The Story of Ananata and How He was Influenced by Maya
Suta GosvamI said- After hearing the prayers of the kings, who were all His devotees, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Kalki, spoke to them about the duties of the four varnas. —brahmana, ksatriya, vaisya, and sudra.
The Lord described the duties prescribed by the scriptures for all classes of men, whether they be attached householders or detached renunciates.
By hearing thetalks of Lord Kalki, the hearts of thekings became purified. They bowed down before Him once more and then inquired about their actual identities. They said Why do human beings have male and female bodies? What is the reason for this? Why do our bodies change from childhood to boyhood and then to old age, and why are we subject to happiness and distress?О Lord, please explain all this. Apart from these things, we would also like hear about anvthing else that we do not even know how to inquire about.
Lord Kalki then invoked the great sage, Ananta. As soon as the Lord remembered the pure hearted ascetic who observed every formidable wovs, he immediately arrived there, thinking that h e would be delivered by Lord Kalki’s darsana. He said My dear lord, please order me – what shall I do in Your service?Lord Kalki smiled and said, You know everything abour Me andMy pastimes. Destiny can not be changed as without an action there cannot be a reaction. Upon hearing these enigmatic words of Lord Kalki, the sage felt great satisfaction.
When the lotus-eyed Lord Kalki prepared to depart, the kings were astonished and spoke as follows.
The kings said What did this great sage tell You? What did You say to him in reply? What had you two discussed previously? We are very eager to hear about this.
To the kings’ inquiry, Lord Kalki replied: If you would like to know what had transpired between us, then just ask this peaceful and sober.
Being advised by Lord Kalki in this way, the assembled kings offered their obeisances to the great sage, Ananta, and then inquired from him as follows.
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The kings said, О exalted sage, Lord Kalki is the protector of religious principles, and your conversation with Him must have been very confidential. We have an ardent desire to hear what you had said and so please oblige us.
The great sage, Ananta, said: Long ago, there lived a sage named Vidruma in the city of Punka. He was well-versed in the Vedic literature, very highly qualified, and helpful to others. I am his only son.
My mother, Soma,was a very chaste wife. Iwas born when my parents were quite old, and I was a eunuch.
My parents were very sad to see that I was a eunuch and everyone began to gossip and criticize me Finally, my father became so distraught that he left home and went to a forest of Lord Siva, where he prayed to the husband of Parvati after worshiping him with offerings of incense, a ghee lamp, and sandalwood paste.
Vidruma said I offer my obeisances to Mahadeva, who awards benedictions, and is very peaceful, the only real shelter for everyone, and the master of the universe He is decorated with a necklace of Vasuki, he holds the Ganges in his matted hair, and he bestows transcendental happiness upon his devotees.
Being prayed to like this, Mahadeva became very pleased with my father. While riding upon the back on his bull carrier, he appeared before my father and smilingly said You can ask me for any benediction you desire.
My father said I have begotten a son who is a eunuch, and somy heart is filled with distress. To this, the husband of Parvati, who was standing by his side, gave my father the benediction that I would become a Handsome and virile man.
After receiving this benediction, my father returned home and found that I had become an attractive male. As a result, the happiness of my parents knew no bounds.
In due course of time, I grew up and became twelve years old At that time, my elderly parents arranged for my marriage, and then celebrated it with great pomp, along with all their friends and relatives.
I was married to the daughter of Yajnarata. She was exquisitely beautiful, being in the prime of her youth I was very attached to my household life and I soon became a hen pecked husband.
Soon after my marriage, my father and mother left this world. I dutifully performed the required funeral rites and other rituals, in the association of my well-wishers and some qualified brahmanas.
According to my capacity, I fed many qualified brahmanas. Thereafter, being afflicted by intense separation from my parents, I devoted my time to the worship of the Supreme Lord.
Soon, Lord Hari became pleased with me and appeared in my dreams. He said: All the perfections and attachments that you see in this world are simply displays of My illusory energy, maya.
Those who are bewildered by such illusory displays think, “He is my father, she is my mother,” and so on, and thus suffer terrible distress, fear, and anxiety, as well as old age and death.
After hearing these words of wisdom, spoken by Lord Hari, I was about to put up some kind of argument but then the Lord suddenly disappeared from my dream and I woke up with a start.
I was greatly astonished and immediately left my city, Punka. I went to Purusottama-ksetra, the transcendental abode of Lord Hari, along with my wife.
There, by the right side of the Lord’s temple, 1 built my asrama and began to serve Him, along with my wife and followers.
While residing in the abode of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, I developed a desire to see His illusory energy, maya, and so I began to meditate on the Lord, the deliverer from the ocean of birth and death, while cHariting, dancing, and singing His glories.
In this way, twelve years passed Then once, before breaking my fast on Dvadasi, I, along with my associates, went to bathe in the sea.
As I entered the water to bathe, I suddenly lost my balance and was towed under by the current, so that I was convinced that I was about to die. In fact, some fish or crab began to nibble at me.
