Being Freed From Prison of Conditionings

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.59.01-03 - Being Freed From Prison of Conditionings (download mp3)
by Sankirtan Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.59.1
sri-rajovaca yatha hato bhagavata
 bhaumo yene ca tah striyah
niruddha etad acaksva
 vikramam sarnga-dhanvanah

[King Pariksit said:] How was Bhaumasura, who kidnapped so many women, killed by the Supreme Lord? Please narrate this adventure of Lord Sarngadhanva’s.

 SB 10.59.2-3
sri-suka uvaca
indrena hrta-chatrena
 j├▒apito bhauma-cestitam
sa-bharyo garudarudhah
 prag-jyotisa-puram yayau
giri-durgaih sastra-durgair
mura-pasayutair ghorair
 drdhaih sarvata avrtam

Sukadeva Gosvami said: After Bhauma had stolen the earrings belonging to Indra’s mother, along with Varuna’s umbrella and the demigods’ playground at the peak of Mandara mountain, Indra went to Lord Krsna and informed Him of these misdeeds. The Lord, taking His wife Satyabhama with Him, then rode on Garuda to Pragyotisa-pura, which was surrounded on all sides by fortifications consisting of hills, unmanned weapons, water, fire and wind, and by obstructions of mura-pasa wire.

The acaryas have explained in various plausible ways why Lord Krsna took His wife Satyabhama with Him. Srila Sridhara Svami begins by saying that the Lord wanted to give His adventurous wife a novel experience and thus took her to the scene of this extraordinary battle. Also, Lord Krsna had once granted the blessing to Bhumi, the earth-goddess, that He would not kill her demoniac son without her permission. Since Bhumi is an expansion of Satyabhama, the latter could authorize Krsna to do the needful with the unusually nasty Bhaumasura.

Finally, Satyabhama had been miffed when Narada Muni brought a celestial parijata flower to Queen Rukmini. To pacify Satyabhama, Lord Krsna had promised her, “I’ll give you a whole tree of these flowers,” and thus the Lord scheduled this procurement of a heavenly tree within His itinerary.

Even nowadays devoted husbands take their wives shopping, and thus Lord Krsna took Satyabhama to the heavenly planets to get a heavenly tree, as well as to retrieve the goods Bhaumasura had stolen and return them to their rightful owners.

Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti notes that in the heat of battle Queen Satyabhama would naturally become anxious for Lord Krsna’s safety and pray for the battle to end. Thus she would readily give permission to Krsna to kill the son of her expansion, Bhumi.