The Vow of Rukmini
Suta GosvamI said: Thereafter, Parasurama, with the desire to please Lord Kalki, began to describe the Rukmini vrata for the satisfaction of Rama.
Thereafter, by executing this pious vow, the chaste Rama became very satisfied, having achieved an ever-youthful form that indicated her good fortune, as well as the fulfillment of her ardent desire to have a good son.
Saunaka Rsi said: О Suta, what are the rules and regulations prescribed for the execution of the Rukmini vratal What is the actual benefit of observing this vow? Who was the person that initially observed this great vow? Please describe all this to me.
Suta GosvamI said: О brdhmana, I will reply to all that you have inquired about and so please listen attentively. One day, while Sarmistha, the daughter of Vrsaparva, the king of the demons, was bathing in a lake, she suddenly saw Lord Mahadeva passing by.
Sarmistha was with Devayani and her companions, playing in the water, and when she saw Lord Mahadeva, she came out of the water to get dressed, out of respect.
Devayani, the daughter of Sukracarya, the spiritual master of the demons, had kept her clothes in the same place as Sarmistha. By mistake, Sarmistha put on Devayani’s clothes, and when she saw this, Devayani became very angry and said: You beggar, return my clothes at once!
Sarmistha, the daughter of the king of the demons, was surrounded by her friends and maidservants, and when she heard this, she also became very angry. After tying Devayanl’s Hands and legs, she threw her into a well and returned home.
DevayanI loudly cried out for help inside the well and as if by the will of providence, the son of Nahusa, King Y ayati, came there at that time to drink some water. The king pulled DevayanI out of the well and inquired: О girl with a beautiful face, who are you?
Sukracarya’s daughter quickly dressed while narrating to the king the story of her fight with Sarmistha.
King Yayati understood the actual intention of DevayanI, and he also desired to accept her Hand in marriage. While giving her assurances, he followed her for some distance and then returned to his palace.
When DevayanI returned home, she informed her father of what Sarmistha had done to her. As soon as Sukracarya heard about what had happened, he became inflamed with rage. The king of the demons, Vrsaparva, tried his best to pacify his spiritual master, saying: О lord, if I have behaved offensively, please punish me, and if my daughter has aroused your anger, then punish her as you wish.
When the angry DevayanI saw that the king of the demons had fallen at her father’s feet, she intervened, saying: Let your daughter become my slave! The intelligent king very well understood that destiny is incontrovertible and so he summoned his daughter and gave her to DevayanI as a maidservant. After doing so, he returned home.
Thereafter, Sukracarya, although a brahmana, invited King Yayati to accept the Hand of his daughter, DevayanI, in marriage. At that time, Sarmistha went with DevayanI to reside with her husband, King Yayati.
At the time of the marriage of DevayanI with Yayati, Sukracarya, the spiritual master of the demons, gave this warning to the king regarding Sarmistha: If you invite the princess to your bed, then you will immediately be afflicted with old age.
Being warned in this way by Sukracarya, the king meticulously avoided contact with Devayam’s companion, the beautiful princess Sarmistha.
Princess Sarmistha, who became morose as a result of the unfortunate turn of events, engaged in the service of Devyani, along with one hundred other maidservants.
One day, as Sarmistha was seated in a forest by the side of the Ganges, crying, she saw the great sage, Visvamitra, surrounded by many beautiful women.
The sage was seated in the midst of these beautiful ladies, who were all very nicely decorated with ornaments and sandalwood paste, instructing them in the procedure for observing a vow which involved offerings of incense, a ghee lamp, and flower garlands.
First, the sage painted a lotus flower having eight petals and then he decorated it by placing four banana trees at the four corners.
This was done by the side of a golden altar inside a room that was decorated with silk cloth. The sage next installed a Deity of Lord Vasudeva on that lotus and decorated Him with jeweled ornaments.
The procedure for worshiping the Deity was that one should first bathe Him with perfumed water, the five products of the cow, and five other substances, while chanting the Purusa-sukta mantras as the
brahmanas recited Vedic hymns. The Deity should then be placed on the beautifully decorated altar and adorned with the mark of a lotus. After worshiping the Deity with either sixteen, ten, or five articles, one should pray as follows.