Sometimes I was submerged withm the water, and at other times, I floated on the surface. My heart was very restless and frightened Gradually, by the pushing of the waves, I lost consciousness and my body became numb.
Thereafter, being driven by the wind, I was washed onto the beach unconscious, somewhere in the south. At that time, an elderly brdhmana named Brddha-sharma saw me lying in the sand. He took compassion.
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upon me and so, after completing his worship of the Lord, he brought me to his house This pious and wealthy Brddha-sarma resided with his wife and children, and he took care of me, treating me like a son.
I could not understand anything about where I was, how I had come there, and so on. I felt very aggrieved but continued to live at the elderly brahmana’s house, considering him as my father and his wife as my mother.
Realizing that I had been initiated as a member of the twice-born society, Brddha-sarma gave his daughter, Carumati, to me in marriage. This girl was very beautiful, with a complexion like molten gold, and she was a reservoir of good qualities, and very cultured Having received a glorious wife like that, I could not trust that my good fortune would last.
Carumati always endeavored to please me. I lived with her in great happiness and eventually begot five sons I became merged into an ocean of joy.
The names of my five sons were Jaya, Vijaya, Kamala, Vimala and Budha.
Just as the king of the demigods is worshiped in the heavenly planets by all the other demigods, I was respected by my children, friends, relatives, well-wishers, and others. Soon, my fame spread everywhere.
In due course of time, I decided that my eldest son, Budha, should be married. There was a brahmana named Dharmasara who agreed to give his daughter to my son in marriage. On an auspicious day, he invited qualified brdhmanas and performed all the necessary rituals Many beautiful women who were dressed very gorgeously and decorated with golden ornaments danced joyfully. The whole atmosphere became filled with the sweet sounds of musical instruments.
For the welfare of my son, I went to the shore of the ocean and offered oblations to the forefathers, demigods, and great sages.
After completing that ritual, as I prepared to depart, I suddenly spotted my previous friends and relatives who had resided with me at Purusottama-ksetra, worshiping the Lord at that place I was very surprised to see them.
I was especially astonished when I saw how they were faithfully engaged in rendering devotional service to Lord Hari by breaking the vow of EkadasI on Dvadasi.
To my surprise, I found myself to be the same Handsome young man that had bathed in the sea on a Dvadasi long ago When my friends of Purusottama-ksetra saw me, they were concerned and said, О Ananta, why do you look so anxious? You are a great Vaisnava. Have you seen something wonderful, either in the water or cm the land?
If you have seen something amazing then tell us. Now you can break your Ekadasi vow, To this, I replied: My dear friends, I have not seen or heard anything wonderful at all.
I had become overwhelmed by lust and thus had lost my vitality. At that time, I desired to see Lord Hari’s illusory energy. Then, by the influence of maya, I forgot everything about myself and took up a new life that was full of lusty desires.
Due to intense material affection and the influence of illusion, I was unable to understand my actual position. Actually, I could not understand how much I had forgotten my actual self. However, nobody else realized that I had become bewildered by the Lord’s illusory energy, maya.
My mind was simply absorbed in thoughts of my children, wife, wealth, and the arrangements for the marriage of my children. As a result, I felt great distress and lamentation. I even forgot that I was Ananta. The events ot my life at Purusottama-ksetra appeared to me like no more tHari a dream.
When my proud wife saw me in that almost senseless condition, she lamented: Alas! What has happened! She then began to cry out loud.
As I gazed upon my wife that I had lived with at Purusottama-ksetra, I immediately remembered everything about my children, wife, wealth, and so on. At this, my mind became perplexed and morose. Suddenly, a swan-like personality came before me and began to pacify me with proper reasoning.
He was sober by nature, the knower of everything, fully satisfied, and absorbed in thought of the Supreme Personality ot Godhead.
His effulgence was like that of the sun. He was situated in the mode of unalloyed goodness, and he was peaceful and pure-hearted. Indeed, the very sight of him could destroy the sufferings of all living entities My relatives faithfully worshiped that paramahamsa and then inquired from him about my welfare.
Thus ends the translation of the eleventh chapter of Sri Kalki Purana.
The Meeting of Ananta And Hariisa
Suta Gosvami said: After the paramahamsa had his meal and sat down comfortably, the brahmanas of Purusottama-ksetra asked him how I could regain my previous health and mental stability.
The paramahamsa understood the brahmanas’ concern and so he looked at me and said: My dear Ananta, what are you doing here? Where are you wife, Carumati, and your five sons headed by Budha, as well as your house, wealth, and relatives? When did you come here, leaving them aside? Today is supposed to be the marriage of your eldest son,Budha.
You reside on the south shore of the ocean and I saw you busily engaged in making arrangements for your son’s wedding today. The people of that place respect you very much. You had invited me to attend your son’s wedding today, but you left everything and came here. You seem to be confused about something.
My dear sir, I saw you there as an elderly man, seventy years old. How have you now become a young man of thirty?
I never saw in that place this wife that ь seated by your side. I don’t know how I have come to see you here.
Are you really Ananta, or are you someone else? Am I the same sannyasl who met you, or am I someone else? My meeting you here seems mysterious.
