Focusing on Internal Development of Krishna Consciousness

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10.68.38-41 - Focusing on Internal Development of Krishna Consciousness (download mp3)
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SB 10.68.38
bhuñjate kurubhir dattam
 bhu-khandam vrsnayah kila
upanahah kila vayam
 svayam tu kuravah sirah

“We Vrsnis enjoy only whatever small parcel of land the Kurus allow us? And we are indeed shoes, whereas the Kurus are the head?

SB 10.68.39
aho aisvarya-mattanam
 mattanam iva maninam
asambaddha giro ruksah
 kah sahetanusasita

“Just see how these puffed-up Kurus are intoxicated with their so-called power, like ordinary drunken men! What actual ruler, with the power to command, would tolerate their foolish, nasty words?

SB 10.68.40
adya niskauravam prthvim
 karisyamity amarsitah
grhitva halam uttasthau
 dahann iva jagat-trayam

“Today I shall rid the earth of the Kauravas!” declared the furious Balarama. Thus He took His plow weapon and rose up as if to set the three worlds ablaze.

SB 10.68.41
langalagrena nagaram
 udvidarya gajahvayam
vicakarsa sa gangayam
 praharisyann amarsitah

The Lord angrily dug up Hastinapura with the tip of His plow and began to drag it, intending to cast the entire city into the Ganges.

Srila Prabhupada writes as follows: “Lord Balarama seemed so furious that He looked as if He could burn the whole cosmic creation to ashes. He stood up steadily and, taking His plow in His hand, began striking the earth with it. In this way the whole city of Hastinapura was separated from the earth. Lord Balarama then began to drag the city toward the flowing water of the river Ganges. Because of this, there was a great tremor throughout Hastinapura, as if there had been an earthquake, and it seemed that the whole city would be dismantled.”

Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti states that by the Lord’s desire His plow had increased in size, and that as Balarama began dragging Hastinapura toward the water, He ordered the Ganges, “Except for Samba, you should attack and kill everyone in the city with your water.” Thus He would fulfill His promise to rid the earth of the Kauravas while making sure that nothing would happen to Samba.