My dear Lord, this cooling padya with remove Your fatigue and so please happily accept it.
О beloved Lord of RukminI, I made a great endeavor to make this arghya with durva grass, sandalwood paste, and other fragrant substances. Please cheerfully accept it.
О abode of Laksmi, this water has been brought from numerous holy places of pilgrimage, and it is pure and very fragrant. It is our desire that You, along with Laksmi, accept this acamana.
О Lord of the demigods, this garland was prepared with many fragrant flowers. It will certainly enHarice the beauty of Your chest and so please accept it.
My dear Lord Hari, although Your transcendental position can never be covered, it is our desire that You and LaksmI will accept these nicely woven garments made with purified thread.
My dear Vasudeva, You are the Supreme Personality of Godhead, accompanied by Your consorts, Rama and Rukmini. This sacred thread was prepared by Lord Brahma and so kindly accept it.
О Lord of lords, it is our desire that You and Your beloved Rukmini will accept this necklace of pearls, jewels, and gold.
О Lord of RukminI, please accept these offerings of yogurt, milk, gur, rice, cakes, laddus, and milk sweets, and award me shelter at Your lotus feet.
О bestower of benedictions, may You and Your dear Rukminl-devi accept this incense made with camphor and other perfumed substances.
My dear Lord, You dispel the darkness of ignorance within the hearts of those devotees who are still attached to the material world. Please accept this ghee lamp and illuminate our vision of You.
О lotus-eyed Lord! О Shyamsundara, who is dressed in yellow garments! О four-armed Lord! О master of the demigods! О Lord Acyuta, I take shelter of You. May You and RukminI please protect me.
When the greatly distressed Sarmistha saw the powerful sage conducting this vow on behalf of many women, she went and offered her obeisances to him and then spoke very sweetly with folded Hands.
Sarmistha said: О goddesses, I am a most unfortunate princess, being bereft of a husband. Please deliver me by instructing me in the observance of this vow.
After hearing this, the women felt compassion for Sarmistha and so they invited her to join them in observing this vrata with the paraphernalia they had collected.
It was by the execution of this vow that Sarmistha received her husband so that she was blessed with good children and an ever-youthful body.
While reciding outside Lanka, Sita observed this vow along with Sarama and as a result she was reunited with her husband Lord Rama, the destroyer of the dynasty of Rakshasas.
By the mercy of Vrhadasva, Draupadi observed this vow and was thus blessed to always remain with her husbands, to be freed from all miseries,
and to possess and ever-youthful body.
After hearing this narration, Goddess Rama, the consort of Lord Kalki, observed the vow on the Dvadasi of the fortnight of the waxing moon in the month of Vais’akha for four years under the guidance of Parasurama.
At the conclusion of the vow, she tied a silk thread around her wrist and fed innumerable brahmanas. W ith her husband, she ate nicely prepared havisyama and condensed milk, and thereafter enjoyed life in this world without any hindrance in the association of her relatives. In due course of time, Lord Kalki begot two sons, named Meghamala and Balahaka, within the womb of Rama.
These two sons were very dear to Lord Kalki. They were supremely fortunate, very powerful, and enthusiastic. They satisfied the demigods by performing many sacrifices.
By observing this vow, women can become prosperous due to the fulfillment of all their desires, and they can acquire spiritual knowledge so that they will be respected by all classes of people. Because this vow also awards one devotional service at the lotus feet of Lord Hari, it enables one to achieve the ultimate goal of life, which is rarely attained even by elevated personalities.
Thus ends the translation of thirty-first chapter of Sri Kalki Purana.
Lord Kalki Enjoys Pastimes With His Consorts
Suta Gosvami said: О brahmanas, I have thus described the vow known
as Rukmani vrata. I will now narrate more pastimes of Lord Kalki.
Lord Kalki continued to reside in the village of Sambhala, along with His brothers, sons, other relatives, and associates, for one thousand years.
The entire village of Sambhala, which was as good as the heavenly planets, appeared very beautiful with its assembly houses, gates, raised platforms, and flags flapping in the breeze that had been placed here and there. Anyone who gave up his material body at Sambhala was freed from all sinful reactions and awarded shelter at the lotus feet of Lord Kalki.