You are a householder who faithfully executes your occupational duties and I am a beggar in the renounced order of life. Therefore, my meeting you here seems incompatible, like л comersation between a child and a madman.
Alas! All this was the pastime of supreme controller’s illusory energy, which bewilders everyone within the three worlds. It is very difficult to understand this by mere common sense. Unless one understands the Supreme Lord as being one without a second, one cannot understand the activities of maya.
After speaking to me in this way, the paramahamsa turned and addressed the great sage, Markandeya, within the hearing of other great sages: О fortunate one, let me describe to you some events that w ill take place in the future. Please listen attentively.
It has been said that the Lord’s illusory energy, maya, remains within the water of devastation that is situated within the abdomen of the Supreme Lord. This maya bewilders everyone. Just as a prostitute roams throughout the town, maya spreads her influence throughout the three worlds. Maud’s influence creates the ignorance that forces the conditioned souls to uselessly transmigrate from one body to another in this material world. Thus, maya is the cause of all material miseries.
At the time of dissolution, the three worlds merge into the water of devastation. All directions, the time factor, and everything else become unmanifest. Thereafter, the Supreme Personality of Godhead once again desires to create and so immediately all the material ingredients become manifest.
By His own will, the Supreme Lord first divides Himself into two – purusa and prakrti. In due course of time, the purusa manifests the mahat-tattva from prakrti. From the mahat-tattva, false ego is produced, and from false ego, the three modes of material nature. Brahma, Visnu, and Mahesa are the predominating deities of the three modes of material nature. It is these three personalities that engage in the act of creation.
In the beginning, five subtle material elements are created from false ego and from these five subtle elements, five gross material elements are produced. This creation is set in motion after the Supreme Lord glances over the material nature, maya.
Thereafter, the demigods, demons, and human beings, as well as all other moving and non-moving entities, are created throughout the universe.
All of these categories of conditioned souls are covered by the illusory energy of the Supreme Lord, and this causes them to become attached, thinking, “This body is me and everything in relation to this body is mine.” The conditioned souls are so foolish that they do not care to be delivered from the miserable material existence.
Alas! How strong is mayal Being bewildered by maya, even the demigods, up to Brahma, are constantly wandering about withm the material world, like bulls tied with ropes through their noses, or birds kept in a cage.
The great souls and sages who desire to CUJSSover the ocean of maya that induces the conditioned souls to enjoy material sense gratification, which is filled with formidable waves, and which consists of the three modes of material nature,are certainly glorious and celebrated as knowers of the truth.
Saunaka Rsi said: What did the exalted sages, headed by Markandeya, Vasistha, and Vamadeva, say after hearing this wonderful talk? What did the kings who had been listening to Ananta say? Kindly narrate the future events that were referred to.
After hearing these questions of Saunaka Risi, Romaharsana Suta praised him very highly and then described in detail the spiritual knowledge that destroys all lamentation and grief.
Suta GosvamI said: When the kings respectfully requested Ananta to continue speaking, Ananta explained how one can overcome maya and control his senses by executing severe penance.
Ananta said: Thereafter, I began to reside in a nearby forest and engage m the practice of penance, according to the prescribed rules and regulations. However, in spite of my efforts, I failed to regulate my mind and senses.
Whenever I sat down in the forest to meditate upon the Supreme Lord, thoughts of my wife, children, and assets keep surfacing within my mind, greatly disturbing me.
As soon as this would happen, my mind would become greatly disturbed and I would become filled with fear and lamentation. As a result, my meditation was broken.
The mind can be controlled only when the senses are regulated. While thinking in this way, I resolved to conquer my senses.
However, as soon as I attempted to control my senses, the predominating deities of the senses turned their attention upon me.
The controlling deities of the ten senses personally appeared before me and said: Ananta, we are Dik, Vayu, Surya, Praceta, the Asvinl- kumaras, Agni, Indra, Upendra, and Mitra. Although we subtly reside within your body, we have now come before you. You should not cause us harm by your severe austerity.
Simply by performing severe austerities, you will not receive any benefit, nor will your mind or senses be controlled. Rather, because of torturing us, you will suffer greatly.
It is a fact that even blind, deaf, and deformed people go to live in the forest and yet they cannot resist thinking about material enjoyment.
The material body is a house, the spirit soul is the owner of the house, intelligence is the owner’s wife, and the mind is a servant. We are also servants controlled by the wife of the house, in the form of intelligence.
The conditioned souls are forced to enjoy the fruits of their activities. The mind is certainly the cause of bondage or liberation. According to the directions given by the illusory energy of the Lord of the universe, the mind takes a greedy person here and there throughout the material world.
Therefore, if you desire to control your mind, you should engage it in the devotional service of Lord Hari with determination. All reactions to karma are exhausted by one’s engagement in the devotional service of Lord Hari. Thus it is concluded that devotional service is the best means for achieving liberation from material existence. The understanding that the living entities are simultaneously one with and different from the Supreme Lord should be cultivated. There is no doubt that devotional service to Lord Hari awards one transcendental bliss. Attachment to the gross and subtle bodies is destroyed by engagement m unalloyed devotional service.
