English translation is largely based on that of the disciples of His
Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada as given in the “Srimad
Bhagavatam” published by the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust]
by Lord Vishnu, Durvasa Muni, who was very much harassed by the Sudarsana
chakra, immediately approached Maharaja Ambarisha. Being very much aggrieved, the muni fell down
and clasped the King’s lotus feet.
तद्धरेरस्त्रं कृपया पीडितो भृशम्॥२॥
Maharaja Ambarisha was very much ashamed, and when he saw Durvasa attempting to
offer prayers, because of mercy he was aggrieved even more. Thus he immediately began offering prayers to
the great weapon of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
सूर्यस्त्वं सोमो ज्योतिषां पतिः।
क्षितिर्व्योम वायुर्मात्रेन्द्रियाणि च ॥३॥
chakra, you are fire, you are the most powerful sun, and you are the moon, the master of all luminaries. You are water,
earth and sky, you are the air, you are the five sense objects [sound, touch,
form, taste and smell], and you are the senses also.
विप्राय स्वस्ति भूया इडस्पते॥४॥
Personality of Godhead, you have thousands of spokes. O master of the material
world, destroyer of all weapons, original vision of the Personality of Godhead,
I offer my respectful obeisances unto you.
Kindly give shelter and be auspicious to this brahmana
धर्मस्त्वमृतं सत्यं त्वं यज्ञोऽखिलयज्ञभुक्।
लोकपालः सर्वात्मा त्वं तेजः पौरुषं परम्॥५॥
you are the Truth, you are sacrifice and you are the enjoyer of
the fruits of sacrifice. You are the
maintainer of the entire universe, and you are the Supreme transcendental
prowess in the hands of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. You are the original vision of the Lord, and
therefore you are known as Sudarsana.
Everything has been created by your activities, and therefore you are
hub, and therefore you are the upholder of all religion (dharma). You are just like an inauspicious comet for
the irreligious demons. Indeed, you are
the maintainer of the three worlds, you are full of transcendental effulgence,
you are as quick as the mind, and you are able to work wonders. I can simply utter the word “namah”, offering
all obeisances unto you.
महिमा गिरां पते
full of religious principles(dharma) ,the darkness of the world is dissipated,
and the knowledge of learned persons or great souls is manifested. Indeed, no one can surpass your effulgence,
for all things, manifested and unmanifested, gross and subtle, superior and
inferior, are but various forms of you that are manifested by your effulgence.
when you are sent by the Supreme Personality of Godhead to enter among the
soldiers of the Daityas and the Danavas, you stay on the battlefield and
unendingly separate their arms, bellies, thighs, legs and heads.
engaged by the Supreme Personality of Godhead as His all-powerful weapon in
killing the envious enemies. For the
benefit of our entire dynasty, kindly favour this poor brahmana. This will certainly be a favour for all of
दत्तमिष्टं वा स्वधर्मो वा स्वनुष्ठितः।
नो विप्रदैवं चेद् द्विजो भवतु विज्वरः ॥१०॥
family has given charity to the proper persons, if we have performed
ritualistic ceremonies and sacrifices, if we have properly carried out our
occupational duties, and if we have been guided by learned brahmins, I wish, in
exchange, that this brahmana be freed from the burning caused by the Sudarsana
नो भगवान् प्रीतः एकः सर्वगुणाश्रयः।
द्विजो भवतु विज्वरः ॥११॥
who is one without a second, who is the reservoir of all transcendental
qualities, and who is the life and soul of all living entities, is pleased with
us, we wish that this brahmana, Durvasa Muni, be freed from the pain of being burned.
संस्तुवतो राज्ञो विष्णु चक्रं सुदर्शनम्।
सर्वतो विप्रं प्रदहद् राजयाच्ञया ॥१२॥
Sudarsana chakra and Lord Vishnu, because of his prayers the Sudarsana chakra
became peaceful and stopped burning the brahmana known as Durvasa Muni.