Thus, the village of Sambhala, which was profusely decorated with blooming flowers, pious trees, forests, and gardens, became a holy place that granted liberation from material existence.
The master of the universe, Lord Kalki, who was especially pleasing to the eyes and minds of women, happily resided with PadmavatI and Rama in the village of Sambhala.
The Lord would mount His celestial chariot, which had been given to Him by Indra, and periodically visit holy rivers, mountains, groves, and islands. In this way, He would enjoy pleasure pastimes with PadmavatI and Rama. He thus appeared to be a most perfect, passionate male, afflicted by transcendental lust. Indeed, the Lord of Rama became so absorbed in thought of His consorts that He completely forgot whether it was day or night.
One day, Lord Kalki, who was very fond of relishing the sweet nectar emanating from the lotus-like face of Padmavati, and who was decorated with a nice blue sapphire, entered a mountain cave. When Padmavati, who was like a golden lotus flower, and Rama, who was like a pot of nectar, saw their husband entering a cave with many beautiful women, they followed Him in expectation of enjoying conjugal bliss.
Padmavati saw Lord Kalki enjoying the association of many beautiful women, who were as charming as herself. However, upon seeing this, Padmavati became stunned so that she appeared to be a stone statue.
Rama and her companions anxious surveyed the scene as tears welled up in their eyes. Padmavati . normally appeared to be as attractive as hundreds of lotus flowers, but upon seeing her husband engaged in this way, she lamented and thus lost her luster.
With her tears that had turned black due to being mixed with her eye ointment, Padmavati made a drawing of Lord Kalki on the ground with her toe. She also drew His parrot with the kunkuma that had been applied to her breasts, and she made a border with musk.
The sweet-speaking Rama, who was afflicted by the arrows of Cupid, placed Lord Kalki within her heart and worshiped Him with offerings of flowers. She then fell to the ground, being overburdened by distress and lamentation.
After a short while, she got up and cried loudly, like a female peacock. Being unable to embrace Lord Kalki within her heart, she became agitated by unrequited passion, saying: О Lord Hari, please be kind to me.
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PadmavatI took off her ornaments and rolled on the ground, so that her body was soon covered with dust, although her throat appeared bluish because of the musk. Indeed, it appeared as if she had assumed the form of Lord Siva to vanquish Cupid.
Understanding the feelings of His poor, beloved wives, knowing that they wanted to perform conjugal pastimes with Him, Lord Kalki, the friend of the distressed, approached them so that He could fulfill their desires.
As female elephants meet the king of elephants, the Lord’s consorts jubilantly greeted Him within that forest and thus fulfilled their cherished desire. Thereafter, Lord Kalki, along with His consorts, mounted an effulgent celestial chariot that coursed through the sky. In this way, they enjoyed amorous pastimes in the Vaibhraja forest, Kuvera forest, and a cave at Mount Mandara.
Lord Kalki enjoyed the nectar of Padmavatl’s lotus-like face, and took pleasure in tightly embracing Rama. Thus, He became smeared with the kunkuma from their breasts as they affectionately bit His body. The Lord became so overwhelmed by love for His consorts that He appeared to have lost all control over His body.
These two equally beautiful and gentle women embraced Lord Hari, the supreme enjoyer, to their chest, and thus felt transcendental bliss. The hairs of their bodies stood on end due to transcendental ecstasy and this sight made everyone laugh with glee.
After enjoying pastimes of love in many forests, the Lord’s consorts became exhausted and so they went to a nearby lake with their beloved Lord Kalki. As female elephants throw water on the king of elephants, so the uniquely charming consorts of the Lord entered the water of the lake and began to splash water their husband’s transcendental body.
All glories to Lord Kalki, the master of the demigods, the incarnation of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, whotakes pleasure in sporting with His consorts, and who can only be approached by those who have imbibed the mood of unalloyed devotional service. By performing wonderful pastimes with of His beloved consorts at the village of Sambhala, Lord Kalki satisfied everyone.
Those who are very fortunate will hear about, sing, and meditate upon the nectarean characteristics of Lord Kalki. For the pure devotees of the Lord, apart from the service of Lord Murari, anything considered most wonderful by the materialists, even liberation from the ocean of material existence, appears to be very insignificant.
Thus ends the translation of the thirty-second chapter of SriKalki Purana.