If you simply have the darsana of Lord Kalki, you will attain liberation from material bondage.
Having been instructed in this way by the controlling deities of the ten senses, I devotedly worshiped Lord Hari with a desire to see Lord Kalki, who dissipates the contamination of Kali. It is for this reason that I have come here.
I was fortunate to see the form of the Supreme Lord, who has no material form. I touched the lorus feet of the Supreme Brahman, who has no material feet. I heard the words of the Lord of the universe, who never utters a material sound vibration.
After saying this, Ananta offered his obeisances to the lotus-eyed Lord Kalki, the husband of Padmavati, and then departed in a joyful mood.
After the kings heard the talks of the sage, Ananta, they also began to observe vows while foUowing the rules and regulations prescribed by the scriptures. Thus, like sages, they cleared their path to liberation by worshiping Lord Kalki and Padmavati.
Suka said: Anyone who hears this story of Ananta will be freed from the clutches of maya His darkness of ignorance will be dissipated and the material bondage cut to pieces, so that ultimately, he will attain liberation from material existence.
The devotees of Lord Hari who are inclined to follow the principles of religion while at the same time desire to enjoy sense gratification in the ocean of material existence, should use the sharp sword of transcendental knowledge gained from this narration to cut to pieces the six principal enemies that reside within the body, headed by lust, after taking shelter in the fort of bhakti-yoga.
Thus ends the translation of the twelfth chapter of Sri Kalki Purdna.
Visvakarma Reconstructs the Village of Sambhala on the Order of Indra The Arrival of Lord Kalki.
Suta GosvamI said: After all the kings had departed, Lord Kalki decided to leave Sirhhala island, taking His wife PadmavatI and His army went to the village of Sambhala.
Meanwhile, when Indra realized the intention of Lord Kalki, he called for Visvakarma and gave him orders.
Indra said: О Vis’vakarma, you should immediately go to the village of Sambhala and construct many palaces, ornamental gates, residential buildings, and apartments, using as much gold as possible, and decorate the village with beautiful gardens.
The entire village should be bedecked with precious jewels and crystal. Do not hesitate to display your full expertise in the art of architecture.
Being ordered by Indra in this way, and realizing that this was a golden opportunity to attain true benefit, Visvakarma immediately went to Sambhala village and began constructing a beautiful residence for the husband of Laksmi.
Indeed, he built many houses. One house was shaped like a swan, another house was shaped like a lion, and still another house looked like the face of a donkey. These buildings were two, three, or even more stories tall, and they were all centrally air-conditioned.
The entire village was decorated with forests, gardens, lakes, and public wells. Indeed, the village of Sambhala came to resemble Indra’s abode, Amaravati.
Meanwhile, Lord Kalki, His army, and associates left Karumati and started for Sambhala. After traveling some distance, the Lord set up camp on the shore of the ocean. Out of affection for his daughter, King Brhadratha mounted a buffalo named Kaumudi and followed his son-in- law, Lord Kalki, and daughter, Padmavati, up to the sea shore, where he gave them ten thousand elephents, one hundred thousand horses, two thousand chariots, and two hundred maidservants.
With great affection, he also gave them various kinds of jewels and fine garments. The king couldn’t take his eyes off the beautiful faces of his son-in-law and daughter. Indeed, he could not utter a word, being overcome by strong emotions.
Lord Kalki and Padmavati honored and pacified King Brhadratha, and then begged permission to depart. Feeling great distress in separation, King Brhadratha finally returned to his capital, Karumati.
Lord Kalki then bathed in the ocean, along with His associates. Suddenly, He saw a jackal crossing the ocean, appearing to walk on the surface of the water. Upon looking more closely, however, Lord Kalki saw that there was a bridge spanning the ocean. Taking advantage of this bridge, the Lord, His carriers, and His army crossed over to the mainland.
After arriving at the far shore, Lord Kalki addressed His parrot: О Suka, go now to My house in the village of Sambhala.
There you will find that Visvakarma, the architect of the demigods, has constructed many beautiful palaces and residential quarters for My pleasure, by the order of Indra.
Go ahead and convey the news of my welfare to my father, mother, and other relatives. Tell them everything about Mymarriage.
You go on ahead, and I will soon arriver there, with My army.
Being ordered in this way by Lord Kaiki, Suka, who was very sober by nature, immediately flew into the sky and in a very short while, arrived at Sambhala, which was highly regarded even by thedemigods.
The village was seven yojanas across, and inhabited by members of all four varnas. Throughout the village were memorial columns made of white marble that shone like the sun.
The wonderful quality of this village was that no one experienced distress because of the climate during any season. Suka’s heart became filled with wonder upon seeing the beauty of this village. He went from one house to another, from one palace to another, up into the sky, over the numerous gardens, flying from one tree to another.
At last, Suka arrived at Visnuyasa’s house with great delight. In a very sweet voice, he informed Visnuyasa of Lord Kalki and Padma’s arrival from the island of Sirhhala.
