Cultivating Acceptance for 3Ws

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.68.49-54 - Cultivating Acceptance for 3Ws (download mp3)
by Vasudeva Prabhu ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.68.49
sri-suka uvaca
evam prapannaih samvignair
 vepamanayanair balah
prasaditah su-prasanno
 ma bhaistety abhayam dadau

Sukadeva Gosvami said: Thus propitiated by the Kurus, whose city was trembling and who were surrendering to Him in great distress, Lord Balarama became very calm and kindly disposed toward them. “Do not be afraid,” He said, and took away their fear.

SB 10.68.50-51
duryodhanah paribarham
 kuñjaran sasti-hayanan
dadau ca dvadasa-satany
 ayutani turangaman
rathanam sat-sahasrani
 raukmanam surya-varcasam
dasinam niska-kanthinam
 sahasram duhitr-vatsalah

Duryodhana, being very affectionate to his daughter, gave as her dowry 1,200 sixty-year-old elephants, 120,000 horses, 6,000 golden chariots shining like the sun, and 1,000 maidservants with jeweled lockets on their necks.

SB 10.68.52
pratigrhya tu tat sarvam
 bhagavan satvatarsabhah
sa-sutah sa-snusah prayat
 suhrdbhir abhinanditah

The Supreme Lord, chief of the Yadavas, accepted all these gifts and then departed with His son and daughter-in-law as His well-wishers bid Him farewell.

SB 10.68.53
tatah pravistah sva-puram halayudhah
 sametya bandhun anurakta-cetasah
sasamsa sarvam yadu-pungavanam
 madhye sabhayam kurusu sva-cestitam

Then Lord Halayudha entered His city [Dvaraka] and met His relatives, whose hearts were all bound to Him in loving attachment. In the assembly hall He reported to the Yadu leaders everything about His dealings with the Kurus.

SB 10.68.54
adyapi ca puram hy etat
 sucayad rama-vikramam
samunnatam daksinato
 gangayam anudrsyate

Even today the city of Hastinapura is visibly elevated on its southern side along the Ganges, thus showing the signs of Lord Balarama’s prowess.

Srila Prabhupada writes as follows: “For the most part it was the practice of the ksatriya kings to inaugurate some kind of fighting between the parties of the bride and bridegroom before the marriage. When Samba forcibly took away Laksmana, the elderly members of the Kuru dynasty were pleased to see that he was actually the suitable match for her. In order to see his personal strength, however, they fought with him, and without any respect for the regulations of fighting, they all arrested him. When the Yadu dynasty decided to release Samba from the confinement of the Kurus, Lord Balarama came personally to settle the matter, and, as a powerful ksatriya, He ordered them to free Samba immediately. The Kauravas became superficially insulted by this order, so they challenged Lord Balarama’s power. They simply wanted to see Him exhibit His inconceivable strength. Thus with great pleasure they handed over their daughter to Samba, and the whole matter was settled. Duryodhana, being affectionate toward his daughter Laksmana, had her married to Samba in great pomp.… Balarama was very satisfied after His great reception from the side of the Kurus, and accompanied by the newly married couple, He started toward His capital city of Dvaraka.

“Lord Balarama triumphantly reached Dvaraka, where He met with many citizens who were all His devotees and friends. When they all assembled, Lord Balarama narrated the whole story of the marriage, and they were astonished to hear how Balarama had made the city of Hastinapura tremble.”

Thus end the purports of the humble servants of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada to the Tenth Canto, Sixty-eighth Chapter, of the Srimad-Bhagavatam, entitled “The Marriage of Samba.”