The Demigods Arrive at Sambhala The Disappearance of Lord Kalki.
Suta GosvamI said: Once, all the demigods and great brahmanas, along with their followers, mounted their celestial chariots and went to the village of Sambhala, to see Lord Kalki.
Many exalted sages, Gandharvas, Kinnaras, and Apsaras cheerfully arrived at Sambhala, which was highly desired even by the demigods.
As they entered the palace courtyard, they saw the greatly effulgent lotus-eyed Lord Kalki giving assurances to all those who had come to take shelter of Him.
His transcendental body was the color of a dark rain cloud. His arms were long and very powerful. His head was adorned with a brightly shining crown that resembled the sun.
The beauty of His face was enHariced by His earrings, which were as brilliant as the sun. His lotus-like face appeared to blossom as He sweetly smiled while speaking.
Everyone surrounding Him was favored by His merciful glance. Lotus flowers adorning His chest appeared more delightful because of the rays of the moonstone that shone in His beautiful necklace. His garments appeared like a rainbow, thus further increasing his beauty.
His entire body shone brilliantly due to the light reflected from countless jewels. This is how all the demigods, Gandharvas, and Apsaras saw Lord Kalki.
All of the residents of heaven began to ecstatically offer their prayers to the lotus-eyed Lord Kalki at the same time.
The demigods said: О Lord of lords! О master of the demigods! О worshipable Lord of the living entities! О unlimited Personality of Godhead, everything is present within You. Your bodily effulgence has made everything visible. О Lord of the universe, You are like the blazing fire that burns the dry straw of our sinful reactions to ashes. All glories to You.
All the universes have emanated from the pours of You body. Your complexion is the color of a dark rain cloud. Your chest is adorned with the Kaustubha gem, appearing like the full moon illuminating a dark cloud. О Lord Hari, we and our wives take shelter of You, and so please protect us.
О master of the universe, if You would like to display Your compassion for us then return to Your transcendental abode in the spiritual sky. Truthfulness has now prevailed within the world and so people will follow religious principles without hindrance.
After hearing the prayers of the demigods, Lord Kalki ecstatically expressed His own desire to return to Vaikuntha, taking with Him His eternal associates.
Thereafter, Lord Kalki summoned His four very powerful sons, all of whom were very dear to the citizens because they were very pious and influential, and Handed over the rule of the kingdom to them.
The Lord then addressed His subjects, revealing His intention. Lord Kalki said: At the request of the demigods, I will have return to V aikuntha.
When the inhabitants of Sambhala heard this, they were shocked and began shedding tears of grief. Just as sons address their fathers, the people began speaking to the Lord after offering their obdisances.
The citizens said: My dear Lord, You are the original propounder of genuine religious principles. It is not proper for You to leave us, for You always displayed affection for those who had sincerely surrender unto You. Wherever You go, please allow us to accompany You.
Although everyone considers his wife, children, wealth, and house to be very dear, Your servants know that You are the supreme enjoyer who, by awarding detachment, vanquishes all suffering in this life and the next. Because of knowing You in truth, are lives are dedicated to You.
After hearing the prayers of His subjects, Lord Kalki pacified them as far as possible and then departed for the forest, taking with Him His two consorts.
Thereafter, Lord Kalki, surrounded by many sages, traveled to the Himalaya Mountains, which are adorned by the Ganges River, which is worshiped even by the demigods and which gives pleasure to the heart. The Lord sat by the side of the Ganges and then assumed His four-armed form while entering deep into meditation upon Himself.
The Lord appeared as brilliant as thousands of suns, and thus looked very attractive. He was the witness of everything, the eternal Lord, and the Supersoul of all living entities.
His form was the ornament of all ornaments. He held a conch, dice, club, lotus, and bow in His Hands.
On His chest was the Kaustubha gem. The demigods showered fragrant flowers as the sounds of beating drums could be heard in the four directions.
In this way, Lord Kalki enacted His pastime of disappearance from this world. All moving and non-moving living beings that witnessed the disappearance of the Lord glorified Him in a mood of great astonishment.
Padmavat! and Rama saw Lord Kalki’s transcendental form as if devoid of life and realizing this to be an illusory display of the external energy, although greatly astonished, they entered fire so as to rejoin their husband in His eternal abode.