Visnuyasa then hurriedly went to see King Visakhayupa in a happy mood and disclosed to him the news, which quickly spread to all the distinguished citizens.
King Visakhayupa ordered his servants to decorate the entire village with pitchers filled with water and decorated with designs drawn with sandalwood paste.
Sambhala, which was pleasing to the hearts of even demigods, was thus smeared with aguru and other fragrant substances, illuminated with many excellent lamps, and decorated with garlands of fragrant flowers, fruit, twigs, rice paddy, and so on.
Finally, the merciful Lord Kalki, who gives pleasure to the eyes of all young women, and who possesses a most encHariting form, entered the village, surrounded by His formidable army.
First, Lord Kalki and Padmavati offered obeisances to Visnuyasa and his wife. Just as Aditi becomes jubilant upon seeing her son, Indra, the king of the demigods, along with his wife, Sad, the chaste Sumati became very satisfied to see her son and daughter-in-law.
It appeared that the village of Sambhala was also a jubilant woman welcoming the return of her husband, Lord Kalki. Being decorated so beautifully, she appeared very charming. The interior of the village was her thighs, the palaces were her breasts, the peacocks were her nipples, the swans were her necklace of pearls, the fragrant smoke was her garments, the sounds of the cuckoos were her words, and the gates were her encHariting smile. The village thus appeared like a very clever girl casting a sidelong glance.
The unborn Lord Kalki, who is the shelter of everyone and the destroyer of all sins, appeared to forget His mission as He spent many years enjoying life with Padmavati.
After some time, Lord Kalki’s brother, Kavi, begot two sons in the womb of his wife, Kamakala. Their names were Brhatklrti and Brhatvahu.
Prajna also begot two sons within the womb of his wife, Sannati. They were named Yajna and Vijna. These two boys were self-controlled, and thus respected by everyone. Sumantu also begot two sons, named Sasana and Vegavana, in the womb of his wife, Malini. These sons were the benefactors of human society.
Lord Kalki also begot two sons in the womb of Padmavati. Their names were Jaya and Vijaya, and both possessed incomparable prowess.
Lord Kalki appeared to flourish, being surrounded by all these family members. Once, Lord Kalki’s father, Visnuyas’a, who was on the level of Lord Brahma, decided to perform a horse sacrifice. Understanding the intention of His father, Lord Kalki said: My dear father, I will go out and defeat all other kings in battle and thus bring you sufficient wealth so that you can conduct the horse sacrifice properly.
Lord Kalki, who was certainly capable of conquering all other kings, offered His obeisances to his father and then set out with his army to first conquer Kikatapura.
Most of the inhabitants of this city were Buddhists, who never offered oblations to their forefathers, nor worshiped the demigods. In fact, they never even considered what kind of life they would have after death.
They accepted their bodies as the self because they had no information of the eternal soul. They did not designate themselves or their families in terms of caste, and thus there was no conception of high or low birth. As far as earning wealth, marriage, or eating were concerned, they had no sense of discrimination.
The people of that city were interested only in eating, drinking, and making merry. When the ruler of that city, who was named Jina, heard that Lord Kalki had come to fight, He quickly gathered an army consisting of one aksauhini.
Very soon, the city became filled with numberless horses, chariots, elephants, chariot drivers decorated with golden ornaments, and infantry soldiers. All of the soldiers were fully equipped with weapons, and they carried their flag. The whole city thus seemed transformed into a beautiful battlefield.
Thus ends the translation of the thirteenth chapter of Sri Kalki Purana.
Lord Kalki Conquers the Buddhists Who Opposed Him
Suta GosvamI said: Just as a lion, the king of the jungle, attacks a female elephant, Lord Kalki, the life and soul of all living entities, attacked the army of Buddhists.
Thereafter, a fierce battle took place between the Buddhists and Lord Kalki When the Buddhists became disheartened and began fleeing from the battle, Lord Kalki, acting as the commander-in-chief of His army, addressed the opposing warriors, who were injured in the battle, whose garments and armor were scattered here and there, whose hair had become loosened, and who were screaming loudly in pain: О Buddhists, do not run away from the battlefield. Stay here and fight to the best of your ability so that you will avoid the shame of being considered cowards.
Although Jina had been injured, he became enraged upon hearing Lord Kalki’s taunting words. After picking up his sword and shield, he rushed at Lord Kalki, who was sitting on His horse. In the duel that ensued, both fought with great enthusiasm so that even the demigods, who were watching from the heavens, became surprised to witness Jina’s skill in fighting.
The greatly powerful Jina pierced Kalki’s horse with his trident and then made the Lord fall unconscious by his onslaught of arrows. At this, the wicked Jina attempted to capture Lord Kalki, but was unable to pick Him up.
Lord Kalki had become so heavy that Jina could not even move Him and this fueled his rage. Being unable to take Lord Kalki prisoner, Jma finally took His crown and weapons and fled.
Meanwhile, King Visakhayupa, who had accompanied Lord Kalki, became furious upon seeing this and so he went and struck Jina with his club. After accomplishing this feat, the king carefully picked up Lord Kalki and placed Him on his chariot.
