Develop Competence through Sadhana

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.50.19-21 - Develop Competence through Sadhana (download mp3)
by Krishna Chaitanya Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.50.19
śrī-bhagavān uvāca
na vai śūrā vikatthante
 darśayanty eva pauruṣam
na gṛhṇīmo vaco rājann
 āturasya mumūrṣataḥ

The Supreme Lord said: Real heroes do not simply boast but rather show their prowess in action. We cannot take seriously the words of one who is full of anxiety and who wants to die.

SB 10.50.20
śrī-śuka uvāca
jarā-sutas tāv abhisṛtya mādhavau
 mahā-balaughena balīyasāvṛnot
 sūryānalau vāyur ivābhra-reṇubhiḥ

Śukadeva Gosvāmī said: Just as the wind covers the sun with clouds or a fire with dust, the son of Jarā marched toward the two descendants of Madhu and with his huge assemblage of armies surrounded Them and Their soldiers, chariots, flags, horses and charioteers.

Ācārya Śrīdhara points out that clouds only seem to cover the sun: the sun remains shining in the vast sky. Nor is the potency of fire affected by a thin covering of dust. Similarly, the “covering” of Jarāsandha’s military strength was only apparent.

SB 10.50.21
suparṇa-tāla-dhvaja-cihitnau rathāv
 alakṣayantyo hari-rāmayor mṛdhe
striyaḥ purāṭṭālaka-harmya-gopuraṁ
 samāśritāḥ sammumuhuḥ śucārditaḥ

The women stood in the watchtowers, palaces and high gates of the city. When they could no longer see Kṛṣṇa’s and Balarama’s chariots, identified by banners marked with the emblems of Garuḍa and a palm tree, they were struck with grief and fainted.

The women are especially mentioned here because of their extraordinary attachment to Lord Kṛṣṇa and Lord Balarāma.