Canto 10: The Summum BonumChapter 12: The Killing of the Demon Aghāsura

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 10.12.18

dṛṣṭvā taḿ tādṛśaḿ sarve

matvā vṛndāvana-śriyam


hy utprekṣante sma līlayā


dṛṣṭvā — seeing; tam — that Aghāsura; tādṛśamin that posture; sarveKṛṣṇa and all the cowherd boys; matvā — thought it; vṛndāvana-śriyama beautiful statue of Vṛndāvana; vyātta — spread; ajagara-tuṇḍena — with the form of a python's mouth; hi — indeed; utprekṣanteas if observing; smain the past; līlayāas a matter of pastimes.


Upon seeing this demon's wonderful form, which resembled a great python, the boys thought that it must be a beautiful scenic spot of Vṛndāvana. Thereafter, they imagined it to be similar to the mouth of a great python. In other words, the boys, unafraid, thought that it was a statue made in the shape of a great python for the enjoyment of their pastimes.


Some of the boys, upon seeing this wonderful phenomenon, thought that it was in fact a python, and they were fleeing from the spot. But others said, "Why are you fleeing? It is not possible that a python like this is staying here. This is a spot of beauty for sporting." This is what they imagined.

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