Srimad Bhagavatam 10.72.12-14 - Understanding Krishna's Involvement (download mp3)
by Shyamananda Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
bhratrn dig-vijaye ’yunkta
Sukadeva Gosvami said: Upon hearing these words sung by the Supreme Lord, King Yudhisthira became joyful, and his face blossomed like a lotus. Thus he sent forth his brothers, who were empowered with Lord Visnu’s potency, to conquer all directions.
adisat saha srñjayaih
disi praticyam nakulam
pracyam vrkodaram matsyaih
kekayaih saha madrakaih
He sent Sahadeva to the south with the Srñjayas, Nakula to the west with the Matsyas, Arjuna to the north with the Kekayas, and Bhima to the east with the Madrakas.
te vijitya nrpan vira
ajahrur digbhya ojasa
dravinam nrpa yaksyate
After defeating many kings with their prowess, these heroic brothers brought back abundant wealth for Yudhisthira Maharaja, who was intent on performing the sacrifice, O King.
Srila Prabhupada writes: “It may be noted that by dispatching his younger brothers to conquer in different directions, King Yudhisthira did not actually intend that they declare war with the kings. Actually, the brothers started for different directions to inform the respective kings about King Yudhisthira’s intention to perform the Rajasuya sacrifice. The kings were thus informed that they were required to pay taxes for the execution of the sacrifice. This payment of taxes to Emperor Yudhisthira meant that the king accepted subjugation before him. In case of a king’s refusal to act accordingly, there was certainly a fight. Thus by their influence and strength, the brothers conquered all the kings in different directions, and they were able to bring in sufficient taxes and presentations. These were brought before King Yudhisthira by his brothers.”