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Krishna Kicks the Cart, Defeats Trinavarta and Shows Yasoda the Universe

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 Krishna Kicks the Cart, Defeats Trinavarta and Shows Yasoda the Universe

(1-2) The honorable king said: 'The different pastimes of the avatâras of the Supreme Lord presenting us the image of the Lord, our Controller, are most pleasing to our ears and inspiring to our minds, o master. Whoever hears of them will in the ground of his being very soon find purification from the unsavory, ardent desires and as a person devotional with the Lord as well find friendship with the people who embrace Him as the one and only. If you like, please speak to us about all pertaining to Him. (3) Tell us more about Krishna; the pastimes in which He here in our human society acted mimicking a human child are so wonderful!' [*]

(4) S'rî S'uka said: 'At the time the moon stood in the constellation of Rohinî [after three months] could He turn Himself upward in His crib and was a celebration with a washing ritual organized by the mothers who gathered with music, song and hymns that were chanted by the brahmins while mother Yas'odâ performed the bathing ceremony. (5) After Nanda's wife and the other members of the household were done were the brahmins who had done their duty presented with food, garments, garlands and cows and was the child, with drowsy eyes, for the time being laid down. (6) To the utthâna [or 'turning upward'] ceremony busy with providing the guests from all over Vraja to their liking, did she truly not hear any of the cries of her child which wailing to be fed angrily kicked around its legs. (7) Struck by His delicate feet tender as a leaf turned the cart underneath He was put over so that all the bowls and plates and sweetness they contained fell to the ground, the wheels and axle got dislocated and the pole was broken [**]. (8) All the ladies and men of Vraja who with Yas'odâ and Nanda first had assembled for the utthâna ceremony, witnessing that wondrous event marveled on how the cart by itself indeed could have been damaged so badly. (9) The children told the dumbfounded gopas and gopîs that it suffered no doubt that, as soon as the child cried, it with one leg had dashed it apart. (10) Unaware of the inconceivable power of that small baby couldn't they believe it; the gopas thought it was all child prattle what they said. (11) Mother Yas'odâ, picking up her crying son, thinking it had been a bad planet, called for the learned to perform a ceremony with vedic hymns and gave the child her breast. (12) After some stout gopas had put the cart back together again and had placed the pots and everything back on it, performed the priests with curds, rice, kus'a grass and water the rituals for the fire sacrifice. (13-15) Of those endowed with the perfect truth who are free from discontent, untruth, false pride, envy, violence and self-conceit do the blessings never go in vain [see also B.G. 18: 42]. With this in mind taking care of the child according the Sâma, Rig and Yajur Veda and purifying it with the help of water mixed with herbs, asked Nanda, the leading cowherd so liberal and good, after the child was bathed, those finest twice-born for auspicious hymns to be sung and were those souls of rebirth after the oblations by him served with a most excellent meal. (16) To assure his son all the best gave he them, and was he also welcomed to give, the best quality of milk cows nicely decorated with flowers, and golden chains. (17) The sages joined in whatever they pronounce bring one, as experts in the mantras, all the blessings because the valid words they use for sure never at any time will be fruitless.

(18) One day [with Him about a year old] when Yas'odâ with Him sitting on her lap was fondling Him, could she, because He became as heavy as a mountain peak, no longer bear the child's weight. (19) With Him to her astonishment being as heavy as the universe [see garimâ] placed the gopî Him reluctantly on the ground, turned she to Nârâyana and engaged she in household duties. (20) As the child sat there was it swept away by a Daitya in the form of a whirlwind named Trinâvarta, who was a hireling sent by Kamsa. (21) Vibrating with a heavy sound covered he massively roaring all of Gokula with dust penetrating every nook and corner and was everything hidden from sight. (22) For an hour or so was all of the cowland by the heavy dust plunged in darkness and could Yas'odâ not spot her son where she had put Him on the ground. (23) Not seeing themselves or each other anymore were the people by the sands thrown up disturbed and confused. (24) The helpless woman thus by the clouds of dust of the strong whirlwind seeing nothing, worrying about her son lamented pitifully and fell to the ground like a cow having lost her calf. (25) Hearing her crying the other gopîs all with their faces full of tears wailed along crying in sympathy on not finding Nanda's son when the fierce duststorm of the whirlwind had ceased. (26) The force of Trinâvarta having assumed the form of the whirlwind wore off when, having swept away Krishna, reaching the top of the sky he couldn't get higher with Him getting heavier and mightier. (27) Finding Him, heavy as a stone, overruling his fury had he with Krishna who strangled his neck to give it up incapacitated as he was in front of the wondrous babe. (28) With Him grasping him by the throat popped out the eyes of the demon as he choked and lifeless together with the child fell to the ground. (29) The gathered sobbing gopîs saw that terror with all his limbs broken, fallen from the sky down upon a slab of rock, like Tripura felled by the arrows of S'iva [see 7.10].  (30) Totally surprised to find Krishna in good health sitting on the chest of the man-eater who had transported Him into the sky, picked they Him who was saved from the mouth of death up and delivered they, as Nanda's gopîs and gopas overjoyed rejoicing in bliss over the retrieval, Him to His mother. (31) [They said:] 'How greatly wonderful indeed this baby that, taken away by the ogre, left us but now has returned unscathed; now that that nasty demon by his own sins has been killed in contest may any devout soul find relief in sameness and fearlessness. (32) Of what prolonged austerity have we been, what was our worship for the One in the Beyond, and what was the public service [pûrta], service in piety [ishta], charity [datta] or other love for our fellow man as a result of which the child that was practically lost, again to our piety is present here to the fortune and pleasure of all His folk?' (33) Having witnessed the different amazing events in the great forest repeated the herdsman Nanda over and over in astonishment how true the words of Vasudeva had been [see also verse 10.6: 32].

(34) One day the mother hoisted the little one up on her lap to feed Him from her breast, from which of her great affection oozed the milk. (35-36) O King, when it was almost done and mother Yas'odâ looked the satisfied and smiling child in the face as she patted it softly, saw she when it yawned the following: the sky, the planets and the earth, the luminaries in all directions, the sun and the moon, fire, the air and the seas with the continents, the mountains, their daughters the rivers, the forests and all creatures moving and nonmoving [see also B.G. ch 11]. (37) When she all of a sudden saw the entire universe, o King, started she in great amazement, stifled with deer-like eyes, to tremble all over.'

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