Soon Lord Kalki regained consciousness and began to rally His soldiers. The Lord then jumped from Visakhayupa’s chariot and charged at Jina.
Although Lord Kalki’s wonderful horse had been injured by Jina’s trident, he soon regained his composure and began roaming over the battlefield, jumping fiercely while angrily attacking hundreds and thousands of Buddhist soldiers. In this way, Lord Kalki’s horse killed many sinful men.
Indeed, the heavy breathing of Lord Kalki’s horse caused many opposing soldiers to fly into the sky and then fall down at distant places. Some of them fell upon the horses and chariots as they descended onto the battlefield.
Within a short period of time, Gargya and his associates killed six thousand Buddhist warriors. Bhargya killed ten million enemy soldiers with the help of his army, and Visala killed twenty-five thousand.
Kavi and his two sons fought valiantly, killing twenty thousand enemy soldiers. One million soldiers were killed at the Hands of Prajna, and five hundred thousand were eliminated by Sumanta.
Thereafter, Lord Kalki addressed Jina: О sinful one, do not run away! Come before Me and fight! Know Me to be the personification of destiny, which awards everyone the results of their pious and sinful acts.
Very soon your body will be pierced by My arrows so that you will be forced to leave this world forever, without any companion. Thus, you have very little time left to show your face to your relatives.
After hearing the speech of Lord Kalki, Jma laughed sarcastically and replied, Fate cannot be seen. I believe in direct perception because I follow the philosophy of Buddhism. We do not believe anything unless we can perceive it We believe that destiny can be cHariged because this is the verdict of our scriptures. If You are actually the Supreme Personality of Godhead as You claim, then kill us What can be gained by merely uttering boasting words? We Buddhists will never accept You.
Whatever You have claimed to be my destiny will actually be Your own Just remain before me and see
After saying this, Jma covered the entire body of Lord Kalki with his sharp arrows.
As fog is dissipated by the rising of the sun, Jina’s shower of arrows vanished by the influence of Lord Kalki’s potency.
Simply by Lord Kalki’s presence, all of the enemy’s weapons, including the brahmastra, agneyastra, vayavyastra and parjanyastra,were rendered ineffective, just like seeds sown in the desert, donations given to unworthy persons or devotional service to Lord Hari executed out of envy.
In an instant, Lord Kalki jumped into the air and caught hold of Jina’s hair as he sat upon his bull carrier. Both Lord Kalki and Jina fell to the ground, like two tamracuda birds, and began t o wrestle.
Jina then grabbed Lord Kalki by the hair with one Hand warded off His blows with the other.
Thereafter, appearing just like Canura and Lord Krsna, the two stood up and continued wrestling, grabbing each other’s hair and arms. The two great heroes had no weapons in their Hands as they fought each other like two powerful bears.
As a maddened elephant breaks a palm tree, the most expert of all fighters, Lord Kalki, broke Jina’s spine with a powerful kick, so that the king of the Buddhists fell dead onto the ground.
When the Buddhist soldiers saw their leader lying dead upon the ground, they began to wail in agony. О brahmanas, the killing of Jina immersed the soldiers of Lord Kalki into an ocean of great happiness.
After witnessing the death of his brother, the greatly powerful Suddhodana picked up a club and charged at Lord Kalki, bent upon destroying Him.
In response, Lord Kalki, who very expertly killed all the heroic warriors that opposed Him as they were seated on the backs of their elephants, released an incessant shower of arrows at Suddhodana while roaring like a lion.
When the pious hero, Kavi, saw Suddhodana coming with a club in his Hand, he got down from his elephant and obstructed his path while wielding his own club.
A fierce battle then ensued between Kavi and Suddhodana. As an elephant fights with another inimical elephant with its tusks, the great hero, Kavi, who was very expert in fighting with the club, confronted Suddhodana. Because they were intoxicated by fighting, they roared loudly while challenging one another with harsh words. Both tried their best to defend themselves from their opponent’s blows.
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Finally, while roaring like a lion, Kavi struck Suddhodana with his club so forcefully that Suddhodana’s club fell from his Hands. Taking advantage of this opportunity, Kavi landed a very powerful blow to the chest of his enemy.
Although the powerful Suddhodana fell to the ground, he quickly regained his composure and stood up after picking up his club. By maneuvering very quickly, he was able to smash his club upon Kavi’s head.
That blow was so forceful that although Kavi did not fall to the ground, he was dazed and thus stood motionless.
Still, Suddhodana understood that Kavi was not an ordinary warrior but was immensely powerful and surrounded by thousands of chariots. Therefore, he decided to leave the battlefield and bring Maya-devi.
His reason for summoning MayadevI was that as soon as any demigod, demon, or human being within the three worlds would see her, he would immediately become stunned, like a statue.
After regrouping, Suddhodana and his millions of mleccha soldiers,entered the battlefield, keeping Maya-devI in front.
