Canto 10: The Summum BonumChapter 1: The Advent of Lord Kṛṣṇa: Introduction

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 10.1.54

śrī-vasudeva uvāca

na hy asyās te bhayaḿ saumya

yad vai sāhāśarīra-vāk

putrān samarpayiṣye 'syā

yatas te bhayam utthitam


śrī-vasudevaḥ uvācaŚrī Vasudeva said; na — not; hi — indeed; asyāḥ — from Devakī; te — of you; bhayam — fear; saumyaO most sober; yat — which; vai — indeed; — that omen; āha — dictated; a-śarīra-vāka vibration without a body; putrān — all my sons; samarpayiṣyeI shall deliver to you; asyāḥ — of her (Devakī); yataḥ — from whom; te — your; bhayam — fear; utthitam — has arisen.


Vasudeva said: O best of the sober, you have nothing to fear from your sister Devakī because of what you have heard from the unseen omen. The cause of death will be her sons. Therefore I promise that when she gives birth to the sons from whom your fear has arisen, I shall deliver them all unto your hands.


Kaḿsa feared Devakī's existence because after her eighth pregnancy she would give birth to a son who would kill him. Vasudeva, therefore, to assure his brother-in-law the utmost safety, promised to bring him all the sons. He would not wait for the eighth son, but from the very beginning would deliver to the hands of Kaḿsa all the sons to which Devakī would give birth. This was the most liberal proposition offered by Vasudeva to Kaḿsa.

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