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The Birth of Emperor Parîkchit

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 The Birth of Emperor Parîkchit

(1) S'aunaka said: "The [embryo inrnthe] womb of Uttarâ, that was tormented by the enormous heat ofrntherninvincible weapon released by As'vatthâmâ, was brought backrnto life byrnthe Lord. (2) How was EmperorrnParîkchit born who was highly intelligent and proved to be arngreatrnsoul? How exactly took his demise place and where did that death takernhim? (3) Please tell it to us, we all want to hearrneverything about what you deem worth mentioning about him. We are ofrnthe greatest respect for you to whom S'ukadeva Gosvâmîrndelivered thernknowledge of the Supreme."
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Sûta said: "King Yudhishthhira brought wealth, thernwayrnhis father did, in pleasing his subjects without in his observance ofrnKrishna's feet being motivated for the ulterior of any material gain orrnsense gratification. (5) The famernof hisrnwealth, sacrifices, what he stood for, his queens, his brothers and hisrnsovereignty over the planet earth where we are living, even spread tornthe heavens. (6) But, just as only food may satisfy a hungry man andrnnothingrnelse, he in his hunger as a God-fearing person, oh brahmins, was notrnmoved by all those earthly desirables that are aspired by even therndenizens of heaven.
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At the time Parîkchit the great fighter,rnas arnchild in his mother's womb, was suffering from the heat of the brahmâstrarnweapon, oh son of Bhrigu, he could see the Purusha [thernoriginalrnperson] in a shining appearance. (8) In the blaze he sawrnat the size of not more than a thumb the transcendental, infalliblernLord beautiful with a dark skin, a golden helmet and lighteningrnclothes. (9) WithrnthernrichesrnofrnHisrnfourrnarms,rnearringsrnofrnthernpurestrngold,rnbloodshotrneyesrnandrnarnclubrninrnHisrnhands,rnHernwasrnmovingrnabout,rnconstantlyrncirclingrnthernclubrnaroundrnlikernitrnwasrnarntorch.rn(10) As He was vanquishing the radiation ofrnthe brahmâstra like the sun evaporating dew drops, He wasrnobserved by the child whornwondered who He was. (11) He saw how the all-pervading Supersoul, thernSupremernLord and protector of righteousness, took away the glare upon which thernLord who stretches in allrndirections allrnof a sudden disappeared from his sight. (12) Thereupon, when the goodrnsigns of arnfavorable position of the stars gradually evolved, he who would provernhimselfrnas being of a prowess equal to that of Pându, took his birth as the heir apparent of Pându. (13)rn King Yudhishthhira gladdened hadrnpriests likernDhaumya and Kripa perform the birth ritual with the recitation ofrnauspicious hymns. (14) Knowing where,rnwhen and how, he in charity rewarded for the occasion the learned onesrnwith good food and gifts of gold,rncows, land, housing, elephants and horses. (15) The brahmins happily addressed the king, thernchief ofrnthe Purus, communicating thatrnthey felt very obliged to the descent in the line of the Purus [of therndescendants of their ancestor King Puru]. (16) They said: 'For the purposernof obliging you to Him this son by the all-pervasive and all-powerfulrnLord has been saved from being destroyed by the irresistible,rnsupernatural weapon. (17)rnTherefore he shall become well known in all the worlds as the onernprotected by Vishnu. No doubt he will be a most fortunate, supremerndevotee endowed with all good qualities.'
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The good king said: 'O best of the truthful,rnwill he follow in the footsteps of all the great souls of this familyrnof saintly kings? Will he, to the honor of his family name, bernmeritorious and true to his word in his achievements?'
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(19) Thernbrahmins answered: 'O son of Prithâ [Kuntî], he will be thernmaintainerrnof all living entities, exactly like King Ikshvâku, the son ofrnManu,rnand he will be faithful to his promises and have respect for thernlearned just like Râma, the son of Das'aratha. (20) He will be asrncharitable as King S'ibi ofrnUs'înara and protect the ones of surrender, and like Bharata, thernsonrnof Dushyanta who performed many sacrifices, he will spread the name andrnfame of his family. (21) Among the archersrnhe will be as good as the two Arjunas [his grandfather and the king ofrnHaihaya], he will be as irresistible as fire and as unsurpassable asrnthe ocean. (22) As powerful as arnlion and as worthy for taking shelter as the Himalayas, he will be asrnforbearing as the earth and as tolerant as his parents. (23) With arnspirit as good as that of thernoriginal father Brahmâ, he will be as generous and equanimous asrnLordrnS'iva and be the refuge of all living beings as good as the SupremernLord with whom the Goddess of Fortune resides. (24) Following in thernfootsteps of Lord Krishnarnhe will be of the majesty of all divine virtues, he will have therngreatness of King Rantideva and be as pious as Yayâti. (25) Beingrnas patient as Bali Mahârâja this child will bernas devoted as Prahlâda was unto Lord Krishna and he willrnperformrnAs'vamedha [horse] sacrifices and be faithful to the elderly andrnexperienced. (26) He will bring forthrnkings as good as sages, will chastise the upstarts and crush thernquarrelsome for the sake of world peace and the religion.rn(27) After having heard ofrnhis personal death, that is caused by a snakebird sent by the son of arnbrahmin, he will free himself from his attachments and take to thernshelter of the Lord. (28) Having inquired after the rightrnself-knowledge with the sonrnof sage Vyâsa he, oh King, will abandon his material life on thernbanksrnof the river Ganges and attain a life of fearlessness.'
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After they thus had informedrnthe king and generously were rewarded, they who are learned in mattersrnof astrology and birth ceremonies returned to their homes. (30) He, ohrnmasterrn[S'aunaka], would become famous in this world as Parîkchit, thernexaminer, because he from what he had seen before his birth, keeping Him inrnmindrnconstantly would bernexamining all men. (31) Just like the waxing moon growing day by day,rnthe royal prince under the care of his protective parents day by dayrnsoon grewrnup to what he would be.
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rn(32) KingrnYudhishthhira, desiring to perform arnhorse sacrifice to be freed from the burden of having fought hisrnkinsmen, thought about acquiring funds because all he received stemmedrnfrom collecting taxes and fines. (33) Inrnrespect of his mindful wishes his brothers, advised by the InfalliblernOne, went north to collect sufficient riches. (34) With the result ofrnthat collected wealth Yudhishthhira, thernpious king who was so anxious, managed to conduct threernhorse sacrifices with which he worshiped Lord Hari perfectly.rn(35) ThernSupreme Lord, with the help of whom the twice-born could perform thernsacrifices, then invited by the king stayed for a few months more tornplease the ones who loved Him. (36) Thereafter, dearrnbrahmins, He, with the permission of the king, Draupadî and Hisrnrelatives, went back to Dvârakâ accompanied by Arjuna andrnother membersrnof the Yadu dynasty."

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