Canto 1: CreationChapter 9: The Passing Away of Bhīṣmadeva in the Presence of Lord Kṛṣṇa

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 1.9.5

tatra brahmarṣayaḥ sarve

devarṣayaś ca sattama

rājarṣayaś ca tatrāsan

draṣṭuḿ bharata-puńgavam


tatra — there; brahma-ṛṣayaḥ — ṛṣis among the brāhmaṇas; sarve — all; deva-ṛṣayaḥ — ṛṣis among the demigods; ca — and; sattama — situated in the quality of goodness; rāja-ṛṣayaḥ — ṛṣis among the kings; ca — and; tatrain that place; āsan — were present; draṣṭum — just to see; bharata — the descendants of King Bharata; puńgavam — the chief of.


Just to see the chief of the descendants of King Bharata [Bhīṣma], all the great souls in the universe, namely the ṛṣis amongst the demigods, brāhmaṇas and kings, all situated in the quality of goodness, were assembled there.


The ṛṣis are those who have attained perfection by spiritual achievements. Such spiritual achievements can be earned by all, whether one is a king or a mendicant. Bhīṣmadeva himself was also one of the brahmarṣis and the chief of the descendants of King Bharata. All ṛṣis are situated in the quality of goodness. All of them assembled there on hearing the news of the great warrior's impending death.

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