part of ordinary humans?”
The conchshell the Lord took from Pañcajana, which is called Pañcajanya, is the same one He sounded at the beginning of the Bhagavad-gita. According to the acaryas, Pañcajana had become a demon in a way similar to that of Jaya and Vijaya. In other words, though appearing in the form of a demon, he was actually a devotee of the Lord. The Skanda Purana, Avanti-khanda, describes the wonderful things that happened when Lord Krsna sounded His conchshell:
rauravam nama narakam
arauravam abhut tada
“The hell known as Asipatra-vana lost the sharp, swordlike leaves on its trees, and the hell named Raurava became free of its ruru beasts. The Bhairava hell lost its fearfulness, and all cooking stopped in the Kumbhipaka hell.”
The Skanda Purana further states:
papa-ksayat tatah sarve
vimukta naraka narah
padam avyayam asadya
“Their sinful reactions eradicated, all the inhabitants of hell attained liberation and approached the spiritual world.”
The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: Suffering the bondage of his past activity, My spiritual master’s son was brought here to you. O great King, obey My command and bring this boy to Me without delay.
dattva sva-gurave bhuyo
vrnisveti tam ucatuh
Yamaraja said, “So be it,” and brought forth the guru’s son. Then those two most exalted Yadus presented the boy to Their spiritual master and said to him, “Please select another boon.”
samyak sampadito vatsa
ko nu yusmad-vidha-guroh
The spiritual master said: My dear boys, You two have completely fulfilled the disciple’s obligation to reward his spiritual master. Indeed, with disciples like You, what further desires could a guru have?
gacchatam sva-grham virau
kirtir vam astu pavani
bhavantv iha paratra ca
O heroes, now please return home. May Your fame sanctify the world, and may the Vedic hymns be ever fresh in Your minds, both in this life and the next.
ayatau sva-puram tata
Thus receiving Their guru’s permission to leave, the two Lords returned to Their city on Their chariot, which moved as swiftly as the wind and resounded like a cloud.
samanandan prajah sarva
apasyantyo bahv ahani
All the citizens rejoiced upon seeing Krsna and Balarama, whom they had not seen for many days. The people felt just like those who have lost their wealth and then regained it.
Thus end the purports of the humble servants of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada to the Tenth Canto, Forty-fifth Chapter, of the Srimad-Bhagavatam, entitled “Krsna Rescues His Teacher’s Son.”