Self Determination and Denial of Destiny Characterize Modernity

2016-06-01
Srimad Bhagavatam 10.82.20-26 - Self Determination and Denial of Destiny Characterize Modernity (download mp3)
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SB 10.82.20
sri-vasudeva uvaca
amba masman asuyetha
 daiva-kridanakan naran
isasya hi vase lokah
 kurute karyate ’tha va

Translation: 
Sri Vasudeva said: Dear sister, please do not be angry with us. We are only ordinary men, playthings of fate. Indeed, whether a person acts on his own or is forced by others, he is always under the Supreme Lord’s control.

SB 10.82.21
kamsa-pratapitah sarve
 vayam yata disam disam
etarhy eva punah sthanam
 daivenasaditah svasah

Translation: 
Harassed by Kamsa, we all fled in various directions, but by the grace of Providence we have now finally been able to return to our homes, my dear sister.


SB 10.82.22
sri-suka uvaca
vasudevograsenadyair
 yadubhis te ’rcita nrpah
asann acyuta-sandarsa-
 paramananda-nirvrtah

Translation: 
Sukadeva Gosvami said: Vasudeva, Ugrasena and the other Yadus honored the various kings, who became supremely blissful and content upon seeing Lord Acyuta.

SB 10.82.23-26
bhismo drono ’mbika-putro
 gandhari sa-suta tatha
sa-darah pandavah kunti
 sañjayo vidurah krpah
kuntibhojo viratas ca
 bhismako nagnajin mahan
purujid drupadah salyo
 dhrstaketuh sa kasi-rat
damaghoso visalakso
 maithilo madra-kekayau
yudhamanyuh susarma ca
 sa-suta bahlikadayah
rajano ye ca rajendra
 yudhisthiram anuvratah
sri-niketam vapuh saureh
 sa-strikam viksya vismitah

Translation: 
All the royalty present, including Bhisma, Drona, Dhrtarastra, Gandhari and her sons, the Pandavas and their wives, Kunti, Sañjaya, Vidura, Krpacarya, Kuntibhoja, Virata, Bhismaka, the great Nagnajit, Purujit, Drupada, Salya, Dhrstaketu, Kasiraja, Damaghosa, Visalaksa, Maithila, Madra, Kekaya, Yudhamanyu, Susarma, Bahlika with his associates and their sons, and the many other kings subservient to Maharaja Yudhisthira — all of them, O best of kings, were simply amazed to see the transcendental form of Lord Krsna, the abode of all opulence and beauty, standing before them with His consorts.

Purport: 
According to Srila Sridhara Svami, all these kings were now followers of Yudhisthira because he had subjugated each of them to earn the privilege of performing the Rajasuya sacrifice. The Vedic injunctions state that a ksatriya who wants to execute the Rajasuya for elevation to heaven must first send out a “victory horse” to roam freely; any other king whose territory this horse enters must either voluntarily submit or face the ksatriya or his representatives in battle.

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