Maya-devI sat on a chariot whose flag was marked with the symbol of a lion, and she manifested various kinds of weapons. Crows and vultures surrounded her, screaming with shrill voices. The six enemies, headed by lust, engaged in her personal service.
Being confronted by the incredibly powerful Maya-devI, who can assume any form at will, and who is constituted of three modes of material nature, the army of Lord Kalki gradually weakened. Indeed, all the great warriors in Lord Kalki’s army, who were well-equipped with celestial weapons, lost their prowess so that they simply stood motionless, like statues.
Lord Kalki saw that His brother and the other warriors had become afflicted by His inferior energy, maya, and so He quickly approached her.
Suddenly, much to everyone’s astonishment, beautiful Maya-devI, who is an expansion of Laksmi, merged into the body of Lord Kalki, like a beloved consort.
Because of Maya-devi’s sudden disappearance, the hearts of the Buddhist leaders became filled with anxiety. They lost all their strength and began to cry like lost children. They cried out: Alas! Where did our mother go?
Meanwhile, simply by Lord Kalki’s compassionate glance, all of His warriors regained their composure so that they easily slaughtered the mlecchas with their sharp swords.
Lord Kalki mounted His horse after putting on armor. He equipped Himself with a sharp sword, bow, and a quiver full of arrows. In this scene, Lord Kalki appeared very beautiful.
Golden dots on the Lord’s dark forehead appeared like twinkling stars in the cloudy sky. His diamond crown enHariced His beauty even further.
Desiring to annihilate the enemy warriors, Lord Kalki, whose glance increases the pleasure of all young girls, and who is the abode of transcendental mellows, glared at them in a very angry mood.
The hearts of the devotees became joyful while gazing at the Lord’s lotus-like face in this angry feature. However, the Buddhists, who always blaspheme religious principles, became extremely frightened while looking at Lord Kalki, who is the reservoir of all pleasure, and especially the giver of pleasure to the eyes of women.
The hearts of the demigods became jubilant when they understood that they would once again receive their shares of sacrificial offerings.
Lord Kalki, who incarnates for the pleasure of His devotees, removes the distress of the pious, is the maintainer of all living entities, and appears in this world to fulfill the desires of all saintly persons, was determined to eliminate Hisenemies by utilizing the prowess of His vast army.
Thus ends the translation of the fourteenth chapter of SriKalki Purana.
Lord Kalki Is Attacked By The Mleccha Women Instructions by the Weapons Personified.
Suta GosvamI said: Some of the mlecchas were killed when they were pierced by Lord Kalki’s arrows, and some of them went to the abode of Yamaraja after being cut to pieces by His sword.
Innumerable other mleccha warriors were killed by the Lord’s associates, such as VisakhayOpa, Kavi, Prajna, Sumantu, Gargya, Bhargya and Visala.
Many Buddhists, headed by Kapotaroma, Kakaksa, Kakakrsna, and Suddhodana joined the battle against Lord Kalki’s army.
Everyone who witnessed that great battle became astonished and frightened, although the Lord of the living entities felt blissful. Indeed, the entire battlefield became mired with blood.
So much blood poured from the bodies of the slain elephants, horses, and chariot drivers that a river of blood was created. In that river, the grass appeared like foam and the crocodiles in the form of horses created a terrifying sight.
The arrows floating on the river of blood appeared like waves, the elephants seemed to form the two banks of that great river, the severed heads appeared like tortoises, the broken chariots looked like boats, the severed Hands appeared to be fish, and the beating of the drums seemed to be the sound of the rushing currents. The sounds of the delighted crows and vultures could be heard on the banks of that river of blood. This scene, although apparently ghastly, made the devotees jubilant.
Countless warriors who fought from atop their horses, elephants, camels, and chariots fell down into that river with their Hands, legs, and heads either pierced by arrows or severed from their bodies by the powerful enemy warriors.
Some of the warriors had their garments stained with blood, some had their faces covered with ashes, and some had disheveled hair. Out of shame, the survivors fled the battlefield like mendicants running from material entanglement.
Some of the warriors retreated and some felt thirsty and so begged for water. In this way, the mleccha soldiers scattered after being attacked by Lord Kalki’s army.
The wives of the mlecchawarriors then arrived on chariots, elephants, horses, camels, birds, asses, and bulls, to help their husbands fight. These women were young and beautiful, and strong, and they were not concerned about their children at home.
These women were decorated with golden ornaments and they wore clothing that was suited for fighting. They came to the battlefield with swords, tridents, and bows and arrows in their Hands. They had steel bangles on their wrists.
Some of these women were promiscuous, some were chaste, and some were simply prostitutes. Being overwhelmed by the death of their husbands or fathers, they marched onto the battlefield determined to fight with Lord Kalki’s army.
It is said that people try to protect even insignificant possessions,
such as things made of clay or wood, and so how is it possible that they would quietly tolerate the death of their beloved husbands.
The mleccha women kept their husbands, who were bewildered by the incessant attack of arrows, behind them and advanced to fight with weapons in their Hands.
When the soldiers of Lord Kalki saw these women engaged in fighting, they became astonished and quickly approached the Lord to tell him of what was taking place.
