Life Story Of Srila Bhismadev

Srimad Bhagavatam 09.22.16-20 - Life Story Of Srila Bhismadev (download mp3)
by Baladeva Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 9.22.16-17
evam ukto dvijair jyestham
chandayam asa so 'bravit
tan-mantri-prahitair viprair
vedad vibhramsito gira
veda-vadativadan vai
tada devo vavarsa ha
devapir yogam asthaya
kalapa-gramam asritah

When the brahmanas said this, Maharaja Santanu went to the forest and requested his elder brother Devapi to take charge of the kingdom, for it is the duty of a king to maintain his subjects. Previously, however, Santanu's minister Asvavara had instigated some brahmanas to induce Devapi to transgress the injunctions of the Vedas and thus make himself unfit for the post of ruler. The brahmanas deviated Devapi from the path of the Vedic principles, and therefore when asked by Santanu he did not agree to accept the post of ruler. On the contrary, he blasphemed the Vedic principles and therefore became fallen. Under the circumstances, Santanu again became the king, and Indra, being pleased, showered rains. Devapi later took to the path of mystic yoga to control his mind and senses and went to the village named Kalapagrama, where he is still living.

SB 9.22.18-19
soma-vamse kalau naste
krtadau sthapayisyati
bahlikt somadatto 'bhud
bhurir bhurisravas tatah
salas ca santanor asid
gangayam bhisma atmavan
sarva-dharma-vidam srestho
maha-bhagavatah kavih

After the dynasty of the moon-god comes to an end in this age of Kali, Devapi, in the beginning of the next Satya-yuga, will reestablish the Soma dynasty in this world. From Bahlika [the brother of Santanu] came a son named Somadatta, who had three sons, named Bhuri, Bhurisrava and Sala. From Santanu, through the womb of his wife named Ganga, came Bhisma, the exalted, self-realized devotee and learned scholar.

SB 9.22.20
vira-yuthagranir yena
ramo 'pi yudhi tositah
santanor dasa-kanyayam

Bhismadeva was the foremost of all warriors. When he defeated Lord Parasurama in a fight, Lord Parasurama was very satisfied with him. By the semen of Santanu in the womb of Satyavati, the daughter of a fisherman, Citrangada took birth.

Satyavati was actually the daughter of Uparicara Vasu by the womb of a fisherwoman known as Matsyagarbha. Later, Satyavati was raised by a fisherman.

The fight between Parasurama and Bhismadeva concerns three daughters of Kasiraja Ambika, Ambalika and Amba who were forcibly abducted by Bhismadeva, acting on behalf of his brother Vicitravirya. Amba thought that Bhismadeva would marry her and became attached to him, but Bhismadeva refused to marry her, for he had taken the vow of brahmacarya. Amba therefore approached Bhismadeva's military spiritual master, Parasurama, who instructed Bhisma to marry her. Bhismadeva refused, and therefore Parasurama fought with him to force him to accept the marriage. But Parasurama was defeated, and he was pleased with Bhisma.