Meanwhile, Dharma and Satya-yuga personified wandered throughout the world without any fear of enemies, by the order of Lord Kalki. They happily resided within the world now that Satya-yuga had commenced.
By the order of Lord Kalki, the two kings, Maru and Devapl, executed their duties of protecting the people of the world.
When King Visakhayupa heard of Lord Kalki’s disappearance from this world, he installed his son upon the throne and then went to reside in the forest.
Many other kings who were associates or followers of Lord Kalki, being greatly afflicted by separation from the Lord, renounced their kingdoms and passed their remaining days cHariting the holy name of the Lord and meditating upon His transcendental form.
After narrating the transcendental pastimes of Lord Kalki, the incarnation of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sukadeva Gosvami departed for the dsrama of Nara-narayana Rsi.
The great sages, headed by Markandeya, who were undisturbed by the dualities of material existence, began to practice meditation on the eternal form of Lord Kalki after hearing His transcendental pastimes
I have thus narrated the pastimes of the incarnation of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Kalki. During His reign, by His supreme will, no one in the world was sinful or impoverished. There were no atheists or cheaters, and everyone enjoyed a long duration of life. All living entities were freed from the threefold material miseries, as well as disease, envy, and death. Thus, everyone lived peacefully and prosperously. Lord Kalki was a very magnanimous incarnation of Lord Hari. Simply by hearing these pastimes of Lord Kalki, all of one’s desires will be fulfilled. One will receive prosperity, fame, a long duration of life, heavenly enjoyment, and ultimately, the goal of human life.
Discussions of Lord Kalki’s glories award one happiness in this life and liberation from material existence after death. Such hearing and cHariting destroys all lamentation, distress, and sinful reactions, because
it clears away the contamination of Kali. All of one’s desires can be fulfilled simply by hearing these narrations.
Only for as long as this sublime literature is not heard, thus illuminating one with perfect understanding, other books can continue to display their prominence.
After hearing about the spotless characteristics of Lord Kalki, the incarnation of Lord Hari, who bestows devotional service upon His devotees, the self-controlled sages, headed by Saunaka Rsi, the son of Bhrgu, felt deeply satisfied at heart. They considered Romaharsana’s son, Suta GosvamI, to be the most intelligent personality within the world. Thereafter, with a desire to hear the glories of Ganga-devi, they spoke as follows.
Thus ends the translation of the thirty-third chapter of Sri Kalki Purana.
Prayers Offered to MotherGanga.
Saunaka Rsi said: О Suta GosvamI, foremost knower of religious principals, you had mentioned that the sages went to see Lord Kalki after offering prayers to the River Ganga. We would like to hear these prayers to Ganga-devl. By faithfully hearing or reciting such prayers, one’s life becomes auspicious, all sinful reactions are destroyed, and ultimately one attains liberation from material existence.
Suta Gosvamlsaid: My dear sages, please listen attentively as I recite the excellent prayers to the Ganga that were offered by the sages, and which remove all lamentation and distress.
The great sages said: The holy Ganga descended from the heavenly planets todeliver alltheconditioned soulsfrom thevast ocean ofmaterial existence. Ganga-devI emanated from the lotus feet of Lord Hari andso everyone happily glorifies her.Thewater of the Gaiiga is enjoyed bythe demigods who reside on the peak of Mount Sumeru. By bathing in her water, all one’s sinful reactions are vanquished. By pleasing Ganga-devI, one can easily gain release from the bondage of material existence.
This holy river followed the footsteps of King Bhagiratha. Because of her, the pride of Airavata, the carrier of Indra, was destroyed. She increases t h e beauty of Lord Mahadeva’s crown. S h e is like a white flag o n top of the Himalaya mountains. Everyone glorifies her,be they demigods, demons, human beings, or serpents, or even Brahma, Visnu, or Siva.She destroyed all sinful reactions and awards liberation.
She was produced from the water pot of Lord Brahma. She is the creeper grown from the seed of liberation. She is surrounded by many qualified brahmanasglorifying her by reciting passages from the revealed scriptures. She descended upon the peak of Mount Sumeru and then spread throughout the three worlds. Religiosity is her fruit and happiness is her leaves.