When the greatly heroic Lord Kalki heard about how His army was being attacked by a band of furious women, He was surprised. He mounted His chariot and went to the battlefield, accompanied by His brothers and their associates.
Lord Kalki, the husband of PadmavatI, came before the mleccha women, who were well-equipped with all kinds of weapons and arranged in a military phalanx while seated upon their carriers, and spoke as follows.
Lord Kalki said: My dear beautiful ladies, please listen to My words, which are meant for your benefit. It is not proper etiquette for a woman to fight with aman.
Your moon-like faces are decorated with ornamental dots. By seeing your beautiful faces, everyone becomes happy. How can anyone discharge a weapon at such faces, or smash them with his fist?
On your moon-like faces, there are lotus-like eyes around which bee- like stars are slowly moving. How could a man hit such a charming face?
Your siva-linga shaped breasts are beautifully adorned with snake-like necklaces. Their beauty certainly defeats the pride of Cupid. Who would like to smash these lovely breasts?
Your moon-like faces have been attacked by cakora birds in the form of your disheveled hair. Who would be capable of injuring such a spotless moon-like faces?
Who could be shameless enough to hit your thin and charming waists, which are bent due to the burden of your heavy breasts, and which are decorated with fine lines of hair?
Who would be able to shoot arrows into your attractive thighs, which are very pleasing to the eyes of all men, which are very attractive, and which are broad and without flaw?
After being flattered by Lord Kalki in this way, the mleccha women said: My dear sir, because our husbands have been killed by You, we also would like to be killed by You. After saying this, the women prepared to attack Lord Kalki, but they soon found that all of their weapons remained unmovable in their Hands.
The next moment, all of the swords, tridents, bows, arrows, clubs, rods, and spears appeared before the women in their personified forms and spoke as follows.
The personified weapons said: My dear ladies, you should understand that this person is Lord Kalki, the incarnation of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. It is from Him alone, the Supreme Soul, that we receive our power to kill living entities. He is one without a second and the supreme controller of all existence. Have full faith in our words.
We move about only by His order, and it is by His mercy that we have received our names and forms. We play a part in world events only because of Him.
Being empowered by the Lord, the five gross material elements, which are the basis of the five objects of the senses, perform their duties. He is the Supersoul, residing within the hearts of all living entities and within every atom as well.
According to His supreme will, the mahat-tattva, or aggregate material ingredients, acts as the original cause of the cosmic manifestation, including the time factor.
It is the Lord’s illusory energy, maya, which manifests this material world and bewilders all the conditioned souls. The Supreme Lord is the ultimate cause of the creation and annihilation of everything. Anything considered auspicious exists in this world only because of Him.
The bodily conception of life, which causes people to think, “He is my husband, she is my wife, he is my son, he is my friend, or he is my relative,”is illusory and not a t all factual, like a dream. This bodily conception of life is also made possible by Him alone.
Those who are beyond t h e influence o f material attachment and affection consider birth and death t o b e like temporary interruptions of an eternal journey. The devotees of Lord Kalki are above the duality of attachment and hatred and so they know very well that whatever is experienced in this world is not ultimate reality.
How did the time factor come into existence? Under whose direction is death taking its toll? Who are the demigods? I t is Lord Kalki alone who has assumed different forms with the help o f His various energies.
My dear ladies, we are not simply weapons, nor do wehavethe power to kill anyone independently. “I am a weapon, I am a killer.” Such conceptions arecreated bytheillusory energy ofthe Supreme Lord, maya.
When Lord Hari accepted the form of Lord Nrsimhadeva, by the request of Prahlada, who was born in the family of Daityas, we were unable to strike Him. Now also we will not be able to injure Lord Kalki.
After hearing these statements of the personified weapons, the ladies became thoughtful. Indeed, they had a change of heart, giving up all attachment and affection for their husbands, by taking shelter of Lord Kalki.
Padmavati’s husband, Lord Kalki, became pleased by the sincere surrender of the wives of the Buddhist soldiers. Thereafter, the Lord spoke to them about devotional service, which relieves one of all sinful reactions.
Lord Kalki described to them the science of the self, and how to execute karma-yoga. He also explained how one could actually become the master of his own destiny.
These women learned how to control their senses by putting into practice the transcendental knowledge received from Lord Kalki and thus attain the supreme destination that is achieved by perfect yogis in devotion.
In this way, Lord Kalki, the performer of very wonderful pastimes, defeated the Buddhists and mlecchas after a fierce battle. By His causeless mercy, the slain mlecchas and Buddhists returned to the effulgent abode of the Supreme Lord, and their wives also attained liberation.
One who faithfully hears or recites this narration of how Lord Kalki defeated the Buddhists and mlecchas will be freed from all kinds of lamentation. He will achieve a life of auspiciousness and manifest devotional service unto Lord Hari He will no longer have to suffer the pangs of repeated birth and death. Simply by hearing this narration, one is awarded wealth, freedom from delusion, and relief from the miseries of material existence.
Thus ends the translation of the fifteenth chapter of Sri Kalki Purana.