तमुर्वीशं युञ्जानः परमाशिषः ॥१३॥
mystic, was indeed satisfied when freed from the fire of the Sudarsana
chakra. Thus he praised the qualities of
Maharaja Ambarisha and offered him the highest benedictions.
अनन्तदासानां मह्त्त्वं दृष्टमद्य मे।
यद् राजन् मङ्गलानि समीहसे ॥१४॥
have experienced the greatness of devotees of the Supreme Personality of
Godhead, for although I have committed an offense, you have prayed for my good
को नु साधूनां दुस्त्यजो वा महात्मनाम्।
संगृहीतो भगवान् सात्त्वतामृषभो हरिः॥१५॥
Personality of Godhead, the master of the pure devotees, what is impossible to
do, and what is impossible to give up?
पुमान् भवति निर्मलः।
तीर्थपदः किं वा दासानामवशिष्यते ॥१६॥
the Lord? By the very hearing of His
holy name one is purified.
पृष्ठतः कृत्वा प्राणा यन्मेऽभिरक्षिताः ॥१७॥
have saved my life. Thus I am very much
obliged to you because you are so merciful.
प्रसाद्य समभोजयत् ॥१८॥
the King had not taken his food.
Therefore, when the sage returned, the King fell at his lotus feet, pleasing him in all
respects, and fed him sumptuously.
नृपतिं प्राह भुज्यतामिति सादरम् ॥१९॥
Durvasa Muni, who after eating varieties of palatable food was so satisfied
that with great affection he requested the King to eat also, saying, “Please
take your meal.””
तव भागवतस्य वै।
with you, my dear King. At first I thought of you as an ordinary human being
and accepted your hospitality, but later I could understand, by my own
intelligence, that you are the most exalted devotee of the Lord. Therefore, simply by seeing you, touching
your feet and talking with you, I have been pleased and have become obliged to
ते गायन्ति स्वःस्त्रियो मुहुः।
परमपुण्यां च कीर्तयिष्यति भूरियम् ॥२१॥
planets will continuously chant about your spotless character at every moment,
and the people of this world will also chant your glories continuously.
संकीर्त्य राजानं दुर्वासाः परितोषितः।
विहायसामन्त्र्य ब्रह्मलोकमहैतुकम् ॥२२॥
being satisfied in all respects, the great mystic yogi Durvasa took permission
and left, continuously glorifying the King.
Through the skyways, he went to Brahmaloka, which is devoid of agnostics
and dry philosophical speculators.
तावद् यावता नागतो गतः।
राजाब्भक्षो बभूव ह ॥२३॥
Maharaja Ambarisha, and as long as he had not returned – for one complete year –
the King had fasted, maintaining himself simply by drinking water.
व्यसनं च वीक्ष्य
returned, King Ambarisha sumptuously fed him all varieties of pure food, and
then he himself also ate. When the King
saw that the brahmana Durvasa had been released from the great danger of being
burned, he could understand that by the grace of the Lord he himself was also
powerful, but he did not take any credit,
for everything had been done by the Lord.
विधानेकगुणः स राजा
service, Maharaja Ambarisha, who was endowed with varieties of transcendental
qualities, was completely aware of Brahman, Paramatma and the Supreme
Personality of Godhead,, and thus he
executed devotional service perfectly. Because of his devotion, he thought even
the topmost planet of this material world no better than the hellish planets.
Thereafter, because of his advanced position in devotional life, Maharaja
Ambarisha, who no longer desired to live with material things, retired from
active family life. He divided his
property among his sons, who were equally as qualified, and he himself took the
order of vanaprastha and went to the forest to concentrate his mind fully upon
भक्तो भगवतो भवेत् ॥२७॥
this narration about the activities of Maharaja Ambarisha certainly becomes a
pure devotee of the Lord.
चरितं ये शृण्वन्ति महात्मनः।
प्रयान्ति ते सर्वे भक्त्या विष्णोः प्रसादतः ॥२८॥
hear about the activities of Maharaja Ambarisha, the great devotee , certainly
become liberated or become devotees without delay.