By seeing her pure water, by offering her obeisances, and by singing her glories, one’s mountain of sinful reactions is destroyed. Birds walk on her banks or swim in her water. By her mercy, the sons of Sagara achieved liberation. She is considered to be the daughter of the sage, Jahnu. She is known as the Mandakini in the heavenly planets.
She became the queen of King Santanu. The peaks of the Himalayas are her breasts, her foamy water is her smile, white swans are her movements, her waves are her Hands, and the fully blossomed lotus flowers are the flower garland that adorns her chest. In this way, she travels to the sea in a cheerful mood.
Somewhere by the side of the Ganga, great sages are engaged in reciting prayers, somewhere Lord Ananta worships the Supreme Lord, somewhere ferocious crocodiles are playing, somewhere the sun is reflected on the surface of the water, somewhere her water makes a loud splashing sound, and somewhere people are bathing. May the chaste mother of Bhisma be glorified.
Anyone who offers obeisances to the Gariga is benefited. He is a great ascetic who faithfully cHarits her names. He is the best of all persons who meditates on her. One who serves the Mandakini is always victorious, and is considered the master of everyone.
О traveler throughout the three worlds, when will I see my body half- eaten by the aquatic birds and animals who reside in your pure water? When will I see my body pushed, pulled, and rolled by your forceful waves? When, upon seeing me in this condition will the demigods, best of human beings, and serpents glorify me?
О holy river, when will I reside on your shore, bathe in your pure water, cHarit your holy name, discuss your appearance and activities, engage in your worship, and joyfully wander throughout the world singing your glories?
By reciting or hearing these supremely auspicious prayers to Gaiiga that were offered by great sages, one can ascend to the spiritual world, and even in this lifetime, his fame and duration of life will be enriched.
One who recites or hears these prayers, either in the morning, at noon, or in the evening, will receive the association of Ganga-devI, all his sinful reactions will be eradicated, and his strength and duration of life will increase.
I heard these prayers from the mouth of Sukadeva Gosvami. One who hears or recites these sacred prayers will be awarded heaps of pious merit, wealth, and fame.
Those who repeatedly hear the transcendental glories of the Kalki incarnation of Lord Maha-Visnu with devotion will find that all inauspiciousness within their hearts has been reduced to nil.
Thus ends the translation of thirty-fourth chapter of Sri Kalki Purana.
The Glories of Hearing Sri Kalki Purana
Suta GosvamI said: The contents of this sanctified Sri Kalki Purana are: A conversation between the great soul, Markandeya, and Suka; a description of the dynasty of irreligion’ topics regarding Lord Kali’ the demigods travel to Brahmaloka, along with mother earth, who had assumed the form of a cow; Lord Hari’s appearance at the house of Visnuyasa at request of Brahma; the birth of Lord Kalki’s four brothers from the womb of Sumati; a conversation between the father and son; Lord Kalki’s sacred thread ceremony; Lord Kalki grows up with His father; Lord Kalki studies the Vedas, Lord Kalki learns how to employ weapons, Padmavatl’s meeting with Siva; Padmavatl’s prayers to Siva; PadmavatI receives a benediction from Siva; Lord Kalki receives His parrot; Lord Kalki returns to Sambhala; PadmavatI describes Siva’s benediction to her relatives; Lord Kalki reveals Himself to King Visakhayupa; the glories of the brahmanas; the arrival of Suka; a conversation between Lord Kalki and Suka; Suka describes the situation in Simhala; the svayamvara of PadmavatI; the lamentation of PadmavatI, Lord Kalki desires to marry PadmavatI; Lord Kalki sends Suka
