Choosing the Right Association

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.66.21-22 - Choosing the Right Association (download mp3)
by Hare Krishna Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.66.21
iti ksiptva sitair banair
 virathi-krtya paundrakam
siro ’vrscad rathangena
 vajrenendro yatha gireh

Having thus derided Paundraka, Lord Krsna destroyed his chariot with His sharp arrows. The Lord then cut off his head with the Sudarsana disc, just as Lord Indra lops off a mountain peak with his thunderbolt weapon.

SB 10.66.22
tatha kasi-pateh kayac
 chira utkrtya patribhih
nyapatayat kasi-puryam
 padma-kosam ivanilah

With His arrows, Lord Krsna similarly severed Kasiraja’s head from his body, sending it flying into Kasi city like a lotus flower thrown by the wind.

Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti explains why Krsna threw Kasiraja’s head into the city: “As he went off to battle, the King of Kasi had promised the citizens: ‘My dear residents of Kasi, today I will bring the enemy’s head into the midst of the city. Have no doubt of this.’ The King’s sinful queens had also boasted to their maids-in-waiting: ‘Today our master will certainly bring the head of the Lord of Dvaraka.’ Therefore the Supreme Lord threw the King’s head into the city to astonish the inhabitants.”