Being Krishna Conscious means Being Cultured
by Dwarakadhish Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
svasrva sañcodita krsna
krsna-patnis ca sarvasah
anarca rukminim satyam
bhadram jambavatim tatha
kalindim mitravindam ca
saibyam nagnajitim satim
anyas cabhyagata yas tu
Encouraged by her mother-in-law, Draupadi worshiped all of Lord Krsna’s wives, including Rukmini; Satyabhama; Bhadra; Jambavati; Kalindi; Mitravinda, the descendant of Sibi; the chaste Nagnajiti; and the other queens of the Lord who were present. Draupadi honored them all with such gifts as clothing, flower garlands and jewelry.
sukham nivasayam asa
sa-bharyam ca navam navam
King Yudhisthira arranged for Krsna’s rest and saw to it that all who came along with Him — namely His queens, soldiers, ministers and secretaries — were comfortably situated. He arranged that they would experience a new feature of reception every day while staying as guests of the Pandavas.
This translation is taken from Srila Prabhupada’s Krsna.
mocayitva mayam yena
rajñe divya sabha krta
uvasa katicin masan
viharan ratham aruhya
phalgunena bhatair vrtah
Desiring to please King Yudhisthira, the Lord resided at Indraprastha for several months. During His stay, He and Arjuna satisfied the fire-god by offering him the Khandava forest, and they saved Maya Danava, who then built King Yudhisthira a celestial assembly hall. The Lord also took the opportunity to go riding in His chariot in the company of Arjuna, surrounded by a retinue of soldiers.
Srila Prabhupada writes in Krsna: “It was during this time that Lord Sri Krsna, with the help of Arjuna, for the satisfaction of the fire-god, Agni, allowed Agni to devour the Khandava forest. During the forest fire, Krsna saved the demon Mayasura, who was hiding in the forest. Upon being saved, Mayasura felt obliged to the Pandavas and Lord Krsna, and he constructed a wonderful assembly house within the city of Hastinapura. In this way, Lord Krsna, in order to please King Yudhisthira, remained in the city of Hastinapura for several months. During His stay, He enjoyed strolling here and there. He used to drive on chariots along with Arjuna, and many warriors and soldiers used to follow them.”
Thus end the purports of the humble servants of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada to the Tenth Canto, Seventy-first Chapter, of the Srimad-Bhagavatam, entitled “The Lord Travels to Indraprastha.”