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as a messenger; Padmavati meets Suka; the procedure for worshiping Lord Hari; the procedure for meditating on the Lord’s form; Padmavati gives her ornament to Suka; Suka returns to Lord Kalki; Lord Kalki goes to Simhala to marry Padmavati; the Lord meets Padmavati on the pretext of playing in the water, Lord Kalki marries Padmavati, the kings regain their masculinity simply by seeing Lord Kalki; the arrival of the sage Ananta; a conversation between Ananta and the kings; the story of Ananta’s previous birth; glorification of Lord Siva; Ananta’s father meets Maya- devl after death; the characteristics of Ananta; Ananta’s knowledge and detachment; the departure of the kings; Lord Kalki returns to Sambhala with Padmavati; Vis’vakarma reconstructs the village of Sambhala; the Lord resides at Sambhala along with Padmavati and His relatives, well- wishers, children, and army; the oppression of the Buddhists; the wives of the Buddhists go to war; the arrival of the sages known as the Valakhillas; the process of surrender; the killing of the Kuthodarl witch; the meeting of Lord Kalki with the sages of Hardwar; a description of the Surya and Candra dynasties; the pastimes of Lord Ramacandra; the meeting of Maru and Devapl; the killing of Koka and Vikoka; Lord Kalki goes to Bhallatanagara; the battle between Lord Kalki and Sayayakarna; the battle between Lord Kalki and King Sasidhvaja; the devotional service of Susanta; King Sasidhvaja brings Lord Kalki, Dharma, and Satya-yuga personified to his home; Sus’anta offers prayers to Lord Kalki; the marriage of Lord Kalki and Rama; a description of Sasidhvaja’s previous lives; the cause of his taking birth as a vulture; King Sasidhvaja attains liberation; the deliverance of Visakanya; the coronation ceremony of various kings; the glorification of Maya-devI; various sacrifices performed at Sambhala; Visnuyasa achieves liberation by the mercy of Narada Muni; the commencement of Satya-yuga; discussion of the vow known as RukminI vrata; the glorious pastimes of Lord Kalki; The birth of Lord Kalki’s sons and grandsons; the demigods and Gandharvas visit Sambhala; Lord Kalki returns to Vaikuntha; Sukadeva GosvamI departs; and the prayers to Gaiiga-devi spoken by the sages. This Kalki Purana consists of five branches of knowledge—creation, sub-creation, the dynasties of the sun and moon, the Manus, and the pastimes of the descendents in the dynasties of the sun and moon.
When those whose hearts are filled with the contamination of Kali hear this literature, they will be purified and thus achieve all kinds of perfection. This literature consists of six thousand one hundred verses. It contains the essence of all scriptures and as such, it pleases the hearts of everyone.
This literature bestows upon the hearer the four objectives of life. It appeared from the lotus mouth of Lord Hari after the annihilation of the universe and spread throughout the world.
The exalted Krsna Dvaipayana Vyasa appeared in this world as a brahmana and compiled this literature. It describes the glorious pastimes of Lord Kalki, the incarnation of Lord Hari.
Those who study or hear this literature in a holy place of pilgrimage, at an asrama of sages, or anywhere else in the association of devotees, after worshiping the brahmanas and giving them cows, horses, asses, elephants, gold, or cloth in charity, are certainly the best among human beings, and are eligible for liberation.
By carefully studying this literature, a brahmana becomes expert in all kinds of Vedic understanding, a ksatriya becomes a powerful ruler of men, a vaisya attains wealth and prosperity, and a sudra becomes an exalted personality.
By studying this literature, those who desire a son will receive a son, those who desire wealth will earn wealth, and those who desire wisdom will become wise men.
After reciting this sacred literature with faith and devotion to the great sages, the son of Romaharsana proceeded on his tour of holy places of pilgrimage.
Saunaka Rsi, who was very pious and well-versed in the literature dealing with yoga, along with the other sages and Suta Gosvami, began to practice meditation on Lord Hari so that they finally attained His shelter at the sanctified place of Naimisaranya.
Let me offer my obeisances at the lotus feet of Suta Gosvami, the son of the great sage, Romaharsana, who was a disciple of Vyasadeva, a great scholar of all the Puranas,and a determined ascetic.
After studying all the scriptures again and again, it must be firmly concluded that it is Lord Narayana who should be meditated upon.
It is Lord Hari who is glorified throughout the beginning, middle, and end of the Vedas, Ramayana, Mahabharata, and Puranas.
May Lord Kalki, whose complexion is the color of a dark rain cloud, whose horse travels faster tHari the wind, who protects the righteous with His sword, who establishes the principles of religion, and who re- establishes the Satya-yuga after vanquishing Kali, shower His blessings upon you.
Thus ends the translation of the thirty-fifth chapter of Sri Kalki Pur ana.
End of Sn Kaiki Purdna.