Srimad Bhagavatam 10.75.23-30 - When Success is called substantial (download mp3)
by Shubha Vilas Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
bandhuñ jñatin nrpan mitra-
suhrdo ’nyams ca sarvasah
abhiksnam pujayam asa
In various ways King Yudhisthira, who had totally dedicated his life to Lord Narayana, continuously honored his relatives, his immediate family, the other kings, his friends and well-wishers, and all others present as well.
sarve janah sura-ruco mani-kundala-srag-
naryas ca kundala-yugalaka-vrnda-justa-
vaktra-sriyah kanaka-mekhalaya virejuh
All the men there shone like demigods. They were adorned with jeweled earrings, flower garlands, turbans, waistcoats, silk dhotis and valuable pearl necklaces. The lovely faces of the women were beautified by their matched earrings and locks of hair, and they all wore golden belts.
rajano ye samagatah
pujitas tam anujñapya
sva-dhamani yayur nrpa
Then the highly cultured priests, the great Vedic authorities who had served as sacrificial witnesses, the specially invited kings, the brahmanas, ksatriyas, vaisyas, sudras, demigods, sages, forefathers and mystic spirits, and the chief planetary rulers and their followers — all of them, having been worshiped by King Yudhisthira, took his permission and departed, O King, each for his own abode.
piban martyo ’mrtam yatha
As they all glorified the wonderful Rajasuya-yajña performed by that great saintly King and servant of Lord Hari, they were not satiated, just as an ordinary man is never satiated when drinking nectar.
tato yudhisthiro raja
premna nivarayam asa
krsnam ca tyaga-katarah
At that time Raja Yudhisthira stopped a number of his friends, immediate family members and other relatives from departing, among them Lord Krsna. Out of love Yudhisthira could not let them go, for he felt the pain of imminent separation.
bhagavan api tatranga
prasthapya yadu-virams ca
sambadims ca kusasthalim
My dear Pariksit, the Supreme Lord remained there for some time to please the King, after first sending Samba and the other Yadu heroes back to Dvaraka.
ittham raja dharma-suto
Thus King Yudhisthira, the son of Dharma, was at last relieved of his burning ambition, having by the grace of Lord Krsna successfully crossed the vast and formidable ocean of his desires.
The previous chapters of Srimad-Bhagavatam clearly explain that King Yudhisthira intensely desired to demonstrate to the world the supremacy of Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and the blessings received by those who surrender to Him. To do this, King Yudhisthira performed the Rajasuya sacrifice, a very difficult task.
Srila Prabhupada writes in this connection: “In the material world, everyone has a particular type of desire to be fulfilled, but one is never able to fulfill his desires to his full satisfaction. But King Yudhisthira, because of his unflinching devotion to Krsna, could fulfill all his desires successfully by the performance of the Rajasuya sacrifice. From the description of the Rajasuya yajña, it appears that such a function is a great ocean of opulent desires. It is not possible for an ordinary man to cross over such an ocean; nevertheless, by the grace of Lord Krsna, King Yudhisthira was able to cross over it very easily, and thus he became freed from all anxieties.”