Srimad Bhagavatam 11.02.15-18 - Absorbing Our Thought In Krishna (download mp3)
by Rohininandan Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
priyavrato nama suto
manoh svayambhuvasya yah
tasyagnidhras tato nabhir
rsabhas tat-sutah smrtah
Svayambhuva Manu had a son named Maharaja Priyavrata, and among Priyavrata’s sons was Agnidhra. From Agnidhra was born Nabhi, whose son was known as Rsabhadeva.
The genealogical background of the sons of Rsabhadeva is given in this verse.
tam ahur vasudevamsam
Sri Rsabhadeva is accepted as an expansion of the Supreme Lord, Vasudeva. He incarnated in this world to propagate those religious principles that lead living entities to ultimate liberation. He had one hundred sons, all perfect in Vedic knowledge.
tesam vai bharato jyestho
vikhyatam varsam etad yan-
namna bharatam adbhutam
Of the one hundred sons of Lord Rsabhadeva, the eldest, Bharata, was completely devoted to Lord Narayana. It is because of Bharata’s fame that this planet is now celebrated as the great Bharata-varsa.
sa bhukta-bhogam tyaktvemam
nirgatas tapasa harim
lebhe vai janmabhis tribhih
King Bharata rejected this material world, considering all types of material pleasure temporary and useless. Leaving his beautiful young wife and family, he worshiped Lord Hari by severe austerities and attained the abode of the Lord after three lifetimes.
The complete narration of the three lives of Bharata — as a king, as a deer and as an exalted paramahamsa devotee of the Lord — is given in the Fifth Canto of Srimad-Bhagavatam.