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King Indra Afflicted by Sinful Reaction

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 King Indra Afflicted by Sinful Reaction

(1) S'rî S'uka said: 'With Vritra killed became, except for Indra himself, the leaders and everyone else in the three worlds, o charitable one, very soon free from all fears and physical agitation. (2) Thereafter, on their own accord [without taking leave from Indra], returned home the godly, Brahmâ, S'iva and the ones belonging to Indra as well as all other followers of the divine, together with the saints, the forefathers, the other living beings and the demoniac.'

(3) The king asked: 'O my Lord, great sage, I'd like to hear about the reason of Indra's being troubled; from where came his gloom while all the godly of Indra were so very happy?'

(4) S'rî S'uka said: 'By the power play of Vritrâsura were all the godly and the sages beset with fear, but afraid of killing a brahmin had Indra declined their request to kill him. (5) Indra had said: 'By the favor shown by the women, the earth, the trees and the water was the load of the sin of killing Vis'varûpa carried together [see 6.9: 6-10], but how am I released from killing Vritra?'

(6) S'uka continued: 'The sages hearing that said this to the great Indra: 'We will perform a great as'vamedha sacrifice [horse-sacrifice] for your good fortune, do not fear. (7) The as'vamedha sacrifice of worshiping the Original Person, the Supersoul, the Controller that is Lord Nârâyana our God, liberates even from the sin of killing the whole world! (8-9) One who has killed a brahmin, his father, a cow, his mother or his spiritual master, such a sinner or outcast dog-eater even may find purification in singing His holy name. If you, with us with faith conducting the as'vamedha sacrifice, the topmost of all sacrifices, are not even contaminated by killing all creatures of Brahmâ including the ones of respect for him, then what for having killed a harassing demon?'

(10) S'rî S'uka said: 'Thus encouraged by the learned killed Indra his enemy, and was as well the reaction undone of killing a brahmin when Vritrâsura approached Vrishâkapi, the myth that is Indra. (11) By the reaction suffered Indra at first the deepest misery in not finding happiness but shame and ill-fame instead in missing the qualities, even though he had done others a favor. (12-13) He saw it chasing him in the form of an outcast woman old and trembling in her limbs whose clothes because of her suffering from consumption were covered in blood. With her disheveled, gray hair she yelled 'Wait, wait', spreading with her breath a bad fishy smell polluting the entire road. (14) The thousand-eyed Indra, went everywhere in all directions of the sky and then hurried in the northeastern direction to enter, o King, the Mânasa-sarovara lake. (15) Invisible to the servant of the sacrificial fire he lived there, bereft of all sustenance, for a thousand years in the subtle network of the fibers of a lotus stem, while he in his heart constantly pondered over how he could find liberation from having killed a brahmin. (16) For the time of his absence were the heavens ruled by Nahusha who, equipped with education, austerity, yoga and strength, turned mad with his intelligence blinded from the excess of opulence; chasing Indra's wife fell he [cursed by her] victim to the fate of a snake. (17) From being gone was he, whose offenses by the divinity of Rudra in his meditation on the Maintainer of truth were all nullified, by mouth of the brahmins then invited back. He, with all their power diminished, could not be overcome again by them, protected as he was by the wife of Vishnu, the Goddess of Fortune. (18) Welcomed back by the brahmins was he, for indeed pleasing the Supreme Lord Hari, properly, according the rules, consacrated by means of an as'vamedha sacrifice, o son of Bharata. (19-20) From that as'vamedha sacrifice performed by the expert brahmins in worship of the Original Person, the Supersoul and Maintainer of all divinity, could indeed the mass of sin of regrettably having killed the son of Tvashthâ, o King, like fog before the sun be reduced to nothing. (21) He, the worshipable Indra, was, favored by that as'vamedha sacrifice which as prescribed was performed by the priests headed by Marîci, in the worship of the Original Personality and Lord of Sacrifice completely cleansed of the misstep.

(22-23) This great historical incident describing the glorification of the Lord of the Holy Places, the growing in devotion and the victory and liberation of Indra the King of heaven, cleanses one of innumerable sins. This narration should always be read and continuously be heard by the intelligent and be reiterated on the occasion of great festivals; it sharpens one's senses, brings wealth and fame and releases from all misconduct; it brings victory over one's enemies and good fortune and longevity to all.'

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